63–69 Canonbury Rd, Islington, London N1 2DG
Latest critic review: February 15, 2014
Critics' score: 7.5 out of 10

Following on from his huge success at John Salt, Neil Rankin has teamed up with the people behind the Pig & Butcher, overhauling Islington's The House with Rankin's menu. Expect plenty of meat, loads of craft beers and a large outside drinking area.

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Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on February 15, 2014
"There was some ballsy smoked duck with kimchi and an extraordinary thing called “the Sphere” in which a whole pig had seemingly been smoked down to edibility, toes and bones and all, served on a “cuttlefish romesco” – a sort of spaghetti napolitana made with cephalopod strips instead of pasta. A dish both alarming and delicious." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6.5
Marina O'Loughlin Guardian
Reviewed on October 05, 2013
"...ox cheek, rich as chocolate fondant, savoury as Marmite, with cauliflower cheese that breathes a fug of ripe fromages and inches the dish towards overkill until you stumble across the odd bracingly sharp pickled floret." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 7.5
Grace Dent Evening Standard
Reviewed on September 20, 2013
"I loved the rich, decadent short rib bourguignon, eaten while picking at lamb stovies (a meat and potato dish that I haven’t set eyes on since I lived in Scotland). The ox cheek — smoky and tender — arrived with cauliflower cheese and was polished off rapidly." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 8
Lisa Markwell Independent
Reviewed by September 08, 2013
"A chopped brisket roll with gochujang (spicy Korean pepper condiment) is outrageously good. Crisp, complexly flavoured crumb, soft shredded meat inside and a piquant but not eye-melting sauce. One of these, with that salad and a glass from the ace wine list would make a lunch worth crossing town for." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
Andy Lynes Metro
Reviewed on September 05, 2013
"So it’s not the finished article but with bags of talent both back and front of house (service is as sweet as a nut, all smiles and willing enthusiasm), it won’t be long before it matures into London’s next smoking-hot restaurant." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on August 30, 2013
"Stovies are a Scottish dish of leftovers, a bit like bubble and squeak. Here, a very superior version uses flavoursome lamb rather than ‘mystery meat’. Pit-roasted corn on the cob, slathered with a buttery smoked béarnaise sauce, shows that a real barbecue expert doesn’t just sear flesh." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on August 21, 2013
"Because I visited at the tail end of a soft opening — I know, I know — I found a questionnaire handed out. I’ll just answer one. “Was Smokehouse somewhere you would return to?” Most definitely." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8

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Address63–69 Canonbury Rd, Islington, London N1 2DG
Telephone number 020 7354 1144
Telephone numberAverage price: Moderate
trainHighbury & Islington
Opening times(Kitchen)
Monday–Friday 6pm–10pm
Saturday 11am–4pm / 6pm–10pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays Midday–9pm
  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area
  • Outside seating (weather permitting)

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