Middleton’s bottom. That was a thing.
It was 2011 and the nation was giddy with the nuptials of university sweethearts Will and Kate. And for better or worse (definitely worse) the major talking point was Pippa’s rear end.
Fast forward more than a decade however and it’s all about the Myddleton Arms…. Thankfully not another appendage loved by the red tops, but a community-friendly pub in Canonbury.
It has all the hallmarks of your next great local: it sits in a Grade II-listed building with a modern olive-and-black paint job. Inside, there’s an intimate bar room with dark-wood floors, twinkly fairy lights and a fireplace that’s lit during the winter months. There’s a small tiered garden too, with an ivy-strewn portico providing a lovely spot to kick back with buddies and, when it gets cold, you can warm your frosty nips in the sauna-style heated shed.
A hearty burger menu makes the most of beef from Islington butcher James Elliott, with the clever money going on the signature Mydd Burger (a half-pound patty with American cheese, salad and a brioche bun). Go big and get the halloumi fries as a side, which come with a dipping sauce of Greek yoghurt, rose harissa and zaatar.
The drinks menu is pretty beefy too, with crowd pleasers on tap (among them Beavertown Brewery’s Neck Oil and Gamma Ray; ciders; and a rotation of guest ales). Vino enthusiasts have the run of a cellar filled (mainly) with bottles from continental Europe.
Unsurprisingly, it’s a much-adored pub. Weeknights have a gentle hum to them, while Fridays and Saturdays are packed out. As is the Monday quiz night, which is often fully booked three weeks in advance. There’s also fortnightly musical entertainment – think Spanish guitars and Gypsy jazz.
Consider that your call to Arms.
NOTE: Myddleton Arms is open from 5pm Monday-Wednesday and from 12pm the rest of the week. For more information, or to book, visit their website here.
52 Canonbury Road, London, N1 2HS
Words Sam Murray
And when you’ve sunk a few at the Myddleton Arms….you can move on to some of the other great bars in Islington.