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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 Sunday, 09 December 2018

I am so disappointed with Sunday's dinner, especially after having gone to Smokehouse a few week's before where everything was great. I went on Sunday night with my partner, both really excited to have the roast that I had had a few weeks ago. We were both shocked by the tiny slither's of meat (I had beef weeks before and it was huge). The service was terrible - I was told to sit down when I went up to get condiments (not even offered them when the meal was dropped on the table), and the card machine thrown at us when we paid. There were no niceties whatsoever. The meal cost £85 which to us is quite a bit of money to spend on a less than average dinner.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

Excellent

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

Food was exceptional and we were overall very pleased with everything, but felt that it was too busy for its size - and the service suffered a little as a result.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

The staff were lovely, food was spot on and very prompt. Would definitely come back here again.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Very nice service and good food

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Service was brilliant, professional, attentive staff. However, we were disappointed to be rushed off our table when we didn't get it until 3:20 despite a 3pm booking. The food was fine but not good value for money. The atmosphere was great and very festive.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

The Smokehouse is such a lovely place to dine at and put on a beautiful Christmas spread for us. They were very accomodating with my large booking and the food was divine. I would (and do) highly recommend the Smokehouse. Thanks again for a lovely festive lunch!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Lovely cosy dinner - great food, perfect service and gorgeous atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

The Christmas menu was amazing - all the food was excellent. Great setting, cosy pub. The only thing that detracted was that it was a little confusing how the desserts were split – it was unclear that we were meant to share one of the desserts which was a little tricky to split in two! But otherwise everything was great.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Great atmosphere with superb food and excellent beer & wine list. Highly recommended. We went on a Saturday lunchtime and it was surprisingly busy which added to the ambience. Great open fire in bar area.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Service was incredibly slow and the waitress was quite rude

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Fantastic meal and service that the entire table raved over.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

Big up the chefs!

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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

Best roast I’ve had in London

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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

Amazing ambience and setting with great food - highly recommend to friends and family!

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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

We were sat next to the kitchen which was hot from the lights, but otherwise it was a lovely and delicious meal.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

Having to chase our main course -it turned up 5 mins before we were planning to leave for the football and a full hour after our starters- was bad and kind of ruined the experience. Not ideal and very few straight answers from staff when questioned.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Great place, great food, great staff! Definitely recommended!

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

The best steak we've ever had. Bursting with flavour and cooked to perfection. Service was very prompt and efficient. Staff were knowledgeable and attentive. Looking forward to going back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Thanks for a great night. I received a number of positive comments from members of our party, eg “Lovely food, great beer, great service, good value, good atmosphere.”

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Visited On Thursday, 29 November 2018

Lovely service, great Christmas atmosphere. Interesting menu and we always enjoy the Smokehouse food.

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Visited On Sunday, 18 November 2018

We came for Sunday lunch at 4.30pm, 4 adults, I can understand you are trying to create an ambience with low lighting, however everybody had their phones out with the torch light on trying to read your menu, it was not only our table but others did the same! Staff were too busy, therefore service was stretched not allowing staff to be a little more attentive to customers, if anything your bar staff were rude! Not only was the premises cold on the day so was the food when it arrived which only added to the disappointment! On looking for a good point to end on, the actual roast meat on all plates tasted delicious a small consolation for a pricey roast dinner!

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Great service and food! I would definitely come back again!

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Staff were absolutely delightful and very accommodating. Really helped us with our menu choices.

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Visited On Sunday, 18 November 2018

Great winter pub atmosphere

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