B & K Salt Beef, London


Located on a busy street just off the arterial Edgware Road, it is not being unduly harsh to describe B&K’s setting as lacking glamour. We will, however, gladly forego superficial charm when an establishment is so abundant as this in every other way. Salt beef is brined on the premises, and cucumbers are pickled in-house – our New Green was tart and garlicky with a satisfying snap to it; salt beef was moist, aromatic and soft. In fact, we cannot recall a better or more substantial salt beef sandwich this side of the Atlantic. It is a convivial place, unpretentious and friendly. Our fellow diners had the relaxed appearance of regulars, barely glancing at menus (“what do I need to see a menu for?”), with conversation flowing from both sides of the counter.

Phil Rabin’s, Great Windmill Street, W1, 1981. Photo by Flickr user chrisdb1.

B & K Salt Beef Bar, Lanson House, Whitchurch Lane, Edgware, HA8 6NL.
Tel: 020 8952 8204
Tue-Sun: 12noon–3pm and 5.30-9.15pm. Open for take-away all day.
There's also a second branch in Hatch End.

Published 6 June 2012

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