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Mucky Pup, Angel, Islington

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user reviews of the Mucky Pup, Angel, Islington

please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.

Redecorated a few years back, the bar is now smaller with a less impressive selection of beers but an astonishingly good jukebox is a plus as is the warming red colour scheme and the quietness of a non-Upper Street location. That said, making a juke box free can create issues to do with hogging although a DJ belied the usually unwelcome reputation of such personages with a cracking set comprising The Fall, Veruca Salt and Sonic Youth.
BoehmBawerk - 15 Nov 2012 18:57
Had a nice time here the other night. Good beers, friendly crowd.

My only complaint would be that the famous juke box was not loud enough. Plus, some of the buttons are missing so if you're trying to select your favourite Led Zep, AC/DC or Iggy & The Stooges song you're in danger of hurting your fingers on the machinery.
FreeBornJack - 26 May 2012 17:42
got to agree with the other comments - one of the best pubs around.

top quality drinks and atmosphere is amazing, everyone made to feel really welcome.

if i still lived in the area, i would go every night
londonloon - 8 May 2012 17:32
This is one of my favourite pubs in the world. I moved to Islington about a year ago with great plans to explore all the local pubs and then stumbled accross the MP (I like to abreviate it now) and felt no need to find anywhere else.

The bar staff are wonderful, always up for a chat during the week and calm and friendly if a little harrased on busy days. The music is great, there's a pool table and darts board. The odd spontaneous game of killer pool that breaks out is always entertaining. The customers are friendly, the type of place where you chat to people you don't know rather than view them with suspicion.

It's not fancy, but if you want a fancy wine bar with gleaming bars and attentive staff being fakely polite serving you, there are plenty of bland generic places on Upper Street.


GreatlyMissed - 19 Jan 2012 12:07
Atmosphere, music and the staff = awesome. It used to be my local before I moved out of Islington and I recommend this place to everyone with taste for music and friendly atmosphere. My experience with the staff was always to my full satisfaction because I love the unofficial manners and humour, which was always the case of Mucky. That's why I've decided to share my opinions, because of some of the previous reviews might mislead people that had never been in.

First – an objective person that is qualified to judge other's behaviour, including “quite aggressive” wouldn't make an effort to complain about getting what he or she wanted.

Second - complaining about a bar person who kept serving despite he needed to go to the loo sounds also like very subjective and twisted point of view. I used to work in bars myself back in the days and I remember how crazy things can go when you're busy people wait for their drinks. Yes – the staff is there to serve the customers but if those orders take ages – it delays the others to be served faster.

It would therefore make sense if everyone ordered fast – especially if the bar is packed as the landlord described later. I mean – if a barman needs to go to the toilet (as
suggested in one of the previous reviews) and served the long-waiting customer before doing so – does it mean that he ignored the customer or his physical needs at the time? Common people - stop whinging and get over yourselves - Mucky is great and the staff is excellent!
Ben70 - 22 Nov 2011 21:43
This pub is awesome! Has a great atmophere and has a brilliant jukebox which is free! The staff are always friendly and smiley and very polite. Any people who have whinged in the below comments should go back to the slug and lettuce or weatherspoons where they belong!
niaoz72 - 30 May 2011 00:47
Visited again at the weekend. Still no 'Up the Junction' on the juke box.
FreeBornJack - 26 Apr 2011 21:04
I like this place, especially the free juke box. Imagine my disappointment when I went in there last night and the juke box was out-of-action because some fella with a laptop wanted to play his favourite tunes. An unpleasant surprise. He didn't even have Squeeze's 'Up the Junction' on his laptop!
FreeBornJack - 23 Jan 2011 09:40
Visited this pub for the first time last friday after going to the cinema on Upper St. Ordered 2 pints of Timothy Taylor Landlord and a Whisky & Coke. The TTL had just gone, so I asked for Black Sheep instead. There was no ice for the Whisky and Coke. When I got back to the table one of the bitters was quite obviously off (only one though... I suspect that it was actually the TTL perhaps accidently topped up with Black Sheep). I went back to the bar and said 'this pint's off' whereupon the barman gave me a look as if I didn't know what I was talking about (I'm 46, I know what a bad pint tastes like!) He tipped it down the sink, and proceeded to refill the dirty glass with Black Sheep. Astonished, I said 'no, no, in a clean glass please' to which he replied quite aggressively "alright mate, I'll get you a clean glass then" as if he was doing me a favour or something.

An ice bucket finally appeared and my friend was able to chill her half consumed drink.

Black Sheep was fine. But what appalling service and attitude.


Wellsstreet - 16 Jan 2011 19:25
I was appreciative to get a personal and apologetic message from the Manager of this pub following my recent visit here.

The Mucky Pup definitely has its loyal locals and it was a shame that my experience was tainted by one individual. Hopefully, now this has been addressed, the service will match the good buzz of this place.
social_butterfly_101 - 8 Nov 2010 21:01
I’ve just had the last 2 reviews brought to my attention and, as landlord, all I can do is apologise unreservedly. The barman in question has been officially warned and will no longer be with us after the 1st week of December.
With regard to waiting times, the night in question was actually by far the busiest night in the 4 years I’ve been here and therefore did put us in a very strained position. Although that in no way excuses the barman’s behaviour.
This is the 1st time we’ve had a bad review as we have a very good reputation for providing a friendly service (please see other’s comments), so hopefully anyone reading these reviews will realise that this occurence was a one off.
Angus
MuckyPup - 4 Nov 2010 21:00
Went here last night for the first time and have never been spoken to so RUDELY by someone behind a bar. Had already waited 20 minutes, and then when the barman took my order he started a countdown '1,2,3' - basically I had to give my order in his time otherwise he was going to move on. A friend walked in halfway through my order so I requested an additional drink and the barman said 'No', "you should have known what you were going to order. I'm not walking back round the bar for you. You've obviously never worked behind a bar before - I need a toilet break and a cigarette and you clearly have no sensibility.' I was stunned and really quite offended.

Obviously either the management need to get more staff behind the bar to stop this occurring ,or change the team, as that's clearly not how a pub should operate.

If you've got time to kill, and don't mind waiting ages for a drink, go for your life. Personally, I'd rather go somewhere where they want you to come in and enjoy a pint with your friends on a Friday night.
social_butterfly_101 - 16 Oct 2010 14:35
I'm here right now. Music and atmosphere are alright, but staff are utterly terrible. ACTUALLY took 30 min to get served (lots of ladies got served before me though I was there first) AND considering the took so long I thought I'd order another drink and the bartender actually told me "No". Fine, next time, I'll spend my money elsewhere.
Prr1313 - 15 Oct 2010 23:15
Possibly the best pub in London. I can't even begin to count how many times I have stumbled out of this place after a happy night of ale and snacks.
Stoker - 13 Aug 2010 17:40
Alas! No more grilled halloumi. But they allow takeaways, which should be good.

Excellent service, a well chosen range of booze, and HRGiger prints.


london_drunker - 18 Jun 2010 20:46
An absolute gem! Enthusiastic and friendly staff. Chatty and welcoming patrons and a fine ale selection. As previously mentioned, you also get the added bonus of a free jukebox!
Legolegs - 20 May 2010 00:51
A Noog special this place - I really like it. I'd rather you all stayed away though so I can enjoy it in peace. OK? good.
PissedMonkey - 19 May 2010 12:56
HOW A PUB SHOULD BE.
Sofia1980 - 26 Mar 2010 14:16
Heard about this place for years; every bit as good as I'd expected. The many plusses are listed below by others, but to recap: Good beer (Black Sheep and Landlord when I turned up as first customer at 4pm), gentlemanly service, a free jukebox including the best of the Only Ones (Britain's finest band) among many others, and of course the dog. The dog is superb. On top of all that, the place has that indefinable "something" that would keep me coming back. Call it soul if you like.
alesofsummer - 18 Mar 2010 17:55
One of the very best pubs in London. Pool table, great (FREE) jukebox as has been well documented. A bit tucked away but well worth seeking out. Brilliant.
followedthrough - 22 Feb 2010 17:34
Brilliant, friendly pub with a really nice atmosphere, totally unlike some of the more self-conciously hip bars around Essex Rd/Upper St. Great music, top landlord and very reasonably priced real ales, the only problem is that it's impossible to pop in for a quick one and not end up chatting to someone and staying until the wee hours.
mojo_moschops - 28 Jan 2010 13:19
Not the easiest public house to find (at least for me) but well worth searching out. There is a VERY friendly barman, good (home made) pork scratchings, reasonable food, and interesting decor. The bitter is limited, only three on tap, but those that are there are very well looked after. The TT Landlord this weekend was more than drinkable. The eclectic jukebox helps the ambiance. I will visit again when I am next in the area.
Penguinsanity - 7 Dec 2009 13:10
Amen to the Mucky Pup.

Good beers, great jukebox (free), lively atmosphere, friendly staff/clientele, pool table, open late, homemade pork scratchings..

This pub reminds me of the halcyon days when pubs existed to serve the local community rather than make as much money as possible.

Long live the Mucky Pup, a dying breed.
Dylarolla - 14 Nov 2009 23:12
SPENT A GREAT SATURDAY EVENING HERE LAST WEEKEND.
natashaabc - 16 Oct 2009 14:07
Great little pub, with a laid back, friendly atmosphere (infinitely cooler and friendlier than the nearby Old Queens Head, which I have always found to be slightly up its on ass - and for no good reason). Been several times over the past few months and always enjoy myself. Great free jukebox, with all sorts of quality rock music (The Ramones, Black Sabbath, The Clash, CCR, Kyuss, Dinosaur Jr, The Stooges, etc), and a very good pool table. Probably do the best Sunday roast you will find in London as well - give it a whirl.
CFarrell - 3 Jul 2009 11:28
A very friendly place with decent beers, an active pool table and a good smokers garden ("the bike sheds"). Pop in for a swift half and you'll probably end up staying till the bitter end chatting away to some friendly punters. Well worth a visit, particularly if you fancy a decent game of pool.
fatalastair - 19 May 2009 12:41
Nice place- good atmosphere, good pints, good people. All you need. Thanks!
earlhicks - 9 Mar 2009 00:01
My favourite pub for late night drinks. Decent ish beer and great music. nice people.

Not a pub for a sunny saturday, but all the better for it.
mralistair - 13 Jan 2009 22:28
free jukebox! need i say anymore? ok, there's some proper gorgeous retro lights in the back next to the pool table, and yeah it's expensive, but it's angel, officially the best kept secret rip-off in london. so enjoy if you're feeling flush-ish...
lexicon_rose - 20 Nov 2008 23:24
I've never bothered visiting this pub as the name put me off. It sounds like something you would avoid like the plague when you're on holiday in Benidorm. I tried it out Saturday after someone recommended it and meant to stay for a quick half before moving on but stayed for a few pints. A bit on the pricey side for the area at £3 a pint but the beer was very good - TT Landlord, Sharpe's Eden and a third I can't remember. A nice Victorian corner boozer. Oh, and a free jukebox with Led Zep.
chick - 25 Aug 2008 09:43
nice little boozer tucked away - great little find
jmaclane - 16 Aug 2008 15:37
Excellent, comfortable little pub away from the hussle of Upper Street. Great atmosphere, good jukebox and three well kept ales - Sharps Eden Ale as a regular plus two guests. Highly recommended!
The_Greene_King - 6 Feb 2008 17:44
We went to The Mucky Pup for the first time last night. We intended to play pool for an hour or so and then move on, but stayed as late as the last tube allowed! The staff were very friendly, the jukebox had a great selection of free tunes (The Smiths, The Pixies, The Raconteurs)and there was a really laid-back and "un-Londony" atmosphere about the place. Our friends were all equally impressed. We will be back for a Sunday Roast soon!
ilikethispub - 13 Jan 2008 20:49
new puppy, great pub!
anonymous - 17 Oct 2007 17:59
I come to this pub every Wednesday for the quiz. Second time I went, the barstaff remembered what I'd ordered the previous week, which is a delight.

Although they don't have any TV screens, this place is normally busier when there's a major football game being shown in other pubs.

Food is excellent and they normally have at least one cask ale on (usually Eden). They're still dog-friendly and provide water and "scooby snacks" for free.

This is my favourite pub in Islington by a mile.
silasthehobbit - 12 Apr 2007 14:24
Yep, good one. The dog is called John Wayne, by the way.
NB - tanderson7, don't try nicking this one for your local Rat and Parrot. It won't work unless they have a dog called John Wayne. And they don't.
anonymous - 25 Oct 2006 16:05
Sounds to now be better than it was - the "hot rocks" food thing was quite possibly the most ridiculous and off putting gimmick I have ever seen imposed on what could be a good boozer.

Will give it another try. Not too hopeful anything will have been made of it though.
anonymous - 12 Sep 2006 14:43
I quite like this place. A small understated pub hidden round the corner from Essex Road in a nice area, there is rarely more than 5 people in it and I dont understand why. Furniture's a bit tatty in places but generally pleasant decor, the lager tastes good (usual islington price tag), staff are friendly and genuine. Best of all there is a first-class pool table in the room at the back (Im not joking, probably the best quality pub table I've played on in a long time) and there's never anyone on it! The jukebox is free and is packed full of decent rock/folk stuff like pink floyd, johnny cash, the smiths, led zeppelin etc etc. Great pub to retreat to for an un-disturbed game of pool!

p.s. also was a massive dog there one time, dont know if that has something to do with the name. It seems to have one awards for being a dog-friendly pub!
lostchildlondon - 12 Sep 2006 14:03
Would've been nice to see whats changed since former landlord Dave left, as it was always a favourite of mine.

However, last saturday night it was shut for a 'private party'. I hope it was a one off, because theres only so many times I'm prepared to traipse down there to waste my own time.
tuppence - 31 Aug 2006 01:45
This pub was taken over by new people a week ago. Main man seems to be a guy called Angus. No sign of any dogs or hot rocks. Nice vibe, subdued lighting and a fantastic jukebox (Chameleons, Bauhaus, Jam, Motorhead, Sex Pistols to name but a few). Good pool table in back bar.
thegiant - 31 Jul 2006 14:09
This dog friendly Victorian corner pub seems to have been given a new lease of life thanks to a few bright innovative ideas. True, the Real Ale selection is a little limited (Green King IPA and Eden Ale) and the 16 specialist bottled beers come at a price – between £3.50 and £4.90 a bottle. I'll take Stonch's word for selection - he seems to be an expert in this field. The Hot Rocks food is served on a preheated granite plate that continues to cook the food as you eat it and prices look quite reasonable for something a bit novel. Unfortunately no-one was eating while I was there so I cannot comment too much but I personally would like to give it a go. I too did not see any dogs but it was early in the evening and rather lacked any atmosphere at that time. The main bar is a bit of a mix with bare floors, heavily overpainted wood paneling, a mixture of seating styles, unused fireplace, juke box, TV and a rather strange sculpture in the corner. I also agree that the food banners are a bit "in your face". There is a separate pool/darts room and also an outside courtyard. Quiz nights on Wednesday. The pub may not be to everyone’s taste but credit must given for trying something a bit different and it is well worth seeking out or popping in whilst taking the dog for a walk.


RogerB - 5 Apr 2006 16:13
Profoundly disappointing. Dull as dishwater on a Saturday afternoon. A few couples in reading papers in silence. No dogs to be seen. Unappealing decor. Selection of draft beers unexciting and the selection of "speciality beers", though unusual, isn't actually very good. I am afraid to say some of those bottled beers have been chosen by someone who has never tasted them (some really low grade Belgian fruit beers for example). The whole "hot rock" cooking thing looks deeply unpleasant to me - as do the loud banners advertising the franchised food.

A real shame and a waste of a fine premises in a nice street in my opinion. This is a lovely area, but both this and the Duke of Cambridge are both trying far too hard to be trendy and are certainly not to my taste. Sad.
anonymous - 4 Apr 2006 10:19
Spent a nice hour here on Saturday, already a bit on the drunk side before I arrived but good atmosphere and staff. Down side for the evening was being moved on at 7 as the pub was closed for a private party, that aside well worth a visit.
Madcap - 23 Jan 2006 13:43
The pub is neat and cosy, with the landlord making sure that the place is snug during the crap weather that seems to be of late!

I regularly pop in for the free wi-fi and a sizzling steak sandwich....the smell and taste are delish!
icecoldalex - 12 Jan 2006 03:39
I've always liked this pub but not been in recently as the "Hot Rock" food means you come out reeking of fajitas. You might expect to choke on ciggie smoke or a neat spirit but not on food odours!
anonymous - 11 Jan 2006 13:59
Had my birthday here (Yes I know, two days of drinking! *g*) and had a fantastic time. I was made to feel welcome and the jukebox was excellent!
alisonmills - 3 Jan 2006 12:47
This looks like a great place and was quite nice to drink in but their food really was a let down. Uber expensive for mouse size proportions. GIVE ME MORE!!! Quiz night also but expect the "locals" to make it less than enjoyable.
Randy_Campbell - 21 Dec 2005 11:04
3 scallops & 1 tiger prawn (small) for £12.95???
Do yourself a favour & call into Flaming Nora's on Upper St for a burger before you arrive, unless you eat like a sparrow.
bron1allen - 20 Dec 2005 14:08
I must be a simple country boy, but I've never been to a pub themed around dogs before. Friendly boss, relaxed atmosphere but expensive food.

A real change from the towney atmosphere of Upper St and I shall definitely be making another visit.

And I'm a cat person!
lancalot - 14 Jun 2005 11:47
The Pup is the only pub I will frequent in London! I have lived in N1 for years and we never found a pub that we wanted to be our local.

We stumbled upon the Mucky about 15 months ago and now it's rare if we're not in there at least once a week.

Iggy is always great fun and it's great to be able to go to the pub AND get a workout from chasing the pub dog around! That's not the only reason we go though- I now consider Dave and Steph to be personal friends.

They work so hard and always want to improve the pub in some way - they're definitely not going to let things stagnate.

Always ideal for a good night/day out the Mucky Pup is the only place where I'll gladly spend my hard earned cash.

Three cheers for Dave, Steph, Iggy and us wonderful punters!
kellyhome - 14 Apr 2005 16:18
I am lucky enougth to live near the Mucky Pup, it is a fantastic pub and the owners are very friendy. i would advise everyone to go there, its a great place.


nirvanacasey - 29 Mar 2005 16:42
"please note - comments on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously".

So why are so many people offended by my comments? Surely the whole point of this site is to offer comments on what we have experienced - this is what I did so please people, just drop it now, enjoy your pub and stop using this site as a forum to get back at those whose opinions differ from yours.... okay? Good. :o)
elllie - 10 Mar 2005 12:47
This is rapidly becoming one of my favourite boozers in London..friendly bar staff and relaxed mixed crowd.. not too trendy for Islington. Good to have a real ale on tap aswell.


Hollis - 6 Mar 2005 20:42
Revisited for the first time in about a year and this is still a first class boozer. Very cozy and very good beer. Whoever is moaning about "cheaply framed pictures" should perhaps stick to the art galleries and forget going to pubs altogether.
beer - 15 Feb 2005 13:58
ellie/anonymous, I think mattyd's sarcasm was faurly justified.
"no-one made any effort to speak to us let alone get to know us". Well I hate to break it to you, but its not a social club. Anyway, did you make any effort to go and speak to people? Your food issues: pubs do run out of food sometimes and it wasn't selling itself as some kind of veggie utopia anyway. Its not the Dorchester Hotel. As for seating, theres plenty, about 35 - why do you rate the pub badly because 3 people were sharing two couches? And "cheapy framed pictures"? Really, is that the best you can do? I think the Steph is a great photographer/artist. Your opinions are in the minority here methinks and for what its worth, you probably weren't there on a bad night, its more likely just not your kind of place.
tuppence - 8 Feb 2005 15:54
no need for the sarcasm - I only commented on what we experienced on our visit. Sorry if it offends you but isn't that the whole point of this website?
anonymous - 15 Jan 2005 12:08
Ellie its a pub not a posh hotel,sorry that you had to wait for people to take their pool shot before walking past it must have been simply awful!!! (What is going on in your head if you find that annoying!)Great pub, good quiz, good food, friendly landlord etc etc. a good experience!!
mattyd - 7 Jan 2005 12:16
The landlords, David and Steph have a delightful dog called Iggy. He's the biggest puppy you'll ever meet and very friendly and fun. As well as Iggy the Mucky Pup serves good ale and food and is a very friendly place.
Roger Wilsher - 3 Jan 2005 12:49
nice pup with a very friendly atmossphere. the food is also extremly tasty. pup quiz night on wednesday is fun, shame i didn't win. would love this pub to be my local
sagat - 16 Dec 2004 20:36
Very friendly, and the staff pay a lot of attention to their customers. Which all makes the drinking experience much more pleasant, doesn't it?
It's not my local, but it ought to be...
Andy - 13 Nov 2004 13:20
lovely pub
anonymous - 8 Nov 2004 17:47
Just been for the quiz night. Absolutely mad! These guys write the quiz themselves and enjoy it! Plus the food is fantastic! Met Iggy (The Mucky Pup) for the first time and I can see easily why this pub is the most dog-friendly in the UK
Tyler - 4 Nov 2004 00:19
A lovely friendly local pub, with tasty food and a charming atmosphere. Like a pub should be. Thank you.
Rachel - 2 Nov 2004 18:16
The Mucky Pup is without doubt my favourite pub in London, the food and beer are both great but pale in comparison to the amazing atmosphere that the owners and staff bring to the place. Get in early on a Wednesday for the quiz night.
Paul - 20 Oct 2004 15:16
This is definitely my new favourite pub - I've been several times and always found it incredibly friendly (staff and punters alike), great food, great beer, warm and comfortable. I was amazed to read the negative comments from Ellie as I can't believe this lot are capable of bad service, and even when it's busy there's a warm welcome and seems to be enough space for everyone. If you're not a dog person I'd still recommend this to anyone (my allergic mate loves it too) - and I haven't even been to the quiz night yet...
Anna - 18 Oct 2004 17:34
Some friends and I visited the Muckypup on Friday 1st October. We chose the pub as none of us had been there before, and I was interested to see what it was like. Plus it was the night before my wedding so I wanted to go somewhere small and intimate where we could enjoy a drink but hear ourselfs talk. The Mucky Pub filled both those criteria nicely.
The pub is quite small so feels cosy, we all liked the decor, simple, not too smart but definately not scruffy either. We found everyone (and the dogs) very friendly, especially Dave, the landlord. He made us feel very welcome all night and introduced me to Cranberry flavoured Vodka (Mmmmm). The platters to share we ordered were nicely presented, and generally yummy. All in all a splendid time was had by all, and we intend to return for a Quiz night one Wednesday very soon

The Tequilapixie
anonymous - 15 Oct 2004 01:52
Dave is a wicked landlord and Steph and amazing landlady. The quiz is cool, especially since I (pretty much single handedly) won once. Definitely worth the trek from Brixton on a weekly basis. Looking forward to celebrating my fat mate's birthday at the weekend here.
anonymous - 14 Oct 2004 22:10
I travel halfway across North London at least once a week just to come to this pub (including Night busses unfortunately). It's got the nicest atmosphere and friendliest staff (including Iggy, the gargantuan pub pet) I've found in London. With regards to one of the other comments, I'm a veggie and I never have any problem with the food, seems a pretty reasonable selection to me (including the Sunday roast, which is excellent)!
Asher - 14 Oct 2004 15:53
The Mucky Pup is one of the nicest pubs you could wish to come across. What with the friendly atmosphere, friendly staff (you're made to feel at home), great home-made food, cosy sofas and a lovely dog (Iggy) it's all in all a great place to relax and un-wind. The Quiz on a Wednesday night is good too - Definitely would reccomend this to anyone in the area.
Ken (on behalf of Cape Crusaders Quiz Team) - 14 Oct 2004 10:09
Take the (albeit lovely)dog away and what have you got?

We visited this pub after reading all the reviews below. It was cold, drab, brown gloss and blown vinyl. Seating was limited – 3 people shared 2 sofas in front of a dead fireplace. The walls had cheaply framed photos that were uninspiring and unimaginative – yes there were a few that weren’t photos of the dog. (Dog overkill to be honest - even the chain-pulls in the loos had dog bones on them).

The back room was given over to a pool table and dartboard so a trip to the loo meant waiting for the dart players to finish their turn as you have to cross the dart-throwing path – and then the same for the pool players.

No tables were wiped down (very sticky too) or ashtrays emptied whilst we were there. Although there seemed to be an extensive menu on the chalk board on the wall, we felt the veggie options were limited (why do we veggies always get offered spinach and ricotta or quorn?). Strangely – no steak on offer for non veggies – and no nut roast advertised which disappointed me (part of the reason for our trip)!

We did get served immediately on arrival but no “welcome” – not even a smile. It wasn’t particularly busy and we stayed for about an hour – no-one made any effort to speak to us let alone get to know us. We got the impression from the comments on here that it was a warm and lively place but sorry guys, the whole place had an atmosphere of depression – maybe we just hit it on a bad night? (Took us an hour and 2 bus rides to get there so we made the effort).

Disappointing.

elllie - 11 Oct 2004 18:41
Re: comment by Anon 16 September 2004 15:52

If you were not approached individually to take part in the quiz it was most certainly not "coz u is black".
Our quiz is often very busy and is announced to all over the Mic. I try to be everywhere at once but I am only human and often miss people out! I'm sorry that you felt left out but on busy nights all customers need to do is ASK!

Time allowing, we make an effort to get to know ALL of our customers, especially new ones - if you had stayed for more than 15 minutes then you would have found that out.....pity really because you missed a great night!

Feel free to join us next Wednesday!
themuckypup - 16 Sep 2004 21:22
Was in the Mucky Pup last night with my partner. Nice cosy pub, which reminded me of the Stags Head in Camden. Noticed they only serve wine in large glasses. The only negative is we weren't made to feel very welcome. It was a quiz night and the quiz master went to every person in the bar to take part except us! (even those that came in after!!). "Is it coz I is black"
Anon - 16 Sep 2004 15:52
I was in here last night for my birthday with a few friends and the guy behind the bar really looked after us. The food was great and cheap at half the price!
Georgia - 3 Sep 2004 13:41
Good attitude, good beer, good time had by all! You should see the size of the dog!
Ian - 3 Sep 2004 12:33
My dad and I visited this pub when we were in London on our way back to California from Finland. Dave and the dog were great and the food, prepared by Steph, was excellent. I'm by no means an expert on British pubs but if they were all like the Pup, I'd have no complaints.
Chris - 19 Aug 2004 21:18
Ah, the Pup. What a pub. There's little to say that hasn't been said already, but... it's also got a great little walled courtyard for sunny days. The food is really great - the second best veggie roast in London, and other good veggie food too. Just a nice atmosphere with good people and friendly regulars - a real communal place. My friends and I go there from miles out just cos it's the one place we can all agree on!
thinga - 10 Aug 2004 14:53
This is the best pub in the area. The owners are enthusiastic and keen to go that extra bit for the customers. If every pub was like this, the world would be a much better place. Every pub should have an on-site Iggy too!
Pippa - 4 Aug 2004 12:02
Great little gem of a pub with a good attitude! This is what a pub should be about - having a good time! The food is home made, good and good value with the pints always full. I'm told they poor a perfect guinness by the company I was with. A pool table, darts, pub quiz on wednesday and big sunday roasts, what more could you ask for. And what a Mascot! Cheers Dave, Steph and Iggy!
Zak - 23 Jul 2004 10:38
The Mucky Pup is a very special pub; friendly and welcoming with great food and beer,large sofas and an extraordinary dog called Iggy. We hired it recently for my partner's 40th birthday party after finding it by chance when we spotted the pub's advert on nearby Essex Road. We had a fantastic evening and the owners, Dave and Steph, could not have been more helpful and accomodating. It's a very relaxing place.
Laurence - 25 May 2004 13:01
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Be watching next week as we will be hitting the headlines!
David,Steph and Iggy - 24 Apr 2004 01:40
Heard about this place from friends who had sampled the huge Sunday dinners and been to the excellent Wednesday Quiz night.
Had the Steak and Ale Pie which was homemade and tasted superb! Spoke to the owners who run the place themselves and really add the personal touch, making everyone feel welcome!
By the way, check out the beer garden and the world's biggest puppy! (Probably! *G*)
Ian - 23 Apr 2004 01:20
This pub is chilled, with good beer and food. Massive pup called Iggy wanders the bar and the owners really make you feel welcome. A real treat.

Dan - 23 Apr 2004 01:15
held my 30th birthday party here, after searching around Angel looking for a friendly bar that would accomodate 50 pimps & prostitutes I finally came across the Mucky Pup. Even though it is off the beaten track of Upper St and Essex Road the staff are friendly and obliging. The food for the party was perfect and I saved myself money with a DJ as Dave provided all the sad music for the nights entertainment. I would recommend the Mucky Pup Barto anyone who is looking for a quiet drink off the beaten track and also anyone who would like to hold a party away from the wilds of Angel yet close enough to see it.The dog scared me but certainly not the bar........
Nigel - 5 Apr 2004 20:06
Dropped in here on Sunday afternoon for lunch, met by a very un-N1 friendly hello from the barman, excellent. Nice and relaxing for a pub on a Sunday in N1, good food, decent beers, big dog and rugby on the box with the the Jayhawks on the stereo. Excellent relaxed pub.
David - 22 Mar 2004 11:37
An absolutely lovely place. Out of the way enough to avoid the usual crowd, comfy sofas, great bar staff, pool table, good music, a big dog, quiz nights, and food. Oh, and the staff really care about making it a nice place, and are really happy to chat. There's few pubs of this calibre around. Keep it up!
barry - 16 Mar 2004 15:08
This pub has, after one visit, become my favourite boozer in Islington. Not only cus I fell in love with Iggy the Dog, but also cus it's laid back, with good food, good company and good staff. Will definitely be returning soon. I fancy a go on one of their roast dinners.
lucy - 15 Mar 2004 11:30
Discovered this one the other night thanks to some mates, a freindly local style pub thats not full of 60 year old booze hounds. The freindliest bar staff around, pool table, darts board - and again the huge dog. a welcome change compared to the fighting burberry brigade on upper street and the trendies, ripped jeans and challenging haircuts of essex road.
anonymous - 27 Feb 2004 16:13
Relaxed, friendly local pub - off essex road and a great find. Superb for sunday lunch - huge portions of gorgeous food, very reasonably priced! I booked the venue for my birthday recently and would definitely do it again! Lovely staff, great music, huge dog...what more could you ask for!
Cat - 23 Feb 2004 12:46
The Mucky Pup is a really excellent little pub just off Essex Road, nice place, really nice people, VERY comfy sofas and good music. Just generally a lovely place to go. They also have a dog called Iggy who is the man! Highly reccomended
Stuart - mcstuio@hotmail.com - 20 Feb 2004 09:43
Outstanding addition to the N1 pub scene. A great option now that the Queen's Head up the road on Essex Road has become a bit crap (any beer but lager generally unavailable, intimidating bouncer standing on the door). Give the Mucky Pup a visit before it gets too popular.
ck - 19 Jan 2004 13:50
Very nice local pub with funky decor. The people who run it are really friendly.
There's also a big cuddly dog to play with and a pool table too. A refreshing change to the madness of nearby Upper Street.
Michelle - 4 Jan 2004 14:21
Thankfully opens at 7:30am on Sunday, so you can go there after clubbing. Does not server alcohol at this time, however. But you didn't want ANOTHER drink then anyhow!
anonymous - 7 Dec 2003 19:16
Sweet little modern type pub, with comfy couches, pool table, and one big mucky dog named Iggy. Well cared for Green Man on tap-- the Gov' looks to be retired punkster from back in the day and the selection of tunes, the Smiths, the Jam, Buzzcocks, reflect this. I think they are just starting off, so everyone should go down and buy a pint, because they seem to be good people.
Grant McGlashan - grantmcg@pacbell.net - 31 Oct 2003 10:26

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