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The Leconfield Pub, Stoke Newington

WHAT? Towering roast dinners and hearty homemade desserts in a perfectly pretty setting strung with fairy lights and greenery, where dogs are welcome and board games strongly encouraged.

The Leconfield pub occupies an historic site, the original public house dating back as far as 1829. Now you’re more likely to see live jazz musicians or a projector showing the football than a horse and cart, but it remains an important asset to the local people and tradesman.

The food’s as fresh as the decor, everything handmade on site and with locally sourced ingredients where possible. We were overjoyed to try ‘The Leconfield 50/50’ roast one hungover Sunday, a perfect(ly greedy) combination of half one meat, half another – choose from sirloin beef, roast chicken or pork belly with scratchings.

All roasts come with roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips, braised red cabbage, seasonal greens, a Yorkshire pud and proper gravy – a huge plate that’ll satisfy the largest of appetites. Other options include a gorgeous vegetarian Wellington, a black bean, beetroot and walnut quinoa vegan patty and 28 day aged sirloin beef.

We began the meal with a warming butternut squash soup and soft bread, which we thoroughly enjoyed but regretted upon seeing the size of the roast – leaving even one bite untouched seems a crying shame.

Finding room for dessert (there truly is a second stomach for sweetness) we gorged on sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb ice cream and a triple chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream. Lastly, a punchy orange posset that’ll be just perfect for Spring.

If you’re only stopping by for a tipple, there’s plenty to choose from – a few real ales constantly rotating on the hand pulls, with Timothy Taylor Landlord a staple fixture. Cocktails, spritzers and flavoured gins are in good supply, a tonic menu doing wonders for spritzing up your standard gin and tonic.

Whether you’re starving hungry or just stopping by for one, The Leconfield is pleasant and welcoming – a firm new favourite in the Stoke Newington area.

WEBSITE: Theleconfieldpub.co.uk

ADDRESS: 79 Green Lanes, London, N16 9BU / 0207 354 2791Sign-Up To FashionBite’s Weekly News

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