Islington Townhouse: Review
The Islington Townhouse is a three-story pub near Angel station specialising in small, shared plates and craft beer.
Although it resembles a traditional English pub, its food is anything but old-fashioned and neither is the drinks list.
The building went up in the late 1700s as a space to exhibit livestock and agricultural improvements; later, it became a jazz bar, and its latest incarnation as home to the Islington Townhouse has taken it to new heights.
Located near busy Chapel Street market, but retaining its historical look, this pub revels in marrying the old with the new.
The Islington Townhouse is somewhere in between an upscale restaurant and a cozy neighbourhood bar. You’ll find both comfortable armchairs straight out of your mother’s living room and ornate chandeliers; you can snag a seat at the main bar amongst a crowd of regulars, or retreat upstairs to a more quiet and intimate spot.
Take advantage of the tapas-style menu and bring a group along so that you can sample as much of the menu as possible. We found that their most simple and basic dishes were the best. For one, the twice-baked gruyere souffle was divine in both taste and texture; the beef tartare was perfectly spiced, and we particularly enjoyed the venison kebab.
More filling options are available, like the sandwiches served at brunch, as well as a selection of larger plates, including steak, cheeseburger, and roast salmon. But the chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream is worth leaving room for.
Last, but never least, although the wine list is thorough, it’s the atypical cocktails that are bound to catch your eye. Their ‘special serves’ are creative gin-based cocktails, including options like the Portobello Road (with strawberries, black pepper and tonic) and the Monkey (with sage, orange, juniper berries and tonic).
The place is large and frequently busy, so expect slower service. You may find yourself at a small table in a crowded corner, too, so don’t count on too much privacy unless you decide to book their upper-floor room for private hire.
Style & Decor
The pub is split into bigger and smaller spaces, which offers a variety of places to settle in for the evening, whether you’re staying for dinner or just stopping by for a few drinks.
The Islington Townhouse is a comfortable – but stylish and upscale – local hangout. We enjoyed our food and drinks, and were impressed by the pub’s sense of history and character. It’s a place not quite like any other.
Get there: 13 Liverpool Rd, London N1 0RW
Contact: 0203 637 6424 | [email protected]
Opening: Monday – Wednesday 11am-11pm; Thursday & Friday 11am-midnight; Saturday 10am-midnight; Sunday noon-10:30pm
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