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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 Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Steaks are expensive. Good is excellent Staff are really helpful and top service!

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Great Sunday dinner!

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Really good roast. Staff very nice. Bloke with the gauge piercing was excellent 👍

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

My order was incorrectly taken so was left with literally no meal. Schoolboy error which comes as a result of not taking the time to listen for just a few seconds to the order. Service generally very poor, took an age to get anyone’s attention. The staff however seemed to spend a lot of time chatting between themselves. I could go on, but you get the picture, Service was beyond rubbish. Do not recommend.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Had to wait for table even though had been asked to confirm and was then told to hurry up at the end of the meal as they needed the table back, not really on when we had to wait. Restaurant is also really dark!!

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Excellent food and great service from a friendly and very efficient team. The pork was fantastic. My beer was a few degrees too warm (maybe it was the first of the day and the beer sat in the line overnight hadn't been pulled through?) and the Bloody Mary was a little heavy on the horseradish. Although no fault of the restaurant, lots of loud screaming and noisy children did detract from the relaxed Sunday atmosphere. We were maybe just unlucky being seated next to a large family. However I appreciate this is common in every restaurant on a Sunday afternoon. I would 100% visit Smokehouse again, and the positives far outweigh the few small negatives.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Those deserts... Oh My God!

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Exceeded expectations, amazing food, atmosphere and service!

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Absolutely love this place. Can't wait to come back!

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Visited On Sunday, 10 February 2019

Initially contacting the venue to query a few things and check a reservation was impossible. No one ever answered the phone. Furthermore no one returned my voicemail message. No one addressed the requests raised in my online booking. We didn't think having 4 waiters/waitresses manage our table throughout the evening was very personable. It would have been nice if this was consistent. We were seated on one side by the entrance so were cold and often windswept, and the other by the kitchen with staff squeezing past our table. Food was fine. Dessert was really good. It was way too loud. One waiter got our dessert order wrong twice despite correcting him and him acknowledging the correction. To top it off the manage followed my husband into the men's room at the end of the evening - for what reason, we're still unsure. Overall, seems as if this place believes it is trendier than it actually is. It's just a pub.

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Visited On Sunday, 10 February 2019

Amazing atmosphere. Service out standing. Food is delisous.. Maybe a little over priced for a roast dinner. Would deff go back there again..

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Visited On Sunday, 10 February 2019

Food was exceptional, could not fault it. The smokiness was incredible. Wine was delicious (Pinot noir) Service was amazing, super friendly and very personable Loved the charity water idea, who wouldn’t want to take part? My only negative, which says more about us than the restaurant is that there wasn’t enough. We are little fatties and could have eaten it twice over. Will 100% recommend and will be sure to return :)

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Really enjoyed the food at Smokehouse - the beef tacos and the meat fat butter were scrumptious, the skirt steak full of flavor and good portion size for two. We also loved the sticky toffee pudding. The only thing that made us feel uneasy was the service - strange thing to say but they were just too attentive. I felt like they were constantly hovering over us and couldn't relax properly in anticipation of being interrupted again. I had a constant sense of seeing one of them lurking in the corner of my eye. At one point they tried to take away my boyfriend's plate as he was enjoying his last bite, then an awkward exchange ensued when they realised and tried to put it back down. Funny and annoying - for a food lover there is sanctity about the last bite! Other than that, we enjoyed ourselves very much and most probably would go back to try what other treasures we can discover on the menu. Thank you, Agata Makowska

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Visited On Saturday, 15 December 2018

The staff was very friendly and attentive. It was also a really great detail and touch to have Christmas themed crackers provided for free. They were also very accommodating of the change in reservation number. We had a great time.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

Great variety and imagination on the menu and food for as fabulous. Great wine. Great service. Lovely vibrant atmosphere but music just a bit to loud for my liking. It’s one of my pet hates that music drowns out chat and conversations become a shouting game. Still that’s not gonna stop us coming back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Amazing dinner! The Smokehouse has brilliant food, well priced, great dim lit vibe. And the real clincher - the service is actually great! Our waitperson was friendly, attentive and helpful. A huge contrast to the regular lazy London waitperson

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Lovely food and wine, cosy atmosphere and friendly staff

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

Service was ok but as it was so busy hard to get someones attention. I was unable to cut my beef so left it and when plate was cleared nothing was said. Gravy tasteless. Wine was excellent and parts of the meal were really good. I would return but not on a Sunday.

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

Amazing

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

Great Sunday roast, very busy place, good ambiance and service. Will be going back to try out the weekday menu

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

Delicious food as always.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

Staff in the restaurant were great. Staff at the bar - very disinterested and not attentive. On phone rather than serving customers. Also, wouldn’t let me sit at the table in the dining room until EXACTLY 6pm due to not having completed set up, despite other diners already being in the dining room. Be consistent!

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Brilliant as always but what’s happened to the beef brisket starter?! It’s been a favourite for years!

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Visited On Monday, 28 January 2019

Great food and highly recommend the steak

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