We've included this pub as it was editorially chosen among the best in London for Sunday roasts.
Just like many of the well-to-do families in the Islington area, new Highbury gastropub The Smokehouse is born out of good heritage. It’s the latest opening from small pub group Noble Inns, and has some of London’s best regarded gastropubs as siblings in the form of The Lady Ottoline in Bloomsbury, The Pig & Butcher in nearby Angel and The Princess of Shoreditch in, erm, Shoreditch.
If you’re familiar with any of those pubs named above, then you’ll have a fair idea of what to expect at The Smokehouse; just add a bit more fire, even more meat and an over-arching caveman approach to food. Well, at least that of a caveman with classic French training.
In terms of design, think pared back with lots of bare wood – including the obligatory gastropub standard sanded floorboards – and a whole side of the bar dedicated to being a proper “I’ll just have a pint, please” pub rather than the foodie affair across the way. Plenty of pints to choose from, too, by the way.
The menu manages to be primal and sophisticated at the same time; British at heart, while international in inspiration. It’s far from cheap, but resoundingly reasonable; starters average a bit over a fiver and mains hover around the 15 mark until you get onto the really serious steaks. Read our full review of the food option here.
Outdoor image courtesy of Ewan Munro.