The Kings Head, London N21

Mimi ON May 05, 2010 AT 7:17 pm

by Debbie Djordjevic.

Situated at the edge of the green in an area that is one of North London’s best kept secrets, The Kings Head pub offers great food, a large and airy interior and a welcoming atmosphere. The menu at The Kings Head, Winchmore Hill, is small but varied enough – not quite as innovative as can be  found in the plethora of gastro pubs that have opened in the UK in the last five years, but definitely up a notch on even good pub grub. Fresh ingredients are the order of the day – simply cooked but with a twist in terms of the presentation and the accompaniments, even the chips are freshly hand-cut. Vegetarians have at least two choices of starter and main course – and that doesn’t include the specials of the day which also have at least one veggie option.

The wine list was, again, well thought out and most wines were available by the glass so you didn’t feel short changed by a limited choice which so often forces you to buy a whole bottle. The wines were ordered in the list according to type – warm reds, cool whites, chardonnay… something for every meal on the menu and taste. Tap water was available on the list  and came in a jug with ice and lemon. Just like the chips, nearly everything is made on the premises and my starter of Duck Pate was no exception. Smooth, not too rich, full of flavour and served with crusty seeded toast, red onion jam (or pickle to you and me) and a pat of butter. My partner had a delicious home-made mushroom soup which, unlike many mushroom soups had a balance of flavour and was easy on the salt.

 I followed this with a pub standard, fish and chips. Brought to the table on a wooden board and wrapped in a wisp of paper, this was no ordinary fish and chips. Beer battered, the cod was fresh and full of flavour, the chips were light and the side order of mushy peas, a welcome addition. My partner opted for a succulent steak in sauce which was tender, juicy and cooked to perfection. Almost too full for dessert we forced ourselves to try the home-made chocolate mousse, a rich and creamy concoction, served with a delicate biscuit.

The Kings Head is a lovely, friendly pub with a good atmosphere and an even better menu. Lunch is served from 12-3pm and dinner from 7-10pm (Sundays 12.00=10pm). The dining area is away from the main bar so has a more restaurant feel and smokers have a treat in store outside in the garden, which has comfortable sofas undercover – no perching on hard stools or worse, standing in the street.

Prices are around £30 per head for dinner plus wine.  Call 020 8886 1988 for reservations or email thekingshead@geronimo-inns.co.uk.

The Kings Head

1 The Green, Winchmore Hill, N21 1BB

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