Tenner or Less: Cue Point toastie, Rose and Crown

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Gooey, melted cheese, perfectly charred bloomer, and deliciously tender pork. What’s not to like?


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Where? Tucked away on Torriano Avenue, the much-loved watering hole, which reopened back in 2014, is a Kentish Town gem. Here’s a place where all of your craft beer needs will be met, and streetfood residencies roll every few months. BBQ and Beats aficionados Cue Point are currently at the helm – but only for a couple more weeks.

What? Cue Point are all about the long and slow, using their mobile smokehouse. They make all their powders, sauces and chutneys from scratch, and use smoking methods from across the US. We like the Texas Toastie, an indulgent take on an old fave: a toasted cheese sarnie with your choice of Boston Butt (that’s pork to you and me) or Beef Brisket.

Why? Who doesn’t love a cheese toastie? Add the aforementioned 16-hour smoked Boston Butt to their three-cheese blend (mozzarella and two types of cheddar), balance with a few pickles, and you’ve got a seriously good example of its genre. Gooey, stringy melted cheese, perfectly charred bloomer, and deliciously tender pork. This makes for more than just a snack – it’s rich and satisfying, and at £7.50, you’ve got enough change to buy half a pint to wash it down with. Tips? We like Brew by Numbers and Orchard Pig.

Notes: There are also BBQ mains and a selection of sides – think short rib wrap with slaw and BBQ sauce, pit-fried meaty means, and smoked pulled pork croquettes. The London based pop-up also takes custom orders, for if you want something a little different but aren’t sure what.

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Don’t: forget the Rose and Crown owners recently opened a second boozer, Brave Sir Robin in Crouch Hill. Twenty taps, a daily changing beer menu, cocktails and food (currently by Kjöt + Eldur). Why change a winning formula? We’ll be reviewing it asap so watch this space.

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Cue Point is at the Rose & Crown, 71-73 Torriano Avenue, NW5 until the end of February. Their Boston Butt Texas Toastie is £7.50.

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