Just a short walk from Camden and not too far from Hampstead is a trendy little place called Kentish Town.
But if you want to go to a real French bistro, and not have to jump on the Eurostar to get there, it’s time to head North to Patron Cave à Manger.
At Patron, we’re talking a cosy, Parisian style place with a short main menu of just five French classics, and a wine list fit for any white, red or rosé lover.
Leather booths, dim lighting and proper portions that will fill you up.
Just what we like to hear.
They serve brunch every weekend until 3 pm, and every other time you can be treated to a menu of things like…
French onion soup with giant cheesy croutons to start.
Warming and filling, it good could easily be eaten as a main with an extra side of bread and SMOKED butter…
Yes that’s the butter ^^^^^
Duck confit with buttery dauphinoise potatoes…
Or a melt in your mouth onglet steak with truffle infused fries…
A proper French feast.
You don’t have to go here and get all that if you don’t want to (although it’s highly recommended you do). It’s equally somewhere to go for people with smaller appetites or smaller budgets.
Perhaps all you fancy is a glass of wine and a small plate of something. A baked camembert to share or that massive soup you can easily get as a main. They have you covered too.
If you’re brave enough they do even so small plates of snails and frog legs.
… and however full you are after all that food, even if it’s to share, make sure you get a smooth and creamy creme brulee with its perfectly caramelised top to smash with your spoon.
Whether you go out for a big blowout occasion, or a small plate and glass of wine, you will have experienced rich, delicious, proper French food at Patron without stepping foot out of London.
So after all that food, you might be thinking where can I go for a few drinks before I head home? Well, lucky for you the people behind Patron have opened up a cheese and wine bar just two doors down. So you wont have to go far.
Full details on that in part 2. Watch this space.
Address: 26 Fortess Rd, London NW5 2HB
Telephone: 020 7813 2540
Nearest Station: Kentish Town
Friday 12–3pm, 5pm–12am
Saturday 10am–3pm, 5pm–12am
Sunday 10am–3pm, 5–10:30pm