The Canonbury

The biggest draw card by far at The Canonbury is its big and beautiful beer garden. Not only is it lush with green hedges, grass and leafy surrounds, but is big enough to cater for the mothers and their bubs, the boys enjoying a pint after work and the old couples who come to lap up the mid-afternoon sun. Sitting under a big sun umbrella on a summery afternoon, The Canonbury is definitely the place to be for a relaxed pub lunch.

Nestled between the tidy white terraces of Canonbury, the pub itself is surprisingly big. In a big old terrace house, the place has been given some love and attention with modern trimmings and a fresh lick of paint. The huge garden has plenty of tables (both in the sun and the shade) and must be one of the biggest in London. Sitting in amongst the tall trees and hedges, you feel as if you’re in the countryside somewhere rather than in the busy, concrete jungle that is the capital.

The lunch menu is packed with many pub classics like beef burgers, fish and chips, steak and roast chicken, as well as plenty of fresh salads, seafood and pastas. Homemade fish cakes with mixed leaf salad and lemon mayonnaise (starter: £7.75/main: £12.95) are deliciously light with a thin layer of crumbs adding the perfect amount of crunch. The service was quick and friendly, and with a restaurant section including many outdoor tables, you can enjoy table service without feeling like you’re in a different part of the pub, but part of the whole atmosphere.

This place is a must on a summer’s day. I intend to come here a whole lot more now that I’ve discovered this secret garden and the tasty menu.

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