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  • 209 Liverpool Road
    London N1 1LX
    Islington
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  • Phone number 020 7607 5519

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  • 4.0 star rating
    13/5/2014

    Chill, clean and inviting.

    We came here after dinner on a cool night and had a few cocktails.  The bartenders were genuinely pleasant and helpful.  That's always a nice touch.  This place is roomy, clean and warm feeling (lighting).  There are tables out front for those nice days of eating/drinking outside.

    Don't half step.  It's not open too late on weeknights, so you may need to hit Upper Street if you're looking to rage all night.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/1/2013

    Paul
    Whitehouse likes it so it must be Brilliant. Four changing ales, featuring some
    random choices. They seem to lean towards more Golden beers which suits me.
    I've
    not had the food yet but on ales and atmosphere I'd rate it quite highly.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/7/2010

    I would disagree with some of the previous posts about the Barnsbury. I am quite a fan.

    I have been to this place many times over the previous year or so. The plus points are:

    -Excellent, restaurant quality food, which can sometimes be inventive
    -There is a lovely but small courtyard garden
    -They have a good beer selection, which includes nice belgian bottles such as Chimay
    -It is away from Upper Street so avoids beer boys and out of towners

    Downs:

    - Can be pricey
    - Service can be a little slow at times

    It is definitely worth a visit if you are in that part of town, and especially nice in the winter when it has that 'cosy' quality

    • Qype User guerni…
    • London
    • 54 friends
    • 47 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    2/6/2008

    A little sympathy for the poor Barnsbury, please. There are plenty of us that loathe the chirpy environment of Upper Street, but it compares well with the grim concrete of Liverpool Road.

    We went for Sunday lunch, and rather enjoyed the bright clean interior. The chandeliers are rather neat: little clusters of wine glasses arranged in a circle to add an extra frisson of booze-related design to the otherwise spartan ambience.

    The food was perfectly ok. A starter of chicken livers with mixed leaves was underwhelmingly lukewarm but with decent flavour. Bread was warm and reasonably fresh. Draft Guinness was awful, by the way, but I can't really blame the bar for that.

    Mains were cooked well, although they did take the best part of an hour to arrive in a hardly half-full dining room. Perhaps the chef was hungover, or having some sort of emotional crisis, or just taking things easy. Either way, the food arrived just a fraction of a second after I started looking round the room with real annoyance and a spiky, someone's-about-to-feel-the-weight-of-my-wrath, such as it is, look in my eye.

    So there we go. Pleasant, I'd describe it as. Mind you, for £40 for lunch for two, pleasant is the least you'd ask.

    • Qype User Sian…
    • London
    • 415 friends
    • 752 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/4/2009

    I had a great time here on Sunday. Good enough to stay for one bottle of wine. And then another. And then another. That wasn't part of the plan but we were celebrating me finishing my novel, so we got a bit carried away.

    The rose was yum. So was the barman for that matter. I accidentally hit on him in my drunkeness, but he was a perfect gent. I'm blaming the wine. We did have rather a lot.

    It's a lovely place to sit outside, and it's actually just a very pretty place indeed. Very gastro-pubby. We didn't stay for food (although we really should have).

    The only downside, there's a huge amount of emergency traffic coming up and down - it's clearly quicker for ambulances and police cars to go up and down here instead of using Upper Street. We got annoyed after they were hitting double figures.

    Still, after another bottle of wine, you won't notice. They have free wi-fi too. Everything about this pub is good, I'll be back if I'm in the area. Just as soon as the cute barman has forgotten me.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/2/2013

    We popped in on Saturday after dinner when, as is always the case on Upper street, we failed to find any establishment that wasn't so packed as to be a fire hazard. The Barnsbury is a 3 minute walk from the chaos of Upper street and if you want a quiet drink it seems great. We arrived at 9:30pm and it was only sparsely populated with drinkers and there were 2 tables free, brilliant! I had a pint of the Triple FFF Comfortably Numb and it was really nice. It's good to find a good real ale in Angel as so many places are dominated by lagers, ok when I'm in the mood but it's nice to have a good quality beer at this time of year. Foodwise this place is getting mixed reviews but on that I can't comment. For it's primary use, a drinking establishment I really liked it, but it's definitely not a 'trendy' bar or uber upmarket like the Albion round the corner, it just is what it is and I liked it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/7/2013
    5 check-ins here

    Great pub to sit outside on Summer's day, watching the world go by. Friendly barman, pleasant decor and nicely kept ales. A hidden gem.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/1/2009
    First to Review

    Set back off the road making it fairly easy to pass by, and with secretly posh locals drinking outside giving it a fairly unsalubrious appearance which belies its actually quite posh interior. The food is beyond gastro pub and is actually restaurant standard with inventive recipes and exotic ingredients. It is very expensive though and the decor isn't anything special, there is a garden but it has the atmosphere more of a smokers pit than a nice place to sit and drink.

  • 1.0 star rating
    9/12/2012

    Went for a Christmas meal with friends here today and it was without doubt the worst roast I've had in London. £14.50 for a turkey roast which was less than mediocre and  we were all still hungry afterwards The vegetarian option looked as though it had been picked up off the floor and put on a plate and was sent back by my friend. Service was not much better with the waitress practically throwing everything on the table. Given the number of good pubs in the area- The Angelic, The Albion and The Mucky Pup to name a few, I will not be going back here anytime soon.

    • Qype User absint…
    • London
    • 81 friends
    • 264 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    26/3/2012

    For a pub that prides itself on dining, the Barnsbury leaves a lot to be desired The main problem for me is that the management don't have any appreciation of vegetarian food and make no secret of not bothering to put a great deal of thought into the meat-free dishes. Providing for vegetarian diners is not rocket science (even if you don't approve of them): you simply need to include something on the menu that works with the side dishes, and constantly serving the same over-seasoned mushroom risotto (most obvious veggie main known to humanity) is not going to endear you to customers who'd like to enjoy the same roasties and yorkshire puddings as their meat-eating companions. This is a really elementary mistake for any establishment to make: I know that vegetarian food is not currently fashionable and can see what they are aiming at with a 'good old fashioned meaty' vibe, but that doesn't mean that there are not plenty of beer-loving, wine-appreciating potential paying customers who happen not to eat meat out there who also enjoy good honest food. We are not all lentil-munching bores, and many of us will spend good money on having a good time. I really don't think that anyone can afford to overlook this fact nowadays. On my last visit I had the usual risotto (which annoyed me as I was there on a Sunday, when I'd rather be eating a roast; all the other local gastro pubs include a veggie roast on their menu) and did not even have the chance to wash it down with a glass of wine as this was forgotten. In fairness to the waiting staff I was later offered one on the house, but by this point I no longer really wanted it. The choice of wines is pretty good here and I can't fault the owners on this or on their beers, which are sold with some good offers at various points in the week. The decor is pleasant and sitting outside on a hot day is lovely. I just resent being made to feel unwelcome over my diet. At least they brew good coffee.

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