The Lord Palmerston
Tufnell Park, London
Reviewed by Hannah Leslie
The Lord Palmerston in Tufnell Park is a lovely place to be on a sunny afternoon. With table benches outside, and plenty of well-lit space inside, this cheerful gastropub has a lot to offer. It is especially perfect for those who have dogs, as whilst we were there a few people popped in for a drink or some food and were allowed to have their dogs come in with them. The atmosphere was nice and relaxed, and you weren’t constantly pestered by the waiter like you are in other gastropubs. We were told we could sit wherever we liked, and the friendly Italian waiter served us quickly and in a friendly manner. We felt like we had some privacy though, and could just enjoy our drinks knowing that should we want or need anything we could simply ask.
Food wise, it was impressive. The Lord Palmerston offers a real variety of foods varying from chicken to squid and some vegetarian options. There really is something for everyone. Price wise I have to admit that it would be out of my normal budget for a lunchtime meal and the portions weren’t particularly big, but it was nonetheless extremely enjoyable.
I had the tea smoked duck with cherry dressing for my starter, the wood pigeon, bacon, pea and bitter leaves salad for my main and the cheese board for the dessert. I have to say that I really enjoyed all of these and they were not things that I would normally have opted for. The flavours were delicate and subtle but really tasty. My partner had the merguez sausage and alioli starter, for his main he had sirloin steak with blue cheese sauce and triple cooked chips (I pinched a bit of his steak and whilst it wasn’t particularly big it was gorgeous quality and perfectly cooked, and the flavour of the sauce was divine). To finish he had the dark chocolate and Guinness brownie with ice cream. He thoroughly enjoyed each of his dishes, and in contrast to my choices the flavours were nice and bold. There really is a good variety in their menu. The red wine that we shared was also really lovely.
The toilets looked like they had recently been redone and were very stylish. I noticed signs around the bar stating that they hold master classes in artisan bread and salami that you could book onto for £25. I think that’s a really interesting thing to offer and sets The Lord Palmerston apart from other pubs.
On the whole, I’d give The Lord Palmerston 4 out of 5 because the atmosphere and food were both really enjoyable but the prices are a little high. I would recommend for couples and dog walkers who fancy somewhere they can refresh themselves with a cool drink and a bite to eat.
For more information or to book a table visit www.thelordpalmerston.co.uk