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.
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
Telephone: +44 (0)207 226 5271