Canal side gem with great food, drink and staff.
We popped in here on Saturday lunchtime to book an area for an upcoming party. The manager was really friendly and helpful, and although we couldn't hire an area there, he suggested loads of other cool venues.
I had a nice pint and a grilled vegetable pastie covered in cheese which was amazing. Will definitely come back.
Looks good but isn't!
I came here on a Sunday evening with my boyfriend and left disapointed.
We ordered the roast lamb and burger. The burger was dry and rubbery, edible but not tasty as you'd expect for the £18 price tag.
The roast came drenched in gravy (that I didn't request) and there was only one spoonful of cauliflower and cheese on the plate. Again edible but not a meal I wish to repeat.
Service was poor. We found our own seats downstairs and waited 5 mins before getting our own menus. Wait staff weren't attentive and were more interested in joking around with each other. Unprofessional but friendly I suppose.
Nice venue so might go back for a drink, probably not for a meal.
Let me first say that it takes a lot for me write a bad review... but here it goes...
So I just got back from The Narrow Boat and I would be happy to give you a review of my meal... If I ever got one. I sat at my table for almost 25 min... Until someone came by... To get the drink order from the people next to me who came 15 min after I did. I did nothing when arriving but ask if i should seat myself or wait for a hostess. They said seat yourself, so I took a nice seat out on the balcony. I sat quietly and watched the world go by as people came in and out of the establishment without a care in the world. Let me mention that this was just after 2pm when the lunch crowd was dying down. I don't know if it was because I was a tourist or not (I had my camera and backpack on the side of the table that screamed tourist) but I will never recommend this establishment to anyone. So sad, it had such charm. What a bad taste in my mouth... Definitely not from the taste of food there since I never got the opportunity to eat there!
Long story short = damn good fish and chips !!!! Such a nice venue with the view over canal.
Killing time before a cinema date, I ambled down to this canalside gastro one sunny September evening. This is such an idyllic spot, that the Narrow Boat wouldn't have to do much to be a very nice pub indeed. There's a lovely balcony over the canal, and the upstairs bar has large west facing windows which catch the setting sun. Luckily, they do a lot more. The service was warm and friendly, and they have a normal pub with favourites such as a fish and chips and of course burgers.
My haddock butty arrived blazingly fast and was none the poorer for it. The only drawback, was that from somewhere on the canal, diesel fumes were washing over the balcony and into the pub. That ruined it for me, still I retreated inside and basked in the setting sun while enjoying my food. Hopefully, the fumes were a one-off because this is one of the nicest spots I've been to anywhere in London, so I will be back.
It is a rare occurrence where I find myself ambling about looking for a place to drink beers in the sunshine for a few hours in London on a random afternoon.
1. There is not a lot of sun here.
2. I rarely find myself drinking away an afternoon (perhaps I should change this?)
Yes, I should. And so I started at The Narrow Boat -- as we just so happened upon it on our walk back from Angel. With the sun still peeping about in the later dusk-like hours, the canal nearby, people enthralled with the idea that it just *might* be summer, and the aimlessness of a Sunday, all added up to YES.
My comrade and I pulled up two comfy chairs in the front and spent a good hour lounging, talking, enjoying the atmosphere (and the dogs! dog-friendly!), soaking up sun through the big paned windows, mingling a bit with the regulars. The staff was sweet (the tall blonde behind the bar, major props -- very welcoming).
I'd not resist another attempt to drink a few pints here...especially when all the stars, suns, afternoon hours and blissful London spring arrives.
Boo. Double Boo. This has become a chain pub and the Sunday Roasts really reflect it. Instead of the juicy chunks of lamb, it was...just 'meh' lamb. Nothing that sparkled, nothing amazing.
When we got there, I'd reserved a table for 4 for brunch. Instead of putting us at a table, they put us on 2 couches with a small trunk between them. There was no way in hell one could have had a sunday roast without being hunched over the entire time, sretching to get to the table. When i asked politely if we could have a table that we could actually eat off, I got a mindless, blank look i've only ever seen in Zombie movies. 'Oh...we gave you that table because we thought you guys would want room.' Very kind of you, I said, injecting a british 'I'm-sorry-I'm-being-difficult-blame-my-nationality' smile, but we really do need a table that we can eat at. They point at the next table and tell us to sit there. A group of 4....sitting at a table for 2. Ultimate fail.
Clearly, the service has also gone down the pipes--the servers kept walking by as we were trying to flag them down for more drinks and they just gave us the zombie look when we asked for our Bloody Marys to have more of a kick to them.
Narrow Boat, we knew thee well. Rest in Peace.
We only came for a pint but I loved the thinness of the building and the friendliness of the bartender. It is not every day they let you taste beers before you buy them.
They have a brill. balcony where you can look onto Regent's canal, a bit bracing in this weather as there is no outdoor heating, but amazingly peaceful if you are wrapped up warmly (beware of those metal seats though, so not tights friendly!)
I was well jel of all those individual crumbles people were having, the food looks good and would love to come back to try some bites.
I saw a pirate on a narrow boat in the moat!
Seriously, I did! I even snapped a photograph of him in between bites of my Sunday roast (a gastronomic tradition I'd gladly take over brunch any weekend!) We were a heaving table but the staff at the Narrow Boat accommodated our needs fairly efficiently.
The two disappointing bits about about my meal were:
- no Yorkshire pud with the roast chicken
- their Pimm's Cup was not up to much
There is a magical feeling you get when you're jogging past a pub in the summertime. You're working out, getting a sweat on, doing something good for your body, feeling all healthy-like, while the pub-goers are drinking, indulging, getting their inner glutton on...
Actually, I think there is a word this specific emotion: jealousy.
It was only a matter of time before my run took a detour into the Narrow Boat. Turns out those gluttons knew what they were doing! When the weather is nice, there's nowhere I'd rather be than in this canal side bar sipping a pimms or cider.
I wouldn't rate their roast however. Skip the food and stick with the booze! (It's easier to run off that Yorkshire pud...)
Five stars for the tall blonde lady's excellent customer service and the canalside prime location, one star for the food and the screeching sliding door. Interesting beers on tap, and some of the other food looked satisfactory, but my Gail's artisan bread board was four half-slices of (cold) toast for 4.50, and my buffalo mozzarella and plum tomato salad contained block mozzarella that did not look or taste like there was a buffalo involved, and a tasteless tomato companion. I was so hungry that I started eating it with my hands, as apparently cutlery is by request only (they forgot for at least one other person at my table during a busy Sunday afternoon). But the ales on tap are interesting, and the atmosphere can't be beat--even by some disappointing side dishes. I'll see you back there for liquid bread.
I like the Narrow Boat and being on Regent canal makes it a great place to people watch whatever the weather. Me, I prefer the balcony area upstairs if I can grab it as it allows you to enjoy the fresh air or sunshine without obstructing the runners, cyclists and buggies.
For a Sunday roast it was alright, my beef was tasty enough but my roasters were a bit weird (I think they were covered in seasoning), not that they were nasty, they were just, erm, not what I expect from a roast spud. I also had sprouts in there somewhere (haven't I eaten enough of these over Christmas for the love of god!).
Downstairs feels like a bit like a restaurant add-on and if there's one thing I dislike it's going to a pub and sitting in a room that doesn't have much of a pub atmosphere going on but maybe this is just on Sundays.
All in all, this is a good place to stop for a pint walking between Broadway market and Islington.
'I'm meeting people for a roast. The Narrow Boat. GPS says it's on the canal, do you think it's an actual boat?'
It's not and it isn't right on the canal. I'm clearly just a very literal minded person. But wouldn't it be awesome if it was an actual boat? Someone needs to make that happen.
Good fish and chips. Not that you could call them chips, more like quarters of potatoes on a plate. I reckon the chef got a bit excitable over the 'fat chips' concept, or his hands were too tired to cut them smaller.
I like this pub though, it's massive and they loads of varieties of posh cider. I want to drink there in the summer and, obviously, pretend I'm on a boat. Because that would be awesome.
The Narrow Boat sits right on the canal, with a few tables positioned outside. It is perfect for an alfresco dining experience when the weather is hot.
Don't be fooled by the establishments small stature upstairs, there is a spacious dining area downstairs with a little extra outside seating.
I had a Sunday roast and it was really tasty. It was like little drops of beefy heaven slapping slovenly against my puckered lips. I ate, and ate, and it was GOOOOD!
I must even applaud my perfectly balanced lager shandy. Slightly heavy on the lager but with enough sugary zing from the lemonade... Mmmm that hits the spot.
The Narrow Boat is pricier than your average boozer at £11.95 for roast beef. When your plate arrives leaden with hot scrumptious food, you'll know it is money well spent.
P.s. The Yorkshire puddings were spot on. Crispy on the edges with a softer moist finish towards the middle. Almost rivals our dear Aunt Bessie.
Nice little stop that provides a bit of atmosphere to get that riverside feeling from the comfort of your local canal.
Nice cosy little bar, which is indeed narrow, you get what is says on the tin! Not the cheapest place, but if you want a quiet weekday stop for a bottle of wine, you may have found the perfect place. It would be good to stop back in the day and check out the outside area, I'll have to pop back in!
Location, location, location. If there's anything to be said about the Narrow Boat, is its strategic location on Regent's Canal... with balconies, people spilling out on to the river bank, this is a pub that has a 'good feel', especially in the summer.
The service is 'meh' (smiling never hurt anyone), the food is pub decent, but not 'gastro pub' excellent. A 13£ fish'chips ? That thing should be smoookin'. It was just ok. But hey, they've got ginger beer, some Czech beers, and the usual array of lagers and bitters... and hey ! Did I mention that it was on a canal ? It feels a bit like Amsterdam.
Come aboard the Narrow Boat and enjoy a Sunday roast with all the fixings.
There will be a canal side breeze dancing through your hair, friendly waitresses ready to fill up your beverage and a massive meal that is sure to send you into an afternoon food coma.
With many reserved signs perched on tables, I was glad we had reservations. This eatery boasts a narrow corridor of tables, all intricately woven over two floors to give the feel of an overcrowded lounge room at a family gathering. The downstairs view over the water was the atmospheric added extra that carried my stresses away.
The food itself was up there on my list of Sunday roasts, all the elements were there and nobody tried too hard to fancy it up. It's meat and potatoes and that's what I came for. Not to forget the Yorkshire pudding and gravy, of course.
I don't know what dodgy stuff is going on with yelp. but i wrote a bad review on this place on Jan 111, and it has been removed. WHY??? Everything I said was fact.
In summary, my burger was rotten and smelt like blood. Dont eat the food here.
This is a pleasant, if slightly gastroesque pub on the canal near Islington. It can even be accessed from the canal and has a few benches outside (no glasses) for the nicer weather (not for a while then eh?). The layout is narrow, as you might have guessed (but is on 2 floors).
They served 4 real ales I thinka couple from the Fullers range as I recall. The staff were friendly enough, clearing away all the food stuff so that we could sit and drink in a pubas God intended.
Not my favourite pub in the area by a long chalk, but I will be back in summer!
I can't say I've ever eaten at The Narrow Boat along the Union Canal but I have been there on many, many an occasion to drink during the summer months. Spread over two run of the mill gastro-pubby floors, The Narrow Boat serves traditional British food but it's USP really has to be its fabulous location.
This is one of the best places to go in the Summer if you reside in either Shoreditch or Islington as you can buy drinks inside and enjoy them on the benches outside the pub along the canal. A perfectly lovely place to get perfectly squiffy during Britain's fleeting summer.
Not a lot of Londoners know about the Grand Union Canal, which flows from Angel towards East London. Along this canal lots of house boats have docked in port . This is an ideal Sunday walk to get some fresh air. But any walk should end with a glass of white wine and some food, right? The Narrow Boat has both. When the sun shines you even can sit on the terrace and have a view on the water! The restaurant is built over two floors, very narrow and looks like inside of a boat.
As a tradition, Londoners eat fish on Fridays, but I make an exception. At The Narrow Boat I order fish and chips with mushy peas even on a Sunday. My friend selected the pork sausage and mashed potatoes coming with a rich sauce. After a good lunch you can read your newspaper and drink some coffee without getting asked to leave.
Leaving the restaurant you can stroll back along the canal and if you are lucky you can see the sun downing reflecting in industrial buildings - I feel like not being in a city for a moment.
Islington is like 'a secret garden'; full of little narrow streets and hidden doors. Such is The Narrow Boat, facing a narrow part of the Regents canal.
Walk in with your sweetheart or friends its always a friendly and cosy place to be in. They have a little sitting facing the canal which is perfect for lonely souls pondering over a pint of cider.
This place is service to offices nearby and also to residents. You can often see schoolchildren practicing their canooing skills and little ducks quacking away in the spirit.
The Narrow Boat is a rather decent pub, with pretty good food. The fact that it is situated right on the Grand Union Canal, though, is what sets it apart.
It's great for cyclists, who often use the canal tow-path as a safe short-cut through town. Strollers, too, can stop off here for a summer pint. Standing around, drinking a pint, whilst being surrounded by the prettiness of the canal has to be worth arresting your travels for. Worth traveling to the pub alone for too.
As everyone else has pointed out it the location of this pub that makes all the difference. Walk up the road a few more metres and you are back in London, on the high street. Here you can escape it all.
I found this pub by accident, walking down from Regen's canal in Hackney, all the way down to Angel. It is, along with the cinema, the best place to be alone and not feel lonely. The upper level, on the terrace is top notch, especially in the summer, with a pint of Hoegaarden on your left hand.
The food menu is a bit limited but fish and chips and mushy peas never fail, they are not amazing but the atmosphere will make a huge difference on the taste of your food. The specials on the chalkboard can be tastier than he actual menu, like the swordfish stir-fry with egg noodles (£9.50), the chilli flavour and the squid rings were very satisfying.
The Narrowboat is in a fantastic location on Regent's Canal. You can either walk down to it from Islington or up from Old Street.
It's quite a small pub, but there's enough room to pull up a seat and have a drink. I've been to a few parties and work dos here too. They also do food, and there are tables on two levels.
If you're passing on a summer's day and have a thirst, it's nice to take your drink down to the towpath and sit on the seats overlooking the water.
I have fond memories of sitting down there one balmy summer's evening with a pint from the Narrowboat and watching a fantastic moonrise in a lilac sky over the water. bliss.
Having passed this place frequently while cycling along the towpath, I recently took a friend here for a birthday lunch. We were both waiting for bike repairs at Lock 7 on Broadway market (see later review) and asked one of the staff there for a recommendation. 'Try the Narrow Boat - just down the canal'.
'Just down' turned out to be a 25-minute walk which, when you're hungry and don't know quite where you're going, ain't good. But it was worth a bit of a schlepp, as the food was unexpectedly superb.
Arbroath smokie paté with toast to start, a huge lemon sole with new potatoes (black sauce - capers/butter etc), roast lamb with new potatoes. The sole was sublime - by coincidence I'd used the same recipe for skate some weeks ago, and it's definitely a winner.
Tempting to knock a star off for the sticky tables - the varnish is corrupting, degrading or some such and they've not put cloths over them. But I'm in a generous mood, so I'll let it slide.
I'd definitely recommend this place for a Sunday lunch on a summer's day. £55 for two included three courses each and a glass of wine. Pretty good value, and nice service
Wonderful, canal side cosy pub.
Having enjoyed a brisk winter walk (in the sunshine) along the canal heading towards Angel, this was the perfect watering hole.
The Narrow Boat serves Harvey's Ale, alongside the usual lagers and a decent looking wine list. Suitable for groups and lone drinkers alike. We enjoyed our beer overlooking the canal on one of the small terraces and as soon as it was too cold to stand, we moved inside to thaw-out in front of the rawing open fire.
They serve food, though we didn't eat (this time), I'm looking forward to the next visit.
I'm astonished that this got such a miserly rating!!
A group of 15 of us came here for Sunday lunch, it was recommended by the staff in more popular Sunday Lunch staple The Island Queen.
We were delighted with the food, generous roasts and awesome desserts with the incredibly accomodating service, the lovely stroll to get there, and the relaxed atmosphere.
I really recommend you go while it is relatively easy to get a table
15 of us, and not a single complaint or critism.
Cute pub on the Regents Canal near Angel. Good spot to enjoy a beer outside on the terrace if the sun is shining. People actually seems to sit out there no matter what the weather is like.
Unfortunately their food is quite boring and a little expensive too. I had a risotto with no flavour at all. Not even salt. And my partner had a strange sandwich - and not strange in any good way. Their coffee (latte) was not very good either - it was more like warm milk with a little coffee taste.
So stick with the alcohol and it is a great place.
When I am running along the canal, I curse the drinkers by the Narrow Boat blocking my way. But when I am one of the drinkers, I am happy as a clam. Nice collection of ales and the great atmosphere on a nice day are big wins. And I was pleasantly suprised by the very nice Sunday roast that I partook in with fellow Yelpers. I appreciate that it wasn't your usual peas (I just can't get into the peas) and that they had a nice chicken option bursting with all kinds of yummy veggies. And the Yorkshire pudding was divine. The setting was the icing on the cake....
I've never actually heard of this pub before as its off the beaten track of Upper Street but have to say that its a pretty nice place. From the main entrance on the street, the place looks like a "blah" but once you walk in you realize A) the place is really big and B) it has an amazing view of the canal. There are several places to eat outside which I would totally take advantage of on a nice day. But they also have enough room downstairs to fit a large group of 10+. I went for Sunday roast and quite enjoyed my roast chicken. The service was pretty good. They were very attentive. The price range is moderate. My roast cost about £11. Which wasn't too bad. They also have a pretty nice drink selection.
Fantastic dinner spot!
Had the duck - amazing. And the sticky toffee pudding - also amazing.
Lovely atmosphere, looking out the window onto the canal.
Nice place great location. Since its just around the corner from home we like to go there more often but the staff have been quite arrogant and not helpful a few times now. Specially on a Sunday! We decided to go somewhere else now. Shame because the set up is fabulous
Great pub along the canal. The food quality is high, with a great atmosphere. They have some of the best F&C in London!
Ahhh The Narrow Boat! This quaint little hideaway is such a gem. There's nothing I like more than heading here on a sunny weekend afternoon to spend a few blissful hours sitting by the canal enjoying a crisp glass of wine. It's a 10 minute walk from Angel station, but the minute you step inside you literally forget that you're in London. It's such a nice break from the loud, bustling pubs of upper street.
Now, don't get me wrong this place does get busy, but due to its size, people don't tend to loiter around the bar...if there's a table people stay, if not, they tend to head elsewhere which is fantastic as it frees up space and servers for the rest of us. The service is always really good and I can't seem to fault the food. I've tried the burger, the steak and the linguine and all were fantastic. They have a great selection of beers and wines; my favorites being their Chardonnay and their Pinot Grigio. If you're heading for the Sunday roast I'd definitely suggest that you make a reservation...trust me...you don't want to be part of the "elsewhere" crowd.
Most of the pub has a generic feel, but if you manage to bag one of the few balcony tables, you get a lovely view of the canal. Good selection of drinks and the menu looked appetising, but didn't stay to eat, partly due to the noise level within the pub. Sound seems to bounce around inside.
We only had beer here but a great selection for such a small place (16 drafts). Their menu sounded delish but we had other plans for dinner this day. A burger came to the next table that looked amazing.
The beauty of the Narrow Boat is being able to enjoy a pint while overlooking the canal. In fact, on a warm London day, the path along the canal is packed with people pouring out of the Narrow Boat. The food isn't amazing -- especially the roast. But, this place is perfect for meeting up with friends for a pint or enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Not the best food in the area but its friendly staff and amazing location make up for it. Went here for Sunday roast, the menu is quite limited (5 mains and 5 starters, just one vegetarian option) and around 15 pounds per head, but really enjoyed it. Got a table in the corner, cozy sofas overlooking the canal, perfect for a lazy sunday. 3 stars and 1 more for doing their best in accommodating our food allergies (dairy / wheat)
With its unique positionThe Narrow Boat has always been an ideal spot to contemplate Regent's Canal, a pint of beer or a gin and tonic at hand. A long term resident of Islington I viewed its gentrification with caution, but good food is always a magnet for me and in the end I was glad to have a gastronomic option so close to my home. I was especially so this summer when I hosted two first-time Chinese visitors to London, in the capital on official business connected with the Olympic Games.
Guessing rightly they would be fascinated by the canal with its human and its wild life, I thought the Narrow Boat would be the perfect place to take them to lunch. From my house we could stroll to the pub along the towpath while I proudly pointed out local landmarks. On arrival an excellent English-style meal prettily presented was virtually guaranteed.
To make sure there would be no hitch I went along in person two days in advance of my guests arrival to book a table. An unsmiling employee took my reservation, and then as I turned to leave, I spotted a table beside open double doors looking right on to the canal. Imagining what extra pleasure the view would give to my visitors I asked if it would be possible to reserve that table in particular? Yes I could, she said curtly, and I watched her note down the number of the table.
When we turned up at the appointed time the first thing I spotted were other people sitting at "my" table. I immediately raised the issue, this time to an unsmiling male employee, emphasising that I had made a special effort to come in person to reserve a table and had been assured that I could have the-one-with-the-view. He appeared to know nothing about this, and to have cared even less, though he did mouth a hollow sounding text-book apology. We were then ushered to another viewless table where I tried to hide my disappointment from my guests.
So, yes, the Narrow Boat has location and good food of its kind, but I for one shall not be returning in a hurry nor shall I be recommending it to friends or acquaintances from the UK or overseas. The way my request was not honoured, and with such cold indifference, is for me inexcusable and unacceptable, especially when my expectations were so high.
Luckily Islington is blessed with many other delightful hostelries which more than make up in proficiency and manner for their less picturesque settings.
26 December, 2012
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