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Hunter S is a Victorian era pub which sits quietly on Southgate Road in the heart of Islington. Upon entering you can’t help but notice the dead animal heads that are dotted around the bar, lounge and dining room – not your usual fox or warthogs, these are beasts. A Black Bear, Water Buffalo, Moose, Peacock and Gazelle are just a few that stick out, the sheer size may mean you could find yourself starting a conversation with them after a few ales.

But enough of this manly talk of beheaded beasts. The pub deco is based on 1930’s styles and another big focal point (after the heads) is the vintage crystal chandelier hanging from the engraved copper ceiling – just beautiful!

The pub grub is pretty hearty too. Main includes tradition Fish and Chips, Burger and Steak. The Scotch egg with homemade piccalilli was a lovely dish, served warm it was large enough to please and small enough to leave you wanting more. Homemade sweet potato chunky fries were a generous portion of thick, tasty wedges and judging from the meals going past our noses the food portions all looked on the large side!

All the usual bevies behind the bar including a lovely pint of Amstel and prosecco served in a Babycham style cocktail glass. On a Tuesday night this place was great, enough people to create a comfortable atmosphere whilst quiet enough to have a good old chit chat. They were playing rhythm and blues the whole time we were in, the only time we’ve ever danced whilst sat eating a Scotch egg. Oh and the toilets are pretty snazzy too.

The Hunter S, 194 Southgate Road, Islington N1