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Jan 31, 2008 07:09 PM

Reasonably priced food - Islington/Angel

We are travelling to London and would love to hear recommendations for restaurants in Islington/Angel or Bloomsbury or in between. We don't want to break the bank...(Thanks)

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  1. The S&M (sausage and mash) Cafe (4-6 Essex Street) is well worth a visit. Select your sausage (from a wide variety including vegetarian), then your mash, then your gravy. The interior is black and white tiles and the staff are friendly. It's not posh, but it is cheap.

    1. These days, Angel isn't a great area for food. You could try Isarn - a little bit up Upper Street - it's one of the few exceptions.

      1. All within a 10 minute walk from Angel:

        Mem & Laz
        The Regent -stone baked pizzas-I love the gorgonzola one
        Duke of Cambridge-gastropub with all organic offerings, but slooow service!

        1. Le Mercury on Upper Street is worth a look; it's very well-priced (prices have barely changed in years). Be warned that it's _tiny_ and you're best off booking, particularly on the weekend. The menu is basically fixed-price (starters £4, main courses £6.45, desserts £3) with a few specials. Avoid the cheese plate; the cheese is always too cold. Perhaps also avoid the tiger prawns unless you're not really hungry; they keep within the £4 by giving you a tiny portion. More of my thoughts here:

          1. Porchetta the pizza place on Upper Street is always packed. There are a couple of good pubs with food--I lke the Drapers's Arms. There's a recent post on Sabor on the Essex Road...I like that too for Latin American food but it might be a bit pricier than what you are looking for. Another pub with good food...The Charles Lamb. Oh, and if you like beef, try The Marquess. All of these are within a 10 minute walk of the Hilton on Upper Street by the Business Design Center.

            Chocolate--Paul Young on Camden Passage. Get his hot cocoa if it's a little chilly. Make sure you walk down Camden Passage on a weekend afternoon. It's a very small little street but there are lots of people selling old costume jewlery and knick-knacks, so it's sort of fun.

            I also like Sangria for Tapas. Also directly on Upper Street.

            Ottolenghi is great for breakfast, coffee, mid-afternoon snacks.

            Island Queen is a nice pub to pass the afternoon.

            There is more on my blog: (Islington postcode is N1, but its a pretty large postcode extending all the way east to Hoxton Square so if you're just looking for short walks from the Angel tube, you will not be interested in places like William IV, Fifteen, etc. But you should get an Oyster Card and investigate the bus because it's SUPER cheap--90p--and very well marked, if you ask me.)


            Lastly--try They have lots of deals. I just randomly looked for a table for 2 for Tuesday night in Highbury & Islington, special offers only, and found these:

            The Marquess, Sabor, and Almeida all have £15 offers...GREAT deals.