270 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2UQ
“We are handily located in the boutique end of Upper St near Highbury Tube station. The area is a perfect fit for us with lots of independent shops full of character such as Montes Deli, Sefton & the Wine Sampler. There is a real community spirit here...” more...
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I am very fond of the decor and this is a really comfortable place to sit and enjoy. The beers are well cared for and icey cold. My problem was that i came with the 2 for 1 taste card and really recieved very substandard food, soil in my salad and a lamb pie with er just about no lamb! However i’ll stiill be coming back. Staff were very polite.
Great place for a Sunday lunch (they took 40 minutes to prepare cold deserts, but I won't hold that against them as the mains were astounding) but probably not so much for hanging out, unless you happen to like loud music and crowds. Being over 30 I don't, but I'm sure there are plenty of revellers who enjoy the 'bright lights of Upper Street' on a Friday who'd go for it.
I'm reviewing The Bull as a weekend lunch spot rather than an evening destination. I think the space works really well for a bit of people watching in a well ventilated and oddly mismatched decor kind of way. One part of the interior feels a bit like the grand ol' Dutch cafe style, open double floored roof area, chandeliers, and then I'm not really sure where that styling went when I get to the back area and its a very low ceiling booth type affair.
We trotted off for menus, chose a couple of different things, and then were told that most of them were now out of stock. I know this can happen, but at 2:30 on a Saturday? What are you doing about dinner? And Sunday? And why didn't you mention it before?
Oddness. I also experienced the inconsistency of branded beer glasses, then cross branded ones, it all seemed a little lazy.
If I was in a rush, or trying to impress someone I think I would give this a lower rating, but as I was all tuckered out and with old friends I think I just went with the flow.
Was here on a Saturday night and I think I'm getting a bit old for places like this. I'm really built for comfort and not loud music, pushing/shoving etc etc.
Got the table for 2 under the stairs, drinks at the bar from a girl who when I asked for a Corona she said that they didn't stock it but recommended their Mexican beer which was Modelo (stumpy bottle with a foil covered cap, see pictures) and she correctly served with a slice of lime inserted in the neck.
Ordered food and this is were it started to go a bit south. Music was actually very good, urban remixes of mainstream songs but it was getting louder and louder, lights got dimmer and dimmer, crowd busier/pushier, food arrived and was closer to cold than warm... When re-ordering drinks the bar staff were soooo slow. No lime in my beer etc etc so only for my company and the odd tune that made me think "interesting version" this place had little redeeming features.
As popular pubs on a high street go, I suppose this one isn’t too bad. It does serve a few ales. I could probably enjoy a quiet pint in here at a less busy time.
When I visited though I just couldn’t bear the busyness; the shininess and the trendiness of it all. It felt like one of my nights out during my late teens, before I had taste .
We chose this pub because of other reviews saying that there was a good selection of beers. When we went on Friday there were a good selection of beer TAPS! No real beer at all. I didn’t notice anything else about the pub. It doesn’t matter what colour the car is if it has no wheels.
A very warm, wemcoming and friendly pub, in a great location on the lovely Upper Street in Angel. Upper Street isn’t quite what it used to be - far too many chains for my liking, but the Bull, as far as I know, isn’t a chain.
Happy to be corrected on this. Whatever it is, it manages to seem independent and individual.
The affordable menu is good for dependable, pub grub. And they always have a good selection of wines and ales. In fact, I am pretty sure they have some nifty wine special offers in the week as well.
Looking for a pub in Angel, then this would be one of my first choices.
I love this bar. Not overly busy during the week and picks up at weekends.
Great choice of drinks too, especially gin, but the knowledge of your barstaff can vary.
Tasty olives too to nibble on whislt you decide how your evening pans out.
A great pub that manages to bridge the gap between trendy venue and good old boozer. Always has some nice guest ales on offer - which is what I value most in a pub and it is has a good atmosphere as well.
I have only eaten here once (Sunday Lunch - Roast Chicken) and it was pretty good. I’m incredibly picky about my roast dinners, so I was pleasantly surprised.
The only downside to the Bull is that you need to keep a keen eye on your belongings. My sister had her bag stolen as did a number of people that afternoon and the Police told us it’s a real hotspot for theft.
Still, other than that, definitely worth a visit!
Every time I have been here, I have had a great time. The pub is really nice and cosy, the staff is open-minded, chatty and friendly, and they serve my favorite drink: Fruli beer on tab! The prices are reasonable and they serve nice food. The choice is yours, but it may be difficult, as it all sounds so nice. Menu changes too.
I had a great time at The Bull last night. It’s a fab boozer half way up Upper Street (which is lined with bars and restaurants, so there’s more than a few places to choose from). I booked the lounge area at the back as it was my birthday and there were about 15 of us, so we were out of the way of the main bar, but could still hear the Northern Soul DJ who was playing.
In the main bar area there are lots of wooden chairs and tables and two walls of windows – in summer the floor to ceiling front windows are opened up so the sun streams in. Head up the spiral staircase and there’s an upstairs with some comfy chairs and tables looking down over the main bar.
There’s usually a DJ at the weekends, and sometimes in the week, too. There’s also a stack of board games to play – Scrabble, Cluedo, that kind of thing. Being on Upper Street it does get packed on the weekends and it can take a while to get served, but you’ve got to expect that, right?
They have a terrific choice of bar food and the menu was handily plastered on a huge blackboard on the back wall right by where we were sat. I ordered 4 tapas-style dishes for £11, good value as they were quite big portions. The spicy chipolatas were tasty and chunky and hit the spot after a few drinks.
Loss of one star because when one of my friends surprised me by buying a bottle of champagne we poured it and it wasn’t chilled – come on guys, if you’re going to sell champagne make sure you chill it!
Overall a fab pub to spend a few hours in with friends.
A Very busy pub located on the corner of upper street and theberton street, serves good pub food, particularly breakfasts. Puts on a breakfast dj for relaxing after a heavy night before which i would reccomend for the fantastic music selection. An excellent selection of beer particularly from belgium.
The Bull is a pretty busy place, especially on the weekend. And while it does have a bit of a wine bar feel, it's a fairly young crowd, quite lively and a fun place to spend a night. Not the cheapest place in the world but then nowhere like this ever is. It has an upstairs area with a nice spiral staircase, fairly precarious if you've had a few beverages. And chances are you will as they have a delicious selection of beers and a well stocked bar with good staff who keep the drink flowing. There are some very comfortable seating areas but they get taken up quickly. The place fills up alot over an evening and it can make the trip to the toilet a bit of an obstacle course, sharpen your elbows. It's a typical Islington hang-out, so if that's your kind of thing, this isn't a bad one.
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