This Islington pub/restaurant has a strong emphasis on smoking and BBQ. Alongside the food expect plenty of rotating beers and the outside garden is a surprise oasis just off a busy Islington road.

Restaurant details

63–69 Canonbury Rd, Islington, London N1 2DG
Nearest tube: 
  • Highbury and Islington
Telephone number: 020 7354 1144


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63–69 Canonbury Rd, Islington, London N1 2DG


Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 6.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on February 15, 2014
"There was some ballsy smoked duck with kimchi and an extraordinary thing called “the Sphere” in which a whole pig had seemingly been smoked down to edibility, toes and bones and all, served on a “cuttlefish romesco” – a sort of spaghetti napolitana made with cephalopod strips instead of pasta. A dish both alarming and delicious." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
Marina O'Loughlin Guardian
Reviewed on October 05, 2013
"...ox cheek, rich as chocolate fondant, savoury as Marmite, with cauliflower cheese that breathes a fug of ripe fromages and inches the dish towards overkill until you stumble across the odd bracingly sharp pickled floret." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Grace Dent Evening Standard Estimated score
Reviewed on September 20, 2013
"I loved the rich, decadent short rib bourguignon, eaten while picking at lamb stovies (a meat and potato dish that I haven’t set eyes on since I lived in Scotland). The ox cheek — smoky and tender — arrived with cauliflower cheese and was polished off rapidly." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Lisa Markwell Independent
Reviewed by September 08, 2013
"A chopped brisket roll with gochujang (spicy Korean pepper condiment) is outrageously good. Crisp, complexly flavoured crumb, soft shredded meat inside and a piquant but not eye-melting sauce. One of these, with that salad and a glass from the ace wine list would make a lunch worth crossing town for." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Andy Lynes Metro
Reviewed on September 05, 2013
"So it’s not the finished article but with bags of talent both back and front of house (service is as sweet as a nut, all smiles and willing enthusiasm), it won’t be long before it matures into London’s next smoking-hot restaurant." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on August 30, 2013
"Stovies are a Scottish dish of leftovers, a bit like bubble and squeak. Here, a very superior version uses flavoursome lamb rather than ‘mystery meat’. Pit-roasted corn on the cob, slathered with a buttery smoked béarnaise sauce, shows that a real barbecue expert doesn’t just sear flesh." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on August 21, 2013
"Because I visited at the tail end of a soft opening — I know, I know — I found a questionnaire handed out. I’ll just answer one. “Was Smokehouse somewhere you would return to?” Most definitely." READ REVIEW