The Island

123 College Road , London, NW10 5HA

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SquareMeal Review of The Island

The cooler-than-school Kensal Rise crowds quickly warmed to The Island. They like its off-the-beaten-track location, which deters casual passers-by. The pub has pretty much everything you could want from a local: good music, classic cocktails, 60-odd wines, draught Leffe & Old Speckled Hen, plus an impressive Euro-centric menu served in the first-floor & mezzanine restaurant. Food more than passes muster: from cleverly assembled pheasant & smoked pork terrine with golden raisin chutney, to grilled lobster & chips, & an apple & butterscotch tart. Bar snacks include knockout buffalo wings & fried whitebait with gremolata. So far so good, but there’s also the modish decor, the peachy bar staff, & a sunny terrace that can hold up to 150 happy punters.

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The Island is recommended for

Child Friendly | Group Dining 8 Plus

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Kensal Rise Station 252m

Kensal Green Tube Station 565m


Address: 123 College Road , London NW10 5HA

Area: Willesden Harlesden Kensal Green

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Wed-Sat -12M)

Nearby Landmarks

The Mean Fiddler 1km

Portobello Road 2km


Telephone: 020 8960 0693


Cuisine: Gastropub

Private Dining: 60


Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Emma T. 29 November 2013

Fantastic food with incredibly personal, friendly service. Any place that offers Pedro Ximenez with ice cream has to know what they're doing. Tucked away in deepest Kensal Rise, I've visited this place in all its incarnations, but this time they seem to have it bang on. Dropped in for a quick early dinner, ended up staying and grazing for hours.

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