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Meat people

A swanky butcher is opening on Fortess Road. And, elsewhere brace yourselves for a new French bakery and twice-weekly fishmonger. My word, it's like the 1940s all over again!

Nice: Meat N16 exterior in Stoke Newington

A good local butcher is a rarity these days, so imagine our delight when we heard that highly respectable carnivores Meat N16, who have been carving a name for themselves on Stoke Newington Church Street for the past two years, are poised to open up their second store slap bang in the middle of NW5. Well, at the Tufnell Park end, to be fair.

“Fortess Road and the surrounding area is vibrant and interesting,” says head Meat bloke Paul Grout. “There’s a good residential community, with very interesting cafes, great pubs, nice boutiques. But we also wanted to bring something new.”

MeatN16 counter

So what goodies can Kentishtowners expect in the new branch that Stokey folk won’t be able to get their mitts on? “NW5 will have a dedicated charcuterie section, which N16 doesn’t,” says Paul, “and also a much larger, more eclectic cheese section.” Sound tasty? Well, expect mouth-watering treats like “fabulous pork from Sussex” and “delicious veal from the Cotswolds.”

And there’s more. Paul was keen to stress that Meat NW5 won’t just be a shop, but rather an important part of ethos of the area. Their Twitter feed is a constant source of local food-envy, with daily photos of gooey scotch eggs, huge legs of lamb and the wedge of cheese.


“We’re all about contributing to the community. We’re steadfast in that ambition. In N16, we offer support to local schools, for summer or Christmas fairs, and sponsor a local ‘mini’ football league for kids. We hope to do something similar at NW5.”

If that’s not too much excitement for one day, in other independent shop news, a highly popular established business are set to open a – drum roll – French bakery on Kentish Town Road very soon. And if you haven’t yet supported the new twice-weekly fishmonger’s on Queen’s Crescent (Thursdays and Saturdays) head there forthwith for some bargainous piscine catches (we particularly like the four sea bream for a tenner, or whole salmon for just £15).

Additional words by Stephen Emms

Meat NW5 opens 25th February at 147 Fortess Road. Follow them on Twitter @meatnw5 for updates. We’ll keep you posted about the bakery, natch.

11 thoughts on “Meat people”

  1. Excellent development! Whilst my loyalty remains with Harry’s, it is positively thrilling to see our neighbourhood welcoming small business owners! Hurrah for NW5!

  2. Speaking of Fishmongers – have you guys checked out the new Fishmonger on Junction Rd as you get up to Archway? I know it’s getting out of K Town, but the selection is good, stuff has looked fresh, and the guys are nice. Sign says from Billingsgate daily…

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