Smokehouse Islington

63–69 Canonbury Road, Islington, London, United Kingdom, N1 2DG
Critics Review 13/20
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EASTER OPENING HOURS
30th March- as Saturday 12pm- Midnight
31st March- as normal 12pm- Midnight
1st April- as normal 12pm- 10.30pm
2nd April- as Sunday 12pm- 10.30pm


OPENING HOURS BAR
Monday-Thursday 5pm- 11pm
Friday 5pm- Midnight
Saturday 12pm- Midnight
Sunday & Bank Holidays 12pm- 10.30pm

OPENING HOURS KITCHEN
Monday-Friday 6pm- 10pm
Saturday 12-4pm / 6pm-10pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays 12pm- 9pm

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Bar
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About Smokehouse Islington

Smokehouse Islington offers some of the best and most original smoked and grilled food in London. We work with the best farms in the UK and butcher our meat on site to create a specials board bursting with coal-grilled prime cuts and slow-cooked specialties​.
We have one of the most extensive beer lists in London (20 on tap, 60 in the bottle) and source wine from small family-owned vineyards only.

Cuisine: BBQ & Grill, Gastro Pub, Steak, Smokehouse
Dress Code: Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Andy Hayler
13/20
The Smokehouse is one of a small chain of four pubs run by a company called Noble Inns; the others in the group are The Lady Ottoline, The Pig and Butcher and The Princess of Shoreditch. The Smokehouse opened in August 2013 and has recruited as chef Neil Rankin, who had previously cooked at John Salt and before that at Pittcue. Neil was not present on the night of my visit; he was apparently filming a TV series. The dining room is simple, with quite closely packed tables and very low lighting, hence the matching murky photos. Starters ranged from £6 - £12, main courses from £12.50 to £25, side dishes £3.50 to £6 and desserts £5 - £6. The emphasis is very much on cooked meat, as we shall see. The wine list ranged in price from £17.95 to £59.95, with a median price of £29.85 and an average mark-up of 2.9 times retail price, which is quite high for a location outside central London. Example wines were Vina Jaraba Crianza 2008 La Mancha at £25.95 for a wine that you can pick up in the high street for around £8, Pommard ‘Tavannes’ Fernand & Laurent Pillot 2010 Chassagne-Montrachet at £46.95 for a wine that retails at £21, and Nyetimber Rose 2008 at £59.95 compared to a shop price of £42. Chopped brisket roll (£6.50) and gochujang (a Korean condiment made from chilli and soybeans) was fried in breadcrumbs and was a package of meaty goodness, the brisket cooked long enough to be tender, the spiciness coming through but not overwhelming (14/20). Crab on toast (£7) is not exactly a sophisticated dish, but the crab had reasonable flavour and was shell-free (13/20). Foie gras, apple pie and duck egg (£10) was the least impressive of the starters, the liver flavour missing in action (12/20). Short rib bourgignon (£16) was enjoyable, the meat tender and the red wine sauce with it working well with the beef (13/20). Mutton chops (£17.50) came with caponata with ndjua migas (crumbs of spicy pork sausage), anchovies and parsley. This was nicely seasoned and very pleasant, the anchovies providing some balance to the richness of the meat (13/20). On the side, Korean pulled pork (£5.50) is a speciality of the chef, and it was really excellent and carefully judged in terms of seasoning, a world away from the pale imitations now haunting London’s dining rooms (15/20). Smokehouse salad (£4) had decent leaves and dressing but was pleasant rather than inspiring (12/20). To finish, white chocolate cheesecake (£6) had a good base and just enough white chocolate flavour to come through nicely yet avoid being too rich (13/20). Coffee was harmless enough, though charging the full £3 for refills of a pretty small double espresso seemed mean, given that the cost of each coffee cannot possibly be more than a tenth of this. Service from our Canadian waitress was friendly. The bill, with wine and a post dinner drink, came to £70 a head. If you stuck to three courses with a modest wine a more typical bill with coffee would be around £60 a head. Smokehouse is a very enjoyable place to eat, with a kitchen team that really understand how to cook meat.
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Visited On Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Fantasic evening - service is great and the food is excellent. Thank you.

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Visited On Monday, 15 July 2019

Food and service great. Beef tacos are the best!

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Visited On Monday, 15 July 2019

Great dinner.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 July 2019

Best roast in London

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Visited On Sunday, 14 July 2019

The loveliest three course meal I have had in a long time , will definitely be back.. the food was amazing

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Visited On Sunday, 14 July 2019

I had roast pork and it was so good. Good value! Our meal came very quickly but it was hard to get staff’s attention although it wasn’t that busy.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Delicious food & great selection!

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

Vegetables and salad were great, the duck not as good as expected. Also they need to allocate part of the garden area for non-smokers.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

Great food. Good service - occasionally a little disjointed. Made up for my the wonderful atmosphere and authentic food.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 July 2019

Have been here a few times and it has always been fantastic. My last visit (07/07/19) was slightly disappointing. The place was packed (great sign!) and the staff were friendly (as usual!) however the service was slow and the food wasn't up to scratch. We waited approx. 45mins between our starters and main courses, and the main courses when they came were a bit 'stale'. I imagine that the intention was to serve them all together and therefore them sitting out had ruined their quality. The wine also took 45mins to arrive, and our waitress was suitably embarrassed so took this off our bill - very kind! Would probably go back again, but would hope they can handle the crowds next time!

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Visited On Sunday, 07 July 2019

Great place - well executed Sunday roast. The meat was gorgeous, good desserts and nice variety of beers.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

I don’t usually leave reviews but the service was particularly good, and the food better than expected. Thank you

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Visited On Friday, 05 July 2019

Great food service a bit slow

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Visited On Thursday, 04 July 2019

Excellent experience, as always! Many thanks to the team that took care of a really large group of people (20) as well as to the kitchen staff for prepping an excellent meal!

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 July 2019

A unique venue with amazing 'whole food' approach to cooking. A great hidden gem in London.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 June 2019

Staff focused on outside tables. Took 30 minutes to order main food and waited 1.5 hours for it to arrive. Luckily the food is always amazing, however really unimpressed with large number of wait staff yet poor service of inside tables.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 June 2019

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Visited On Sunday, 30 June 2019

Best roast in London, hands down!

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Visited On Sunday, 23 June 2019

Lovely meal. Disappointed that put us in the corner by the servicing area when there were other empty tables. Had to asked to be moved as so hot there!!!!

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Visited On Sunday, 23 June 2019

Incredible food!

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Visited On Saturday, 22 June 2019

Had a great time, staff were friendly, atmosphere was great, food was fantastic.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Service was great as well as the starters, but our expensive steak that we split as a main was inconsistently cooked and disappointing as a result. Still very good overall!

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

a very enjoyable Sunday lunch

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Yummiest roast in Islington

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Super-helpful staff and lovely grub. Maybe a tad expensive.

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