The Handbook
The Handbook

Perched on a North London street corner overlooking the canal, the newly refurbished pub, The Narrow Boat, is a small gem amongst the deserted streets of Islington.

Seated by the window, with a view of the old barges along the water, we sunk into our snug armchairs. For starters, I ordered the salmon fishcakes with a béarnaise sauce and spinach. I have to say, it was hard to fault. The portion size was perfect, the taste was melt-in-the-mouth and the dish as a whole, was amazing. Following on from our starter, I had the rump steak. Again, beautifully cooked, beautifully presented, however I was overwhelmed by how much was on my board. The steak came with chips, onion rings, salad, poached tomato, mushrooms and a rich jus.  I think the dish would have been better served with just the steak and the jus with a small salad and chips. The jus was incredible, you didn’t feel a lack of a peppercorn or béarnaise dip. The course was a bit of a heart attack on a plate although as a one off indulgence, it was worth it.

Pudding arrived and by this point I was beginning to feel a bit worse for wear by the amount I had eaten so we ordered a cheese board and the sticky toffee pudding (yep, it didn’t help with my full tummy at all). The cheese board had all the usual – Brie, Cheddar, Stilton etc with a beetroot chutney and crackers. The sticky toffee pudding arrived in a bigger size than I had hoped for but I still managed to get through the majority of it. Although the pud was good, the star of the show was the salted caramel ice cream which really did melt in your mouth.

I loved the pub, the service was great – friendly and normal – and the food was top. I would recommend this to anyone, my only criticism is that I didn’t order the fishcakes as a main; I suppose I’ll have to go back.

www.thenarrowboatpub.com