This is a lovely old pub, with lots of dark wood and a basement where they brew their own ale. The fairly straightforward menu includes a roast suckling pig (for 12-17 people) that you can order with 72 hours’ notice. Not having anything close to 12-17 friends, we’ll go with a couple of other people but skip breakfast that day. Just one warning: the kitchen is in the main room, and you might leave smelling a bit like a pork chop if you’re sitting nearby at mealtimes.
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The Compton Arms is a little pub in Islington serving some tasty small plates and one of the best burgers in town.
Radici is a big restaurant serving Italian classics, and while it might not be the most exciting spot in Islington, it’s one of the most useful.
Llerena is a straightforward but excellent tapas spot in Islington, serving products direct from the family farm in Extremadura, southwest of Madrid.
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The Princess of Shoreditch
Princess of Shoreditch is a trendy pub with a great Sunday roast and a short but reliable beer selection.
The Eagle is a popular Clerkenwell gastropub with a famous steak sandwich, and generally excellent food across the board.
The Guinea Grill
The Guinea Grill is a tiny pub in Mayfair with an old school restaurant specialising in excellent steaks.
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Island Queen is the sort of pub you go to if you want to settle down for an afternoon of schmoozing or watching the big match on a large-screen TV.
Earl of Essex
With twenty brews on tap daily, Earl of Essex is a beer lover’s heaven. Come with friends, and don’t forget to order a basket of cheese fries.
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