British, Modern Restaurants in Islington
1. 12:51 by chef James Cochran British, Modern restaurant in Islington 107 Upper Street - N1
“Superb, really unique combinations and presentation” brings some welcome pizzazz to Islington’s Upper Street, by courtesy of chef James Cochran, formerly of The Ledbury (RIP) and a Great British Menu winner. Raised in Whitstable, he mines his Caribbean-Scottish dual heritage to produce a “fantastic value” five-course tasting menu. Top Tip: “the roast on Sundays is also delicious – and the truffle cauliflower cheese is the stuff of dreams!”
2. Humble Grape British, Modern restaurant in Islington 11-13 Theberton Street - N1
James Dawson’s 12-year-old wine shop/bar/kitchen operation has gathered momentum in recent years, expanding from its Battersea base to branches in a Fleet Street crypt, Islington, Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf. The “great wine list” from sustainable, small-scale producers is the focus, with “lots by the glass” and at “good value”. It’s backed up by “consistently good” small plates, cheese and charcuterie.
3. Megan's at the Sorting Office British, Modern restaurant in Islington 6 Esther Anne Place - N1
With their very “pretty interiors” and “great brunch” – this “reliable chain” of “cheerful” all-day hang-outs has emerged completely undaunted from the pandemic, expanding beyond its south west London heartlands as far as Islington, Marlow and St Albans. With new openings scheduled for late 2021 in Dulwich and Richmond, the roll-out shows no sign of slowing down. They’re very “dog friendly” too.
4. Pig & Butcher British, Modern restaurant in Islington 80 Liverpool Road - N1
“Never had a duff meal” – this ten-year-old Islington gastroboozer is “consistently great”, and regulars reckon themselves “very lucky to have it as our local gastropub”. As the name suggests, they specialise in butchering their own meat for the kitchen.
5. Frederick’s British, Modern restaurant in Islington 106 Camden Passage - N1
“Celebrating over 50 years in Camden Passage”, this cutely located “institution” is “an established Islington staple”, and a default choice for business, romance and family celebrations for fans across north London, for whom it’s a massive “favourite”. The modern European cuisine “continues to innovate” and if results are arguably “unspectacular”, they are very “reliable”, while the spacious interior and “excellent outdoor seating” create an “impressive environment” that helps imbue a meal with a good sense of occasion.
6. The Drapers Arms British, Modern restaurant in Barnsbury 44 Barnsbury Street - N1
“Comfort food with modern twists” which “make it different from the usual pub fare”, plus “one of the best-priced wine selections in London”, explain the enduring success of this early-Victorian Islington gastroboozer. Licensee Nick Gibson “is a gem”, and leads an “attentive front of house team” who ensure that “every dish is a pleasure”. “Only drawback is that it can get far too busy and noisy”.
7. Trampoline British, Modern restaurant in Islington 27 Camden Passage - N1
The first of 14 planned branches, this Islington corner cafe was founded by the team behind NEMI Teas (itself a social enterprise), and aims to help London’s refugee community integrate, train and become independent citizens.
Partnering with The Hotel School, Groundwork and employment partner, Thomas Franks, they work to provide a holistic route from gaining refugee status to meaningful employment.
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