Let’s be honest, it’s about time we saw Grand Union on Upper Street in Islington close its doors for good, and what better is there to fill its shoes then the rocking new, very theatrical and very British cocktail den and restaurant, Hoxley and Porter.
Neil Rankin of Pit Cue Co and John Salt fame is collaborating with The Pig and Butcher pub in Islington on a new venture, Smokehouse. As the name suggests, the fish and meat for certain dishes will be smoked on premises, giving the menu a BBQ influence with the use of real wood and charcoal smokers, a robata grill and ceramic barbecues.
Prawn on the Lawn is yet another venture in Islington which is already bursting at the seams with great foodie places. Everybody needs a fishmonger in their lives, but Prawn on the Lawn is also a seafood bar with a wet fish counter. Get your butts into this eight cover dining bar and fruits de mer platters, whole crabs as well as some tapas-style dishes, such as scallops ceviche and ‘Prawn on the Lawn’ being the signature dish of toasted soda bread with avocado and prawns.
The founder of The Salt Yard Group (Dahesa, Opera Tavern), Sanja, and her sister Ana a Leith’s trained chef, are opening LeCoq in Islington - a neighbourhood rotisserie restaurant serving succulent, crisp-skinned, well-flavoured roast chicken evocative of the French street markets. Think a weekly changing, two or three course set menu comprising of a choice of two rustic starters, followed by rotisserie free-range chicken with a seasonal side dish and a choice of artisanal ice cream or homemade tart to finish - eat in or take away!
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