The Farrier keeps the gravy and the wine flowing.
Of all the things Camden Market has – street food, vintage looks, Cyberdog – it’s been a touch lacking in pubs this whole time. And since Secret London HQ is literally a stone’s throw away, that’s a Pretty Big Deal for us. Happily, though, the area has welcomed a shiny new pub and restaurant: The Farrier. Located in the old horse hospital, the new pub boasts high-quality cooking, epic Sunday roasts, and most excitingly (in our view, at least) a floor-to-ceiling wall of wine!
It’s Camden Market’s first proper pub, and The Farrier team have brought in the big guns to shape it into one of the city’s best. Chef Ash Finch is running the kitchen, after having trained under acclaimed chefs Alain Ducasse, Rene Redzepi, and Marcus Wareing. That’s quite the hat-trick, and pretty much guarantees that his seasonal menu, stuffed full of rustic dishes that highlight the quality of British produce, is a must-try. Game pie, crab mac & cheese, wild smoked pigeon, and salt baked squash are just few of the highlights.
Speaking of must-tries, we’ve been given an exclusive peek at The Farrier’s Sunday roasts, and the only words that come to mind are “utterly banging”. The pub will work closely with family-run butchers HG Walter to create their ‘Sharing Roasts’; seasonally-changing whole roast poultry, meat, or game which guests are invited to carve themselves at the table. Naturally, they’ll be accompanied by all the trimmings, plus bottomless gravy!
But let’s not stop there. As with most elaborate meals, there are usually leftovers (in the kitchen, probably not on your plate). And The Farrier won’t let those go to waste, oh no. Instead, they’ve invented our new favourite Monday lunch: The Roastie Toastie. Picture this: Sunday’s leftovers of beef or lamb, stuffed between two slices of freshly baked focaccia, smothered in cauliflower cheese sauce and gravy. You also get a personal gravy jug on top, for good measure. The vegetarian version packs all the roast trimmings and a yorkshire pudding, which sounds incredible even to meat lovers. The Roastie Toastie will be available on Mondays from 1pm, until the leftovers run out. Which probably won’t take long, TBH.
The Farrier is also hoping to introduce special dining events, including nose to tail dinner and tasting menus created from urban foraged ingredients. So, we’ve established that it’s paradise for foodies, and The Farrier is pretty easy on the eyes too. Sumptuous marble countertops and stylish cast iron fittings complement the bare brick of the restored building, and there’s even a hidden courtyard with a firepit and outdoor covered seating.
Oh, and if the only words you’ve taken away from this article thus far are ‘wine wall’, then here’s the stuff you’ll be keen to know. That wine wall stretches from floor to ceiling, and even has a sliding ladder to snaffle bottles on the highest shelves. (Yes, I need this in my house too.) It boasts an extensive selection of artisan and natural wines, including biodynamic and organic wines from small producers across the world. English sparkling wine from East Sussex, easy-drinking reds from Portugal, and unusual orange wines from Germany are just some of the vintages they’re most excited to show off. Plus, they’ll periodically uncork some of their more premium offerings, to give guests to sample them by the glass.
The Farrier had been delayed four months due to the lockdown, but it’s excellent proof that good things come to those who wait. And Sunday roasts and wine walls are very, very good things indeed! Find out more about The Farrier from the website.
Check out even more Camden pubs to visit here.
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