Marquess Tavern, Canonbury

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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Off the beaten track, but surprisingly near Essex Road's mob of bars, lies the Marquess Tavern. A magnificent unspoilt Victorian building, it boasts a comfortable front bar with original wood panelling and a back room (probably once a games room) which claims an impressively high ceiling. A change of management a while back (it's now run by a gaggle of former regulars) hasn't changed the gastro emphasis dramatically and the aforementioned back room remains the dining room -an expensive dining room at that. Still, lounging in the front bar continues to be a pleasure - there's still plenty of beer here with an excellent selection of (mainly bottled) ales and a highly impressive selection lagers from the continent and beyond. Service too remains down-to-earth and friendly. The place gets very busy but it does feel more of a local's place than other gastropubs we know - due to its back street location, Islington's weekend visitors simply don't see it.
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19 Dec 2009
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Was amazing, but for some reason they put massive bright lights all over the shop and for it made the place crap? It used to be cozy but now seems like a school dinner hall. Odd, but the wrong lighting can even make the best place crap. Dear Marquess, it will only cost about 7 pounds to sort out the wrong watt choice, and by the way, the dinning room is amazing, but try a darker color and people will in fact what to sit there. (I'm an architect and this is free advise, make that room darker and make the lights about 30 watts top.) Other than that, used to be a top pub! FOOD IS AWSOME and staff is supper nice.
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14 Jan 2009
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This authentic boozer with wood panneling and whiskey drinking regulars is a great spot for swifty or three. It has an extensive selection of draught and bottled beers as well as guest ales... last time I went I ended up staying for dinner - it is doing two courses of the regular menu for £12 making it superb value. Highly recommended.

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32 Canonbury Street, Highbury, London, N1 2TB
020 7354 2975
Opening times
Mon-Thurs 17:00-23:00
Fri 16:00-00:00
Sat 12:00-00:00
Sun 12:00-22:30
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