The Island

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The Island

A family-friendly pub in a residential area. There are two terraces for prime summer drinking and dining, or if you'd prefer to be inside they also have a 60-seater restaurant upstairs.


Venue name: The Island
Address: 123 College Rd
NW10 5HA
Transport: Kensal Rise rail
Price: £25 and under
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The Island is a great pub. It is a great locatuon, off the beaten track in a residential part of NW London. It has a cracking selection of premium lagers, beers and ciders on tap (which is the indication of any good pub) and a fine wine list.

It's outdoors gets the most of the evening sun and therefore is great for wasting lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoons in. 

The food is also great. Constantly changing and always to a high standard. I'm Vegetarian and I was spoilt for choice.

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This is a great spot because it’s off the main road so it’s a real spot for locals. Their drink range is good and they seem to have a good rotation on local craft beers. The big draw here is the outside space, which is amazing on a nice day! I walk by here on the way home each day, and it’s pleasantly full almost every night. It is dog and kid friendly too, and there are some TVs which play sports, but are not on 24/7 which is nice. This place is the worst kept secret in the neighbourhood! The food isn't as good as the Chamberlyne or the Whippet Inn down the road though...

It's my local and the food is cracking under the current chef. The noise of music from downstairs is a tad high for my 66-y-o ears, but the food makes up for that. I had mussels today in white wine sauce and that was a perfect lunch with a glass of Prosecco to wash it down. Last week there was a wiie-tasting, at a laughably low price as a come-on, and there were 5 exquisite courses and 5 wines. 3 of the courses were absolutely top notch and the 2 very good, and the wines were good too. Weekends can be quite busy so you would be advised to book, weekdays can be quite quiet at lunch, though evenings busier. Children are often with families on weekend lunches so a happy atmosphere. Note there are stairs up to the dining area so that is not wheelchair accessible, but you can eat downstairs wither indoors or out (in fine weather, not advisable right now in November). I don't drink beer but I believe the rotation of beers is good. There's a good wine selection. Newspapers are around on some days. There's a semi-basement snug where quiz nights are held fortnightly. Take care to pay for your parking as wardens patrol.