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5.1 /6 Excellent 68 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.


68 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 68 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: great value
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1 review so far 6
14.10.2017 23:35

Lovely place to eat. Great food and friendly service. Definitely recommend. Post Theatre meal had selection of hot and cold mezze, all delicious ! Complimentary baklava which was also lovely.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2017 03:16

Fantastic food, wonderful ambiance, attentive service! We enjoyed the sharing meal for 4 people with a few extras as we were a group of 6. Food was delicious and the whole dining experience perfectly charming.

1 review so far 6
07.10.2017 10:51

We had a great time in this lovely cosy place. They have super helpful staff and great food. Perfect place to catch up with friends.

1 review so far 6
27.09.2017 13:38

Outstandingly good Lebanese food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The patron even warned us of the perils of eating his ful medames so close to bedtime!

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.

6 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 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.

1 review so far 6
03.08.2017 00:08

Pleasant, helpful staff. Very good food, freshly cooked. Lots of choices of tasty vegetarian dishes. Staff checked if everything was to our liking, which it was. Interesting and comfortable casual setting and good selection of unintrusive background music.

1 review so far 4
04.06.2017 12:57

This is a lovely little restaurant right next door to The Park Theatre. Well priced and tasty food served by friendly staff. Not always the fastest service, but they knew we were going to the theatre and our food was served with time to spare. Don't expect 5*, but this is a great place to eat.

6 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 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!!

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.

2 reviews so far 6
03.04.2017 08:34

Small but perfectly formed. Lovely food, helpful staff & good location. Ideal for a pre or post meal before the theatre, which is right next door. Definitely go again & recommend to friends.

2 reviews so far 6
28.04.2017 10:39

Nice welcome, freshly cooked food, couldn't have been better. One in our party asked for a variation in the menu, which was not a problem for the staff. Highly recommended.

2 reviews so far 6
20.08.2017 11:54

Great friendly service - lentil soup was superb, you have to try it - salads are amazing and lamb tender and juicy. Have been before and will be going back.

1 review so far 5
18.09.2017 12:31

There is a wide choice of food and everything we ordered was delicious. My only caveat was the bread, which was thin, cold and not very fresh. The service was fairly good but somewhat unfriendly.

3 reviews so far 6
05.07.2017 09:44

Big fan of Lebanese foof and this is no exception. Tasty food, very reasonably priced and served in a timely fashion. WE went next door to the theatre afterwards.

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.