Up the Crescent: Home & Colonial
Queen's Crescent isn't exactly top drawer - but it does have a lively, lived in feel to it, and its recently revitalised Saturday market is a great way of spending a leisurely hour. It has the added bonus of a recently uncovered shop sign from a century or so ago - the Home & Colonial Stores were grocers and tea vendors, and this sign - there's more about it here on the excellent Kentishtowner site - is in wonderful nick, and seems to have a secure future.
The food stalls include this French Caribbean (from Guadeloupe to be precise) foodie's delight - fried fish sticks for £1, and we also got a dumpling and king prawn stew, will let you know what it's like.
Another customer was an old Trinidadian guy - he'd spent his life as a merchant seaman, his grandfather was from India and he learnt Hindi from his granny but it's faded entirely away. He likes the Caribbean pungency of the food from this stall - and so do I.
There's also a really good fishmonger's and a stylish bread stall, as well as lot of other general, bric-a-brac, flowers and yet more food stalls and popup cafes.
And the hog roast was exactly that - the whole thing. Next time!
The shoppers were overwhelmingly local - and there's a good feel to the place. If we'd hung around longer, live music was on offer. Queen's Crescent has always been that little bit hidden away - squeezed between Gospel Oak and West Kentish Town. But one of the area's oldest market streets seems to be back in form.
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