Kilburn residents would go hungry without their North London Tavern. It really is one of the few places of culinary note in the vicinity. With high ceilings, dangling chandeliers, cask ales & fashionably old-school furnishings, this thoroughly chilled hang-out eschews anything too fancy. The debonair dining room – presided over by a skylight & staffed by a relaxed team – doesn’t do fuss either. Starters cost around £7, which is pretty decent for a perfectly tasty duck liver & pistachio terrine with apple & cinnamon chutney. Mains (mostly under £15) include chipotle-glazed pork belly, & pan-fried sea bream with roasted cauliflower & curry dressing. Round off the evening with a delicious gingerbread mousse with rhubarb compote. The first-floor function room (available for hire) hosts Sunday jazz, Monday quizzes & regular comedy nights.