Top 10: new openings 2018

From vegan diners to ramen joints and tiny wine bars, here’s our rundown of the best

It may not have quite been a vintage year for the neighbourhood’s food and drink scene, but most of the newcomers that did open their doors had something rather special to offer.

Here’s a useful reminder of the latest pit stops to fill your face over the festive period in Kentish Town, Camden Town, Tufnell Park and Primrose Hill – in no particular order, of course.

Pho Ta

Flawless Vietnamese pho, summer rolls and buns in a handy backstreet location. Plus it’s BYO wine (£5 corkage). 85 Willes Road NW5, read our review.

Lady Hamilton

Instantly fantastic reinvention of the landmark corner pub that was most recently Camden’s Daughter – see our review published yesterday here. 291 Kentish Town Road NW5


The best vegan pizza in the capital, with probably the most enviable sides of any wood-fired parlour around. And woof, it’s doggy-friendly. 43 Parkway NW1, read our review.

Ramo Ramen
The chicken sopas: a must at Ramo. Photo: SE

Ramo Ramen

Outstanding chicken sopas; but it’d be even better if they brought back the BYO wine policy as with sister restaurant Bintang. 157 Kentish Town Road NW1, read our review.


Gorgeous tiny addition to NW5, in all its £3.50-a-glass house wine #realness. Charcuterie and cheese plates soak up the plonk. 16 Fortess Road NW5, read our review.

The Belrose

Quality wood-fired pizza and Italian small plates at this revived Haverstock Hill gastropub and microbrewery. But how about switching off the relentless sports on the telly? 94 Haverstock Hill NW3, read our review.

Lords of Poke

Our instant go-to for ace Hawaiian-inspired bowls of raw salmon and tuna piled with healthy toppings and textural flavours – all for under a tenner. Camden Market NW1, read our review.

La Ferme London. Photo: PR


Beautiful interior, well-curated groceries and great wine…but with two basic 175ml glasses of red (and service charge) hitting a hefty £20 on our last visit, this is something of a treat-only spot. 114 Fortess Road NW5, read our review.

Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner

Along with Purezza, our other top vegan new arrival, and the only plant-based joint where we really rate the seitan. North Yard, Camden Market NW1, read our review.

La Ferme

Excellent value for the £15 set two-course market menu at this sister restaurant to the Clerkenwell original in Primrose Hill. Regent’s Park Road NW1, read our review.


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