The Crouch End restaurant encouraging customers to drink for charity

The Clock N8 has created a cocktail in honour of the Crouch End community that has kept it afloat during the pandemic.
The Crouch End restaurant encouraging customers to drink for charity picture

Supporting the community is at the heart of The Clock N8’s mission, with a seasonally changing menu to ensure its customers can enjoy the freshest ingredients from local farmers and suppliers.

The owners, best friends Dijonis Xhindoli & Faruk Shalaku, always knew Crouch End would be the home of their first restaurant. The village-like feel of the area has allowed them to build meaningful relationships with their customers, who have been a lifeline during the pandemic.

To give back to the community, the pair have created a cocktail in their honour, Crochenders. Made from bourbon whiskey, rosemary syrup & lemon juice, £5 from every cocktail sold will be donated to the Hornsey food bank.

The Clock N8 opened in 2019, bringing the owners unique take on modern British cuisine to Crouch End.

Executive Chef Faruk Shalaku previously steered the helm at The Avenue restaurant (D & D group), The Botanist (Sloane Square), The Montcalm 5 star Hotel (Liverpool street), The Well (Clerkenwell). Faruk's unique style pays homage to the British classics while incorporating the ever-changing innovation of the international scene.

The Clock N8’s general manager Dijonis Xhindoli says, “The Crouch End community has been amazing during the pandemic - supporting us financially and emotionally. We wanted to honour the kindness of Crouchenders with our new cocktail and give back to the community by donating the profits to the Hornsey Food Bank.”

Hornsey Food Bank volunteer Anne O’Daley says, “We’re delighted by the generosity of The Clock N8. The last 18 months have been a difficult period for our guests. The Hornsey food bank provides for almost 400 people each week and we couldn’t do that without support from our local community.”

You can find The Clock N8 at 59 The Broadway, London N8 8DT. View their menu or make a reservation online at

Published Oct 8, 2021
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