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