Pig & Butcher

©Michael Franke
Islington

Joining the Jackdaw & Stump, Slaughtered Lamb, Bleeding Heart Tavern and Hung Drawn & Quartered as one of London’s most viscerally named pubs is this new spot from the team behind the Princess of Shoreditch and Lady Ottoline in Bloomsbury. Scott Hunter and Maria Larsen have now opened their third venue, making them serial publicans, by the ‘serial killer’ definition.

The gutsy theme doesn’t end with the name – carcasses, apparently, are butchered on site, which the manager told us allows the kitchen to cook cuts from rare breed animals at cheaper prices than normal. The meat is used in dishes such as home-cured bacon and black pudding salad with endive and orange; lamb shoulder with borlotti beans; or venison haunch with beetroot. And very good they are too: we shared a couple of the smaller dishes, as well as a definitely non-meaty plate of lentils, green beans and croûtons, and all were excellent.

Craft beer is a speciality too, as it is with almost every good bar that opens in London these days (and that’s a great thing). Here it’s mainly in bottle – there are more than 45, covering the UK, Belgium, Germany and the US – many from small producers, and including a notably good range of pale ales. The wine list offers eight each of reds and whites by the glass, and avoids more obvious grapes in favour of more imaginatively chosen examples.

The Pig & Butcher is no pig’s ear either – it’s been given a handsome Barnsbury makeover (it was previously the Islington Tap), with muted greys, assorted bits of paraphernalia on shelves and huge windows. This new meat/craft beer combo is increasingly common in London, but done this well it’s one we’re always happy to see.

Venue name: Pig & Butcher
Contact:
Address: 80 Liverpool Road
London
N1 0QD
Opening hours: Open 5-11pm Mon-Wed; 5pm-midnight Thur; noon-1am Fri, Sat; noon-11pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Fri; noon-4pm Sat. Dinner served 6.30-10pm Mon-Sat. Meals served noon-9pm Sun.
Transport: Angel tube
Price: Main courses £13.50-£24.50

Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Dan P

I visited this place on Sunday for a roast, and thought it was fantastic! they were fully booked when i called, but i thought id try my luck with a walk in. When i arrived we were greeted to a busy restaurant and then by a really polite and cheerful lady with an iPad to take our details to put on a waiting list. We were told they would send us a text when our table was ready, or we could wait at the bar. We decided to go for a walk and we waited for a text. The wait was around 1hr and 15 mins, but it was so worth it! We decided to have 3 courses and shared the Roast chicken, which was incredible! The starter of venison tatare was also amazing! too finish off they even had a awesome chessboard! 


Love this pub and will definitely be back!

Matt H

Positioned (and priced) as a typical Islington gastro-pub, but on my visit the food was not much better than standard pub-grub. Decent wine list and great selection of bottled beers helps, but there are better alternatives in the area.

Psyche

Very surprised about the Time out 4 star! I live literally 20 metres away and only tried it once (I was so disappointed that I decided to never return). The meat was only ok and burnt. Final bill quite high considering that we didn't even have wine. Such a disappointment as I live so near by and was hoping to find a gem. The place looks quite busy and I often wonder why, when the Albion is just around the corner and both prices and quality of food are far superior. Mysteries of London..