Hoxley & Porter

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Who are Hoxley & Porter? You won’t find them pulling pints, but a squint at the website suggests a back story about one of them being a Victorian explorer. For this is another theme bar on Upper Street. Not mock Mexican, cod Cuban or faux-Oirish this time, but one that hangs on to the petticoats of the 19th-century colonial explorer look.

So there are potted palms, uniformed staff, patterned wallpaper, vintage lighting. A long restaurant area at the front is intended to evoke an upper-class dining carriage, which serves the period dishes such as devilled liver on toast as well as the more modern-sounding barley and mushroom risotto with pecorino, or chocolate crème brûlée with popping candy.

What makes H & P worth a trip back to the age of steam, however, are the cocktails, which look to the West Indies for inspiration. Many preparations, liqueurs and bitters are made in-house – try the Regal Roberts, made with earl grey-infused gin, vanilla sugar and lemon; Our Grog, a Caribbean mixture of rums with falernum syrup and bitters, will have you drooling in the right way. All are served in striking cut glasses, all are strong, suave and precise.

After years as an arid desert with few oases for discerning drinkers, this bit of Islington is beginning to see some more interesting bars worthy of exploration – there’s Taproom, John Salt, House of Wolf and Smokehouse over on Canonbury Road. Even if the vague Victoriana at H&P isn’t worth crossing continents for, it’s good to see another bit of the atlas coloured empire-pink.

Reviewed by Euan Ferguson

Venue name: Hoxley & Porter
Contact:
Address: 152 Upper Street
London
N1 1RA
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Wed, Sun; noon-1.30am Tur; noon-2.30am Fri, Sat. Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Angel tube or Highbury & Islington tube/rail
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Milly E
tastemaker

I used to go to this pub back when it was pretty grotty but loved it all the same. So when it closed for refurb I was pretty anxious about the fate of one of my favourite spots in Islington. 


I wasn't disappointed. The refurb made the best of the beautiful old building, updating it without any pretentious hipster extras. 


Decked out in House of Hackney wallpaper the pub is cosy and colourful and serves an amazing array of cocktails along with a good wine and beer list for those wanting to keep it simple. I've heard the food is pretty good too although i'm yet to try it. 

FloA
tastemaker

Amazing little place on Upper street with an huge choice of cocktails and great Happy Hour!!
Went on a week day with some friends and we were surrounded by couples on dates!! 
The atmosphere is really cosy and chilled and the staff is lovely and very helpful (either to help you choosing drinks or to let you know that the happy hour is almost over!)
I had a great time in this cocktail bar and I definitely recommend it!

Jo Gowans
Tastemaker

The train carriage corridor makes you feel like you're stepping back in time - venture in for delicious cocktails against a backdrop of House of Hackney wallpaper

Keith C

We spent New Years Eve here and we all truly had a fantastic evening. The food was outstanding, we had a group of 6 and ordered a variety of dishes not one bad comment about anything that was brought to our table.

The layout and decor of the place is worth coming for alone then to add to the experience the staff here are all warm, friendly and knowledgeable about the menus. great experience and I will definitely be returning here to show off to out of towners.

Alanna S
Tastemaker

This is such a great find in Angel, and really excellent value. They have a set food menu (2 £16/ 3 courses £20) and an extended happy hour -and the food and drinks aren't compromised by price at all. The interior is awesome - like a vintage train carriage. It's a warm, interesting place to spend a wintery afternoon, and surprisingly not over-crowded the three times I've been. It has a large cocktail menu, with all the classics and some of their own creations - I would highly recommend the 'Comfortably Numb' cocktail if you can hack spice.

Natalie W

This cocktail gem in Islington could be easily missed if you weren't aware it existed in-between the range of restaurants and bars that now line Upper Street. Unfortunate if you walk past, as it's a great find. Fantastic cocktails complimented by elaborate décor, you feel as though you've stepped out of London for the night and into secret hideaway. The Espresso Martinis slipped down nicely, as well as their Old Fashioned which is a timeless classic. Great for dates, a night out with friends, celebrations or even a cheeky drink on a Monday night! 

Natalie W

This cocktail gem in Islington could be easily missed if you weren't aware it existed in-between the range of restaurants and bars that now line Upper Street. Unfortunate if you walk past, as it's a great find. Fantastic cocktails complimented by elaborate décor, you feel as though you've stepped out of London for the night and into secret hideaway. The Espresso Martinis slipped down nicely, as well as their Old Fashioned which is a timeless classic. Great for dates, a night out with friends, celebrations or even a cheeky drink on a Monday night! 

Simon

Never really write reviews but had such a nice night here I thought I would. Everything about it was great, the food, the cocktails, the venue. And it was so refreshing to have staff that actually cared and were really friendly from the moment we walked in to when we left. Already recommended it to several of my friends and I'd definitely go back.

Rosie

Lovely evening spent in Islington last night. The entrance to Hoxley and Porter is lovely. Walking down a long mirrored hallway we were greeted by a well groomed waitress who seated us. Water was poured without even asking (always a plus) but then we chose our drinks. I ordered the house creation 'SwizzleKicks' which was good for the eight or nine pound pound but wasn't astoudning. It didn't tingle my taste buds. My boyfriend eventually received his Chablis which was very drinkable and very cheap. Lots of staff, not many customers, not great service.

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AG

Probably the most enjoyable and classiest combination of cocktails, surroundings and food I've come across in my 12 years in London.