Standing beside an attractive, tree-lined Georgian terrace and backed by a tranquil patio garden, this popular neighbourhood local was founded in the 1830s by one of London's trade guilds, and today combines fine dining with an appealing range of real ales and cider. Choose a beer from Dark Star or Windsor & Eton breweries, or one of 16 wines by the glass, and prepare to tackle the ever-changing menu. Exceptional starters may include deviled duck hearts, dripping pancake and watercress, followed by mackerel, pickled plums, chicory and mustard. You’ll also find classics like steaks, beef pie, and roast pork, apple sauce and crackling sandwich. Gingerbread pudding with whipped cream, almonds and oats to finish.
Closed: 25–26 December
Open all week
Open all day
Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–3, Saturday 12–4, Sunday 12–8.30
Dinner: Monday to Friday 6–11, Saturday 6.30–11, Sunday 12–8.30
Credit cards accepted
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
Turn right from Highbury and Islington station, into Upper Street. Barnsbury Street on right opposite Shell service station.