Hundred Crows Rising

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© Alys Tomlinson
Islington

In its imperial period, this grand old pub garnered a mix of renown and notoriety for its DJ nights. However, the new owners of what was once the Salmon & Compasses have put the Technics out to pasture and are instead attempting to give Chapel Market its first worthwhile gastropub.

Architecturally, it couldn’t be more different from its sister pub, the Elk in the Woods: whereas the Elk is small, even cosy, Hundred Crows Rising is a classic corner pub with an open kitchen set theatrically on view. However, the menus share a similar comfort-cooking character, British dishes rubbing shoulders with global fare. The food is fine enough, though often falls short of its menu billing: ‘super hot scotch bonnet corned beef hash’ seemed to be missing its pepper, while an otherwise decent burger advertised as ‘spicy’ was anything but. Skip the skimpy pint of chips and jump down to the kale, chorizo and potato hash for your side order.

The beers (including four cask lines dedicated to the Old Dairy Brewery and a couple of keg beers from Chapel Down’s Curious range) would benefit from savvier staff: when asked for a recommendation, the bartender freely admitted that she didn’t know anything about beer.

 

Venue name: Hundred Crows Rising
Contact:
Address: 58 Penton Street
London
N1 9PZ
Opening hours: Open 9am-11pm, meals served 9am-10.45pm daily
Transport: Tube: Angel
Price: Main courses £10-£19

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Elizabeth

I really loved this cafe! I have been long searching for the best cooked breakfast in London and after years of looking I think I found it! I had the big breakkie and my friend had the poached eggs and goats cheese, both were lovely, good portions and super tasty. Service was great and so look forward to returning

Louis Tully

Great new place in Penton Street, close enough to safely stagger back to Angel tube. Being a man of little culture or adventure went for a burger and chips, but holey moley what a burger it was. Will go again, especially as one of the staff looked like one of Gus Fring's henchmen from Breaking Bad