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Justin De Souza


Hattie Lloyd 02/03/23

The Parakeet

The Parakeet | Kentish Town Gastropub From A Couple of Ex-Brats

Kentish Town is about to add another feather to its cap.

Well, a couple of feathers, actually – because The Parakeet is set to open on the old site of The Oxford Tavern this March. It’s named after the parakeets that are all over London, and, on an unrelated but probably more exciting note, is giving you a first look at two Nudge Member-exclusive preview evenings, with 50% off your food bill, on 21st & 22nd March.

The duo behind it are a pair of North Londoners who are hoping to create the kind of local they’d like to hang out in. And, like many people, it seems their vision of the perfect local is a smart, modern gastropub helmed by a couple of ex-Brat chefs. The pub itself was built in the 1860s, and they’re intending to rescue many of the original features, including the stained-glass windows, Victorian tiling and a roaring open fire.

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Justin De Souza

As for the food, the duo in charge will be bringing plenty of their grilling expertise from Brat with them. Head chef Ben Allen and sous Ed Jennings will rustle up most of their menu over an open fire, with ingredients influenced by the seasons and sourced from a hit list of suppliers including Cambridgeshire farmers Flourish, and the third-generation Californian wine-makers Rochioli. The vibe is set to be broadly Modern European (sneak peeks of the debut menu include poached oysters topped with pickled elderflower; wood-roasted rabbit served with kohlrabi and curry leaf; and braised leeks, Pecorino and smoked mushrooms) all culminating with a slap-up Sunday roast at the end of the week. And of course, being a pub, there’ll be plenty of high-end bar snacks to go with your pint in the main bar area, too.

Just in case you’re feeling peckish.


PLEASE NOTE: The Nudge Member preview nights have now sold out.

NOTE: The Parakeet is set to open in late March, but Nudge Members are getting in first, for two preview nights on 21st & 22nd March, with 50% off the food bill. Take a look at the Members’ box at the top of this page for booking instructions. Not a Nudge Member yet? Sign up for a free trial HERE.

ALSO NOTE: You can find out more about The Parakeet, and make a regular booking, HERE.

The Parakeet | 256 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2EN

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The Parakeet

256 Kentish Town Road, Kentish Town, NW5 2EN

020 459 9630

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