Pig & Butcher

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Pig & Butcher
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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
Address: 80 Liverpool Road
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
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4.1 / 5

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Hands down my favourite place to eat in Islington. I've been there for family lunches, dinners with friends, Sunday roasts and recently for a client work dinner when we sampled the incredible feasting menu.

The food is always delicious with plenty of choice, excellent bloody marys and a great wine list. P&B specialises in meat but the fish is wonderful too. 

Great food. Great drink. Great service. Great atmosphere. 

One of the best Sunday Roasts in London, hands down. You'll want to book in advance if you can, but if not, don't panic, they reserve half the restaurant for walk-ins. If you have to put your name on the waiting list they have a text message system that will alert you when your table is ready. Their sister restaurant, Smokehouse, is also excellent and should be at the top of your list for restaurants to try in Angel.

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Great selection of wines and ales, superb food and a lovely atmosphere, this place was a useful find off the Angel drag. 

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The Pig and Butcher's Sunday roast is definitely one of the best in the area, and there are a lot to choose from! I've been here several times and the meat is always cooked to perfection, the yorkshire puddings are light and the roast potatoes are crisp and delicious. The bar and restaurant are nicely decorated and the atmosphere is relaxed, there is a great selection of beer, ale and wine, and staff are always welcoming.

You need to book around a week in advance to get a table on a Sunday as it's often fully booked, they do hold unreserved tables in the bar area but there's often a long wait. During the week it's quieter, the Sunday roast is definitely the best value for money, the rest of the week the menu is quite limited and in my opinion a little too expensive.

N1 was already a bit crowded with gastropubs when the P&B arrived on the scene, but this one has always distinguished itself by a genuine love of good food and drink that you can feel as soon as you enter the door.


Lovely gastro pub away from the main high street in Angel. The meal portions are hearty and generous. There is something to please everyone. The wine list also comes with good selection.

Brilliant pub with good food and far better than your normal wine list!

Superb food, great atmosphere, hard to get a table so ensure you book!


We came here for my brother's 30th after desperately trying to find a restaurant that didn't require an extortionate deposit or demanded that we pre-ordered in advanced. In keeping with possibly the most gentrified area of London, the atmosphere was the perfect degree of pretentiousness, the decor was classy and the food was spot on. With the best intentions of being healthy I picked the cool pea soup to start - saying this I decided to forego my spoon so that I could mop this up with the bread avec beef drippings served to the whole table (not so healthy). The hake for main was delicious but the star of the show was the triple cooked chips. 8 people ordered steak on the table and I made sure than NO-ONE had any chips leftover. Had I had room for desert, the sticky toffee pudding looked incredible.

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!

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.

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..