Is there anything more frustrating than trying to organise a get together for a large group of friends? Alvin doesn’t drink, Simon is a vegan and Theodore is always on a strict budget. It’s practically impossible to find somewhere that caters for everyone! That is until now.
Enter; Near & Far, Camden. The latest brainchild from the team behind the Magic Roundabout and the third in the Near & Far family (they also have sites in Angel and Peckham) claims to cater for everyone but in practise how does it fare?
Thanks to Love Popups London we were invited down opening week and as such the final full menu wasn’t available but alcohol free drinks (including a mocktail) are available for the teetotallers, glasses of wine cost a fiver or less and cocktails are just £8.50 each! I tried the Benedict Cucumberbatch – gin, cucumber juice, elderflower & citrus topped up with Prosecco – which was right up my street, fresh tasting with just the right amount of bubbles and the Tequila’d Pink – tequila, ginger liquor, cranberry juice & citrus – which has a delightful tang to it like a subtler margarita.
This is the first Near & Far site to offer more than just bar snacks and as it’s nit their speciality rather than get it wrong they’ve teamed up with street food stars Elote to bring you the best Mexican street food has to offer.
Everything on the menu is gluten free and there are a bunch of veggie/vegan options too so there’s something for everyone. Elote are best known for their fish tacos which came in at number 11 of the top 50 TimeOut London street food stall offerings.
We sampled almost everything on the menu and there wasn’t a single dud to be found. The nachos are the best I’ve ever tasted anywhere (including Mexico itself!), the chickpea chips a revelation including the chipotle ketchup (which to me tasted like a gentle BBQ more than ketchup).
For me though the winning dish of the night is the eponymous Elote de Callejeros – chargrilled corn on the cob topped with Cojoita cheese and sprinkled with chipotle spice. To say they’ve been able to elevate the humble sweetcorn would be an understatement. It’s been ten days since my visit and I’m still thinking about it!
Think Palm Springs meets 80s with kitschy decor including a bright pink lounge area that can be privately hired out for a special event and a leafy rooftop terrace with some of the best views of Camden. Families are welcome until 7pm everyday but after that it’s a strictly 18+ affair. So yes, Near & Far really do cater for everyone!