North London Food & Culture

Six Things We Learnt This Week

From the latest pop-ups to podcasts to streateries to catch before the autumn hits

1. You can brush your teeth to a podcast

During lockdown, NW1 institution Camden People’s Theatre worked tirelessly for the local community, including becoming a distribution hub for charity Food For All and supporting young people through isolation. With a grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation securing its short term future, the theatre has revealed some upcoming projects. First up is a podcast with its youth contingent: “Brushing Your Teeth with CYT” is a series of three-minute interviews and audio performances, the idea being you listen to them while you polish your molars. And put Sunday 27th September in your diary, as CPT hosts a socially distanced afternoon festival of culture celebrating Tolmer’s Square, Drummond Street and Foundry Mews. Residents will be able to watch from their balconies, windows and doors for free. Find out more here. Follow @camdenPT

Kentish Town’s very own Secret Artist’s take on the Camden People’s Theatre. Photo: PR

2. The Rose & Crown has bagged Yucatan (again)

Fiercely authentic Southern-Mexican food dons Yucatan seem to pop up in every hip nook and cranny across the capital: we’ve gobbled their awesome tacos everywhere from Mother Kelly’s in Vauxhall to Exale Tap Room in E17 (if you haven’t been, why not?) “It’s true,” confirms the Torriano Avenue boozer’s head honcho Ben, “@yucatanldn have returned to our pub as many times as Sharon Watts has to The Queen Vic in Eastenders. We welcome back Spencer to his spiritual home, serving up his tasty AF Tacos and burritos.” Yum, starts today (3rd Sept). Follow @roseandcrownnw5 for the latest, more here

3. Patron has extended its #EatOutToHelpOut

Now this is a good ‘un. Kentish Town’s loveliest bistro is telling locals to carry on supporting it every Mon-Wed in September to keep enjoying a tenner off per person on food and soft drinks. Now that there’s an autumnal nip in the air, we are simply all over the likes of onglet, duck confit and – damn it – that dauphinoise. Whatever Jan-1st-style diets we thought we’d enact after the summer can be shoved swiftly out of the window. Follow @patronnw5, more details here

Effortlessly chic. Photo: David Loftus.

4. Aces & Eights maintains socially distanced seating

Yep, we know every venue is trying their best on this, but it’s sure going to be harder as winter sets in. One joint we thought an especially Covid-safe indoor environment is this Fortess Road corner institution: well-spaced wooden booths and no other seating or, of course, standing, means it has a very different feel than its pre-virus incarnation, but is none the worse for it. Happy (mask-free) faces all round. 156-158 Fortess Road NW5


5. There may only be a few weeks left for cobbled Friday dining

What, you mean you haven’t checked this out? With the relaxed post-lockdown alfresco laws, every Friday evening over the summer the cute cobbled yard between Truffles and the Dartmouth Arms on York Rise has been abuzz with outdoor drinking and dining. Now that September is here, you might need a jacket, but enjoy it before autumn proper sweeps in. Check out the pizza specials from Truffles’ wood-fired oven with drinks from either its own bar (ours is a negroni) or the handy pub opposite. Follow @truffles_deli, York Rise NW5 every Friday evening

6. These two streateries are also worth a visit

Speaking of which, have you checked out revamped Belsize Village yet? The paved area between the two mostly independent retail parades has been a whole ‘streatery’ – ugly word, isn’t it? – of alfresco dining since July 4th. Meanwhile, down on Drummond Street, Euston’s own new streatery includes pavement widening and outdoor dining along the buzzy thoroughfare. Perfect to sample its many Indian and Asian restaurants: in fact, you can read an extremely comprehensive overview of the whole street right here.

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