What do you do on the hottest day of the year? Go to a pub for lunch of course! Yesterday, temperatures in London peaked as high as 36C making it the hottest day in a decade. I was invited down to The Salisbury Arms a while back and thought yesterday would be the perfect day to attend.
The Salisbury Arms is a newly refurbished pub on Hopper Road, in the suburbs of north London and literally a 1 minute walk from Winchmore Hill station. They are open 12pm – 11pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 11pm on Saturdays and 10am-10:30pm on Sundays. The pub boasts a courtyard and front garden ideal for hot summer days.
I have always seen Enfield as this really far place especially from my neck of the woods but getting to Winchmore Hill from Woolwich Arsenal was incredibly easy. I got the South Eastern to London Bridge, then the Northern Line to Moorgate where I then boarded the Great Northern to Winchmore Hill. My overall journey time was about 1 hour 20 minutes.
I visited with my friend who travelled from East London. She too found the journey there easy. She got a bus to Islington & Highbury Station where she hopped on the Great Northern to Winchmore Hill Rail Station. We arrived literally minutes after the pub opened at 12pm. I ordered a glass of Pimms ( #pimmsoclock ) and she opted for a coke. Both were served chilled, perfect for the sweltering heat.
When it came down to what to eat, there we so many possible choices From your traditional pub food to platters to share. Before my visit, I peaked at the menu on the website where I noticed that they served one of my favourite food ever. Sweet Potato Fries! So I already knew I wanted some. I initially want to order the Chargrilled Chicken Burger with avocado and pulled pork as my toppings, but when my friend chose this, I changed my order to Southern-fried chicken with fries, summer slaw and house dip.
To my disappointment, I was later informed that they’d ran out of Southern-friend chicken, so once again I changed my order. This time I played it safe by going for fish and chips. On the menu this meal was described as ” sustainably caught hake in a cider batter with puree pea, tartar and chip shop chips. The fish was just how I like it. Dry and crispy on the outside but moist on the inside. A spritz of lemon and it was a party in my mouth. I wasn’t keen on the pea puree though. It was more mushy than puree and I didn’t like how dry it was.
Being the greedy pig that I am, I also ordered a side of Mac and Cheese. It was meant for Amelia and my friend’s daughter to eat but they chose to eat from our plates instead. The mac and cheese was out of this world. Everything was just right. It was served in a small ramekin but somehow the portion was perfect. The top was not overly dry, and the middle was nice and creamy.
I was amazed at the quality of the food served. I always expect pub food to be of mediocre quality but what I ate at The Salisbury Arms was far from mediocre. Everything was impeccably made and definitely of high quality.
If you are a local, in the north London area or surrounding, I would definitely recommend a visit to The Salisbury Arms. The staff were cheerful, the venue was spacious, prices were pocket friendly and there was a car park. I was besotted with the decor. Long cushioned sofas, like the one we sat on makes dining with friends a comfortable a experience. There were tables for two next to a grand fireplace for chilly date nights.
As a mother, finding a family friendly restaurant is like finding money in your handbag that you forgot you had. At the Salisbury Arms, the tables were wide, there was space to keep pushchairs next to the table or any extra baggage. We sat the an airy area of the pub called the Oak room
The only thing I wasn’t pleased with about my visit was the length of time it took to get served. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a friendly female staff who took our drink order and then gave us a food menu. We placed our food order and our meal arrived between 15-20 minutes. However, after this it took a while before someone came back. I’d say this is down to two factors. One it is a pub and traditionally you are meant to go to the bar for service. Secondly, the time of the day we went. They had literally just opened and possibly not every member of staff was around.
For more information and booking enquires, please visit their website.