There are a few things that the British do very well, pubs are one of them. Luckily, beer is another, so when it comes to wintertime, there are few cosier places to spend a few hours than chatting in a warm, well-stocked pub!
In light of this fact I’ve selected my favourite pubs in Angel Islington to enjoy a pint, or two.
Craft Beer Co – Angel
After my visit to Craft Beer Co in Clerkenwell I’ve been keen to visit each Craft Beer Co pub. This particular branch was much more like a traditional British pub than many of the others I’ve visited. Decked out in regent green and burnished gold, this is a great spot to linger over a few beers and watch the world go by. As in many of the Craft Beer Co pubs, the staff are excellent at helping you choose a beer, and very knowledgeable about craft beer in general. For those looking to tuck into some grub, the fantastic Forty Burgers are the resident chefs.
Address: 55 White Lion Street, London N1 9PP
Telephone: 020 7278 0318
The Narrow Boat
Located right beside Regents Canal, The Narrow Boat offers a modern, two floored pub with great views of the canal. The best beers on tap include a selection of Youngs Ales (the Winter Warmer was particularly delicious), Charles Wells ‘Dogfish Head DNA’ and Camden Town Breweries ‘Gentleman’s Wit’ as well as a number of Meantime brews. Dispensing hot water bottles, blankets and with a toasty electric fire going, I could have spent all day in this cosy pub quite easily.
Address: 119 Saint Peter’s Street, Islington, London N1 8PZ
Telephone: 020 7400 6003
The Island Queen
Literally just around the corner from The Narrow Boat, this traditional looking dark wood pub is the ideal place to seek refuge from the winter chill. High ceilings, cosy sofas and a Victorian gin palace decor certainly makes this boozer a unique find. The Island Queen offers a good selection of rotating cask ales and bottles from independent brewers, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a good brew here. Play some board games in the parlour or chill out in the cosy lounge / function room upstairs.
Address: 87 Noel Road, London Borough of Islington, London, N1 8HD
Telephone: 020 7354 8741
The Earl of Essex
The biggest craft beer bastion since my visit to Clerkenwell, The Earl of Essex is the home of craft beer in Angel. As soon as you walk in, the famous beer board lets you know exactly what cask/keg beer is available that day, as well as the price for a pint or half a pint. I was incredibly impressed with this level of detail on my visit.
I went on to be impressed after opening the food menu to discover that each dish had been precisely paired with a beer. I can personally recommend both the Earls’ ‘Orange and Ginger Porter’ as well as Bad Seed’s ‘Citra Pale Ale’; although I am certain most of them are delicious. If you like beer, pubs and not being cold, come here for a drink, you won’t regret it.
Address: 25 Danbury Street, London N1 8LE
Telephone: 020 7424 5828
So there you have it, four snug winter pubs in Angel Islington to keep Jack Frost and his icy hands well away. Due to the close proximity of these pubs, you can visit one, two or all of them quite easily in a single day as I did. If you do decide to follow in my beer soaked footsteps, let me know which pub was your favourite, I’d love to hear!