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Pig and Butcher is just clocking into its thirteenth week as a newly opened gastro-pub that boasts quality comfort food like granny used to make. Readers with a good memory may remember back in June when we broke the news of its planned opening. The pub is from the same brains behind The Princess of Shoreditch and The Lady Ottoline however unlike its siblings The Pig and Butcher actually butchers, cures and smokes its own meat on site specialising in rare breeds such as White Park cattle, Iron Age pigs and Hebridean lamb. No messing about here.

The room is split in two, the dining room where bookings are taken and the main bar where you are more than welcome to grab a seat at a free table and eat. The menu changes daily and has plenty of hearty options, ideal for when it’s miserable outside. To start we sampled the first timer experimental dish of black pudding and parsnips braised in Ham Stock on toast, a brilliant combination, simple, tasty and some of the best black pudding we’ve gobbled down in a while. Another starter of monkfish scamp came as three chunks of meaty fish coated in a delicate, crispy batter served with a pot of creamy aioli.

For mains, the Old Spot pork steaks with hispi cabbage and crushed new potatoes came recommended. The two thickly cut steaks were coated in a meaty gravy and reminded us of the hearty dishes our nan would serve. The 35 day aged sirloin steak with double dipped chips – it’s all about the double dip – was a perfect example of the quality of the meat served. The steak was tender and juicy whilst the double dipped chips were just the right mix of crunchy and fluffy.

We couldn’t fault the food or the service and we’ll defo be going back to try the Sunday roast, better than mum’s apparently. See for yourself…

The Pig and Butcher 80 Liverpool Rd, Islington, N1