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Looking for decent places to meet and eat before a game at The Emirates? This is our 'hood, so we've done our best to give you some cracking suggestions.

 

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Xian Impression

117 Benwell Rd, London N7 7BW

Focusing on food from the Shan Xi province of China, this unassuming restaurant couldn't be closer to the stadium. The best thing on the menu is the biang biang noodles but the 'burgers' might make for better football food.

 

Oak N4

5-7 Wells Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JU

This wine bar is at the back of Finsbury Park station, just along from the bus station - it has an excellent selection of wine plus very decent cheese and charcuterie platters to go along with that.

 

Westerns Laundry

34 Drayton Park, Highbury East, London N5 1PB

It was happy days for Arsenal supporters and visitors alike when this restaurant opened up on Drayton Park. Pop in here for some excellent croquetas, maybe a plate of great ham, certainly some wonderful wine and whatever the result, things will feel OK.

 

Piebury Corner

209-211 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DL

Head up the Holloway Road for the best pie and tunes combo as the folk here get out the decks and get the pre-match atmosphere going. It's an easygoing spot welcoming all fans.

 

Sambal Shiok

171 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LX

With literally EVERYONE giving this Malaysian laksa joint a rave review (including us) you'll have to factor in some queueing time to eat here, particularly on match day. But god it's worth the wait.

 

Llerena

167 Upper St, London N1 1US

We love this tapas spot on Upper Street and reckon it's a perfect pre or post-match spot for grabbing an ice-cold Estrella and a plate of jamon. 

 

The Compton Arms

 4 Compton Ave, London N1 2XD

Very popular on match days, when crowds spill out onto the cobbled streets, the reason you'll want to make it here is for one of London's greatest burgers - from the folk at Four Legs who run the food side of things here.

 

Osteria Tufo

67 Fonthill Rd, London N4 3HZ

A decent Italian to meet up ahead of a match or to disect the results - the pasta is the thing to have here and you'll be sure of a warm welcome from proprietor Paola.

 

Dotori

3 Stroud Green Rd, London N4 2DQ

When everyone's favourite Korean reopened after a long hiatus it became clear they were even better than before. Now there's more room with tables downstairs too. If you want to be sure of getting a table here, call in the early afternoon as that seems to be the time they're most likely to pick up the phone. 

 

Prawn on the Lawn

292 - 294 St Paul's Rd, Highbury East, London N1 2LL

Obviously what you have will depend on what the boats brought in but one of the fruits de mer platters would do very nicely for a group of fans to share.

 

Farang

72 Highbury Park, Highbury East, London N5 2XE

Packed almost every night of the week and crazy busy on match days - make sure you book ahead to try Seb Holmes' cracking Thai food. If you need to order for a group quickly you can get a selection of plates and sides together for either £40 or £45 a person.

 

Trullo

300-302 St Paul's Rd, Highbury East, London N1 2LH

You have to be organised to get in here at the best of times, never mind a match day, but if you're an efficient fan who makes a booking the minute the fixtures list is out you'll do very nicely here.

 

Quality Fish Bar

266 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2HY

If you're after something quick and easy - this longstanding Finsbury Park chippy is the place to go. Owner Tony Harmanda has been running the show here for over 40 years serving up top notch cod and chips.

 

MEATliquor Islington

133B Upper St, London N1 1QP

Tucked away down an alley off Upper Street, this is a little further from the stadium than some of the others mentioned here, but it's always a popular meeting place on match days. Any of the burgers obviously would set you up for a day of football.

 

New for the 2019/20 season

Berto

155 Holloway Road, London N7 8LX

New from the folk behind Zia Lucia is this fresh pasta spot on Holloway Road. Kick off with some fritti, follow that with a bowl of pasta and some N7 Pale Ale and you'll be all set pre or post-match.

 

Jake's Vegan Steaks

155 Holloway Road, London N7 8LX

Vegan or flexitarian Gooners will want to head to this newly opened spot by a popular street food trader. Either grab their popular Philly Cheezesteaks to go or have them with a pint at the Horatia pub next door.

 

Top Cuvee

177b Blackstock Road, London N5 2LL

Way more than just a nice neighbourhood spot, this is a genuinely good bistrotheque style restaurant with an excellent wine list to match.

 

Where did we miss? 

If you think we've missed somewhere that should be on this list, let us know in the comments below. 

 

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