Our London home is in Islington just moments from the Angel. The area is known as St Peter’s, it’s a leafy, quiet sort of place with a mix of rows of Georgian Terraces and the new high-rise luxury apartments springing up along the City Road. These contrasting styles are complemented by the peace and tranquility of the Regent’s canal at the heart of it all.
After passing through the Kings Cross-Islington tunnel, the Regent’s canal surfaces here and narrowboats, longboats and river cruisers of all shapes and sizes are moored along this short stretch. These are visitors moorings so boats may only stay up to 14 days at a time which means there’s always new ones to admire.
In addition to the hundreds of bars and restaurants along Upper Street just a few minutes walk away, we’re spoilt with a wealth of local pubs in the immediate area, each individual and with its own unique twist, but all serving great food and fine ale!
The 170 year old Charles Lamb, named after the Essayist and Poet who was born just around the corner on Colebrooke Row, is a local’s delight with board games a-plenty, real ale and a warm welcome for humans as well as their dogs!
Herbie favours the bench seating…
Just along the canal opposite Wenlock Basin is the hugely popular Young’s pub, The Narrowboat. Food is seasonal, fresh and the Sunday lunches here are legendary. It’s a dog friendly pub and even hosts regular Doggy Socials
Where else would you expect to find Britain’s first (and only) Certified Organic Pub? The Duke of Cambridge on St Peter’s Street offers a daily changing menu celebrating all things fresh and seasonal from their own farm, complemented by a wide range of organic wines and beers from small independent breweries. Pampered pooches are permitted but only in the bar area..
The Island Queen, on Noel Road defines itself as Islington’s local pub with great food and a weekly quiz night. High ceilings, etched glass and mirrors combine with scrubbed tables and soft sofas to provide an enchanting and welcoming atmosphere. Dogs allowed.
The Earl of Essex is Islington’s first BrewPub, and they’re serious about their beer. They also serve great food and have an amazing beer garden tucked away at the back. You guessed it, dogs allowed but best avoided on the weekends when it can and does get lively!
Finally, the new kid on the block – formerly the Prince of Wales and now beautifully restored and restyled as the Plaquemine Lock. This very welcome addition to the area is the brainchild of renowned restaurateur Jacob Kenedy. The simple menu is based on Cajun and Creole cooking; it’s all very relaxed, great atmosphere, great staff and above all great food. ‘Friendly canine pals are welcome’.
Although not a pub, I couldn’t resist recommending the cheekily named Canal No 5. Located at City Basin they serve amazing breakfasts and it’s just the perfect location to watch the world go by.
Just opposite the Duke of Cambridge is the traditional Rheidol Rooms Cafe and although we’ve not yet tried this one, it’s on the list!