A friend of mine describes the Landseer as the extension of their living room. And you know what? I agree :)
There are compfy couches, board games, fire places and above all, a super cute cat :3
The staff is really nice and makes you feel at home, and if you ask nicely they might shake up one of their special cocktails.
Cannot judge on the food as I have never eaten there yet, but if you're in for a drink and some chill time with some friends, definitely a place to consider if you're in the area.
Tip: Pub Quiz on Mondays as of 8pm - if you don't mind sex jokes, you'll have a lot of fun.
I've been in this place lots of times; the vibe is great, whereas the service could improve.
Concerning the food you never really know what to expect- sometimes it's awesome and other times it isn't that great.
The Landseer is a good boozer, boasting comfy sofas, large tables good for groups and a good selection of drinks.
I regularly go here with a few friends for a social drink and a chat, generally fairly quiet yet with enough patrons for some ambient noise and a little atmosphere.
The pub would be a 4 star but I felt their food was not great. I think some of the previous reviews are being overly harsh with some 1 stars.
I had the burger which was fairly tasty but not amazing. Portion sizes large but so is the price. For this price I would expect a little bit more quality.
That said I would eat here again if I ended up having an extended boozing session and my friends wanted to stay. But I certainly wouldn't make a point of visiting for their food alone.
Staff are usually friendly but can sometimes be a little blunt which some people could interpret as rudeness.
Overall a solid pub with a nice large outside seating area in the summer.
Wonderful terrace with a nice atmosphere.
Service behind the bar was moody. I think she rather die then smile.
Food was disgusting. Do not eat there.
This should have been a four-star review.
The food is looooovely. A great selection of Real Ales on tap. Super family friendly (without being overwhelmed by shouting kids) Great location (well, if you're close to Archway tube...). Big windows. Decent prices. Hoegaarten on tap. St. Aspall ciders.
Even veggie friendly.
Why drop a star? The kitchen gets overwhelmed, and turns out food neither fast nor correct. Slow service, undercooked Yorkshire puddings, overcooked pork. And, the big one, the first rounds of Sunday loaf (during a rush) came with no roast potatoes, no apology, no substitute.
Although the grilled polenta sunday roast is such a big hit, there are about a dozen south London veggies who go up for it a couple of times a month.
I want this place to be 4* so bad...
The Landseer is the kind of place you can sink into for hours and feel totally at home. It's a spacious place with loads of seating: long tables beneath big windows, nooks with comfy leather couches and sidewalk seating as well when you want to enjoy a nice brunch and some sunshine.
Great place to go in the morning, usually pretty empty too. Eggs florentine is tasty, sometimes takes awhile though, so if you're really knackered order up a couple caesars to tide you over and sit outside where you can enjoy the neighborhood charm and playful sounds from kids in the playground nearby.
Another pub that looks like a Gastro pub but fortunately doesn't seem to have gone as far as putting the food ahead of the drink (when it does that I'm sorry it's a 'restaurant'). I imagine the number of tables outside help, as they are primarily for drinking.
Served 3 real ales when I visited at a price slightly more reasonable than a nearby Gastro rival.
As it was a nice day I was sat outside. They are lucky to have the space they have out there. Unfortunately this did mean I didn't get a great handle on what it is like inside the pub. It does look very nice though!
Among an area that boasts quite a lot of grotty pubs, the Landseer stands out as a classy joint, perhaps more suited to somewhere like Notting Hill or up the road in Highgate.
The large windows give a sense of space and light, and lots of low slung leather couches deliver a more relaxed feel than your average north London boozer.
There is a good selection of continental bottled beers and the tapas is excellent. One gripe is a lack of good music - unfortunately its mostly canned and monotone for now...
VERY disappointed with this place.
MY expectations were low considering the dearth of gastropubs in holloway but this nmanaged to not even meet them!
Hungry, hungover and having forgotten that because of 'chocolate egg day' NONE of the shops were open (outrageous!!!!) my boyfriend suggested here. he hadn't tried the food, just come in with a bunch of mates and noted the food looked pretty alright.
The pub itself is really quite nice, for drinking; bright, with wooden tables and big leather sofas. perfect for Sunday lounging.
The restaurant bit looked nice too with it bright conservatory and plants and the menu didn't look too bad either.
The first sense of foreboding struck when I discovered ants on the table and my napkin was already sticky and slightly grubby.
Normally that would've meant an immediate exit, well maybe a beer for our travels then an exit. but as our options were limited and it meant a trek into Camden and a flurry of calls to make a reservation we decided to stay put.
THe pork roast my boyfriend got was just about edible. The best that can be said is that the pork wasn't dry. The roast potatoes were hard adn watery, the gravy weak and bland and the crackling burnt (heresy!!!).
My £9 salad, yes a salad costing £9 is a joke in itself; my £9 salad consisted of half a black avocado, large unappetising chucnks of slimy smoked chicken, half an overripe tomato and a handful of undressed leaves.
My stomach turned.
I didn't even touch it.
I was close to tears I was so hungry. Not wanting to create a scene and not wanting my poor equally ravenous boyfriend to sacrifice his dinner (only slightly more edible than mine), I waited to catch the waiter eye but the steadfastly refused and bustled about. In the end I resolved to march up to the bar, demand the bill have the untouched salad scrapped, pay and shoot down to a mcdonalds.
But while my partner was in the toilet a waiter did finally come up. And went to take the plate away as if it werev perfectly natural for someone to order a plate of food then not touch it. Who exactly eats here? so i stopped him and told him it was inedible. Did he apologise? Oh no, he just shrugged his shoulders and walked away.
So we waited.. and waited.. and waited and no manager was forthcoming, no waiter forthcoming, no worried request for an explanation, no offer for a replacement or to see if i wanted anything else.
Furious I left my partner to settle the bill and stomped homewards hoping a brisk walk would ease the resentment causing more acid in my belly than the hunger.
Did they take the salad off the bill. did they heck.
Utterly disgusted. Absolutely furious. And a night's sleep has done nothing to improve my mood.
I wouldn't normally write anything with this much vitriol, but I really truly would not recommend going there for food. Frankly, I wouldn't spend a single penny on anything there.
And now I've got that out of my system, I'm not going to waste a single breath or one moment more thinking about them.
What I am going to do is nip down the road for a gut-busting big english berakfast with every trimming possible.
And I bet you that won't even come to £9, with a cup of strong tea thrown in, but will be infinitely more satisfying.
I'm going to get straight to the point: DO NOT EAT HERE. Yes, I know pubs are mainly for drinking, but if you are even toying with the idea of munching here... Don't! You have been warned.
Before visiting The Landseer, I checked some Yelps. Very stupidly, I chose to ignore the negative reviews, probably because I was craving a Sunday roast and it was nearby. What a mistake! The food at The Landseer is some of the worst I've ever tasted and is unbelievably expensive, but the place lures you in under false pretences because it has such lovely decor and a relaxed atmosphere. Beware the witch in the gingerbread house!
For starters we ordered pea and mint soup: it was barely lukewarm and looked like dishwater had been blended with snot (it tasted like it too). Who the hell cooked that rubbish and how did they get a job as a chef? My partner had spinach and feta crostinis to start...apparently they tasted OK, but he pulled out a massive hair from one of them! Mmm, yummy.
It only got worse with the roast, which was hands down, the worst I've ever had: frozen mixed vegetables, tiny Aunt-Bessie's Yorkshire pudding, the "roast" potatoes were probably boiled then deep-fried, horrible meat (probably from frozen, definitely not cooked fresh) and absolutely every one of these delights including the gravy, was tasteless. I showered on the salt and pepper, but still I wanted to sob into my (cold) plate. My partner had the polenta (veggie roast option) which had clearly been "char-grilled" somewhere other than Holloway, frozen, then defrosted in the kitchen at The Landseer.
I'm not a big drinker so can't comment on their booze, but when it comes to meals, you should only go here if you enjoy eating terrible food and love being ripped off whilst your at it. It's such a shame because the residents of Holloway could use somewhere for a nice Sunday roast. I think I'll stick to Amazon cafe on Holloway Road...no frills, but half the price of the Landseer and tastes lush.
It had been a couple of years since my last visit when I went here for Sunday Lunch the other week - and it has massively improved.
As a pub it's great. As a restaurant (at least for Sunday Lunches) it's great. They serve a couple of real ales (better than none at all!) and a strong selection of wines.
I opted for the pork, while my girlfriend had the beef. Both were delicious. Plenty of meat, lots of decently cooked veg, yorkshire pud, great roast potatoes and masses of gravy!
For pudding we had a slice of apple pie, which unsurprisingly, was really nice.
The staff were fantastic and even put a sneaky serving of stuffing on for us as well!
It may have been a little on the pricey side, but you definitely get your money's worth. I'm going again on the weekend, so am hoping that the food and beer is just as good!
Lovely pub, amazing food and wine. The Rainbow Grilled Trout was delicious. I would definitely recommend this place for drinks and dinner.
Nice gastro pub which good atmosphere, have called in to spend a lazy day reading the Sunday papers and eating the lovely Sunday lunch that they do here. It's nice to be cosy in the warm pub looking out at the bad weather during the winter or trying to get one of the tables outside to catch the sun in Summer. It's popular with families as there's a playground across the road.
A really good pub for drinking although the food isn't great! The pub is really well done out though and has a nice ambiance so it is definitely worth a visit!
Lovely place, nice atmosphere especially during the summer when families sit outside and kids play in the park across the road. Excellent and friendly bar staff too, with a decent selection of drinks.
Good atmosphere but the burgers meet were too dry and not many beers or ales to choose from.
OK, I've got to revise my rating to one star. Made the mistake of eating there again. It's pretty horrendous. We returned our food as did the table next to us - and not even an apology. Goodbye, Landseer.
The best thing about this pub is the interior which is spacious and stylish (for a pub). Great in the winter but with lots of oudoor seating and set next to a park it also has a nice family feel in the summer. Nice ales but white wine can be a bit warm. Food is ok, fish and chips is lush but we had a roast today an the roast potatoes were pretty bad. Meat was very nice though.
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