A splendid Victorian pub specialising in traditional British food, of a type now rarely seen.
Make no mistake, this is till a 'proper' pub offering an excellent selection of international beers, including the local Young's. As well as bar stools, there are deep sofas, if you arrive early enough to grab one.
On the food front, this is posted on a blackboard, and follows the seasons. So you might find 'Mussels with Perry and Parsley' and 'Devilled Lambs Kidneys' among the starters. 'Barnsley Lamb Chop with Butter Beans and Mint'; 'Whole Cornish Sea Bass with New Potatoes' and 'Charter Pie' (chicken & leeks) among the mains. English asparagus and Jersey Royal potatoes appear in their time.
If you have room, you might be tempted by 'Rice Pudding with Apple Jam'; 'Mead Jelly with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Chocolate Pudding' or 'Welsh Rarebit' (annoyingly spelt Rabbit).
Their Sunday lunch has won numerous awards.
Generally speaking prices are modest for what's on offer, and a good time seems to be had by all!
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Sat 12.00-16.00; Sun 12.00-17.00; mains about £13 to £26
- Dinner: all week 18.00-22.00; mains about £13 to £26
- Wine: A well-thought-out list is helpfully listed by style, and has mosest mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Rail & Tube: Highbury & Islington
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: L Mon-Fri