A Tenner Or Less: #4, Buttermilk chicken, Smoking Buns


The best breast in the postcode? This Rose & Crown kitchen residency comes pretty damn near



The real deal: insanely tasty poultry at the Rose & Crown. Photo: Smoking Buns
The real deal: insanely tasty poultry at the Rose & Crown. Photo: Smoking Buns

Where? You know, the former Torriano pub in east Kentish Town that last year re-emerged, like a butterfly, as the Rose & Crown, with its simple, pared-back interior, emphasis on craft beers, cocktails and mahoosive nightly arts line-up in the downstairs basement.

What? Buttermilk chicken suffers from its own hype a bit nowadays. But this brioche burger (£8.50) is packed with tender marinated juicy breast, crunchy batter, a hash brown, slither of cheese and special mayo: the real deal.

Eat in the Rose & Crown garden before the weather turns: isn't it nice now? Photo: SE
Eat in the Rose & Crown garden before the weather turns: isn’t it nice now? Photo: SE
Why? Founder Greg Tovey knows his streetfood, having set up stall at almost every festival and market across the country. You might have even tried his Squid and Pig stall at Alma Street Fair in July.

Notes? We also enjoyed a lobster roll, but that’s £12 and therefore disqualified from this column. Chips are skinny, light and crispy. Chipotle slaw crams heat and creaminess in equal measures. Eat outside in the sunken garden by the “smoking” kitchen for maximum authenticity – at least before winter hits.

Don’t: drink wine, as craft beers are the Rose & Crown’s speciality. Try Beavertown Gamma Ray or cleverly-named N253 pale ale.

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Food served Thursday to Sundays, 71-73 Torriano Ave NW5

Amendment Oct 5th: Smoking Buns is no longer at Rose & Crown. Follow them on Twitter for more info @smokingbuns


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