THE EARL OF ESSEX
British | Islington
I’ve been to this pub once and keen to go back. Some people get irritated by pubs like this – too fancy they protest – what’s wrong with an old man pub anyways they say. Well, if you fall into that camp, this place isn’t for you – no manky carpets here. As for me, I rather fancied it a lot – super cosy and lovely in the winter months. I’m never not hungry, so when I went here for a drink, I obviously had to order a snack – well if you can call the beast that I ordered a ‘snack’ – cheesy chips with beef brisket – yum. No Reservations.
Spanish | Stoke Newington
Escocesa is a fab neighbourhood tapas joint in Stoke Newington. There’s a main dining area at the back of the room but for date vibes, definitely perch at the bar, knock back some cocktails (the whiskey sour is good) and order some small plates to soak it all up. we ordered a fair few things; everything was solid and some things really good indeed like the chipirones. Keen to try the tortilla on my next visit. Walk Ins & Reservations.
THE WHIPPET INN
Modern European | Kensal Rise
The Whippet Inn is an independent lovely gastrobar in Kensal Rise. It’s got a vintage meets modern look and feel with gorgeous wild flowers dotted around the space. I’ve eaten here a few times and it’s a bit hit and miss but as a place to lounge in and grab a nibble, it’s just right. They do cheese and biscuits which seem like a safe bet to me – otherwise try a pudding whilst you drink to your hearts content because what’s more wonderful than a sugar filled dish. Reservations Available for the ‘Snug’.
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