Primeur

Paul Winch-Furness©
At Primeur, there’s a little of everything that has made the success of trendy places recently: an industrial decor in a converted garage, which name still stands on the front, a cool list of obviously natural wines, a few tapas and unstrained small plates from the open kitchen and a cheerful crowd. All topped up with the necessary motivation to walk 15 minutes from Highbury & Islington, in the middle of a residential area.

Locate the communal table where your booking is directly scribbled on with chalk, squeeze between your neighbours and look up to David Gingell's board: duck rillettes, Iberian jamón, mackerel-fennel-black olive, Romanesco-mustard yoghurt-almonds, bavette-roast radish-horseradish, caramel cream or summer pudding... Many European touches applied to seasonal British ingredients, to wash down largely with the funky natural numbers of the wine list.

Valentine Benoist

How much?

Snacks: £4.50-8 - Plates: £12-18 Cheese and puddings: £6.50-9 Wine: bottle from £25

Where, when, how?

Opening times: Tuesday-Thursday 5-10.30pm, Friday-Saturday 12-10.30pm, Sunday 12-5pm Location: 116 Petherton Road, London N5 2RT Tube stations: Canonbury, Highbury & Islington Reservation: yes Telephone: +44 (0)207 226 5271 primeurn5.co.uk