Saturday, 18 August 2012

The Junction Tavern, Kentish Town : Review

Hampstead Heath is one of my favourite parts of London. You can escape the noise of the city, walk for miles, enjoy splendid views of the capital and of course eat and drink yourself silly. On the whole, most of the eating places are of a decent standard, no more so that the plethora of gastropubs.

To the east of the heath you will find Fortess Road and the highly acclaimed Junction Tavern. review is odd as it is based on just the main courses. However, owing to a long, hot day devoted mainly to sampling real ale, that was all we could manage and besides the portions are pretty big.

The Lamp rump with black olive mash, wild mushrooms and a rich jus was perfect for soaking up all of the pints that I had knocked back during the day. Everything was well cooked and each individual component went well with the other. However, the Pan fried Sea Bass with fregola, mussels, tomatoes, samphire, chili and garlic was as good as anything I've ever eaten in a pub. Fregola are tiny pasta balls from Sardinia which are made from semolina and just go so well with fish. The bass was crispy on top and succulent underneath, the mussels were plump and sweet, the samphire had a lovely bite to it, whilst the fregola came somewhere in between. The sauce had that lovely spicy zing to it that clung to your lips leaving a long and satisfying taste. In fact, it was so good, I sacrificed dessert to finish off the rest of my partners.

The pub suits all tastes, had a nice conservatory and quite a large garden area. One course with a large glass of wine each came to about £40. Highly recommended.

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