Elk in the Woods

39 Camden Passage , London, N1 8EA

SquareMeal Review of Elk in the Woods

Islington’s residents out hunting for antiques flock to this post-modern lodge in quaint Camden Passage for its breakfast: perhaps a potato & pancetta skillet with baked eggs, red pepper & tomato. Sitting among neo-baroque wallpaper, vintage mirrors & antlers & skulls mounted on rough-hewn wooden walls, they’re served by staff styled to match the surrealist-chic surroundings. Though priced for plump wallets, the menu offers some truly tempting combinations – a doorstep sandwich of veal, sautéed onion, gherkin, mustard mayo & Swiss cheese, for instance; or smoked-haddock fishcake with garlic & caper mayonnaise, followed by chocolate fondant with mint ice cream. The wine list maintains the off-the-wall vibe. Alternatively, choose from the concise collection of cocktails, among them such delights as Polish martini: Zubrowka vodka shaken with Krupnik honey liqueur & apple juice.

Elk in the Woods is recommended for

Cool | Cosy | Dates | Breakfast

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Angel Tube Station 201m

Essex Road Station 899m


Address: 39 Camden Passage , London N1 8EA

Area: Islington Barnsbury

Opening times

Mon-Fri 8.30am-10.30pm Sat-Sun 10.30am-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Vue Cinema Islington 172m

Business Design Centre 215m


Telephone: 020 7226 3535


Cuisine: Bars


Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 9.5

Value: 9.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Jane C. 23 August 2013

Came in here on my own during a very busy lunchtime. I was immediately made to feel welcome by the friendly waiter who showed me to a table straight away. I ordered a drink – superb fruity Biddenden rosé – and that arrived promptly. The quirky interior, lively buzz from the clientele and quaint location – superb for people watching! – all made for a great atmosphere. I chose the duck egg and mushrooms on toast. It was a very generous portion, the egg was perfect, and the combination of fresh rustic ingredients and flavours worked really well. Then I tackled dessert. There were several very tempting options but I went for the ice cream sandwich with popcorn and caramel which I had never heard of before. It was a real treat, tasted completely home made and the combination was delicious. I finished off with a perfect lattė which was made by the tall waiter who talked me through all the different coffees on offer and really knew his beans! So a thoroughly enjoyable lunch – superb food and drinks, prices were very reasonable, service was good especially given how busy they were, friendly polite staff, and a great atmosphere. Will definitely be going again.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

HP gold reviewer 01 February 2010

I've passed by the Elk many times and at the weekends, it's always packed. A late breakfast there today was a pleasantly quiet affair and we couldn't fault the food, service or setting. The prices are about average for this part of town but the quality was above standard. Both dishes were beautifully presented; the warm croissant came with a whole pot of jam and the toasted muffin (with bacon, poached egg and hollandaise sauce) had been put together artfully. The coffee was notably better than the norm and not at all overpriced for London (£2.20). I can see why this place is so popular with the Islington in-crowd.