The north London neighbourhood that treads the fine line between city and suburbia, Finchley has always appealed to families. But now the area is bringing in young professionals attracted by reasonable prices and great transport links. House-hunting in Finchley? We’ve found the best spots to stop off for sustenance at different times of the day.
Best for breakfast
Jo and Al’s Bread & Butter Boutique, 65 Ballards Lane, N3, 020 8371 4400
Kickstart your day at this cafe and boulangerie in Finchley Central with something from its stacks of freshly baked croissants, danishes and muffins. Snacks, salads, light bites and great coffee are also on the menu at this pleasantly relaxed pit stop.
Coffee and cake break
Emporium Tea Room and Fancy Goods, 4-5 Cheapside, N2
Pick from an elegant array of herbal and black teas and Monmouth coffees at this retro-themed tea room, then pair your choice with hot buttered crumpets or one of the home-baked marvels on the counter. Emporium also showcases handicrafts by local entrepreneurs and hosts classes in knitting, crocheting, painting and French conversation.
Two Brothers Fish Restaurant, 297-303 Regent Park Road, N3
Fresh fish is delivered daily from Billingsgate and then cooked expertly at this homey family restaurant and takeaway. Choose from cod or halibut fried in matzo meal, plaice, skate, sardines and Arbroath smokies. Or if you’re feeling daring, why not tuck into some jellied eels as a nod to London’s gastronomic heritage?
Izgara, 11 Hendon Lane, N3
Great value Turkish restaurant serving up a fresh take on traditional fish and meat grills, alongside a great choice of vegetarian mains such as imam bayildi (stuffed aubergine) and sebzeli börek (pastry filled with potato and vegetables). Sure to please the most ardent meat-eater and veggie-enthusiast alike.
A well-earned drink
The Bald Faced Stag, 69 High Road, N2
Lounge on leather sofas in the spacious bar area of this grand gastropub, or opt to sit out under the shade of a sycamore tree in the buzzy beer garden. If you’re peckish, head for the rear dining room, tastefully decked out in dark wood hues and overlooked by an open-plan kitchen where chefs rustle up upmarket pub grub.