So we know, quite often, it’s the Street that’s not THE Street where you find the best pubs, but it’s hard to venture off of the main drag when you’re just not sure, it’s a stick or twist situation, and on these cold dark January evenings is not always the time to start getting exploratory.
Having recently moved to N7, Upper Street should be my stomping ground, but so far, I’ve been spending more time on Liverpool Road, here’s some reasons why:
The Duchess of Kent – now this is THE local, what a lucky daughter of a gun I am. Part of Geromino Inns, some of them may be familiar to you, and from my experience, are all great gastro pubs. Friendly, good looking, likes football… all you could want in a partner in crime!… open fires and a good array of ales/beers, as well as sausage rolls and scotch eggs done right! Gooner family pub so busy on match days before and after the game, along with plastic glasses and BBQ.
The Pig and Butcher – Served wine by the carafe which was pretty handy for my situation at the time – sometimes a carafe makes sense! Staff were a cool kind of attentive and although I only nibbled, I have heard great things about the menu, it’s definitely worth checking out their website to take a look what they’re about food wise.
The Regent, good football coverage, few screens, one of them a mega screen, which to think of it, is rather lacking elsewhere, unless you’re in a sports bar, they’re not easy to come by. Was in there for the late game on a Saturday and it was a nice sort of busy, also does stone baked pizzas from £7.
The Hop & Berry – this place, I loved, popped in on a Sunday evening for a drink and some food to catch up with a mate and ended up staying a lot longer than was sensible (Monday morning ouch), was buzzy as well for the time of the week. Big on the ales, bit brewdog like with a long numbered list on a board. I’m a massive ambassador of small plates, they just make social sense and you get to try more! Stuffed peppers, haddock gourjons and the cheese board were the faves of what we had. Also, perhaps the highlight of the outing, was meeting the pub beagle!! His name’s Alfie, you can check out his twitter here, I think you’ll agree he’s a pretty cool canine! 😉