My spotlight feature is back! Part of my job involves working in different areas of London this gives me an ideal opportunity to visit areas. So my recent find is Highbury Barn, situated in Islington. It is a short walk from Highbury and Islington Tube Station or Arsenal Tube. It has a village type atmosphere and a variety of independent shops and cafes.
Where to eat & drink in
The Highbury Barn Pub this is a great Gastro style pub built around 1740, with a relaxed atmosphere, serving tasty home cooked food. I particularly like the Victorian style of this pub, it has gorgeous period features.
If you are planning a visit I would highly recommend the Steak Sandwich and Chips. The Chips are hand cut and are delicious and I really like the alternative brand of Ketchup they serve Stokes I’m going to have to get hold of a supply of this.
Highness Cafe & Tea Room I absolutely love this family run cafe. It has a real old style original charm to it. Their home made cakes are to die for. I would recommend their peanut butter bread cake, the icing is just melt in the mouth. The coffee they serve is always made to a high standard.
If you are looking for an alternative to a sandwich for lunch The Highness offers lots of options such as the ham and potato cake, a variety of tasty salads and soups. Some items on the menu are also gluten free.
Where to shop
Mrs Lovell’s Greengrocers is a great local shop with a huge variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus a section of plants and cut flowers.
If you love high quality cheese then you can’t go wrong at La Fromagerie. Their branch in Highbury (they also have another shop in Marylebone) has a wonderful cold cheese room to explore, Charcuterie and a Cafe area. The business has been running since 2002 and the owners still source their cheeses from various parts of Europe. I can throughly recommend the chocolate brownies too.
If you are looking for an original gift why not pop into To Be Established? This independent shop sells a lovely range of cards, gifts and toys. It is well supported by the local community as I am told it has been in Highbury Barn for over twenty years.
A piece of green space
After all that shopping why not go for a walk in Highbury Fields? At twenty Nine acres it is the largest open space in the borough. Around the edges of the park you will find some interesting historic residential buildings.
Get your coffee Fix
The mobile coffee van The Daily Grind in Highbury Fields won’t disappoint. High quality coffee served outdoors (with an under cover seated area).
A piece of history
Look out for the Victorian Clock Tower at Highbury Quadrant which was built for the celebration of Queen Victoria in 1897
I hope you have enjoyed reading my Spotlight feature? Let me know where you like to go in Highbury Barn? With area do you think I should feature next?