Perched on the edge of North London’s best dressed borough, The Alwyne Castle is one of Islington‘s finest eating and drinking spots this summer season. This newly refurbished pub has a gorgeous revamped garden area, which (pretty much) the entirety of the customers choose to be seated at, especially when London is being kind to us with the weather.
Whether you are in the mood for some quintessential proper British pub grub or a barbeque for balmy nights, the menu is full to the brim of a vast range of things that will make your mouth water and your stomach ache with desire. After much debate as to what to choose, we opted for the roasted squash, baby gem and tomato salad with toasted seeds and chilli jam dressing. This was a delicious, light starter and the chilli jam completely transformed the dish, leaving my taste buds with an extremely satisfactory zing. I would recommend sharing it with a friend. Our mains, salmon fishcakes with paprika potato wedges and southern fried chicken with fries and a pickle dip, (would highly recommend these choices) were beautifully presented and tasted sublime. I have the Alwyne Castle to thank for converting myself and I’m certain many others into fishcake lovers. The coleslaw that came as a side was perfectly crunchy and served as a good right hand bower to the potato wedges and skinny fries. The succulent chicken came in large quantities, making the term ‘less is more’ fly swiftly out of the window. After devouring every last crumb of the meal, it was only rude not to order dessert. Happily, we delved into an oozing dark chocolate brownie which came with vanilla pod ice cream which heavenly melted on top of the little slice of heaven.
The Alwyne Castle is the ideal place to relax with great food and friends whilst summer lasts, offering a raised deck complete with sun beds for the sun-worshippers as well as plenty of umbrellas to keep guests cool. Those who can’t resist the smell of the sizzling barbeque can seat themselves on bistro tables in the courtyard. Whilst those who prefer the cosy warmth of a pub can enjoy a homely yet elegant interior which boasts a dining conservatory. Ceiling murals and book-print wallpaper dominate the inside area. This really is no bog-standard pub. Now… for those of you who like to dine in extreme style, the Alwyne Castle’s stylish cabanas which are heated and lit, are a great option to ensure that revelers can party into the night.
Other aspects of the menu include ox cheek and red wine pie, pork and chorizo burgers, a side dish of mac & cheese and salted caramel and chocolate tart. The Alwyne also prides itself on its ‘stella’ lineup of refreshments, including an extensive range of draft beers and local brewery ales such as Camden Hells.
Head down to the Alwyne Castle for some quality food in a dreamy environment. Opening times are Monday to Friday, noon-midnight. The closest tube stop is Highbury and Islington, see below for directions!