Located a stone’s throw from Alexandra Palace – opposite Ally Pally station in fact – sits The Starting Gate, popular with the locals, dog-walkers and thirsty gig goers alike. It recently reopened its doors after undergoing a swanky refurbishment.
The Grade II-listed building now looks a whole lot smarter, what with its wood-paneled walls and charming furnishings – a perfect respite for a quick drink this summer, especially as the pub boasts a charming courtyard garden.
Most exciting of all in this quintessentially British pub is the menu: from bar platters that include pork sliders to hake in cider and tarragon batter, with pea puree and chips, it’s pub grub done well. There’s a weekend brunch menu to look nurse those hangovers with, too. Cures include eggy bread with grilled bacon and maple syrup and Yorkshire gammon ham with baked beef tomato and two free range eggs. Oh, and don’t forget the Sunday roast’s, already proving to be hugely popular.
On our visit we went for two pub favourites: sausage and mash, and steak. The free range Cherry Orchard sausages are exquisite and work amazingly well with the beer mustard mash and red wine gravy. A truly boozy, British affair. The 9oz West Country rump steak, meanwhile was cooked perfectly, giving the meat that mouth-watering chargrilled taste.
One tip, try the Scotch egg while you’re here, even if you’re not hungry. It’ll be worth it.