Staff are very welcoming at this recently revamped Edwardian pub, which has plenty of room whether you want to sit in the capacious restaurant, cheerful bar or outside on the stylish alfresco terrace. The Vine in Highgate even has a couple of private dining rooms for large family groups or, on our visit, a well-herded party of six-year-old pirates. The menu’s similarly friendly, offering an all-day specials list of cicchetti, as well as more generous pasta plates and the likes of pollock with white beans, cockles, bacon and spinach. Among the traditional Sunday lunch options, superb roasts of Dexter beef and Kilravock pork leg were deliciously succulent, but the Vine still needs to sharpen the execution of its overpriced puds. We can’t fault the bar – the interesting range of frequently changing ales is well-kept and the wines are good value.
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