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Top 10 Best Pubs in Angel, London

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Angel: Top 10 Best Pubs. Step into Angel’s world of ale and salt n vinegar crisps. This hip, little part of Islington in north London boast a variety of pubs that cater for quiet post-work pints, pub quizzies, gastropub Sunday roasts, live music, live theatre and plenty of live football, rugby and cricket shown on Sky sports. This Top 10 of the best pubs in Angel will guide you along Upper Street and down the craft backstreets in search of the perfect pint.

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Image of Brewhouse & Kitchen Islington

Angel & Islington
Bar / Restaurant
Bar

Having established themselves outside of London, the first London branch of Brewhouse in Angel offers craft beer which is brewed on site. Pete Hughes, their head brewer, is on site at the microbrewery at the back to show you how it's done. Personalised brewery courses are available as well as mini kegs of your favourite brew which you can take home. They also have a hearty selection of pub food such as beer-can chicken which pairs well with their extensive beer selection on hand.

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Angel & Islington
Bar / Restaurant
Gastro

When you think of The Castle pub, you think of their rooftop beer garden. The view of bendy buses snaking along Pentonville Road is never going to top any best vista lists, but there's something to be said for sitting up there with good friends, on a long picnic table cluttered with empty glasses on a balmy summer night. The ideal place for couples who prefer something a little less ostentatious, The Castle is a fantastic local, popular with pub crawlers or people looking for a quiet, pensive pint. Unrivalled when the sun begins to shine, too.

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Angel & Islington
Bar / Restaurant
Gastro

This Angel gastropub is thought to be one of London's leaders. The Peasant's Mediterranean fusion menu, backed up with a good range of lagers and ales, appeal to the punters but the circus themed décor of the restaurant with bright red walls, mosaic floor, glazed tiled walls and memorabilia is what makes this place unique. In the summer, the outside dining area, which seats twelve, is ideal for intimate get-togethers.

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Angel & Islington
Bar
Pub

Fancy a huge selection of real ales but not in a heavily carpeted old man's pub? Then the fairy lights and sofa seating of The Bull pub in Islington offer an excellent alternative. If you're not fussed about the ales, then you're sure to be tempted by the exceptional seasonal menu, which features everything from modern bar snacks, to traditional roast dinners. The Bull has all you could want from a true London pub, with a touch of Angel's typically trendy atmosphere. (Leah Harper)

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Angel & Islington
Bar
International

Serving up good cider, pizza and duke-box tunes, this pub is a grungy local, providing welcome respite from some of the more pretentious Upper Street pubs and bars. For those seeking more than a quiet drink, there's nightly entertainment, including pool, darts, a pub quiz and free club night on Saturdays (rock, country, metal, synth pop, punk, new wave, grunge, indie, goth). Aside from The Old Peculiar club night, film fans can also enjoy the free monthly Monday night event. (Leo Owen)

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Angel & Islington
Bar / Restaurant / Club
Pan Asian

You'll have to sharpen your elbows and steel-plate your nerves to get served but it won't take long to find out why the Old Queen's Head pub is so popular with the young ruffians of north London. They have a fair, decent food menu but it's all about the booze here, and the music. Look out for live bands, and on the weekend don't forget your dancing Converse for the buoyant DJ room upstairs.

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Angel & Islington
Bar / Restaurant
Gastro

The Marquess Tavern looks tall and imposing, looming alone as it does on the corner of Canonbury Street. Yet while the dining room at the back offers the usual braised, sauteed, gastro-grub, the bar is the sort of place where you would feel comfy enough to wile away far too many hours drinking red wine on matching slouchy leather sofas.

Image of The Charles Lamb Pub & Kitchen

Angel & Islington
Bar / Restaurant
Gastro

Close as it is to the busy Upper Street and Angel Tube Station, The Charles Lamb is a peaceful pub, tucked away on a strangely quiet street. Huge windows illuminate the stripped back decor. Simple with friendly staff and patrons, it's great for Sunday roasts and real ale. Established in 1839, the pub was renamed in honour of Charles Lamb, the late 18th/early 19th century English essayist. Best known for his collected essays entitled 'Essays of Elia', he also provided the name for the road on which the pub stands. As a freehouse, the Charles Lamb carries a good selection of real ales, lagers and top shelf spirits.

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Angel & Islington
Bar / Restaurant / Club
British

Islington isn't exactly short of pubs, but if you're in the market for an outstanding roast at wallet-friendly prices, then keep eyes forward and head straight for The Winchester. The perfect hangover venue, it offers healing Bloody Marys, warm winter cocktails, and with 2-for-1 special offers on Sunday roasts, you can't go wrong with this star turn. (Anastasia Hancock)

Image of The Islington

Angel & Islington
Bar / Restaurant / Club
Pizza

The Islington is London's most beautiful and intimate venue. Here, you will find a relaxed, cozy atmosphere, nice people and a friendly clientele. The interior draws on it's Scandinavian cozy design to create an intimate place which is favoured by designers & artists as well as folks who live in the neighbourhood. A Freehouse with a very large selection of draught world beers, cocktails and whiskies, that also serves the most delicious pizzas in Islington!

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