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story behind Pips Dish is perhaps its charm. Once a humble Citroen garage the space has been transformed into an intimate dining experience. The main focus of Pips dish is the people and the food, and how they come together in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Its romantic setting is decorated with fairy lights over old furniture and really has a cosy not “trying too hard” feeling about it.

Philip Dundas, author of Cooking Without Recipes and chef at Pips Dish and Mary his business partner cook up something different everyday depending on their mood, the weather, the people they are expecting to feed and the fresh local ingredients they find that morning. It’s a great place for indecisive people as there is no menu you just get what’s on the table when you arrive (don’t worry they cater for veggies and allergies too!).

The meal we had was hearty, filling and everything you’d want from home cooking. Plus it’s BYOB which is always a bonus. We were seated at our table and served a meat board whilst we waited for the rest of the guests to arrive. To start an anchovy and mixed leaf based salad went down a treat. For mains the Lamb Stew served with cous cous, yellow carrots and spinach was full of flavour, dished up like a school dinner and very filling. For dessert homemade shortbread with red currents and cream was a simple but effective way to finish.

Pips dish is open Thursday to Sunday and must be booked in advance. Thursday night is Fish BBQ night and costs £15 per head Friday and Saturday evenings are 3 courses for £30. From September Sunday lunches will be served and we cant wait to give it a try. There ain’t no Sunday roast as good as a home cooked one!

133B Upper Street, N1