Saturday, 29 June 2013

Delights of Finchley Church End

I’m proud and privileged to represent Finchley Church End ward, a pleasant part of Finchley with a rich history.   Much of Finchley Church End town centre is actually in West Finchley ward (the ward boundary is the tube line) but the ward still boasts a good variety of shops, businesses and services some of which are below: 

St Mary’s Church – beautiful historic church which is Finchley’s oldest.  Parts of the church building date back to the 13th and 15th centuries.  It is thought the site was used for religious purposes as far back as 600AD.  The Blue Beetle community hall is available for hire.

Finchley United Synagogue – known locally as Kinloss, a vibrant part of the community which has an impressive banqueting hall.

Parkway Patisserie – offers gorgeous pastries and cakes.  I hope the redevelopment of Gateway House sees Parkway remaining on, or close to, their current site as it’s a popular business.

The Catcher in the Rye – a cosy pub with a good selection of ales, lagers and wines.  Decent food for a pub! 

Jonny’s Barber Shop - reasonably priced barbers with lively walls.

Two Brothers Fish Restaurant – very popular and busy restaurant which also does excellent fish and chips to take away.

Avenue House Estate

Avenue House Estate - Beautiful house and grounds kept in pristine condition through the generous hard work of its volunteers and trustees.  Home to the Stephens Collection, a small museum dedicated to the ink inventor who gifted the estate to the people of Finchley.  The grounds have a café and can be enjoyed any time of the year.  Attractive function rooms and office space are available for hire.

Sternberg Centre – the largest Jewish community centre in Europe.  There’s always something going here.   The grounds include the manor house with a rich history and links to the local area.  

Finchley Cricket Club – offers a high standard of cricket facilities and is home to the local Middlesex premier league team. 

Zizzi’s – a chain restaurant which guarantees quality, tasty and reasonably priced Italian cuisine.  The lightly battered calamari and spicy calzone are favourites of mine.

Izgara  - Turkish restaurant where you will not be disappointed with the portion sizes.  The mixed grill is a must.

Windsor Open Space

Windsor Open Space – part of the Dollis Valley Green Walk, this stretch of open land is green and pleasant, particularly along the brook.  A new play area and various other improvements were added recently thanks to funding from Mayor Johnson.

Cake Create – lovely café on Holders Hill Road with a substantial menu and a personalised cake service.  Makes for a good pit stop when delivering leaflets!

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