The Talbot

109 Mortimer Road, Islington, London, N1 4JY
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Review Summary from 2 reviews

Address
109 Mortimer Road, Islington, London, N1 4JY

Telephone
020 7254 2336

Region
Islington

Nearest Station
Dalston Kingsland (0.34 miles)

Category
Pubs

Opening Times
monday Opens 17:00 - Closes 00:00
tuesday Opens 17:00 - Closes 00:00
wednesday Opens 17:00 - Closes 00:00
thursday Opens 17:00 - Closes 00:00
friday Opens 17:00 - Closes 00:00
saturday Opens 12:00 - Closes 00:00
sunday Opens 12:00 - Closes 22:30

The Talbot is a pub that serves a wide selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks as well as a selection of dishes from their pub menu. They also provide a range of additional entertainment including fruit machines, a pool table, darts and a big screen TV showing major sporting events from Sky Sports. Catering for private parties of up to 40 guests is available upon request.

All In London Review

A welcome surprise hidden in the backstreets of De Beauvoir

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When you’ve walked past a pub a certain amount of times without going in, it can feel like you probably never will. And we’re not talking about the types of pubs that even the Krays might have been scared to show their faces in, but the ones you just haven’t given a chance. Maybe it’s the colour, maybe it’s the street or maybe it’s the apparent lack of charm. The Talbot in De Beauvoir was all of these things to us until on a windswept Sunday we went crrrrazy and stopped in. ‘Two pints of humble pie please barkeep’ is what we should have said as we inspected the pub from our place at the bar and realised we’d got it all wrong. But we didn’t, we got Kirin instead.

The Talbot is a large, square pub that feels like it was designed for weekend afternoons. There are big chesterfield sofas for slouching, an open fire to get the place dozy and plenty of large dining tables for groups to spread roasts, papers and board games across. Our favourite feature is the huge double windows at the front of the pub that provide the place with all the light it needs and drinkers with a view onto a row of aspirational De Beauvoir houses. The Talbot even has its surprises. On the second level, an outside terrace suntrap overlooks the street, providing plenty of space to appreciate good weather. How did we ever just walk on by?

The beer list is adequate if not inspiring (Kirin, Peroni, Grolsch on draught) but there is a good variety of wine by the glass. And the menu is a notch above simple pub food. We sample the roast – good trimmings, solid beef and a whopping great Yorkshire on top – but we are impressed by the likes of cod and caper fish cakes, miso and soy glazed scallops and Billingsgate fish of the day. We like the venue, we love the terrace and the food menu intrigues us. Let’s just say we won’t be ignoring The Talbot anymore.

Reviewed by T.A.O
Published on May 2, 2014


User Reviews

Reviewed by toby from london
Huge Yorkshires on the roasts, papers on the bar and massive windows to watch the world go by. We went here for the first time last Sunday having walked past it a hundred times - not sure why we waited so long. Really nice pub.

Apr 9, 2014

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