"Smoked Meat that's Hard to Beat".
That is a good strap line.
Oven & Hearth make it quite simple and easy to understand what they do. This venue is now on its third ownership in just over three years. When i first moved to Stroud green the venue played host to Brisket, then Rub and now after another change, it is Oven & Hearth and after this visit I will be happy if they stayed here.
I am not a big fan of change.
£10 for a smokey meal in London is a good price.
Make it a meal and this gives you a piece of smoked meat; we went for the Pork Belly and Smoked Beef Brisket and then add a side and finally some greens. All for £10. Our sides were Rosemary fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Market Greens and Mixed Leaves. Remember, all for £10.
So how was it?
I was expecting a platter of sorts, along the same vein as a Bodeans or Big Easy, but instead it is more civilised and classy. The pieces of meat we both ordered were chunky ones and although the pork plate looked less indulgent it was good value. With the greens and sides and a cheeky beer I was happy with my food.
The brisket too was quite tasty, not the best, but by no means the worst and if I didn't mention it already, it was all for £10. The sides of sweet potato and rosemary fries were a bit under seasoned for me. There is a thin line between too much and too little rosemary and here unfortunately there was hardly any. You need to taste the rosemary, if you mention it, make it evident.
All for £10
On the high street and a moments walk away from Finsbury Park Station. If you want smoked meats for good value, then tuck into Oven & Hearth. Fingers crossed that this venue is no longer cursed and that the guys stay here for a while yet.