North London Food & Culture


Beer, bagels and posh roasts! Things to look out for in September

Camden Beer Festival, plus Parakeet news and a hot new bagel store

The Parakeet: Sunday roasts and new quiz night

A seasonal Sunday Roast menu has just launched at Kentish Town’s smash hit pub. Autumnal diners can expect a fresh take on the roast based around fire cooking, and dishes will include a flame-grilled leg of lamb for four (pictured below) and roast chicken, pre-brined and roasted in hay to give it a rich smoky flavour. Also on the menu is salt-aged roast topside beef and lamb rump – both cooked over charcoal and wood on their custom-made grill, as well as celeriac wellington. All dishes are served with spring greens, roast potatoes with herbs and garlic, seasonal root veg, Yorkshire pudding, and carrot & swede puree. Meanwhile on Tuesdays, pub quiz aficionados should head down on Tuesday nights for the interactive new weekly pub quiz. Follow @the_parakeet

Roasts at the Parakeet. Photo: Justin De Souza

It’s Bagels comes to Primrose

Occupying the former Primrose Hill Butchers, this uber-popular new bagel cafe is the brainchild of Dan Martensen, a fashion and portrait photographer. As well as the freshly baked plain, poppy, sesame, garlic, onion, and cinnamon and raisin bagels, there’ll be salted, pumpernickel and Rainbow (only on weekends) bagels. There’ll be a selection of plain and flavoured ‘schmears’ (cream cheeses) in pots from £4; smoked lox, haddock and caviar from £13; as well as traditional NY style ‘salads’ such as tunafish, egg and whitefish from £4.50. Filled bagels will include cream cheese with lox, onion, capers, lemon and tomato, and bacon, egg, cheese, salt, pepper, ketchup, the BLT and the American classic – PB & J (peanut butter and jelly). Sounds delish. It’s Bagels is at 65 Regent’s Park Road. Follow @its_bagels

Oh my: It’s Bagels. Photo: PR

Camden Beer Festival is here

They picked the right week for it, anyway. This Friday at Camden Market pub The Farrier (conveniently near Morrison’s on Chalk Farm Road) there’s set to be a sunny evening of beer, food, games and a chance to speak to a load of beery experts. Here’s how it works: tickets get you entry, a limited edition tasting glass (which you can take home) and three beer tokens (one beer token can be exchanged for one can, bottle or half a pint from the guest breweries). They’ll be serving a full bar alongside the breweries, which include Camden’s Three Locks, Leyton’s Nirvana and south-east London’s Gipsy Hill. Beer tokens will also be sold on the day in the restored ex-horse hospital building, and there’s chicken wings to soak up the booze. Friday 8th Sept @thefarriercamden, 5pm-late, get tickets here.

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