The team behind Smokehouse already run The Princess of Shoreditch and The Lady Ottoline, so it’s no surprise that this new Islington gastropub maintains their high standards. Located in a roomy semi-circular space, with a typically shabby-chic, wood-heavy look, it sports a whopping 75 beers (20 of them on tap) and a menu of carnivorous delights – courtesy of Neil Rankin (ex-Pitt Cue Co). Peppered ox cheek with cauliflower cheese and gravy is winningly sticky, while juicy mutton chops with caponata and crumbled ’nduja sausage have also impressed. Starters could feature brisket rolls perked up with spicy Korean gochujang sauce, while quirkily named puds such as the chocolate and honeycomb ‘Friday pie’ (a spin on ‘thank Crunchie it’s Friday’) seal the deal. The lovely outdoor terrace tempts on sunny weekends, when shorter brunch menus also come into play.
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