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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, 14 October 2018

Best roast dinner had in ages but staff came across as too cool to serve you, barman just about bothered to serve us our drinks and the waitress was surly. Bar prices are very misleading as are priced for two thirds of a pint, so a pint of craft beer was over £7.00! It was saved by great food and nice restaurant style but sadly staff put me off

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

Delicious feasting menu. Staff took good care of us in what was clearly a very busy Sunday.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

One of the top Sunday roasts in London and super cozy in the winter time

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

Amazing food, pretty busy and noisy but creates a good atmosphere (perhaps the music not needed once it fills up as it’s seriously loud!). Service was ok, but very friendly.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Was a little disappointed not all steaks were available and was forced to have aTbone, where our first choice would have been a rib eye and a sirloin, otherwise all else was fine.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Delicious food and atmosphere, definitely coming back

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Really Bieber atmosphere. GREAT steak! Our waitress was really knowledgable on the differen cuts of meat and where everything was sourced from. Really great service and a really enjoyable evening.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

Food was amazing and atmosphere and staff were great!

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Amazing Sunday Roast!

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Although the food was very tasty and beautifully presented the portion size of the roast beef was incredibly small for the cost and there wasn’t a vegetarian roast option, which was disappointing as we had specifically come here for the roasts!

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Worst service I’ve ever had. Ever. The waitress was rolling her eyes when we asked for more water, was unreasonably impatient, didn’t apologise for our table being ready late & was just rude for the entirety of the meal. The delicious food couldn’t make up for it. Definitely won’t be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

All good except the acoustics- rather too loud and echoey for a relaxed dining experience.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Food was amazing, great selection of food, great atmosphere, could be a bit quicker on service considering the number of waiting staff. Would definitely come again!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Not a large menu but all the food was excellent. Also a nice selection of beers. Seemed a bit out of the way but well worth finding, would definitely recommed for anyone looking for a high quality, yet still pub like lunch / dinner.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

Delicious food and amazing range of beers

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

It was my boyfriend’s bday, he left the place with a big smile on his face. It’s a place where man meets beer = win! Definitely recommend!

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

My first time, food drinks and atmosphere on point!! Our waitress had great knowledge on wine and food menu. Friendly service, attentive and professional. Definitely we will be back soon Thank you

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

An amazing experience, fresh food, excellent cooking, unforgettable beer..I really think to come back.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

I have visited the Smokehouse many times and always found the food to be exquisite. On this occasion though our table wasn't ready and we had to wait 20 minutes, and weren't even offered a drink while we were waiting. Then the main course special - lamb belly - was as tough as an old piece of leather - completely inedible (though the pulled lamb and all the sides which came with it were, as usual, delicious). I complained to two different waiters and neither could have been less interested. There's a definite need for more training as the service has always been very attentive in the past.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Excellent food. Great atmosphere for a date

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Visited On Thursday, 27 September 2018

Wonderful intimate dinner for 7 people. Atmosphere is charming and the service was top notch! The food was INCREDIBLE! I personally enjoyed the burrata and the lamb chops with chili greens. The table shared three desserts, which were the perfect ending. The deconstructed cherry and ginger cheesecake was AMAZING!!!

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Had high hopes but left feeling pretty disappointed. The restaurant was very dark, which made it hard to see what was actually on the menu. Once we had decided we were told that they had no beer on tap and no duck left, not what you would expect at 7.30pm on a Saturday. The service was slow and ended up paying rather a lot for the meal I didn’t originally want.

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Had the Shortrib and it was overcooked. Would still go here again but the would ask for the rib to be cooked medium as oppose to well done.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Cocktails could use a little work. Not bad, but not great either

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