The Pig and Butcher

• Gastropub• Angel

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About the restaurant

The history of this beautiful Islington pub can trace its roots back to the 1800s. Operating it now is the group behind the similarly historic Princess of Shoreditch, which also owns Smokehouse around the corner.

Food here revolves around beautiful British meat and fish – the kitchen team often butcher whole animals from top-notch suppliers, including White Park cattle and Iron Age pigs, while menus are strictly seasonal. Menus are true gastropub in style, mixing hearty food with touches of fine dining, while the roasts are among the best in this part of town.

Forward-thinking cooking doesn’t mean this quintessential venue has lost any of its charm: the bar and dining room still feels comfy and accessible, with nods to the always influential St John in its service and interiors.

Reviews from the Web

Critic reviews

The Infatuation

Meat, meat, and more meat. If you like the sound of that, then you’re well on your way to liking The Pig And Butcher


The Pig and Butcher, a handsome public house five minutes’ walk from Angel Tube station, is run by Scott Hunter and Maria Larsen, the team behind the Princess of Shoreditch and the Lady Ottoline in Bloomsbury.

The Independent

A short, sublime menu full of meat butchered on site completes the victory. There are six starters, eight mains, four desserts and a cheese board.

Time Out

The gutsy theme doesn’t end with the name – carcasses, apparently, are butchered on site, which the manager told us allows the kitchen to cook cuts from rare breed animals at cheaper prices than normal.

The Nudge

The results: top-quality, native and rare-breed meat sourced directly from farmers from Cornwall to the Hebrides, expertly prepared by a fleet of highly trained chefs into a daily changing menu that reflects the best produce on offer that morning.