0207 359 6070
54 Islington Park Street, N1 1PX
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Highbury & Islington/Angel
London needs more places like Public House. Tucked away on a small side street, not brashly shouting about its whereabouts in Soho or even on Upper Street, just quietly waiting to be discovered. A reward for those looking for great food, an intimate, cave like space and the kind of staff you want to propose to by the end of the night for being so lovely. There’s no queues, no ‘no reservations’ policy, no sass or faff. Just a straight up awesome place to go for dinner.
We started with cocktails (and you should too) and in particular with a ‘Thelma and Louise’ where Vodka, blackberries, fig liqueur & lime mingled in a long glass and made us very happy. Alternatively if you’re in need of something stronger, ‘Gotham City’ (Rittenhouse 100 proof Rye, Sweet vermouth, Absinthe, curacao) will give everything a nice soft edge and get you ready for a feast. And feast you will.
To start we shared a crispy chorizo roll with rocket and smoky roasted peppers, and beautifully tender salt and pepper squid with a spiced aioli. Next up, (and on our lovely waitresses recommendation) we tried the latest dish on chef Tim Parson’s new menu – a lightly smoked haddock fillet served with a risotto of watercress, spinach and sugarsnap peas which – like the small daffodils popping up everywhere at the moment – was a very welcome, fresh taste of spring to come. We also practically inhaled a slow cooked, meltingly tender lamb shoulder with more spring veg that was pronounced one of the best pieces of lamb we had ever eaten and has been thought about fondly often since. As with all restaurants, the proof is in the plates, and ours were so clean they probably could have served someone else without washing up.
In all honesty we probably didn’t need pudding. But since when did needing pudding have anything to do with eating lots of it. The orange and almond cake served with Greek yogurt was yet another fresh plate of food, while the salt caramel chocolate truffles were chewy, dusty with bitter cocoa and that very special sweet/salt combination that was a great end to a pretty perfect meal. This is the kind of place that makes you wish you were a local.