If you’re crawling the mean streets of both Camden and Kentish Town this weekend, we a) hope the rain isn’t biblical like last year and b) recommend no better, or healthier, pitstop than the Kentish Canteen, which is offering a delicious (dare we say chic) home-made Camden Crawl Burger, with fries and coleslaw, for just £8* (usual price £9.75). Even better, throw in a glass of house wine, bottle of local Camden Town lager, or a Luscombe’s juice – and they’ll call it a tenner.
Kentish Canteen is situated just about opposite the Bull & Gate, and the Forum, both key players, of course, at this weekend’s Crawl. And since this all day diner received rave reviews in The Guardian, Times and Time Out it’s been getting very popular indeed – due largely to its stylish, airy interior, and very current approach to modern London dining, ie it’s all about small and sharing plates, and offers a daily evolving menu from breakfast to dinner.
On fine days – like this weekend, we hope – there’s a 20-cover alfresco terrace allowing punters to sit and watch the bustling streetlife (and the Crawl is all about people-watching, trust us), perhaps whilst sharing a Summer Pitcher (1 litre jugs, serve 4,£16.50). Personally, we recommend the zesty Spring Break (Vodka, Triple Sec, fresh orange, passion fruit, ginger ale), but perhaps you see yourself as more of an English Julep kinda person (SipSmith London gin, Earl Grey, elderflower, mint, lemon)?
And the Canteen is not just about burgers. Oh no. Fresh on the Spring menu is, for example, bruschetta of crushed broad beans, peas & mint and Swaledale goat’s cheese (£5.50) or a selection of salads (£3.95-£6.75), which change weekly (things like sweet potato and parsnip fritters, sour cream, tomato and jalapeno salsa, or radicchio, wild garlic, grapes, and radish, or puy lentils, oven dried tomato, red onion and blue cheese).
For the hungrier, full mains include delights like pork loin chop with roasted Bramleys, white bean cassoulet (£10.75), hake with green sauce, new potatoes and salad (£13.50), or roast lamb rump with crushed new potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli, rich red wine and rosemary jus (£14.75).
Kentish Canteen is the brainchild of Owen Crinnigan and Wendy Sinclair, who run PJ’s Bar and Grill in Covent Garden, which they founded back in 1982.
“We were interested in creating a modern, local eatery with top produce, simply cooked and presented,” says Wendy. “We believe Kentish Town is the next north London hotspot, with its incredibly diverse community and flourishing galleries, bars and music venues. But what we like most is its localness and want to become known as the place to pop into for a quick plate or two and a glass of wine – or even a celebratory three-course dinner.”
So pop in there. And get in touch for the full food & drink menu, or if you wish to review the joint.
*Offer runs from April 30 to May 1 only.