Over the last year I have been occasionally holding the fort on the manned camera at Holy Trinity Brompton church, and on those Sundays, the lovely Andrew Luscombe has met me and taken me for a much needed roast dinner.
It has become a bit of standing joke though, the amount of potatoes served up at any of these places we visit which never seem to exceed 3. So far the best we have found in London, so far, is the Landseer Pub in North London.
It is located on Landseer Rd, in between Finsbury Park and Archway stations (probably nearer the latter).
The building itself is rather beautiful, with the tables being in the conservatory. When we visited last Sunday I was going to ask for pork as I just wanted the crackling, it turns out that the pork had run out and so I asked for chicken instead. Rather cheekily, I asked if there were any crackling left over. There was!
As you sit down you are given bread, and balsamic vinegar/ olive oil to keep you going.
The chicken was delicious, as was the stuffing. The crackling was not as crackling as I expected it could be, but I was too chuffed to have any at all to mind this much. There were some nice veg, can't remember which but at least that means they were not memorable in a bad way! And the meal was served with one large potato, cut in to two pieces. Whilst I think this is rather puny on one hand, they tasted nice and I was unable to finish the generous sized portion of a meal so I think it was probably enough. Also I have been to places that serve two bits of potato which are tiny (very stingy!).
The service is prompt and polite but not particularly friendly (not unfriendly as such, just not jolly). I often find the weekend service at pubs and bars is not as friendly as their week time counterparts as the staff changes.
One of the Landseer's best assets is it's location on quiet backstreets, looking on to a children's playground. A nice place for families to go out for their sunday lunch when relatives are in town I imagine!
The roasts were around £10 / £11 each. All in all, I'd recommend it as a good place for locals to check out, definitely one of the better places to do roasts, and I think they offer good value for money.
If jolly, friendly staff are more your thing, save your money and visit The Front Room, Tollington Park during the week!