John Salt


John Salt

London-City and East London

3.8 / 5 2 / 5

May 11, 2018

The John Salt is a handsome pub on Islington's Upper Street which plays a more ambitious game than most.

The John Salt is a handsome pub on Islington’s Upper Street which plays a more ambitious game than most. These guys are serious about food and drink. The pub has already been home to a much lauded (if short lived) kitchen residency by Ben Spalding and now they have the talented Neil Rankin on hand to oversee the food on offer. The menu is a meat-eaters delight and includes deep-fried oysters with beef fat mayo and crab served on pig skin. Their frites with pulled pork, kimchi and cheese is the ultimate in comfort food, the perfect dish to pair with a pint. Desserts are similarly inventive. Their bacon panna cotta and banana corn dog may sound wrong but their very, very right indeed. Vegetarians might feel a bit short-changed but everyone else will be in hog heaven (almost literally). Drinks are also on the money. The house cocktail is a refreshing if potent mix of gin and house vermouth with a lemon twist and a stuffed olive and we like the sound of the Angel’s Kiss, a blend of cider brandy, gin, raspberries, pineapple, lemon and sage. They do a mean Negroni too. The list of wines and beers is well worth exploring – they have an excellent range of ales and lagers on tap and in bottles. The interior is airy and modern, with slightly industrial feel to the décor; a striking black and white tiled bar counter dominates the room and all these elements taken together make this one of the best places to hang out in this part of Islington.

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