"Somewhat surprisingly, The Elk in the Woods isn’t just a pretty place it’s also very reasonably priced"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
The first time we walked into The Elk in the Woods we thought we were walking into one of Camden Passages many luxurious boutiques. Turns out we were wrong. But oh how sweet it was to be wrong. Having taken our seats and perused the menu in this ‘luxurious boutique’ of a café/restaurant/bar, we realised we’d struck it lucky.
The two-room venue is done up in snappy Scandinavian style. The walls are formed from distressed, raw wooden planks and there is a mixture of mid-century furniture dotted around from comfortable armchairs to old wooden tables and chairs. The hip look is completed with a back bar that is covered with white and green tiles – chic.
We stop in for brunch, which seems to be a popular time to visit. We both sample a skillet with elk sausages, poached egg, potatoes and pancetta and vow to return later that day to order the same again – yes, it was that tasty. You can also find a traditional English breakfast along with pancakes, pears and cinnamon, goats curd on sourdough and eggs Benedict. Somewhat surprisingly, The Elk in the Woods isn’t just a pretty place it’s also very reasonably priced with brunch dishes all under £8.00.
In the evening the venue turns into much more of an intimate bar that serves main dishes. Think roast chicken served in the pan, rib-eye steak and smoked haddock and salmon cassoulet among other dishes. Prices are higher at around £17.00 for a main but you don’t have to eat. You could always stick to the draught beer or cocktails. We definitely want to sample the Bourbon Growler – a concoction of bacon-smoked bourbon with cynar, peychaud bitters, maple and orange spray – and we soon will.
T.A.O reviewed The Elk In The Woods on Thu 14 Nov 2013