Welcome to June Feature blog # MyBestMealIslington
covering this month The Pig and Butcher
, in the Angel
The Pig and Butcher opened in 2012 and has gone from strength to strength ever since, becoming one of North London most sought destinations, especially for Sunday roast.
This pub is my sort of Heaven: a very typical Islington gentrified pub with a pale colour scheme reflecting plenty of light from the large clear windows, mismatched wooden furniture scattered around a large and open bar in a very arty and casual chic style - a relaxed atmosphere, not-intimidating if you're walking in alone, not to "pub by" ( yes, I think I think I made this word up) and with seating places outside ( for when we are lucky and the sun shines).
The best part for me though is that all their meat is British and straight from local suppliers; they buy in full carcasses and butcher on site which allows them to sell rarer breeds at lower prices so, when they say their menu changes daily, it really does as it depends what they have left or what has just arrived.
When I say rare breeds I mean meats such as White Park cattle, Iron Age pigs and Hebridean lamb; they of course serve fish which is supplied straight from the South Coast and a call every morning tells them what was the day catch and recommendations.
Drink-wise they stock craft beers and wine from family-owned vineyards, some aperitif cocktails and a selection of local hand pulled ales.
I went today and was tempted to order 3 courses but, looking around, I noticed quite big portions so I sticked to 2 courses and thank God for that, the portions are on the VERY generous side.
I ordered the gloriously super delicious Slow cooked Angus Brisket & Bone Marrow
for 2 to share ( I wasn't alone, I'm not that greedy) and I just about refrained from licking the plate as I'm told it is frowned upon ;-), followed by the Cheeseboard
with fruit & goat’s cheese twist, oat cakes & red onion chutney (cheeses were Tomme aux Fleurs, Gouda Arras, Cornish Blue, Givernois)
whilst my friend had the Spring mess
, a lemon mousse with lavender meringue, Yorkshire rhubarb & lemon balm.
They have also recently added a private dining room available for either lunch or dinner, seating around 16-24 guests and offer a feasting menu served on vintage platters ‘farmhouse style’ for the table to share. What's there not to like?
For me this is meat foodie heaven and most certainly #MyBestMealIslington - Angel
- no question about it, a #MustTry.
Monday to Wednesday: 5pm–11pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm–12am