Local and Local. British produce and a stones throw away from home, is a win win. Heirloom has been open for a while now, but it was only recently that I visited. This was for Sunday Roast special, which as good as it was means that I have to return to try out the rest of the menu.
The restaurant is nice and welcoming. Airy enough to not be disturbed by anyone and nice surroundings that invite you to a casual and pleasant meal. Heirloom focuses its USP on being a British restaurant with British food and goods. From the beef and pork to the ales from across England. In this instance I went for the beer from Bristol whilst the others went for the Camden Pale Ale.
To me, local means fresh and fresh tends to lend itself to tastier food. The roasts eaten on our visit were two times Beef, One Pork and One Duck. All roasts came with a huge Yorkshire Pudding as can be seen in the pictures, veg (Courgettes, Potatoes, Cabbage plus more) and a generous amount of meat.
The food was tasty and filling. I initially wanted the Lamb, but due to our late lunch they had run out. The pork was nice and tender and was cooked really well. They had placed the crackling on the side of my plate to the delight of my fiance. The different textures of the meat, crackling, veg and pudding worked very well together.
Usually after a Sunday roast you have to have some dessert. There was not much space left in my belly but it had to be done. The Chocolate mouse with salted caramel Ice-Cream was sweet and soft with a smooth texture accompanying it. The raspberry's added on the plate, I felt were needed and elevated the dish and gave it extra depth. Contrasting the acidic bite of the fruit with the smooth cream.
A good visit and a return will be coming. One reason why my initial visit took a while and why my return will also be slightly delayed is because of the cost. It is not overly expensive or not worth it, but it is a pricey meal. £60 for two doesn't sound too bad, but for some reason, as a local food venue, I expect less. Strange logic.
Thank you Heirloom. See you soon and welcome to Crouch End.