Locatedon a plush Highbury back street, The Canonbury pub has recently had a complete refurb, upping it’s game on both the interiors and the food and it’s looking mighty fine indeed. For a neighbourhood pub, this place is absolutely HUGE, with a front bar area the size of your average pub, a restaurant at the area and surely one of the biggest gardens in London, where George Orwell supposedly wrote some of 1984 back in the 40s. If you’re a local, there can’t be many better places in the area for summertime outdoor drinking.
On the food front, the menu is certainly more adventurous than standard pub fare (although there is a classic burger and fish and chips too). Dishes of the day were the two starters, a beautiful miso-cured beef with sweet radish and burnt onion and a homemade Scotch egg which looked a bit dodge but tasted delish. For the mains we had pork belly with cabbage and bacon, gravy and crispy potato croquettes, and hake with chorizo and saffron potatoes. The chocolate ganache dessert was a bit disappointing but other than that hiccup the menu has a lot going for it.
The Canonbury may not be the kind of place you’d cross town for but if this is one of your locals you can count yourself very lucky indeed.
21 Canonbury Place, London, N1 2NS