A Story of Home Highbury Area Guide
Highbury is a leafy suburb in North London with rows upon rows of pretty terrace houses, tree lined streets, and green open spaces. Highbury shouldn’t be overlooked as it is quieter than Angel or Islington, and has a charm of its own with a more residential laidback feel.
Along with some independent shopping and delightful delis, Highbury also has some exciting bars, pubs and restaurants that more than live up to the establishments of its busier neighbours. It even has a refurbished live music venue, which doubles up as a club.
It’s hard to find faults with Highbury, tucked away from the hustle and bustle, yet close enough to the action, Highbury is not as quiet as it seems.
Here is our SoH. guide to Highbury.
Blighty is a coffee shop with a difference! Great food, excellent service, quirky décor and even better coffee, all in the heart of Blackstock Road. There’s a lounge area and garden, complete with an air-raid shelter and table tennis, which is the perfect place to relax for a few hours.
BEST FOR FROMAGE
La Fromagerie sells mouth watering cheeses. The shop doubles up as a café, serving charcuterie alongside the very best cheese and a wonderful wine list. If you are stuck for choice, the waiters will happily recommend the wine to pair with your cheese. The changing menu highlights different farmhouse cheese chosen by the cheesemongers, with seasonal produce and wines. There is a monthly supper club, and every Friday they have a cheese and wine night with fondue, raclette and charcuterie boards. We recommend that you book in advance.
“Highbury shouldn’t be overlooked as it is quieter than Angel or Islington, and has a charm of its own with a more residential laidback feel.”
Godfreys is a family run master butchers that has been in the same family for over a century and is still in the pursuit of excellence today. Try the famous Lincolnshire sausage, a recipe that has been in the family and has been made on site since 1905.
I’LL TAKE A TOP UP
Linden Stores is a locally run wine shop and restaurant, that stocks and sells only the finest selection of wine and food. The expert team will be able to assist you in selecting a bottle or two. Or if you decide to hang out in the restaurant, they will suggest the perfect glass to go with your small plates.
FOLLOW THE TRENDIES
Franks Canteen is a trendy spot for brunch, lunch and dinner. If you live in Highbury, you will find it hard to resist the menu that is changed weekly, depending on what is available and in season. On weekdays, the café is popular place for young professionals and freelancers.
The sister restaurant to Primeur in Stoke Newington, Westerns Laundry serves delicious small plates. Simplistic yet stylish interiors are matched by complex flavours. Specialising in modern European cuisine and seafood, the restaurant has a changing daily menu which is featured on the blackboard. There is also a diverse wine menu to accompany your meal.
Farang, which means ‘foreigner’ in Thai is a delightful restaurant that takes authentic flavours from Thailand and infuses them with a British twist. Whether you like your food spicy or aromatic, each of the dishes are labelled to suit your taste. The Pàk-Ká-Náa, roasted cavolo nero crisps and spicy south coconut curry is fantastic. There is also a vegan and vegetarian menu making the restaurant a good choice to accommodate big groups and those with dietary requirements.
Trullo offers a carefully crafted menu making it the dining spot of choice for those living in Highbury and Islington. The restaurant serves Italian inspired handmade pasta dishes. The pasta is rolled daily in the authentic Italian way, whilst meat and fish are cooked over burning coals. The menus change regularly depending on the seasonal produce available. Highlights include tomato beef ragu and creamy cavatelli with greens. This is the sister restaurant to modern bistro, Padella, in Borough Market.
A GREAT CATCH
This restaurant began life as a fish mongers, but Prawn on the Lawn is now one of the most stylish fishmongers you will find. Evolving ito a restaurant serving only the freshest seafood. Choose from the eclectic tapas style dishes or larger crab or lobster platters. All perfect for sharing with friends or loved ones. You’ll also find a varied drinks menu of cocktails, wines, beers and bubbly to choose from.