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The best restaurants in Islington London

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Clerkenwell, Islington, 20-30£
16/03/2020: 8 of us went here for my birthday lunch and was so impressed by the staff and the food. I'm a Coeliac and to be able to eat such delicious gluten free food (and it was AMAZING, especially the parmesan doughnuts!) is such a treat (ALL the food is GF). The 2 staff could not have been more helpful, friendly and attentive and even made my (somewhat wild!) 3 year old very welcome and also provided both children with colouring pencils and drawing sheets. In addition, they were SO careful with hygiene - welcoming us and offering us hand sanitiser on the way in and out (!) and being very careful with everything. This is the last time we will see my elderly parents because of the threat of C-19 and the whole experience cheered us up immensely on such a sombre day.
08/03/2020: Having passed this restaurant many times on my way too and from my Sadler’s Wells (just seconds walk away), I now know what I have been missing. - superb food and excellent warm friendly service. I ok forward to eating there again soon.


The Pompidou Cafe

Caledonian, Islington
24/03/2020: Perfect breakfast and perfect place Thank you so much for your hospitality French are welcome My favorite place in London
01/03/2020: Amazing place! For sure come back tomorrow! Loved the place!! Very friendly staff, amazing breakfast.


Fish Central

Bunhill, Islington, 20-30£
24/05/2020: Even during lockdown the team have been doing an exceptional job serving customers for takeaway. Their selection, in particular the specials, is phenomenal, brill, swordfish, halibut, tuna, etc. All brilliantly prepared, highly recommend grilled.
17/03/2020: We were fortunate to have this restaurant right across the road from our hotel in London. The food was delicious and very well priced, with a great selection of fish and seafood, particularly for London. The staff were friendly and attentive, and the restaurant had a great, lively atmosphere. Our only disappointment was that we only had time to visit the restaurant once during our stay. We will make a point of going back there the next time we are in London!


Sushi Tetsu

Clerkenwell, Islington
01/03/2020: Superb selection and simply some of the best sushi I have ever tasted. We will be back again very soon!
29/02/2020: Having lives in Tokyo for 3 years and Asia 19 years I had given up on finding great authentic Sushi served in Japanese style setting. Look no further. Awesome food, service and sake. Wonderful evening and will be back with wife. Knocks socks off other imitations.


Union Tavern

Clerkenwell, Islington
21/03/2020: Visited this pub for a private event in their function room upstairs. It’s a good size venue complete with it’s own bar, although the range of drinks offered up there is pretty limited. The staff are friendly enough though and it makes for a pleasant vibe. The decor could do with a bit of an uplift, with heavy marking to the walls and ceiling although this wasn’t noticeable downstairs in the main area. The food was very impressive and the quality of the items on the buffet means I’d happily return for a full meal! Overall it’s a decent enough pub and is a cosy place for a relaxing drink.
15/03/2020: A delicious two course lunch, beautifully presented and superb flavours. Really good service too. Excellent value.


The Sitara

Junction, Islington
13/06/2020: I had the most incredible take away from La Sitara yesterday evening. Tasty and spicy (but not too much). They also host a great live jazz music monthly evening. Well done Raj and co.
13/06/2020: We were lucky enough to be able to get some take away curry from Raj last night. It was nothing short of stunning. My stomach is still smiling.



Bunhill, Islington, >100£
05/03/2020: Great pizza at affordable price, lunch deals, promotion, get my lunch from here many times. Highly recommended
28/02/2020: Visited with friends and have to say very pleased. Whilst its pizza by the slice toppings are good and always fresh. Popular too, reasonably priced and whilst self service, staff friendly and helpful. Buon appetito!


Pizza Union King's Cross

Caledonian, Islington
09/06/2020: Just arrived in London, half the Tube closed down so change after change. Tired, hungry and looking for something comforting. And we find this sweet beautiful understated gem of a place 10 minutes walk from St. Pancras.I thought there was a misprint when I saw the prices. £3.95-£5.50 for full, proper, thin base, freshly yeast raised pizzas. Oh rapturous joy! And full large Moretti bottles of beer for £6. And all served by 1st generation Italian staff.We had a margerita, a formaggi (with extra Nduja and pepperoni), pepperoni, and roma pizzas. Total was £29.35.No exaggeration to say it turbocharged the start of our stay in London. 10/10.
16/04/2020: Fantastic margarita pizza and black tea. Didn't expect much when I saw how cheap the prices were but, for a comfy, clean restaurant and lovely woodfired pizzas, it's incredible value. I'll seek them out when I'm next in London, definitely.



Caledonian, Islington, <20£
10/03/2020: Revisited St Valentines day. Busy but staff coped pretty well and only had to ask once for jug of water.I resisted having too many dishes as they are all lovely. ( contrary to popular belief I amnot really a greeedy guts) My fav this time was lamb neck. It was on a base of I think , artichoke- and the most delicous jus. The mushrooms were delightful and huge- none of your button pygmies.The Iberian pork just melted in the mouth. and the chia topped trout was as good as the last time. I do think however that we should be able to have some bread, pitta or the like purely to mop up the lovely juices because it is very tempting to pick up the plates and lick them. Not very ladylike and I don't like to draw attention to myself so please consider this request.
02/03/2020: l'ho vissuto solo di notte venerdì e sabato , locale vivissimo e molto divertente. Grazie Catalyna, gentilissima anche nel caos



Highbury West, Islington, <20£
13/06/2020: Very interesting food made at the highest quality and with love which is an exception in the restaurant business as most are not made to cater for individuals. The environment and experience is a luxury hard to find even in the city and prestige restaurants throughout London. I would love to have the pleasure of eating in in my opinion one of the best experiences in islington that doesn't cost the earth.
16/03/2020: I really enjoyed the atmosphere, designs of the restaurant, food, desserts and the friendly staff. It was so much of love and kindness...wonderful experience


Oz Cafe

Caledonian, Islington, <20£
10/03/2020: Muy agradecido con estos muchachos por meterme justo antes de que cerraran un sábado. Explicaron que ya habían cerrado las freidoras y pasaron por lo que aún podían hacerme. Tomé un desayuno exuberante y en realidad no me sentí presionado para irme. Un personal muy sonriente que te hace sentir que te quiere allí.
04/03/2020: Endroit accueillant et chaud, personnel chaleureux, plats très bons. Les paninis sont bons mais encore faim après, les autres plats sont généreux. Possibilité pour les végétariens: je recommande.



Barnsbury, Islington
02/03/2020: A great spot to meet for breakfast. Prompt service, delicious, hearty food. Very reasonably priced. An easy walk from Angel Tube Station.
21/02/2020: Después de perderme en una carrera y terminar haciendo 10 millas en lugar de 10 k, estaba hambriento y necesitaba un poco de placer. American Pancakes me preparó para un día completo de exhibición en el cercano Business Design Center. ¡No necesitaba comer hasta la hora del té! Excelente comida de calidad, servicio realmente rápido, personal muy amable y un valor increíble. Un gran hallazgo!


The Peasant

Bunhill, Islington
19/06/2020: We had the the most wonderful wedding at The Peasant last summer. For a pair of novices like us, Nick and his team made the whole affair so easy! From the minute we walked into The Peasant the very first time, we fell in love and knew it was the reception venue for us... and our first meeting Nick sealed the deal. We knew he was a man we could work with - his relaxed "can-do" approach and professionalism meant that we were so happy to leave our wedding day in his capable hands. From day one, Nick & his team made it all so easy and the final result was sheer perfection. Rasa was just wonderful when we met her on the Friday before and, with almost zero instruction, made the venue look even better than we could have hoped in our wildest dreams and everything that we had managed to consider was exactly in its place! Sheer class!!And as for the day.... we arrived and the drinks were flowing, the Peasant team were marvellous - they were a fully fledged part of the party. The food was exquisite to say the least - many remarked that it was the best that they had ever had at a wedding. The whole thing ran so smoothly, the drinks were flowing and the craic was mighty!! And the ginger loved our day and can't thank Nick and his team enough for pulling everything together so brilliantly - they are the best at what they do! Can't recommend highly enough!!
15/03/2020: We had our wedding reception at The Peasant at the end of October. Nick and his team were great to deal with, both in the lead up and on the day, answering all questions big and small. All the supplier recommendations were brilliant (we used DJ Catfight and Violets and Velvet flowers) and the food was something special. One warning though, the portions are extremely generous and we needed some serious time to digest before we hit the dance floor! Once again a massive thanks to Nick and the team, we'll be back to relive our day soon.


The Pig and Butcher

St Mary's, Islington, 30-45£
06/03/2020: Service impeccable, personnel très sympa et de bon conseil. Nourriture très bonne je recommande d’ailleurs le gâteau de riz caramélisé à la rhubarbe une vraie tuerie. Sinon beaucoup trop bruyant on est sorti avec un mal de tête !
24/02/2020: This was such a delicious meal. My husband travels to London frequently and has raved about The Pig and Butcher; he's a huge fan of the steak they serve during dinner. We visited during the lunch hour. Each dish was truly top notch. We started with a scotch egg - it's normally on the dinner menu but because they were prepping them, they were able to make one for lunch. Easily the best scotch egg I've ever had - perfectly crisp outside, perfect yolk, and delicious layer of sausage. Our entrees were also top notch - steak and mushroom pie, chicken confit, & porkchop. All wonderful (and don't skip the sides - they were so fresh and ridiculously yummy.) We shared a chocolate hot pot for dessert - again, a fave of my husband's. And he wasn't wrong. The service was attentive and kind - very charming place, very charming people. Worth the visit!


La farola

St Mary's, Islington
26/04/2020: This place is super busy and you should book a table. We didn’t but we were lucky enough that they had space for us. Originally we were going to sit at the central table but these are bar stools and when staff saw that I was quite heavily pregnant they gave us a table of our own which was very kind.I’ve wanted to try the food here for a while as it is always packed in here and it was really good. We ordered a selection of plates and there are larger dishes like paella available too. The pig cheeks were absolutely delicious and we ordered another plate of them. Hopefully this place will be up and running again after lockdown and we’ll be able to enjoy the food in the sunshine.
17/03/2020: This Upper street staple has been around quite a while , and is clearly doing something very right. Even last weekend , when the strip was quiet , Farola was full. Its not "fine dining" , and its a bit "cosy" inside but the tapas is good quality , the staff are friendly and attentive , and it just creates a good vibe overall. There were enough options to satisfy us vegetarians.

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