I’ve lived in Archway for over seven years now (it will be eight in May), and I really love the area. I only really bought here because I couldn’t afford Camden or Kentish Town, but a) I’m still really near both and b) Archway has got a few gems in its own right. One of them is the St John’s Tavern a proper, gorgeous gastropub that’s only a teensy bit pretentious sometimes (with its home made Scotch eggs and the like…) But its food is the business; good, hearty, proper cooking, with a regularly changing menu that seems to stick to what’s in season. It’s also the perfect place to go with parents; the dining room is covered in a range of interesting paintings and drawings (some with semi naked ladies on – always a good talking point), and if you get a leather booth, you’re there for the night.

We went with my best friend from home, Dan, and scoured the blackboards for starters and mains. My (Scottish) dad was pretty devastated to find that both the haggis starter and the venison main had run out but consoled himself with octopus with chick peas followed by roast lamb. My mum had the cauliflower and cheese soup (mmm, creamy!) and vegetable lasagne. Dan had whole sea bass with green salsa and vegetables, while I had the (very interesting) bacon and snail pizza followed by half a roast chicken with pommes dauphinoise and greens. It says much about how hearty it was that we couldn’t order dessert. Not even one and four spoons. Gutted.