Alongside Zilouf’s, Public House is another little find in Angel Islington. I was first introduced a few months ago and have been back several times since, mostly for the shoulder of lamb – quite possibly the best starter I’ve had in a pub ever.
For a venue that specialises in seasonal British food it makes sense that it serves a good selection of English sparkling wines including two by the glass (although a wide rimmed coupe style glass, not a flute): the Ridgeview Bloomsbury, a Chardonnay based bubbly, and the Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rose a dry style rose sparkler. The cocktails are imaginative – with the Petit Lapin a refreshing little number which blends Oloroso, elderflower, vodka and lime over mountains of ice.
As much as I love the drinks (and I do), the food is the real reason I come to Public House, especially on a Monday and Tuesday night when the set two course menu is available for the bargain price of £10. The quality, portion size and service for the price is simply stunning.
I cannot fault the shoulder of lamb – it is a full on starter (I’d be happy with this as a main) a mound of tender, flakes of flavoursome lamb served with a pea puree and broad beans – just so good.
The pan fried gilt head bream is also very good served on a bed of spring greens with a tangy aubergine puree and tomato salsa.
Public House is a quirky, friendly little place with unusual mismatched decor serving good drinks and great food – a perfect choice for meeting foodie friends after work or a date.Public House 54 Islington Park St London N1 1PX