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Neighbourhood pub in trendy Islington

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi
Functions catered

Standing beside a quiet tree-lined street of attractive Georgian terraced housing, backed by a tranquil paved patio garden and distinguished by tasteful, cool colourwash above the wood-floored bar, this popular neighbourhood local appeals to all-comers. Founded in the 1830s by one of London's trade guilds, the pub's current owners marry up the best of fine dining with an appealing range of real ales and cider. Plump for a beer from Dark Star or Windsor & Eton breweries – or maybe one of 16 wines by the glass – and prepare to tackle the ever-changing menu. Both lunchtime and evening choices are equally rewarding. Exceptional starters may include deviled duck hearts, dripping pancake and watercress, trumped by a main of mackerel, pickled plums, chicory and mustard. A choice for two could include pheasant, game chips, bread sauce, braised red cabbage and gravy. The modern, edgy menu also retains classics like steaks, beef pie, and roast pork, apple sauce and crackling sandwich. Comfort-food like gingerbread pudding with whipped cream, almonds and oats to finish.

Opening hours

  • 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 7-11, Sunday 12-8.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Harvey's Sussex, Sambrook's Wandle, Truman's Runner, Dark Star Hophead, Windsor and Eton Windsor Knot, Cornish Crown Bitter, Portobello Star
  • Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press and Wyld Wood Organic, Orchard Pig

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Turn right from Highbury and Islington station, into Upper Street. Barnsbury Street on right opposite Shell service station

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