Head off Upper Street and you can find some real treasures in the backstreets of Angel.
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Really not a big fan of the Mucky Pup - dim, grimy and a bit smelly. And, wot, no New Rose?
love The Pup, but GriddleOctopus is correct in championing the New Rose - best pub on Essex Road, top five in Islington and getting better all the time.
The North Star on New North Road is worth a visit if you're down that way. Good well kept ales and nice nosebag. smoking garden.
The Kings Head Theatre Pub on Upper Street is one of the few remaining traditional pubs in Islington despite its recent sale to Youngs, and they are upgrading the place espesh the toilets. Theatre listings in pub window or online.
The Island Queen, Noel Road; The Charles Lamb, Elia Street.
What about The Islington Townhouse? Amazing small plates as well more classic big plates. Really stunning interiors and great atmosphere. They also put on some great nights Gin & Phonic DJ Night, wreath making etc.
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