The Colonel Fawcett, Camden’s best kept secret, lies on an unassuming backstreet, and is playing a range of 80’s classics on the evening we visit. There's a buzzy atmosphere, it’s the kind of cosy pub you can wile away hours in. But we’re here for the food. With a well-earned rep for their Sunday roasts, we’re keen to try their Thursday steak night - £10 for steak, chips and jus, and if you order two and fancy a bottle of red, it’s £30. Sounds like bargain to me!
Quaffing down some very drinkable Italian house red, we drool over plates of steak (it’s bavette tonight) being brought out. Then, it’s our turn: now, if we’re being picky, one portion of steak comes out on the rare side, as opposed to the requested medium-rare, but otherwise, this is a plate of joy. Deeply flavoured beef, with nicely dressed greenery to accompany the meat and chips. No need to order any extra sauces (peppercorn is too watery), the jus is full of meaty flavour. For a tenner, a couple of slight imperfections can be totally forgiven.
Go for the deal, return for the deal, and then go back again to sample one of the other delicious-sounding dishes on the menu.
Drink: The Lord Stanley