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REVIEW: Radicals & Victuallers, Angel

REVIEW: Radicals & Victuallers, Angel


On the hunt for a bar with decent food in Angel that wouldn’t cost upwards of £15, a press release about new chain pub Radicals & Victuallers sprang to mind.

Promising an extensive American diner menu of dishes mostly under £10 and served until 10pm, live entertainment and a laid back vibe, it made for good reading – so we popped in for a bite. Think pub classics, from towering 2 for 1 burgers on a Tuesday to spicy wings (25% off on Wednesdays), plus salad, ribs, hot dogs, mac n’ cheese and more.

Old Chesterfield sofas and bunting lend a worn, cosy feel – this isn’t high end dining, or even concept dining, but rather a comfy pub to plonk yourself down in on a drizzly Saturday for better-than-average budget boozing.

Seeing that I had a cold, the super-friendly waitress lived up to the bar’s moniker (a ‘Victualler’ being someone who provides the crew of a ship with food and drink!), appearing with a hot rum laced with soothing secret ingredients she refused to reveal – whatever it was, it worked, leaving me ready to try a British beef burger with a fried egg, avocado and light dusting of Pickled Monster Munch (don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it). There’s a great range of unusual soft drinks but the staff love to mix a cocktail, and why deprive them of that?

A reliable alternative to the notoriously expensive eateries on buzzy Upper Street, this is a great spot for big groups looking to catch up in a setting rather nicer than Wetherspoons, yet almost as kind on the wallet.

Address: 59 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY


Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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