Banners, Crouch End
21 Park Road
020 8348 2930
by Herby Banger
It’s uncommon these days that I have the opportunity to breakfast with my old chum Malcolm Eggs, so on this rare outing we decided to travel to the renowned Banners in Crouch End.
The tone is set by the décor; rock n roll posters adorn the walls while there is an unmistakable South American/Caribbean accent in the music and furnishings. The large and varied menu reflects this; Creole twist here, Mexican angle there. We sat on a raised platform, between us a table and to our left, below the shelf bustling with condiments, a plaque decreeing that Bob Dylan had eaten his breakfast at this very seat back in 1993. Impressive.
Malcolm opted for the 'Meat Fry Up', their version of the Full English… sausages, bacon, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and eggs interestingly all served on top of crusty bread. The idea I’m told is that by the time you get to the end, all the juice has seeped into the slices leaving you uniquely decadent soggy bread. I went for the 'Banners Potatoes' – fried potatoes mixed with onion and meaty bits of bacon, with two nicely fried eggs placed on top.
Both reasonably priced dishes were enjoyed immensely.
Now Banners is obviously an institution round these parts. You can tell by the adverts for local businesses in the menu, and the fact that they charge you for tap water and donate the money to charity. You have no choice. The other giveaway is the service. Was it relaxed and comforting like a friend who stops by occasionally for a chat and a cuppa, or was it overconfident and aloof? I couldn’t tell… maybe I should chill out and be a bit more like Bob who, according to the article on the wall, also wasn’t particularly enamoured with the service.