Last night I tried a new North London restaurant / pub called The Smokehouse – you may remember it as The House, which it has replaced. WOW.
It’s situated in Canonbury in and amongst some nice residential streets, between Essex Road and Highbury Corner.
I got rather wet on the walk from the station, but as soon as I got there my mood was lifted by the twinkly lights in the bushes outside that greet you, and the warm and vibrant atmosphere inside. I ordered a glass of white and sat on the red ox tail chesterfield chairs underneath some antlers.
It felt officially Christmas-y for this time of year – but to be fair, and I hate to admit it, summer is practically over!
As soon as my husband got there we were seated in the restaurant and shared the Crab on Toast (recommended by my friend Louise) which was absolutely delicious and the chopped Brisket Roll, a delicious ball which literally oozed with naughty goodness. The Brisket was definitely the star ‘piece’…
For main I had the Monkfish with Heritage Tomatoes and my hubby had the Short Rib Bourguignon. Divine. The food was really creative … Interestingly the pub is one of 4 pubs in London, The Pig and Butcher – on Liverpool road, another local fave is part of the 4!
The sides are worth considering too. If we had any more room we would have gone for the Friday Pie – the waiter was very enthusiastic about this – but it wasn’t Friday and we were full. I’ve taken a mental note for next time though – and to take more pictures!
One of the most beautiful features which I didn’t capture was the garden outside with the fairy lights – I can only imagine the atmosphere out here in the summer.