When you’re away on business but still need to entertain clients, it can be a bit of a lottery as to where you choose to take them. If you need some suggestions for north London top restaurants for your business lunches, here’s a small selection based on the number of good reviews they’ve got online.
You want to have a relaxed and informal meeting
Bar Bodega, Watford. This tapas bar has more rave reviews than the number of different spirits on its drinks menu – and it’s got a lot! The bar is for over 21s and has the feel of “1920s speakeasy meets jazz club”. As it’s close to the Watford Colosseum, it makes a great place for a pre-theatre dinner.
You want to sample different cultures
Genzo, East Finchley. This modern Greek restaurant prides itself on being one of the most interesting Greek restaurants in London, serving fresh and authentic cuisine in a comfortable, modern setting.
500, Highgate. Serving fresh, seasonal foods including homemade bread and pasta, this small Italian restaurant has been described by one reviewer as “A delightful restaurant with very friendly and helpful staff. The food is exquisite.”
You want to impress your client
The Stables at The Grove Hotel. Housed in the building where George Stubbs used to study pedigree horses, the stables have been converted into a restaurant with a fresh, modern feel. Its aim is to serve simple food done well. If you’re trying to impress on a budget, suggest a breakfast meeting and enjoy a high-quality full English for the price of a lunch in a mid-range restaurant.
The Bull & Last, Highgate. Described in the Michelin Guide as “A busy Victorian pub with plenty of charm and character; the upstairs is a little quieter. Cooking is muscular, satisfying and reflects the time of year; charcuterie is a speciality.” The aim of the owners is “to provide outstanding seasonal food and great service while retaining a traditional pub atmosphere.”
You really want to impress your client
Colette’s at The Grove Hotel. Colette’s is run by the 2014 National Chef of the Year, has 3 AA Rosettes, and is praised as being ‘Very good standard’ in the Michelin Guide. Choose between the à la carte menu for £65 or the tasting menu for £85, and check your credit card limit before asking for the wine menu!
Alternatively, if you’re staying in one of our serviced apartments, you could really, really impress your client by cooking a wonderful meal yourself in a fully equipped kitchen!