The Compass

Address: 58 Penton Street, (corner Chapel Market), London, N1 9PZ, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 837 3891
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Sun-Thu noon-midnight, Fri noon-1am, Sat 10am-1am
Door: Open door
Style: Pub contemporary
Recommended for: Alfresco
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
Owned by: John Rentsen and Charlie Silver

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Review last reviewed on 2009-08-03

The younger sibling of The Green in Clerkenwell, this gastro pub sits proudly on a corner site at the top of Islington's chapel market wrapped in its original baize green Courage tiles, its walls lined with picnic-style tables shadowed by a green awning. Its solid modern British food and relaxed atmosphere attracts a wide cross section of locals.

Spread across two floors, the downstairs of this large Victorian boozer has been knocked through to make one large, bright and airy and functional pared-down space. Designer flourishes are few and far between with the substantial reproduction 30ft oak-panelled bar rightly the main feature. The left side of this houses the open kitchen where the chefs cater for the gathered masses from an unbelievably small space. Upstairs lies a private room with its own bar, PA sound system, and DJ decks.

The beer offering includes two fine British ales and Cheddar Valley Organic cider but a limited bottled beer selection. The old and new world wine list has a strong Portuguese presence and all house wines are served in half-litre carafes.

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