Taking on the Earl of Essex 'Beer Board' is a pleasure everyone should experience
Earl of Essex, Islington Review
The Earl of Essex is very high up on my list of favourite pubs in Islington if not right at the top. They serve 18 or so different beers, displayed on a massive ‘beer board’ along one wall as well very good food from their frequently changing menu.
I discovered The Earl of Essex last year and have been back many times since, whether it be with a group for Sunday lunch or an evening with a mate to see how much of the infamous beer board we can sample. The range of beer on offer is superb here. With porters, IPAs, ciders and more on offer, most palettes are catered for. They post a photo here each time they update the board and have recently started brewing their own beer on site, in plain view behind the bar.
The food has always impressed as well and each item on the menu has a beer recommendation to with it. Nice touch. It is a bit pricier than you might expect though. As well as Sunday roasts you’ll find classics like Beer Battered Pollock with hand cut chips, pea puree, tartare sauce & lemon for £13.50 as well as several burger options. The bar snacks section is more inventive with dishes including Crispy Soft Shell Crab with sweet soy and sesame dip (£6), Cockle Popcorn (£5) and Cheesy Chilli Brisket Fries (£6).
The Earl of Essex is a great local pub with a fantastic selection of draught beer. It’s a great option for most occasions and there’s a good size garden out the back if Summer decides to show up this year. If The Earl of Essex was on Upper Street I’m sure there would be long queues most evenings but as it’s in a quiet residential area near the canal, you probably need to know about it to find it (so keep it to yourself).