Restaurant review: The Star, N19

The Star is just the setting for a relaxing mid-week drink and bite to eat.

Located some 10 minutes walk from the congestion and noise of Archway tube station, walking through the doors of this gastropub provides some welcome calm.

When my pal and I took our seats at a candle-lit table beside the bar, we were even treated to the sounds of a stylish live band playing quietly at the back of the room.

Casting an eye over The Star’s evening menu, it’s plain to see there’s choice for all.

We handpicked a selection of nibbles from the starters list to begin the evening’s festivities.

Between the two of us, we opened proceedings with The Star’s ingeniously-named sausage on a stick served with what looked and tasted like brown sauce.

As additional appetisers, we enjoyed the citrus salmon, crab shot and sourdough and the Mediterranean platter.

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Next up, my mate made the safe choice and went for the Bannockburn rib eye and chips which looked great and was certainly well-received.

I was slightly more adventurous and took a nervous punt at a dish my childhood pet bunny Humphrey would be ashamed of, with the rabbit saddle, spinach & apricots.

It was difficult to fault the chef up to this point but unfortunately our desserts let the team down.

I ordered the chocolate mousse and strawberries in anticipation of fresh, plump fruit brimming with flavour but instead found withered berries of the tinned variety.

Opposite me, my dining companion was presented with apple and plum crumble, served with raspberry ripple ice cream – a mouth-watering prospect which was sadly tempered by the burnt reality.

The Star is good but with more work on the back end of its menu it could be better.