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Patron Cave à Manger

  • Kentish Town
  • Supper
  • £££

Great French Bistro in north London specialising in French wine, cheese, small plates and cocktails.


26 Fortess Road, London, NW5 2HB
+44 (0) 20 7813 2540
Opening Times
Tue-Thu 17.00-00.00
Fri-Sat 12.00-00.00
Sun 12.00-23.00


  • Time Out

    Time Out Says…

    The food, at its best, is wonderful: proper onion soup made less artery-furring by a tasteful application of toast and cheese rather than the tectonic plates of cholesterol found in some Parisian renditions; snails served with enough garlic butter to frighten off Dracula and all his brides; coarse, flavoursome steak tartare freshly cut by hand and expertly garnished... There are a few cocktails and a cheeringly inexpensive wine list (good drinking around £20 a bottle). Service is largely efficient if not exactly warm – authentically Parisian.

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  • The Independent

    The Independent Says…

    It is all pulled off with a bustling Gallic charm, and the short, sharp menu contains a series of classics that are nicely done. Foremost among them is a French onion soup with chunky croutons and grated Comté, which manages to be luxuriously sloppy, filling, salty and pungent for a healthy £6... Of the main plates, the best are moules marinières (quite dear at £19) and a duck confit (£16.50), both of which come with sautéed potatoes, frites or vegetables. From the charcuterie and cheeseboard we also have some excellent duck rillettes with cornichons (£5).

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  • Square Meal

    Square Meal Says…

    The short menu is dominated by some “great French staples”, from small plates of tender steak tartare or wild mushrooms on sourdough toast to hefty mains such as confit duck, cassoulet or moules marinière Back-up comes from artisan charcuterie and whiffy French cheeses, while desserts are in the traditional mould of crème brûlée or warm chocolate brownie. Inside it’s rather plain and slightly cramped, although the sunny outdoor tables, dominant curved bar and resident dog make amends. Unlike most of London’s French restaurants, Patron is the real deal – right down to its “romantic” vibe and classically Gallic service.

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