If you’re one of those Londoners who likes to slap labels on things and needs to know whether a place is a pub, a bar or a proper restaurant, Bergen House is going to be confusing. It’s a Newington Green local, but it’s not a pub. It has a fully stocked bar, but it doesn’t do cocktails. It serves one of the best steaks we’ve had in a while, but it’s not open for weekday lunch. Before you scream “Bergen House, what are you?” at nobody in particular and run to your nearest gastropub, go and check it out. Take a seat at the bar, order a beer and get talking to your neighbour. Before you know it you’ll be sharing food like you’re old friends. It’s just that kind of a place, and we’re jealous of anyone who lives within staggering distance of it.
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Shambol Shiok is a neighbourhood favourite serving Malay specialties on the Holloway Road. Come for the laksa and stay for the shrimp sweats.
Trattoria N16 is an all-day café situation and neighbourhood hangout on Newington Green serving very decent wood fire pizzas.
Provisions is a casual wine and cheese shop on Holloway Road where you can stand around with friends date, drinking great wine and nibbling bread.
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Smiths of Smithfield
Smiths of Smithfield is big on meat, upstairs is corporate card territory, but the café downstairs serves reasonably priced sandwiches and burgers.
Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte
Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte keep their menu simple - steak and chips is what you are here for, because that’s all they serve. And it’s quite good.
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