Ten years ago, I loved Camden for Punkyfish and Wagamama. In recent years there’s not been much to love about it if you’ve not got a penchant for pushing past tourists buying Amy Winehouse t-shirts and MSG-laced tubs of noodles. But it’s on its way back, and there are now a few spots to eat very well in NW1. Porky’s is the newest of them.
It’s got all the exposed brickwork and filament lamps of your Russell Norman joint of choice, but with a far cheerier countenance. No good coming to Camden to be seen, so better to just settle in and have a great time in the care of the smiley staff and very well-stocked bar.
The food is great. The Porky’s burger, with juicy beef patty, pulled pork, cheese and bacon sounds a bit much but was rich and delicious in all the right ways, with no grease-guilt to follow. Sides of crunchy sweet potato fries, smokey BBQ beans, crisp coleslaw and soft garlic brioche toast helped us get so full that we couldn’t manage pudding. I made do with the bourbon (GEDDIT?) biscuit which came alongside the jam julep.
The dude food thing has been done, of course, and it would take something really spectacular to topple Pitt Cue from its BBQ top spot, but for a fun, friendly feed you’ll find Porky’s a real treat.
18a Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AG, 0207 428 0998