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  • 4.0 star rating
    12/3/2013

    Last weekend I came here and spent a lovely late-afternoon with my good friend from uni here: seated in two comfy armchairs right in front of the fireplace, this was the perfect place for an in-depth conversation about the meaning of life. Well, that and the bottle of red wine also helped to get to the bottom of this highly philosophical question.

    To be honest, I cannot say much else about this pub - we didn't have food or much interaction with the staff, but it was very busy and so it seems to me that I'm not the only one enjoying the warm & cozy atmosphere of this pub. (In fact, it seemed to be popular for food, as all tables for reserved for later this evening.)

  • 3.0 star rating
    27/2/2014
    1 check-in

    Good hearty local pub. They serve teas, beers; full bar and fairly clean. Nice & comforting environment.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/11/2012
    8 check-ins

    One of my local pubs and a favourite.
    Duchess of Kent is a friendly place and has a warm, homely feel and friendly punters to match. The staff are great and it serves a decent selection of beers at reasonable prices. Cornish Coaster, Youngs, Doombar and a good wine list too.
    They have music which is low enough so you can chat.
    It's off the main drag in Islington so has more of a relaxed neighbourhood crowd (apart from Arsenal game days when it gets super busy).

    If you want to eat, they have a dining section at the rear of the pub which is cosy and inviting and a refreshing change from the standard gastro pub look. The food is OK, in fact quite average but not special: homestyle cooking plus a reasonable burger and fish and chips too and a range of puds but really average I have to say but at least the service and ambience are very good. They are doing a retro food and sounds night on Tuesdays in November which we will have to try.  The staff serving are just great.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/9/2009

    After my initial bad impression that this was very much a gastro pub, I was subsequently only impressed.

    The Mad Goose ale (from Purity, named after the vicious geese that patrol the brewerycheaper than guard dogs) was really good. So good I had to have a second pintjust to make sure it really was that nice..you understand. The guy that came out to collect the glasses also asked how the ale was, a nice bit of customer interaction that should not be underestimated.

    There are some nice big tables outdoors for better weather. I didn't see too much of the interior, but it looked a little food orientated towards the back. I did see some nice comfy looking sofas too, mind you.

  • 2.0 star rating
    24/8/2009

    Pleasant gastro-pub, with everything the hyphenated term implies: good 'British menu' food, pricey, 'on trend' decor a nice relaxed vibe on a Sunday afternoon, with tables on the pavement if the sun bothers to turn up.

    If you like a decent bloody mary, order one somewhere else. Perhaps it was just an off day, but limp celery in a concoction that tasted of pure horseradish has cost them a star or two.

    • Qype User dbr00k…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 2 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/7/2009

    Lovely pub. Great atmosphere. nice staff and wide selection of nice lagers, ales and wines (haven't tried and wine)

    Being a bit out of the way is GOOD, it means its generally quieter than others in this area.

    Free WI-FI so a great place to do a bit of Sunday afternoon work

    Food is good, on the more expensive side of pub food. deffo gastro pub food.

  • 3.0 star rating
    31/12/2008
    First to Review

    This is pretty much a standard gastro-pub, perfectly nice but not very exciting. Food is good but pricey and drinks are fairly moderate pub prices. The clientele are mostly local, professional pre-parent couples and groups. There's a good quiz which my parents feel as happy at as me and my friends and which is fun and not too hard.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/3/2011

    A regular haunt of mine when in London-te beer is excellent as is the choices of wine. Summertime sit outside or Winter come and sit by the open fires. An excellent menu-and pleasant staff make it worth a visit any time of the day. Recommend the draught Aspalls cider or a pint of Cornish along with one of their delicious home made scotch eggs.

    • Qype User davies…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 40 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    9/5/2009

    Great pub for drinking (not too busy post Arsenal matches) and food is OK. Staff very friendly and location quite quiet.

    Good bitter and decent wine list make this a drinking pub, although there is a wide food menu. I find the food to be a bit variable and not very cheap.

    Worth going along to check it out, though.

    • Qype User Jackyb…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 7 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    9/8/2011

    Used to be a real villains pub called the fox and fiddle so a great improvement. Top class beers and wines. Food can be a bit hit and miss and too much focus on dinner service with seating always reserved to put drinkers off and not enough pub attitude but Jacky Bassett gives it the thumbs up.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/9/2012

    Friendly local, good food, good drink, but mainly a sweet place to hang about and take a time out. We are new to the area and have been embraced by staff and regulars, which we appreciate greatly!

    • Qype User md…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 7 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    31/5/2009

    Nice food, great cozy atmosphere with soft chairs and fireplace. On several occasions, the kitchen has been closed so that we could not eat, but when it is, it's definitely worth a try.

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