Lovely, lovely local pub. Based in Islington, just by one of London’s prime waterways, Island Queen is a great starting or finishing point if you fancy a stroll along Regents Canal.
The pub credits itself with having some of the world’s best beers on tap, accredited real ales and a mixture of upstairs, downstairs and alfresco spaces to enjoy your tipple. All that said, one thing it excels at is its cosyness and local feel. Islington is not the biggest commercial centre, but many of the pubs on the high street can be filled with after work noisy drinkers. As this is a bit off the beaten track, it’s clientele was a small group of locals and those in the know.
The staff are also a selling point, good with the banter, smiley and relaxed in service style. This is the perfect place to enjoy your ale or opt for a glass from the decent wine selection.
On our visit, we decided to have some food as well. This is where the compliments end. At £14.50 for sirloin steak in a pub, you would have expected it to be less tough and fatty. The dish was served with fries, no greens or salad anywhere to be seen as a side, although on the menu it did reference watercress. It was a Monday when we visited and maybe food is not where their passion is with the great wet offering, but for a what is a fair amount of cashola, you do expect a little bit more. Even at restaurants which pride themselves firstly and foremost on selling steak as a feature item, you get similarly priced sirloin which tastes epic and is money well spent.
My advice is that it’s great for drinks and hanging with friends. However, be careful with the main food. Perhaps the small pates are a better options to soak up the booze. Looking at some of the tripadvisor reviews, it seems to be the general consensus that food is not the way to go :(.
The Island Queen
87 Noel Road
London N1 8HD
T. 020 7354 8741