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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Trullo is the kind of neighbourhood Italian restaurant you’d find in an actual Italian neighbourhood, and the food is simply fantastic.
Kipferl is an Austrian cafe in Islington that’s perfect for a weekday lunch or quick coffee run. And when you can’t pronounce the dishes, just point.
For one of the best breakfasts/brunches in Islington, head to Sunday. The eggs benedict is worth the long queue.
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The Eagle is a popular Clerkenwell gastropub with a famous steak sandwich, and generally excellent food across the board.
The Hero Of Maida
The Hero of Maida is a bright and airy pub in Maida Vale serving some of London’s best French bistro food.
Marksman is a pub/restaurant with excellent, elevated British food in Shoreditch. It’s good anytime, but don’t miss the Sunday roast.
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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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