Homegirl London’s Food Review: Heirloom Restaurant. It’s well worth travelling to Crouch End N8 if you want to taste incredible vegetable varieties on their own or perefectly paired with fish and meat. With a well thought out menu delivering interesting flavour combinations, you can satisfy all your foodie friends in one sitting! If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Crouch End, Saturday brunch in North London or Sunday roast in N8, you must check out Heirloom Restaurant.
“Savour fabulous and fresh vegetable varieties grown by the owners while you relax with a chilled glass of biodynamic wine,” Homegirl London
Heirloom Restaurant Menu
The menu features modern British dishes which change daily and include seasonal ingredients. They have a vegetable and herb growing project in rural Buckinghamshire where produce thrives in a poly-tunnel. This is overseen by the Produce Director, David Macintosh, who grows interesting veg varieties. The Chef Director is Ian Macintosh who delivers an A La Cart menu on Tuesday through to Saturday. He also manages to throw a darn good brunch on Saturday and roast on Sunday.
Heirloom Beetroot Starter
We visited for dinner on a Wednesday night so I’ll talk you through that menu and hopefully you’ll get a good idea of what to expect. You can order a few snacks like sourdough bread, Lord Burgh cheese fritters, ham hock and chicken terrine or Iberico Bellota shoulder ham with cherries. We went straight to the starters instead. Vegetarian options included handmade burrata which I tried. It was deliciously creamy and quite refreshing on the hot, balmy summers evening. It was presented with slithers of peach, cucumber ribbons, chicory and thyme. My friend tried the beetroots with goat’s cheese, buttermilk, walnuts, raspberries and vinegar which tasted earthy and sweet.
Handmade Burrata Starter
Homeboy went for the Portland white crab which he thoroughly enjoyed. This was combined with Provence tomato, saffron mayo and purple rocket. Other starters included razor clams served with panzanella, harissa and chilli sausage. Meat eaters can enjoy the rare venison or homemade black pudding.
Portland White Crab Starter
My friend had the Cornish turbot for his main which looked succulent and perfectly cooked, this was accompanied by a shellfish bisque. With baby leeks, broad beans, fennel and chervil, it was as delightful to admire as it was to eat. He was debating whether to try the 32 day aged Hertford sirloin or the 42 day aged Red Sussex rib eye. These were 50% off on Tuesday and Wednesday but it was so hot that he opted for the lighter fish option instead. Suckling pig belly with apple, celery, charred turnip, grelot onion and kohirabi was another option.
Cornish Turbot Main
Homeboy and I shared two vegetarian plates. The yellow heritage courgettes were accompanied by goat’s curd, truffle honey (loved that), broad beans and girolles, it was a wonderful plate. We also tucked into the sweetcorn gnocchi which sounded weird but wasn’t. With a romesco sauce, cherry tomatoes and sprouting broccoli, it was filling and an interesting dish.
Sweetcorn Gnocci Main
We ordered both desserts. These were English strawberries served on top of Amalfi lemon posset, verbena, slithers of meringue (which looked like feta cheese) and a strawberry sorbet. The other dessert was a dark chocolate and peanut butter tart. This was very decadent but thankfully offset with milk ice cream plus some sweet cherries. The other option was British cheeses but we were too full to order that. To give you the idea of price points, the starters are £6.50-9, mains £15-27, desserts £7 and you get three cheeses for £7.50 or five for £11.
Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Tart
Drinks included an extensive cocktail list, some of which are infused with herbs or plants grown on the farm. The wines include Old World wine along with natural and biodynamic varieties. Many can be ordered by the glass. They also have a few beers, Cornish ciders and soft drinks like their homemade ice tea which was very good.
Heirloom Restaurant Interiors
This restaurant is situated on a busy street but luckily inside it’s a calm and relaxed space thanks to the low key, charming décor. You’ll see a large hand-crafted bar where your cocktail will be mixed. Diners can sit in the bar area or the dining room which is quieter. Decoration is in the form of wall hung planters and rustic furniture. You might feel as though you’re on holiday in a Provence farmhouse rather than in the middle of Crouch End.
Heirloom Restaurant Information
To find out more about this eatery go to the Heirloom Restaurant Website. The address is 33-35 Park Road, Crouch End, London N8 8TE. The nearest station is Crouch Hill Overground and a walk or bus ride. Or travel to Finsbury Park and get the W7 bus. Current opening times listed are Tuesday to Friday 5pm until 11pm, Saturday 11am until 11pm and Sunday 12pm until 6pm. Enjoy my lovelies!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London and the interiors photograph from the restaurant website. Thanks: Rich and Homeboy for dining with me.