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This restaurant on the borders of Islington and Stoke Newington, was the first from the group that also brought us Westerns Laundry and Jolene. As with their other restaurants, there's a regularly changing menu - influenced by Parisian Bistronomy - and it's paired with a carefully selected wine list that's also regularly updated.

Test Drive

A very convivial neighbourhood restaurant - we Test Drive Primeur
A pair of well-connected restaurant folk have moved to the outer reaches of Hackney and Islington to open a new breed of neighbourhood restaurant. We went to see how...
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Restaurant details

Barnes Motors, 116 Petherton Road, London N5 2RT
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Barnes Motors, 116 Petherton Road, London N5 2RT


Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Zoe Williams Telegraph Estimated score
Reviewed on August 22, 2014
"This is truly a one-off, its neighbourhood vibe pretentious from a distance, but up close, and after liqueur, enough to make one move to the neighbourhood." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed by August 30, 2014
"Then came sweet fresh mackerel fillets with beetroot and hazelnuts and a nice big rump steak, full of age and richness, covered in butter and snails, deeply salty, fatty, wonderful, and a perfect match for many of the great wines that, as the restaurant’s name implies, are available here, mostly by the glass..." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8.5
Amol Rajan Independent
Reviewed on August 17, 2014
"It's funny, isn't it, that if a menu is short, you end up eating more, because you want to try everything." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Nick Curtis Evening Standard
Reviewed on June 12, 2014
"Rump steak with snails was butch, smoky slices of meat, deeply flavoured and served medium-rare with a bright green garlic butter clinging lustily to the snails but dissipated oddly on the meat and the accompanying slice of toast. Still, a full-throated dish, filling and fulfilling." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on May 29, 2014
"Primeur appears to be a smarter investment than many: it passes its MOT with no advisories, and is already showing signs of becoming – among Highbury eateries – a very nice little runner." READ REVIEW