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5.0 /6 Excellent 40 Reviews

My Cottage Cafe

Finsbury Park Middle Eastern, Lebanese ££ +100
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About My Cottage Cafe

Just a short walk from London’s Finsbury Park station, My Cottage Cafe is flying its all-too-modest flag for home-style Lebanese cuisine from its quaint premises along Clifton Terrace, right next to the Finsbury Park Theatre. Owned and operated by a husband and wife team, it’s hard to find more a more authentic Lebanese menu and meze selection than that on offer here, all prepared from scratch using ingredients that the chef selects himself. As any fan of Lebanese food knows, delicious vegetarian options abound, but there’s also a bounty of fish and halal meat dishes available too.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Thursday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Friday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 00:00
My Cottage Cafe, 10A Clifton Terrace, N4 3JP London

Further Information

Whether or not you are capable of feeling proper nostalgia for the Levant, dining at My Cottage Cafe makes you feel like you’re guests in the Middle Eastern home of the husband and wife team that run Finsbury Park’s favourite Lebanese eatery, far away from London. Hung with heirlooms and curios, and with seating on long communal cushioned benches at reclaimed tables (a couple outside as well), there’s a quaint eccentricity at work in this diminutive Clifton Terrace restaurant that makes the experience all the more memorable. All this is merely a prelude to the fabulous food, however. Every day, the chef heads out to market, bringing back fresh, hand-picked ingredients to weave into a tapestry of traditional vegetarian, maritime and meaty (halal) Lebanese dishes, accompanied by refreshing homemade mint lemonade and juices, plus fiery Lebanese arak, Champagne and cocktails.

Ideally located next to the Finsbury Park Theatre, My Cottage Cafe is a perfect spot to share a stack of inventive Lebanese meze platters before or after the show. The signature My Cottage Mezza is a good start, featuring the chef’s most popular dishes: falafel and hummus, cheese sambousek pastries, spicy aubergine moutabel, fresh tabbouleh and warak enab, stuffed vine leaves. Ask the friendly family of wait staff if you’d like to swap out a dish for, say, the punchy spiced sujuk or the seed-sprinkled halloumi. Heftier meals down Clifton Terrace are also possible, with all of the charcoal grilled mains served alongside My Cottage Cafe’s house Mediterranean salad and freshly baked flatbread. From kibbeh and freca to fried or grilled king prawns, these dishes are lovingly prepared representatives of Lebanese cuisine in north London.

CHEF'S CHOICE

40 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 40 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
15.03.2017 11:28

The best Lebanese food I have had for some time! Service good & bill reasonable. I will definitely be returning next time I am in Finsbury Park.

1 review so far 6
04.03.2017 22:49

Perfect. Thank you! Set menu for four offers a wonderful feast with a bottle of wine too. Staff are wonderful, appreciative, and proud. Excellent. Recommended.

1 review so far 6
05.02.2017 13:09

A great little restaurant. We had fantastic food, loads of choice for vegetarians. Good service. Will definitely go back. An ideal place to eat when attending the Park Theatre.

1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 10:21

Little gem with very friendly staff and delicious food. Perfect for a pre theatre meal or any time really. Try the falafel and Halloumi starters

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 02:43

We were going to the play at the theatre next door. Excellent choice for quick bite and glass of wine before the play. Service was with a smile and the food was good. We will def go to My Cottage Cafe again.

2 reviews so far 6
23.07.2016 06:31

Excellent Lebanese food and efficient friendly service We were a party of 4 and our reserved table was ready when we arrived. Good menu from which we chose a number of hot and cold starters. All tasted really good and the bill was reasonable for London. We'll definitely go there again.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 21:00

We love the relaxed vibe here and the food is super tasty. We have been so often, on different days, with different people, but it's always a great call! We know our way around the menu now: the Fattoush salad is not to be missed, the pastries are also a highlight.

1 review so far 5
20.03.2017 00:11

The atmosphere was lively and warm, and we instantly felt comfortable. Our waitress did seem a little stressed because it was very busy, but she was great and the food was delicious. The only thing was that she brought the bill before we'd even ordered coffees and it felt like we'd had our time! Despite this, I will go back.

5 reviews so far 5
17.12.2015 08:28

Very good food - actually some of the nicest Lebanese dishes I've had in London, particularly an aubergine starter and beautifully done chicken livers. Only misses a 5 because of a slightly clueless server playing inappropriate music (rock in a middle eastern restaurant, after all that design care to make a pleasant visual setting?) but who changed it when asked.

1 review so far 2
10.04.2016 00:31

They were clearly having a poor night. We waited 25 minutes before they took any notice of us. No offer of drinks or food, five staff all ignored us. After we ordered the food came quickly and was good. Once we had eaten they then told us that today it was cash only. So then I had to walk round Finsbury Park looking for a cash machine in the rain while my guests waited. At £25 per head l, the price was high for what we had. We also sat next to the door and 80% of everyone who came in or out left the door open and froze us!!

5 reviews so far 5
13.07.2016 08:04

A very friendly place, worked out well to eat there before a play at Park Theatre next door. We had a bunch of starters rather than main courses and it was all good. excellent chicken livers! The house red went very well with it.

1 review so far 5
12.10.2016 20:50

Tasty food (including stuffed aubergines, chicken and lamb kebabs), good portions, and drinkable house wine. Coffee a slight disappointment but the little pastries that came with it were a welcome sweet touch. Pleasant and homely atmosphere; we had a good evening here.

1 review so far 6
31.07.2016 21:21

Lovely place to eat next to the theatre. Fantastic food. Good Lebanese wine and friendly staff. Much lovelier on the inside than it looks from on the outside!

1 review so far 5
01.12.2015 16:20

Very good. Could have a bit more variety of wines by the glass, but the menu and food was excellent. Nice informal atmosphere, and very convenient for the Park a Theatre next door.

1 review so far 6
13.11.2015 09:32

Excellent and authentic Lebanese cuisine, and very friendly staff. We have eaten there several times, and it's very conveniently situated next door to the Park Theatre. Patsy

1 review so far 6
28.11.2016 09:53

excellent food,the £90 feast for 4 was delicious and left a lot over for a doggie bag! Service pleasant and friendly,atmosphere good and next door to theatre

1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 12:39

fantastic food in a restaurant with a good atmosphere. The staff were very friendly with the manager particularly helpful and keen to help with our various orders.

1 review so far 5
05.01.2017 19:18

We had a very tasty assortment of Meze plates, in particular the baby aubergines, a smooth house red wine, and pleasant service in comfortable surroundings. We would happily recommend it to friends.

1 review so far 6
30.10.2016 12:08

Pleasant surroundings, lovely food and good service. I have been here on several occasions and would Definitely recommend. The set menu for two is great value.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2016 08:11

Best Libanese in town, food quality similar to beirut places. Quite affordable, proper humus and falafel, amazing bbq and excellent deserts. Very cozy atmosphere to chill

1 review so far 6
27.08.2016 20:33

An excellent meal, especially the fresh roast vegetables, lamb just melted in mouth and the rice was perfect. Would go again and recommend it to others.

1 review so far 6
04.02.2016 11:06

Delicious food with friendly and personal service. Excellent value for money and beautiful interior. I would recommend getting lots of food to share, it's all delicious!

1 review so far 5
08.06.2016 09:49

Really lovely and friendly staff. Food was incredible. My friends and I have all lived in Lebanon, Palestine or Jordan in the recent past and eating here was like being back!

2 reviews so far 5
02.01.2016 07:22

Very tasty Lebanese food & wine. Table a bit low & narrow. Perfectly located for a light meal before or after seeing a play at the Park Theatre next door.

1 review so far 6
13.08.2016 23:54

Lovely small restaurant - with great service and all the meze plates we shared were delicious! Great place to eat with a group of friends!

1 review so far 6
20.11.2015 17:42

Great food and very lovely people. Perfect for pre- Park Theatre dinner. Full range of lebanese, mezze perfect for sharing and good house wine too.

1 review so far 6
11.07.2016 10:45

Our theatre party enjoyed very tasty food with a wide range of choices. We experienced friendly and courteous service. Overall the meal was exxcellent value.

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 19:05

It is a small space so can get noisy. I thought the drinks were expensive for what they were but the food is varied and decently priced

1 review so far 5
22.01.2017 00:32

Gorgeous food. Couldn't eat it all. Friendly service. Lovely atmosphere. Just wish the wine list had been more comprehensive. A lovely pre show meal. Timing perfect.

1 review so far 5
19.03.2017 07:25

Great evening. Lovely staff and food is divine. The choice of mezze is very wide and I strongly recommend to pick a few and share !

1 review so far 5
09.04.2016 08:08

Perfect for a pre-theatre supper. Had a selection of the mezze between four of us. All very tasty. Good value for money. Would definitely return.

1 review so far 5
29.11.2015 10:13

Friendly staff, good food, but our table was rather cramped. Managed to park right outside which was a bonus. Right next to the Park Theatre.

2 reviews so far 5
29.11.2015 14:55

Perfect service, everything is really good but the meat is always overcooked and dry, mixed palter are exceptional both for the starters and the pies

2 reviews so far 5
04.11.2015 08:06

Delicious, traditional, homemade food. Setting would have been nicer if lights weren't so bright. We will definitely be going back if in the area again.

3 reviews so far 3
08.01.2017 08:51

A busy weekday evening with only one young woman serving the whole restaurant. Result? Poor and inattentive service. The food? Maybe the kitchen was having an 'off night'. Everything we had was lukewarm, and extremely greasy. A great disappointment all round.

1 review so far 4
20.01.2017 08:49

A very small but friendly and congenial cafe/restaurant. The staff were charming and the food delicious. Also, right next door to Park Theatre so very convenient for pre-theatre eating.

1 review so far 4
24.11.2015 09:37

Good food. Friendly staff but tables need to be bigger if seating more people. Good value for money. Easy location. Good portion sizes especially the starters