Restaurants, Contemporary European Kingsland
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The slightly ritzy plush of Frederick’s entrance cocktail bar, the surprising spaciousness of the dining room beyond, the striking 1980s artwork, the lofty conservatory and pretty hidden garden alongside – all come together to convey the idea that a meal here is a bit of a treat. Very proper, attentive and enthusiastic service adds to the feel of pampering brio, a well-polished style that has long made this a favourite spot for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations.

Food has sometimes come second to the overall experience, but lately the kitchen seems to have picked up extra verve. Starters – pan-fried scallops with black pudding and cauliflower purée, and prawns with garlic butter – stood out for the quality of the ingredients, the seafood deliciously sweet, the black pudding delicately rich.

To follow, pork loin, also pan-fried, with crisp belly pork and Gascon cabbage, was a great combo of heartiness and refinement; and a generous slab of organic salmon, with mint hollandaise, was grilled just right. Desserts are part of the treat too, and, as in the lovely ginger panna cotta, feature imaginative variations on standard favourites. The wine list is extensive, prestigious and, like the food, a little pricey, but then, it’s a special trip out.



Venue name: Frederick's
Address: Camden Passage
N1 8EG
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 5.45-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Angel tube
Price: Main courses £12.50-£26. Set meal (lunch; dinner Mon, Tue; 5.45-7pm Wed-Sat) £15.50 2 courses, £19 3 courses
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Me and my girlfriend went to Fredericks on quiet Wednesday evening. Unfortunately even if you book the table in advance they can't guarantee you good table, as any table can be given to bigger company and you have to pray them to get a table in good location. The food was OK, but just OK not fine for such an high-end restaurant they claim they are applying such a high price policy for their menu. Portions were very tiny so we left this place half empty paid for starters+main course+desert something around 90 pounds. What's about service it was really not worth 12.5% we paid for them as a service charge ( how can argue and don't pay it in front of your girlfriend? ). Wine glasses were always empty and we had to wait at least 10 minutes for them to be filled, same for water, bread was offered just once and we had to wait 8 minutes for empty plates to be removed although 6! waiters were working around. Also they claim, that they can offer 50% TasteCard discount, but actually we were offered just fixed 15 pounds discount without any explanation, so it was like rip-off for me. As conclusion: for such a price you can find excellent service, big portions and better ambience in any posh Mayfair restaurants and not in tiny family-run place in Islington.

Emma P
Staff Writer

It's true that the food here is too expensive when you consider a good local gastro pub would offer similar Modern British dishes for less. But the setting does make supper here feel like a trea – it's the combination of the front cocktail bar, the attentive service, the interesting wine list and the stylish dining room out back. We had an excellent fish pie, a good meat dish and a combination of starters for the vegetarian in the party (there aren't many mains that fit the bill). Puddings were generally good although I still think that putting blood orange in a creme brulee is a mistake. 

Daniel J

Great Owners and Staff, Top Chef in control of a great seasonal menu. Never had a bad meal at Fredericks and recommend highly 

Steve B
Staff Writer

Enjoyed my visit to Fredericks. Food was fantastic without being too pretentious. Nice relaxed atmosphere also helped!


Very disappointed with Frederick's for the over-priced menu and smallish portions of bland and boring dishes - I tried pork on two separate occasions and it was inedible....the front of house staff did not even question why the food was untouched on the plate!  The only reason it is still popular is the lack of imagination of the loyal followers and newbies trying it out for the first time or with vouchers... There are so many other gorgeous food choices available, you don't need to settle for mediocrity! 


A great place for a special treat, especially when the reduced price menu is on early eve or early week. I agree, not great for vegetarians, but impeccable service and great atmosphere.