As a born and bred Crouch Ender it’s always nice to see new restaurants on the Broadway popping up, hoping that they’ll be a good one and survive the high rent. Heirloom opened up towards the beginning of the year taking advantage of the large space which has been a bit of a curse in Crouch End for restaurants not surviving. Heirloom’s vegetables are all grown in their Buckinghamshire farm and the rare-breed meats are all perfectly chosen for their daily changing menu.
Heirloom’s menu makes it stand out from the rest of the Crouch End restaurants, not overly priced but still offering top quality food and interesting combinations. They also offer a tasting menu at £45 for 7 courses which is decent pricing for the food they offer.
I’d recommend the nibbles while you order the food, tasty sourdough bread with an interesting beef dripping dip which don’t get too put off when it goes solid after awhile! The Lord Burgh fritters were a treat, melted cheese with a crispy outside that were incredibly moorish.
Starters, first up was the Cornish crab with fennel mayonnaise and crostini. The crab was very tasty and a nice wafer thin crostini, although a little too oily.
Next was the half pint of Mylor prawns with aioli, once you get over the fiddly task of de-shelling them all the prawns went down far too quickly. The aioli was very garlicky, so beware if you’re heading out after!
Mains were very tricky to choose from, Lawrence made the first choice of Cornish Halibut with green split peas, ham hock, cavolo nero and fennel mayonnaise. The fish was flaky and well seasoned with the texture of the split green peas going incredibly well with the rest of it.
My choice was the wood pigeon with purple carrots (a first for me), coco beans and duck sausage. The duck sausage was rich and full of flavours with the coco beans having a similar texture to baked beans.
Mum being as generous as she is, gave us a taster of her huge steak which was juicy and accompanied by crispy fat chips – good hearty meal.
Now after a few glasses of lovely wine throughout the meal it was time to look at the puddings. I couldn’t resist the 4 cheeses for £8 and was presented with a very large platter with a mountain of biscuits. The Burwash Rose was a lovely soft cheese which is washed in English rose water, which went well with the pear chutney.
The food and service was great and it’s a great addition to Crouch End, I’m sorry to say that Honeymoon the previous chinese restaurant won’t be missed. Locals pop on down and support them to make sure it lasts.