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Six Quirky Places to Eat in Islington

Here at Angel Central, we love food. We’ve got many amazing restaurants on-site, and we know that Islington isn’t short of other great establishments when it comes to quality food. 

We love visiting chain restaurants, but there’s something special about finding a truly unique location to grab some quality food and drink.

In this list, we’ve decided to name some of our favourite quirky places to eat in the Islington area.


We start this list off with Angel Central’s newest addition, Whisk. Whisk is an amazing new pop-up dessert bar that has recently opened in our shopping centre for a limited time only, and offers a unique three-course dessert menu to all of our resident sweet-tooths.

Whisk offers up some of the best desserts in the entire of North London, with the likes of avocado and white chocolate mousse, celery sorbet and parsnips ice cream on the menu to name a few. 

Open 5 nights a week, Whisk is open from 5pm to 11pm, making it a perfect spot for some afterwork treats or maybe even a date night location. Catch it while you can!

Check out their simply delicious menu here.

, Six Quirky Places to Eat in Islington

The Little Viet Kitchen

The Little Viet Kitchen is the next entry on this list, providing a range of gorgeous healthy Vietnamese dishes at great prices.

The likes of pork spring rolls, ginger pak choi, spicy lemongrass chicken noodles and crispy wasabi tofu all appear on their menu, and offer some of the most unique food in Islington.

Their chef-owner Thuy Pham Kelly even has her own cookbook out, proving she knows her stuff. Give this place a visit and take your tastebuds on a trip around the world.

The Pig and Butcher

Moving on, we have the next location on this list with The Pig and Butcher.

The Pig and Butcher is a laid back country style pub that is located at 80 Liverpool Road, and offers a tasty menu filled with dishes that changes on the daily.

Their menu changes to whatever they’ve got in the fridge, making for a different selection of dishes upon every visit. They also offer some fantastic craft beers and aperitif cocktails for anyone looking to grab a drink or two.

If you consider yourself a meat enthusiast, this is a place that you definitely need to try.

, Six Quirky Places to Eat in Islington

The Breakfast Club

80’s fans rejoice as we bring you The Breakfast Club as the fourth entry on this list. 

The Breakfast Club takes it’s name from the 1985 John Hughes classic and offers up a variety of mouth watering cafe dishes.

Specialising in (you guessed it) breakfast food, their menu ranges from steak and eggs to stacks and waffles to breakfast sandwiches, so there is something to suit any appetite. 

Start the morning off the right way by paying this retro cafe a visit.

, Six Quirky Places to Eat in Islington

Riverford atThe Duke of Cambridge

Riverford at The Duke of Cambridge is an organic pub who pride themselves on their delicious daily changing à la carte menu, based on what’s in their fields.

Their menu features a range of amazing pub dishes with their own signature flavours, providing for a great afternoon dinner.

Not only do they provide great dishes, but they also have a big focus on minimising their environmental impact by recycling all glass, cardboard, paper and tins and all food waste is gathered to generate energy using an anaerobic digestor.

Want to help the environment whilst you eat? Give this place a visit.

The Bar With No Name

We’ve mentioned 69 Colebrooke Row in a previous article, but we couldn’t leave this unique bar off of our list of quirky Islington locations.

The Bar With No Name is exactly that, a bar that has no name and offers a seasonal menu of bespoke cocktails and food. 

As well as their signature cocktails, they offer some tasty treats that compliment the drinks, including jamon iberico, bianca mora cheeses and their 69 antipasto.

For a more sophisticated meeting spot, keep this bar in mind.


And that’s our list! Islington is full of eating spots that are truly unique, and these places add to what makes this place such an amazing location to visit.

Have we missed out any crucial entries? Be sure to let us know!

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