London’s leafy rural village of Highgate houses the worst-kept gastropub secret, which is the Red Lion and Sun.
The Red Lion and Sun has been the site of a pub since the 16th century, and has earned a reputation as the neighbourhood go-to place for great food. The pub is a melting pot of locals who can’t be bothered to cook, alongside those looking to have a blow-out on oysters and wine from the extensive list.
The pub has dubbed its menu as “rustic modern British pub food”, with meats supplied by Highgate Butchers and all other produce carefully sourced from respected producers, locally wherever possible.
Takeaway fish and chips is also offered every day from noon until 10pm, meaning locals always have somewhere to grab some great grub, no matter what time of day.
The daily changing menu relies heavily on a team of chefs who work with the freshest ingredients to produce a wide range of staples.
An all-season pub, you’ll either be looking to secure a place near the wood burner inside or a comfy spot to relax in the garden with some seafood and explore what is widely recognised as one of London’s best wine lists.
The pub’s interior is refreshing, some would say a New England boathouse feel, with white walls and light wood furniture.
On a Sunday you’d be forgiven for thinking the whole of north London descends on the pub. Sundays have become something of an institution – it’s the busiest day of the week – with tables scarce and four types of roast dinner taking the lead role.