Expect a selection of culinary-led pub classics from ex-Brat chef Ben Allen
The Parakeet, the critically acclaimed pub and dining room in Camden, has launched its inaugural bar food menu, comprising of classic bar snacks reimagined by Head Chef Ben Allen previously of Brat and shortlisted as one to watch at the National Restaurant Awards 2023.
The informal front bar area at The Parakeet is located at street level of the prominent Victorian corner site with food available on the banquets, raised trestle tables and selected booths, as well as outside on the terrace.
The Parakeet, which opened March 2023, has won plaudits for its opening dining room menu of seasonal, locally sourced produce cooked over flames, and Ben Allen has created the pub food menu so visitors can experience a taste of the restaurant in a more casual setting, perfect for enjoying with friends over a few craft beers or wines available by the glass or bottle.
Diners can expect redefined classics to include Homemade Trout Roll from London Shell Co., Smoked Chicken Hot Dog (made in house), Oysters Of The Day (with garnish changing daily), Sesame Prawn Toast (made from scratch in house), Beef Tartare Miang, and a chance to try one of the restaurant’s signature dishes in the bar, Leeks, Smoked Mushroom, And Pecorino on skewers.
Regenerative agriculture plays a key role in the suppliers The Parakeet works with, and includes vegetables from Flourish, Matt Chatfield, and Farm Wilder (Social enterprise consisting of farms which use cattle in a regenerative system and improving biodiversity).
The diverse wine list curated by co-founder Riz Shaikh focusses on the organic, biodynamic, and low intervention. Clean yet flavour-forward bottles are well represented, pairing perfectly with the new bar dishes on offer. These include the ‘De Loach Heritage’ Pinot Noir from California (served chilled), cult favourite ‘Chin Chin’ Vinho Verde from Portugal, and Baglio Antigo – an orange Catarratto with a rich, pithy character. The bar will also serve a wide range of lagers and ales, including the Hawaian ‘Kona Big Wave’, and of course, the locally brewed Camden Helles and Pale.
The Parakeet occupies the space of the former landmark pub The Oxford Tavern, on Kentish Town Road, and the bar area retains much of its local character, with the welcoming interior, lighting and ornate antique furnishing designed to compliment the ample natural light and airy space. The space is also ordained with a selection of original vibrant paintings from Ghanaian artist Theophilus Tetteh.
Address: The Parakeet, 256 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2EN
Reservation link: www.theparakeetpub.com