This is a lovely homely pub just off the beaten track in Islington. It is close to the Draper’s Arms and is very similar. It has a great “local” vibe and had a lively atmosphere on Saturday night. We had been for drinks before when the weather was nice so sat outside in the large back garden area. This time we were in the restaurant which was warm and welcoming.
The food was amazing. I will just pick out a few highlights. To start, I had the ale braised oxtail and bone marrow on beef dripping toast. It sounded like a heart attack on a plate but it was Saturday night so I went for it. It was incredible. It was like having a steak pie sandwich and worth the mountain load of calories. I savoured every single bite.
For main, I chose the braised pigs cheeks, mash, tender stem broccoli, pork and cider sauce. It was to die for. The pigs cheek fell apart and the sauce was rich and deep. The potatoes were smooth and creamy and the broccoli slightly al dente. We also had a portion of triple cooked chips. These were without a doubt the best chips I have ever tasted and a perfect accompaniment to the heavenly sauce.
My Mum had the smoked haddock fishcake with peas a la Francaise and a soft poached duck egg. The fish cake came out as a tower laying of a sumptuous bed of greens and adorned with an exquisite yellow crown. The luscious yolk then poured over the edges of the fishcake to create a sauce to match the fresh green peas and smokey fish.
We couldn’t resist desert and shared a sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream. It is up there with one of the best sticky toffee puddings I have ever had. It was perfectly moist. The sauce was a delight and there was plenty of it which was ideal particularly since there were four of us sharing it. It was so good, I didn’t even have time to take a picture. The amaretto coffee does make a good picture though having been served in a tall wine glass.
The bar and the restaurant were so busy and sadly this had a slightly negative effect on the service. However, the food was so delicious that it made up for it (as you can tell from the two “best ever” titles I have thrown out above). I will most certainly return on a Sunday afternoon for some heart-warming ale braised oxtail and a side of triple cooked chips. I wish I could go now.