I have known this pub to be called a few names in its time. The most recent being The Islington Tap. Each makeover has maintained consistency in providing a good local friendly pub with hearty food. The Pig & Butcher has taken it a step further though, choosing to steer clear of the go-to options such as burgers, fish & chips etc and instead, offer what is surprisingly inventive and indeed the epitome of what a gastro pub should be. I know most folk believe “gastro” is over-used, maybe even a thing of the past. I believe, when used under the right circumstances, i.e. the bridge a between bog standard pub and fine-dining restaurant, it fits.
It is off the beaten track, when you think of Upper Street being just down the road. Instead, it is surrounded mostly by residential neighbours and you can see this by the lack of office types propping up the bar. On a friday night, there is a chilled crowd of locals tucking into game and such, or sipping on the beers, of which they have at least 30 types. It’s a win win situation.
For the food, I had Guinea Fowl breast and leg, with crunchy brussel sprouts. Yum! My friends were not to hungry so opted for a chunky chips, pig in blankets and a scotch egg to share. Now before I talk about my main, lets visit the scotch egg. It is not your normal cold uninspiring fare from Tesco. This is freshly made with egg that has the yoke spilling out like a yellow slow motion waterfall as it should. A big yes. Now the Guinea Fowl, omg the meat was tender. Whilst it is normally known to be drier and leaner than chicken, it had a moistness which was delicious. Partnered with crunchy bitter sprouts, the trip down to the other end of Theberton Street was worth it.
The overall experience was delightful. Pricing was good. Service chilled but attentive. A good mix of table service or being able to go up to the bar if you fancy a look at the selection of bottle and tap beers. The pub has grit, it makes a statement that it can leave your Upper Street alternatives in its dust as it speeds off with food and drink goodness. We will be back!
The Pig and Butcher
80 Liverpool Street
London N1 0QD
T, 020 72268304