Growing up as a country bumpkin in the depths of the home counties, I gained a weak spot for locally-brewed cider, hog roasts and home grown veg. So when I discovered The North Pole Pub in Islington, which boasts a huge range of craft beers and ciders, I had to give it a try.
We booked a table and headed down after work. Frank took his time choosing the perfect beer, and the bar staff were happy to give him a few tasters to see what he'd like to try. The pub kitchen serves everything from baby back ribs and ale-battered haddock and chips to their legendary pulled pork burger. Once we retired to our table we perused the menu, but I already knew the pulled pork was an absolute must. Frank opted for the ribs, and we started with some pork scratchings with spiced apple sauce (naughty). We were astounded by the portion sizes. I barely got through half my burger, and Frank looked like he had an entire pig piled onto his plate. It tasted so good.
We wiled away a couple of hours sipping beer and cider, playing Guess Who? and Operation and generally chatting. It was a lovely evening and I will definitely be going back to try the games room.
Please forgive the dreadful photos today. I stupidly forgot my camera so we had to make do with an iPhone.
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