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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 Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Great food, great service - very enjoyable evening!

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

Keep the brisket on the menu - it is da bomb! Seriously though, keep it going

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Service a little over eager, interupted conversation too much. And, ratio of meat to jus/gravey was terrible, far too little of latter

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

You hope that every dining experience will be one to remember but you don't expect it to be *the* dining experience that you remember for an eternity. We were pleased as punch with the taste of our dishes, presentation of the food, attentiveness of the staff, whole dining experience. Only areas for improvement I might suggest - offering condiments when serving the food

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Visited On Sunday, 13 May 2018

Arrived at the restaurant to be greeted by x3 bar staff having a full blown heated argument behind the bar they didn't attend to us. i jokingly said i was scared ! The bar was piled high with many dirty glasses and plates.. ordered a bottle of wine, had to remind them after we waited for 20 mins. Ordered x3 starters, drippy waiter got it wrong. Nice decor, good outdoor space, food was OK , sadly on this occasion just all seemed shambolic

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Visited On Sunday, 13 May 2018

Delicious food!

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Visited On Sunday, 13 May 2018

Thank you for a great Sunday lunch!

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

Food is always amazingly delicious, your chef is for sure a keeper. Don't ever let him go! The waiting staff however was not up to scratch on Saturday, it took us 15 minutes to get our wine and they kept forgetting to bring us water.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 May 2018

The food was amazing - one of the best roasts in London - and the pub is lovely. However, we waited over an hour to be served. We asked the waitress about waiting time and she apologised, suggesting we get some nibbles (olives) which we surprisingly got charged for! The table next to us also complained about the wait too and got a discount on their bill - we didn't. Really disappointing service. Also worth noting all windows/doors were open and most people were wearing jumpers/coats - I complained a couple of times but in vain. Not sure I will come back as in the end although the food was great I didnt particularly enjoy the experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

Fantastic food, atmosphere and service we will be back again!

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Visited On Monday, 07 May 2018

Great location, great food

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Food wasn’t as expected. Most of the menu isn’t actually smoked. I got the pork belly as that is one of the smoked items. More than 50% of it was pure fat, not crispy but white and inedible. The parsnip sides were undercooked and the wine was much less interesting than the descriptions suggested. We won’t be going back, sadly.

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Visited On Monday, 07 May 2018

We were a large table of 10 on a Sunday evening when the restaurant appeard to be not particularly busy. Staff were friendly and trying to be helpful but were not successful at all. Main issues in bullet points below: - we sat at the table for 10 minutes without being offered drinks and on all occasions when we asked for drinks staff took individual orders rather than a table order and seemed confused when we asked for a full table order - drink orders took 10 to 15 minutes to arrive. - we were having the feasting and were not provided with a menu until the starters arrived, despite me asking for them as there were dietary restrictions. - dirty plates and drinks were not cleared in a timely fashion. - no staff available or attentive when we needed service despite me asking for more attentive service after the starters - the kitchen were visibly and audibly annoyed with waiting staff as food was left on the counter for over 5 minutes. - asked for the bill as a matter of urgency as we had a show to attend and it still took 10 minutes to arrive.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

Flawless, thank you!

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

A delightful night out.

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Visited On Friday, 04 May 2018

Please don’t change

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Loved the menu and ambiance......

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Visited On Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Great food and absolutely fantastic service

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Visited On Sunday, 29 April 2018

fantastic Sunday roasts, and the best Sticky Toffee pudding in London.

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Visited On Sunday, 29 April 2018

Great Sunday lunch, great drinks menu, great atmosphere. Could do with more bar staff though.

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Visited On Sunday, 29 April 2018

excellent experience, great food, really nice place and very friendly staff. Definitely coming back

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

Very good meal. Starter and mains were delicious, especially the lamb and brisket roll. Disappointing desert, the peanut butter/white chocolate - very salty, in fact too salty for all of us to take a second spoon. The waiter tried it and disputed the salty taste, eventually taking it off the bill - probably easier to just say it's no good 🤔 All in all, apart from that hiccup, we were very impressed.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

Food was excellent but service was disappointing. Waitress didn’t know what dishes came with and didn’t do simple but, to me, essential things like ask if the food was ok.

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Visited On Thursday, 26 April 2018

Probably my 20th visit to this fine establishment. If not more. Always a great meal, especially when considered against the price. The portion sizes are more than adequate, and dishes/flavours are inventive without being obnoxious. Young crowd and the place can get quite loud so keep this in mind depending on who you plan on coming with. One of my favourite beer lists at any restaurant in London as well.

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