I absolutely adore this place. Especially in the Winter! When it's freezing, rainy, and windy outside, you can always count on The Pig and Butcher to be toasty warm. It's like snuggling up inside someone's living room. You can relax, have a few glasses of wine, and forget about the horrible weather.
The food is delicious -it's one of our favorite places to go for Sunday Roast. They come around with a selection of mustards and horseradish which compliment the meat choices perfectly.
Other dishes we've enjoyed: Wild boar tagliatelle and the garlic gnocchi.
The Pig and Butcher is definitely our go-to gastropub. It's not where we would pick just to go for a pint due to a lack of available space (it's usually booked up, so make a reservation!), but the food is fantastic.
Forgive me because we went to the Pig & Butcher about 5 months ago and their menu changes quite frequently so I can't fully comment anymore on what exactly I had to eat.
However I do remember it was absolutely amazing. Me and my girlfriend went there on a Saturday night and started with a cold rabbit-based pate that came with fresh bread. This was heaven in my mouth and to be honest the best dish I had there. As a main I had the sirloin steak which was really good, but I'm a bit ashamed I didn't try something more original as you can find steak at lots of places and there are a lot more interesting items on the P&B's menu.
Obviously, almost all dishes are meat-based so do only go there if you like meat as much as I do. They also serve a few really good Belgian beers which go really well together with the meats.
I came here on a Friday night in March with a group of four. We didn't have reservations so they suggested we could dine outside. While it wasn't that cold, they were nice enough to have heat lamps aimed at every table and also gave us a pile of blankets.
Service was great throughout. We had more friends stop by near the end for drinks and they managed to move us inside to a larger (and warmer) table.
I ordered the steak medium rare and it was delicious. The chips though were something else. Double (maybe triple?) fried in some delicious animal fat made extra delicious with mayo.
The one MUST order is the bread. Not only do they serve it with delicious butter, but they also have a small dipping pot of beef drippings. BEEF DRIPPINGS. I almost cried.
Really wonderful place - it's homey, welcoming and you don't have to bother with high manners. You can just dress casually and go for some pork! You'll fit right into the homelike atmosphere. The inside is filled with comfy tables that are not crammed into each other just to stuff more people inside. I mean, you won't have to share your conversation with your neighbours like you'd have to do in some other spots around.
The meat is locally sourced and seasoned accordingly so you're in for a real treat. All the meals are delicious but quite heavy on the fat so be prepared to consume a lot of calories. It is all justified though as for the dishes are truly remarkable. The portions are big and filling like they should in a real English gastropub.
I've been here twice now. I really enjoyed myself the first time with friends so really wanted to take my boyfriend. I've only been here on a Sunday and tried the lamb roast, pork roast and grilled fish. They were all delicious. Everything was cooked perfectly and the fish was so fresh. There are plenty of different elements to each dish, such as the pudding, sauces, potatoes and greens and all are done to perfection. It's a really nice atmosphere that most people can enjoy. Great for catching up with friends, a date and even families.
I went back in sept 2013 and have since forgotten exactly what we ordered but I do remember that every dish we had was amazingly good. They have large portions and the food is heavy so go super hungry. One of the people in our group wasn't thrilled at eating at a gastropub but she enjoyed what she ordered and said she would be back to try other dishes.
Stumbled across this place on New Year's Day when we were looking for a brunch place and everywhere was closed. Their menu of the day was a bit bizarre with odd combinations of ingredients, but when a third friend decided to join we went all out and ordered the roast chicken. It was the best decision ever. They brought the whole chicken to the table, with yorkshire pudding, roast vegetables, creamed leeks, cabbage, and amazing gravy. We had to ask a server to carve it for us, altogether it was still too much food (recommend sharing between 4) and a great way to start the day.
Now this is a gastro pub! Let me begin with the caveat that I was bringing along a less than willing companion - It was my night to decide where we were going to eat, and after looking around for some good reviews for a neighborhood-ish spot, I convinced my partner that we would need to try Pig and Butcher. But, after reading all of the below reviews, I bet you can guess who walked away the evangeliser. This guy doesn't even like mushrooms and was grilling the waitress on what kind/when/how they were sourced. It was just that good.
We started out with a couple drinks at the bar before making our way to seating outside. For beer drinkers, the selection on draft and in bottle is big - I've been less of a beer drinker myself lately, but was happy with what appears to be a daily changing cocktail list and had a little aperol sptriz.
Since we decided last minute to dine and the place was buzzing, we couldn't get a seat straight away but the staff was accommodating and quickly found us a table outside once it opened up.
Most importantly, the food is delicious - All locally sourced and seasonal. An exciting prospect to think that everytime you come here you could be eating something else.
If you're looking for outdoor seating closer to Angel station without having to sit along the busy Upper Street, walk just a little bit more into the neighborhood and you won't be disappointed. My only regret was being too full for dessert.
The Pig and Butcher is at the top of my Islington pub list for food & beer. A huge selection of craft beer (note: these are almost exclusively by the bottle) matches a market-driven menu of fantastic food; among my favorite selections have been the Beef Rib for 2 (beautifully aged and cooked), the Venison Scotch Eggs, and the Grilled Sole with Sage Butter. Service is prompt but easygoing (par for the course at a Gastropub); portions are large, so be prepared to eat when you come... What would I improve? A couple of more craft beers on tap, and an extra vegetarian choice or two on the menu (though there is always at least 1 starter and 1 main already there). But these are minor adjustments to a great neighborhood restaurant. I have and will continue to keep coming back!
I've never been to a gastropub but this has set my expectations to the max. We had reservations to go on a Saturday evening and I was immediately impressed by the quick, friendly service and the homey, relaxed ambience. We felt like we were eating in someone's beautiful home.
Even though the place was packed, it was spacious. The decor is simple with lots of wood finishings, there's even blankets for you if you get too cold but it gets really warm inside so definitely dress in layers. We sat near the open kitchen and we really enjoyed watching all the dishes coming and going.
Their menu is meat-focused: starter bread comes with pork fat and their appetizers are amazing, especially their carpaccio. I got the pork belly and my boyfriend got the angus, both very heavy dishes. So I suggest getting only one appetizer and maybe the bread because I could only finish half my main. My boyfriend said even though the Angus was good, he wished he got something else. But I really loved the pork belly. It came on a bed of beans and everything was done just right.
Definitely try their Belgium beers if you want quality beer... I loved their mulled wine. We stayed for a good couple hours before meandering home, which was good to walk off the full belly. It's a step away from the heart of Angel so if you have the energy to go somewhere after, this gastropub is the perfect place to go. I would definitely come back here, with friends from out of town. It will give them an iconic, memorable experience of a British pub :)
Great place for an intimate dinner! Darkly lit, cozy tables & friendly service - good variety of beer, too. We had a lovely variety of dishes - duck belly, amazingly good and a first for me - Cornish mussels cooked in stout, housemade bread with housemade Jersey butter & fat drippings to dredge it in (swoon), and last but certainly not least a steak that was heavenly. 42 day aged Angus sirloin, Portobello mushroom & double dipped chips. A very different quality of meat than what passes for steak here in the US, it was aged and tender but still toothy and satisfying to chew. The flavor was outstanding. Menu here can be found online at their website, but take note: it changes daily and the specials come and go - don't pass up anything you think may be a transient offering - we almost passed up duck belly for a root vegetable something-or-other, thank god we saw the light before it was too late!
After writing this whole review, I feel the need to come back to the beginning and assure you that I do not work for this establishment. Yeesh, fan girl, settle down.
There's not a whole lot I can say about this place that you won't already gather from reading their website and the reviews here. It is one of the few places that I love so much, I don't want to write a review and tell people about it. Judging from the crowd last Friday, though, word is plenty out, so it's time.
Sometimes, you're just in the mood for quick and dirty pub food. Other times, you're in the mood for an amazing meal that is fresh, local, and cooked with tedious care. Pig & Butcher satisfies both of those cravings and takes everything to the next level. The menu changes from day to day, and I'll admit to stalking it out online even when I'm not planning on going there that day. Just to see what they're up to. There are always at least three dishes that leave me drooling.
I haven't yet found anything that the chefs here don't do well, but will report back when and if I do. If you like venison, they do it pristinely. It's never overcooked and still juicy and delicious. There are bar snacks available if you're not sitting down for a full meal, and the beer selection is pretty fantastic.
The staff is lovely and you're always given a pitcher of water for the table - a minor thing that makes me love a place even more. I drink a lot of water. Shut up.
This is long over due but...BEST MEAL EVER IN LONDON and one of the most memorable in Europe. =)
Coming back from a 3 weeks vacation through Europe, London was my last stop before heading home. My cousin decided to treat us out before we left. For a taste of traditional English pub food, he suggested the Pig and the Butcher because it was just down the street from his flat and had just recently opened. Apparently the name of the pub is due to the fact that they use all parts of the pig. My kind of place! We arrived for a Thursday night dinner with reservations and this place was packed! It seems the menu changes quite often. The interior is very cozy too. Like a restaurant. But loud like a pub!
Goose rillettes w/ bread - Delicious! Where can I find this in LA?
Blood sausage w/ arugula salad - Phenomenal. Been trying to find this too.
Cornish Plaice w/ potatoes - Good.
Venison pie - Awesome. Love venison!!!!
Raspberry lemon custard w/ cookies
Sticky toffee pudding w/ ice cream
By dessert I was stuffed. But it was all really good. Our meal also came with double crispy chips, which are french fries fried twice. AMAZING. So crispy. For drinks, I had a mixed fruit cider. I was so busy stuffing my face, I forgot to drink it all. All the portions were very generous. Service was good. No complaints.
I think about this meal quite often. It made me fall in love w/ English food. I'm looking forward to the day when I can go back. =)
A lovely, cozy meal!
With a fresh updated menu daily, the Pig & Butcher takes great pride in the simplicity (and locality) of its food. This corner pub-looking shop caught my eye on a recent walk around the area a few weeks ago, and this past week I finally had the opportunity to treat a lovely coworker. I do suggest a reservation (even for a small group of 2!) as we were only able to get in at 8:30pm. The hostess was very polite on the phone and we were treated like welcome guests upon arrival and throughout the meal.
My glass (ok, 2) of the Tempernillo was absolutely divine. Warmed me right up and soothed my schedule-battered spirit quickly. They have a nice selection of wines from around the world by the glass, half carafe and bottle.
As for the menu...as it changes daily, I can't comment too much on what me be available today, but I can say that the goose rillettes with cornichons and the root vegetable plate as starters were EXCELLENT. Maybe even better than our main dishes. Absolutely lovely. The bread basket and fresh butter also a nice treat to start.
We also split the pork with greens (a bit average, but still good) and the whole fish which luckily my dining companion filleted and de-boned without issue.
The puddings? Well, icing on the gastropub cake, if you will. We had the chocolate with peanut butter ice cream. Very rich, not entirely memorable...but passable, especially paired with a fresh roasted Americano and hot milk.
From the Pig & Butcher site:
"We have brought the pub back to it's roots and receive carcasses straight from the farm and butcher on site. We specialise in rare breeds such as White Park cattle, Iron Age pigs and Hebridean lamb while our good friend Seb at Chart Farm in Kent supplies our game - if you haven't tried his venison you are missing out!"
Will definitely add to the date night/fun night rotation. It's cozy, a bit off the beaten path, good food, warm ambience, people laughing and conversing, and a really friendly staff...at a price. At nearly 100 GBP for the two of us, it won't come cheap. But, you get what you pay for...
Came here tonight for the first time with some friends before a mega-fest next door at Yipin China. Didn't eat here, though the food looked good. Nice atmosphere, pretty busy on a Saturday night, but still, room at the bar. Huge selection of beer, on tap or draught, even some more obscure Belgian fares, such as Delirium Tremens.
Good atmosphere, cosy, warm and relaxed. Staff are nice, and it's a nice place to get together.
Will be back.
First time visiting having walked past many times. It seems the P&B has been popular from day one when it opened so wanted to find out for myself.
Inside it's split into a pub zone with small tables and a dining zone behind that. A relaxed and warm atmosphere inside got things off to a good start. Super attentive and friendly staff welcomed us and quickly found us to a table (we didn't have a booking).
Beer menu has some good choices including a small selection of local craft beers which seems to be the requirement now...
Food menu is solid British heritage with meat and fish themes.
I ordered the monkfish scampi with garlic aioli for starters and my partner had the beetroot and egg salad. Both were great and ample. My main course of partridge with pan haggerty and girolles was excellent. The partridge being served in several portions, perfectly roasted and the haggerty (a kind of potato gratin) was just velvety smooth and creamy. Perfect with the partridge.
Puddings weren't quite as good as the mains. My apple and pear crumble with ice cream was served in a single dish with a crunchy and slightly burnt crumble and wasn't that exciting and my partner's sticky toffee pud also did the job.
The place is really well run and managed. Bustling, friendly and competent and the staff are really on the ball. Prices were OK given the high quality overall.
Came in on a Saturday night and the place was packed. If you like dudes in skinny jeans with beards this is your place!
Beer was good and wait staff was nice. I ended up trying a Scottish Egg and it was delicious. My only advice is its more than a snack, you better bring your appetite. It reminded me a T-Rex egg, I put diamonds on everything!
Reputation speaks for itself, when upon opening night this place was filled to the brim, with locals as well as those travelling from afar to sample the delights of Islington's latest swish gastropub. Incidentally I believe The P&B is new sibling to the well established Princess of Shoreditch and Lady Ottoline, with a similar outlook on the popular pub-meets-fine-dining of the traditional variety, yet in a most comfortable and casual manner.
Expect to see all the British family mealtime classics served here yet with a contemporary touch and fresh outlook. The chalk boards illustrate the daily specials during the week and on Sundays, a choice of roast meals (including fish and vegetarian options) is offered. The craft been selection is fantastic, drink everything from the Hackney Brewery's tipples to ales from Bath straight from the tap.
Inside you will feel as cosy and homely as you would in your great aunt's English country cottage with ad hoc oak tables and side boards arranged across two dining rooms. The outdoor benches exploit the westerly afternoon sun, perfect for just grabbing one of the many wonderful beers offered here.
The personable antipodean proprietor who has also moved in upstairs has been doing to rounds, a very nice man who clearly knows what he is doing with his business, I wish him well and look forward to returning regularly.
So it's just another gastropub, right? You know what you're getting, right?
But get this... my food was really good, so good I didn't mind paying the gastropub prices. I had heritage tomatoes and burrata to start (a generous enough portion which was easily shared between two of us) and then the sirloin with some of the fattest chips around.
And the service was great, big smiles all round, they got my order of a half pint wrong, gave me the pint anyway and charged me for half. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish it with a movie to see.
And considering Islington has become saturated with chain restaurants everywhere you look especially around the N1 centre I welcome this addition to the area. I normally give gastropubs at most 4 stars but I think this place deserves the full 5.
Next time... dessert.
Only place I could find in the area that did a late roast on Sunday (roasts until 8pm). Great food, even better dessert!
One star off because we were seated near a toilet and got wafts of toilet air once. Asked to be moved but too full to go anywhere. Fair enough but still detracted from our meal.
Visited this place with a few friends, the food was lovely probably the best tasting roast I've had in a pub ever. It is very expensive is the price worth it? I would say almost yes, if I was rich I would probably go here more often. But alas it will have to be a treat once in a blue moon. I had the pig head starter, which sounds disgusting but was so mouth wateringly beautiful. Followed by the beef roast which was delicious and a rice pudding to finish which was unfortunately a real disappointment. After all that I felt just right in the stomach, not to full not to empty.
I wish I could just have the roast beef dinner and be full but the portions are too small. So I have to go for the full whack which hurts my bank.
There should possibly be the option of having a larger roast for a little more money, I mean this is the reason we are going to this pub. Oh and two potatoes is taking the piss really come on they are cheap as chips! Quite literally.
I have been coming here since they opened and the food is far better than anything in the neighborhood, and the owner is also its butcher. Plenty of food and one of the better steaks in London I have had. The seafood was also fresh and very well done. Not all that complicated but very lovely. Being an American in London (who has lived in Islington), it is great place to take people. It is new, but has the feel of a long established place.
Ah Pig and Butcher, I'd heard so many good things about you and you let me down so incredibly hard.
Yesterday was my birthday. I was 32 and, having just moved to London leaving my wife and child temporarily up in Scotland, I went out for cocktails and dinner with my Mum. I spent some considerable time looking at dining options and plumped for the rather promising sounding Pig and Butcher. I'd booked for 8.30 to give us cocktail imbibing time before hand and we arrived around 8. An extremely friendly chap in a blue and white striped apron and a white shirt exploding with red flowers that made it look like he'd just come out of an episode of Dexter met us and propped us up at the bar until our table was ready.
We had a glass of wine and sat and chatted while the pub part of The Pig and Butcher hustled and bustled around us. It was lovely actually. There were lots of full tables and drinks being drunk and food being eaten all around us. A plate of the most enormous scotch eggs I've ever seen sat on the bar and I began to get rather hungry. What a sad fool I was.
Around eight thirty we were taken to our table by incredibly friendly and chatty staff who made sure we were happy and brought us wine and food menus and we both cast our eyes about the restaurant trying to catch glimpses of other people's choices. It all looked like simple but decent grub. We ordered and a short while later our starters arrived. I'd ordered mackerel with peri peri while my Mum had gone for Mrs Beeton's beetroot and egg salad. The starters weren't at all bad - both on the large side, especially the mackerel which came as a pair on the bone with some rocket. We'd also ordered a bottle of Albarino which was typically rather splendid.
As our starter plates were whisked away I wondered whether the rest of the food would live up to all the hype and fuss. The starters had been good but by no means mind blowingly good and I had to admit that I was expecting more.
Our main courses arrived, on white plates in a rustic fashion. I'd gone for pork steaks with black pudding panhaggerty and red cabbage while my darling Mater had opted for Cornish gurnard with celeriac salad and pickled girolles. Both dishes were soul crushingly disappointing. The pork steaks were tough and bland and looked undercooked. The panhaggerty had been sitting in a giant dish under a heatlamp on the serving counter for the entire evening and so the potato on top was dry and chewy while the bottom of the dish was soupy giving the black pudding an unpleasant texture. The best I can say is that the red cabbage, which cut through the richness of the black pudding, was pretty good. A few mouthfuls in and I whispered across the table "This is really rather lacklustre" and my dining companion whispered back "So is this". My Mum later described her dish as "tasting like cottonwool on a bed of vinegary wood chips with pickled mushrooms thrown in". This was not, at all, what either of us were expecting from the food. We both left large swathes of our plates untouched and skipped on pudding.
Luckily our conversation was sparkling, the wine was excellent and the atmosphere was very enlivening so we had a good evening overall anyway. I am willing to admit that the kitchen may have been having an off night, although the presence of the slowly drying out panhaggerty dish makes me wary of really giving them the benefit of the doubt.
In summary - great atmosphere, lovely staff and a great venue but, in all honesty, crap food.
Make no mistake, this place is not cheap, nor does it have massive portions, but, the food is of a high quality and the rustique decor complements the atmosphere. Personally, I'd say, don't bother with the starters, they are average at best, and, I would argue, well overpriced. Instead, get a delicious desert, the apple crumble is to die for. Overall, if you have the cash to splash, you won't be disappointed.
Ok so 3 of us went here on Saturday night and I have to say the food was very good. My steak was beautifully cooked as was the venison. Our starters of goose rillette, ham hock and a black pudding and coddled egg salad were all delicious. The only very minor gripe I had with the flavour of anything was the salsa verde that came with my steak. I thought it was very over seasoned and so salty I couldn't eat it, the others tried it and thought it was nice however so thats 2-1 against on that one. Okay, so I have given it a 4 and mostly deservedly so, but I have to say I thought the wine list was poor, we tried 2 different bottles one was £42ish a Rioja (the most expensive red they did) and the other was around the £32 mark, a French one. I have to say I wasn't enamoured with either, the French one was your typical Vin du Plonk and the Rioja stuggled to raise the standard on a Campo Viejo, not impressed. The service was not great either, to start off it was a bit forced, pouring our wine for us is a bit much for what is essentially a pub. This service eventually disintegrated to us having to almost grab her as she rushed past. Finally and most tellingly is the price, this gastro pub is undoubtedly in Angel as I'm sure only here in the land of the Islingtonites could you charge these prices and still be booked up regularly. I don't mind paying for quality food and lets not get this wrong they do what they do very well, but (and its a BIG but), what they do is very high end pub food, no more. The prices you pay for food in restaurants is determined as much by atmosphere as anything and I have to say they haven't quite got it right to be charging what is pushing the limits outside of the fine dining experience. My 40 day aged Hereford ribeye steak I can only assume must've put that time to good use with a correspondence course, gained a qualification in order to have more marketable skills and command a higher price in the marketplace, because at £26.50 it must have more to offer than meets the eye. All in all it's a lot better than a lot of supposed gastro pubs but they definitely are pushing their luck a little with the prices, to me if I'm going to have a splurge I could've topped up the £175 bill by £100 and gone to a Michelin star place where the wine would be poured for me (a pet hate of mine, can you tell?) but at least I'd be expecting such pretensions.
This place restored my faith in gastropubs generally. A menu of food you'd actually like to eat...good service...delicious food...only drawback were tortuous table and chairs that prevented normal posture but other than that - a gem of a place in a sea of terrible chains and bad local restos.
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