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The North Pole is where the affable, Islington middle classes unwind with a choice of several pages worth of imported and artisan beers, 22 of which are draught.

The scene This is the place to sip away on a 7 per cent smoky Norwegian spiced ale or chug a four-pint jug of Dark Star in a cosy living room environment – think Chesterfield-style benches, an upright piano, jukebox and bookshelves, with real books on them.

A jovial sign says, “Children unattended will be sold to the circus,” plus there’s an old-school games room, with pinball, Space Invaders and Pac-Man.

The grub These are bar bites done ridiculously well. A section of the pub is allocated especially for diners, as many punters come entirely for the restaurant-worthy food.

The dishes are exactly what you’d expect in a boozer (classics such as mac and cheese, chicken pie and steaks), they’re done beautifully, plus there’s the odd mind-blower, such as the herby, runny Scotch egg that’ll make you groan like a porn star.

Behind the bar Innis & Gunn, Schneider Aventinus and Bacchus Framboise are just three of the dozens of tongue-twisters to try out. There’s also a three-page vino list, plus fancy Orchard Pig juices for teetotalers.

Bill, please Beers from £3.80; wines from £3.50; starters from £4; sides from £3; mains from £7.

Verdict A solid pub with great food, atmosphere and a brilliant drinks list.

188 New North Road, N1 7BJ   
Station | Angel  Essex Road
thenorthpolepub.co.uk


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The North Pole pub review: Islington, London
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