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Smokehouse Islington

63–69 Canonbury Road, Islington, London, United Kingdom, N1 2DG
Critics Review 13/20
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Opening Information

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 Thursday, 16 August 2018

Great food and service spot on.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Gezellige sfeer.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Friendly service excellent food

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Visited On Friday, 03 August 2018

We loved our meal, really delicious food, perfectly cooked and the atmosphere was lovely and relaxed

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

Fantastic lunch with a great buzzy atmosphere and excellent staff. Excellent beers too!

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

Service was a big hit and miss Sunday.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

Lovely modern pub setting with great outdoor seating and delicious Sunday roasts.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

Great food! Service could be a little better. Took a while to get menus and to get anyone’s attention to bring over the sauce but saying that the staff were really nice.

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Great venue, excellent service, just a little overpriced.

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Food was fantastic and the service exceptional.

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Visited On Monday, 06 August 2018

Extremely friendly and polite staff who made our birthday celebration extra special. We would definately return!

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Visited On Monday, 06 August 2018

Will definitely come back

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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

Honestly quite disappointed with the food as I had been looking forward to having a meal and being very local and wanting to support business. The roast beef I had was nothing special, it was bland and the potatoes obviously had been sitting around as they had gone hard and needed to be soaked in the gravy to soften them up. In my opinion it is not worth the money. On the plus side service was faultless, greeted with a smile and had attentive service.

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Visited On Friday, 03 August 2018

Friendly helpful staff. Great choice of beers. Only negative comment. Restaurant too dark, as nightfall approached, people were struggling to read menu. Not just me with my ,,'old eyes,' !! Thanks

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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

One of the best roasts I’ve had in London. Cute spot and fast service.

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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

Great food and se vice as usual.

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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

Had the slow smoked lamb leg between 3. Absolutely amazing

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Visited On Friday, 03 August 2018

My ex favourite restaurant. Regularly isn’t able to satisfy food and drink orders. Booked a table 3rd August, had barely any steak left and ran out of the one particular wine we had selected, white Rioja. Same thing happened the last few times I’ve booked a table and so deeply disappointing because what what used to be my favourite restaurant in north London

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

Waitress didn't bring starters and then refused to apologise. We asked for free round of drinks and saud she would have to pay forit from own pay packet.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

We had a great evening and really enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere.

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Visited On Tuesday, 24 July 2018

OK food, nice vibe, scatty but sweet service

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Visited On Monday, 23 July 2018

After a not so pleasant visit, my friend and I were invited to come back and what a difference it was. Great service, good ambiance. I will be definitely coming back.

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Visited On Monday, 23 July 2018

I have been for dinner twice and each meal has been excellent.

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Visited On Sunday, 22 July 2018

Bit noisy... but thats summer in London

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Visited On Sunday, 22 July 2018

Excellent customer service. We felt like family by the end. The roast was perfect. Pudding outstanding.

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