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user reviews of the Landseer, Holloway

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Like many areas in London,Holloway is strange in that one pub can be a complete dump and the pub down the road can be completely opposite.
The Landseer is clearly a pub aimed at the posh residents of Holloway and is a clean tidy pub and the clientele match this.
It didn't seem very or busy or lively though,people sat in ones and twos at the bar or at the tables.There were even a couple of ladies sat alone drinking wine,this clearly shows it must be a safe pub to visit.
The only downside were the typically non interested bar staff sadly found in many pubs these days.
wurzel - 30 Oct 2019 10:18
Have been going to this pub for about 15 years since it was my local at the turn of the century. Won't be going back any time soon after the condescending and rude attitude of the staff last night.
jacare - 11 Oct 2015 10:05
Surly moustache man still there behind the bar four years after Gilloo commented on him! Other staff friendlier though. Agreeable pub with airy, vaguely "old/trendy" atmosphere, huge windows looking out over secluded Victorian square, and remarkable Victorian conservatory roof over dining section. Decent beer, not cheap but not too expensive for the area. Chips OK, not the greatest but a reasonable portion. A nice unexpected backstreet find but could be better.
E17Bee - 31 Mar 2015 08:31
Nice, busy pub, excellent beer, empty dining section, 12 for a burger (!).
tuppence - 4 Jul 2012 13:18
I like this pub, and have visited a number of times. Its got a good interior, semi decent food (so long as you dong mind rubbish chips) and board games aplenty. But the staff let the place down. Not all of them mind - some are nicer than nice - but there's one or two bad eggs who make you feel like you're causing an inconvenience by spending thr day there and spending money (surly moustache man, I mean you!). There's massive potential at this place, but totally wasted until they sort out the food and staff. I'd recommend North Nineteen down the road for a steak and a smile over the Landseer.
Gilloo - 30 Apr 2011 00:54
Oh. If only they'd make an effort with the food, this pub could be SO GOOD. But for now, it's just a good place to have a drink and hang out - if you're hungry then well worth walking down the road to the N19 or across to the St John or Tufnell Park Tavern.
cobraco - 17 Apr 2011 16:32
Nice pub, good service and the food is good. Recommend giving it a try. The starters and mains were very good, the dessert menu was limited but still good. Good range of beers etc
imp123 - 20 Mar 2011 19:42
The staffing situation has improved since the last post evidently, there i s now a chap working in there who I think used to work in the St John, who capably dealt with our food and drinks order on saturday. Everythig else I agree with. I had a very good sea bream, and will be returning for more soon. Good games selection.
shand83 - 16 Aug 2010 17:30
Fantastic pub, never the same boring people always a great crowd who know how to have a social drink. Nice atmosphere, clean, great otdoor area.... THE STAFF UNFORTUNATELY, LET THIS PLACE DOWN IMMENSELY.. Rude, record breakingly slow and the fridges really could be colder... Disappointing seeing as everything else here is great. They have some awesome themed nights and I love that this place is my local.

Lozzapalooza - 10 Jul 2010 02:03
Large, roomy and light "gastro" pub offering 3 ales yesterday - Pride, Old Speckled Hen and Wychwood at a very acceptable 3 a pint. Whilst we didn't eat, the menu seemed to me to be reasonably priced for the area. Prompt and friendly service - although the place was pretty empty - and an interesting selection of background music. Would certainly return if in the area.
cheshirecat - 5 May 2010 09:44
Now there's child friendly pubs and then there's having a drink in a creche. My relaxing Sunday afternoon beers with friends were completely ruined by the vast quantity of little Jacintas and Crispins running around screaming.

While the beer was OK - there were a couple of decent bitters on offer, including a lovely pint of Landlord, it was hard to relax due to the children.

Parents - if you will insist on taking your offspring into pubs then please control them.

I shall be returning to the infinitely more relaxed ambience of the wonderful Swimmer further down Holloway Road after this abortive excursion.
graham_p - 8 Nov 2009 22:55
definately got their act together with the food, been in a few times since last post and food was excellent, hot & prompt, cheers
northlondon123 - 14 Apr 2009 15:56
Great food, Great atmosphere and Great people both eating and serving.
This is a roast dinner to leave you sleepy and satisfied on every level, proceeded by a bread basket and oil so delightfully yummy that you'll actually find yourself contemplating asking your hosts where they buy their bread.

Expensive? No, not when you consider no washing up, cozy free papers and staff who will give you extra stuffing and gravy without thinking of charging you. How refreshing.

As we all know, it's the little things that mean the most, which is why i'll be going back to the landseer and taking the family with me!

Two requests though....
1. Bring back the cat!!!
2. Pop a little more custard on the pudding...though i'm sure if i'd have asked you'd have given it to me!

oh and 'Hello Bru!'
jennyfireb - 24 Oct 2008 14:32
Went to The Landseer for Sunday Lunch a couple of weeks back - and it was fantastic. I'm really picky when it comes to roast dinners, so don't take that comment lightly!

I had Pork, whilst my girlfriend had Beef - both cooked perfectly, PLENTY of meat, with lovely veg and roast potatoes, and most importantly, lots of gravy (I hate having to ask for more gravy, so this was a bonus!). Whilst some may call it expensive, I would say that you definitely get what you pay for.

Good beer and wine selection - although it would be good to have a couple more ales available (but that's true of almost every pub).

The staff were really friendly, nothing was a problem. (Oh, and hello to the ginger South African guy - sorry it took so long to post a review!)

I hadn't been to The Landseer for a couple of years prior to this visit, but will be going back soon. Definitely on the up!

PS. Where's the cat?!!
tfidonnie - 20 Oct 2008 17:14
Probably the best place for a drink in Holloway - nice pub, good selection of drinks (compared to other pubs in the area).
bitter_n_twisted - 2 Oct 2008 23:17
I had been avoiding this pub for a while after the change in management a year or two back, but they've really upped their game lately and this is quickly becoming my favourite pub in the area once again.

From the meals I've tried recently I'd say that they chucked the poncey chef they started off with and are getting back to simpler ideas with high-quality ingredients. The Sunday roast is superb - I certainly wouldn't be ashamed to serve that on my own dinner table.

There are a few ales on tap and the wine selection is excellent. The massive amount of seating means you're never starved for space and the big leather sofas make for a lovely afternoon reading the paper. Children are welcome, which makes a change, and is especially welcomed by local families as there's a play area in the small park opposite the pub.

On sunny days the indoors seems to be relatively child-free and they're all gone by the evening.

Staff are friendly and helpful and have gotten in to their stride - food is served quickly without error. Though they do occasionally forget the knives and forks.

There are board-games on offer and enough big tables to play them on.

Actually, why am I telling you all this? You might all go there and spoil the lovely, relaxed atmosphere.

Best pub in the area by a big stretch.
thamshere - 23 Sep 2008 14:19
Nice pub,kid friendly staff,bit pricey for area.
Some customers seem a bit up themselves especially when families are present,they seem to forget they are in Holloway,go to the village if you want to spend 2 hours over a pint while reading the free papers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
super - 24 Jun 2008 14:19
Nice atmosphere & friendly staff, however they have never got my food order right in the 5 times I've eaten there & the food is sometimes cold on arrival (not the plates, they're always scolding just the food). Good place if you have kids as there's a lovely park opposite with no road 2 cross so you can watch them easily. Beers ok nothing special but quite expensive, wine's not bad though. My advice if you're hungry order bar snacks (chicken wings, etc) otherwise you might wait a long time for your order.
northlondon123 - 16 May 2008 13:25
Call me old fashioned, but I don't like my pubs to vibrate. 10 minutes sitting at many of the tables in here and your feet and backside go numb from whatever is whirring away in the cellar. Weird. It sounds silly, but then again, it's only the reason I don't go there anymore.
cardamom - 14 May 2008 11:20
G'friend and I went for dinner a few Fridays ago. Food wasn't really up to much. I had chicken in a peculiar orange and tarragon sauce, on a soggy rosti. No thanks.

Better for Sunday roasts, chilling out with the papers etc, I think.

Not a bad pub overall - not a particularly good gastropub though, certainly not a patch on The Old Dairy or St John.
tbp - 9 Apr 2008 12:57
I usually enjoy this pub but just been there for a chilled afternoon pint with friends but had to leave after 1 drink- WHAT'S WITH ALL THE CHILDREN RUNNING AROUND?!

I can cope with one or two but that many? Groups of children are not what I go to the pub for- the dirty looks from the other childless punters made me think we were not alone in our disapproval!
holloway1 - 24 Feb 2008 17:51
Really nice bar. Have called in a few times for Sunay roast. The food is always delicious and the staff friendly. You can easily spend the days chilling out on the sofas with a few Sunday papers
n82 - 9 Jul 2007 15:17
Very bare, needs soft furnishings. The current salvaged wooden chairs (look like ex church) need a bloody good clean. I went to get up after sitting in mine for 20 minutes or so and my jacket was actually stuck to it. I kid you not, they are almost all coated in a dark grime that can be scraped off with a fingernail. Preferably someone elses. A big space but very live acoustically which doesn't help when it gets busy (as has been mentioned before). Needs a bit more thought. Could be very good.
f90x - 30 Dec 2006 00:37
I have been using the Landseer for years on and off and agree with some of the reviewers as the place has been hit and miss. They do seem to have got things right recently.
It has had aspirations of being a gastropub and the prices have seemed dear when it was not hitting the mark, but the last few times i have had nothing but great experiences.
3.10 is a lot for a pint anonymous, but if it means that you can usually get a seat, and you pay a touch for the priveledge so be it. I use a pub because i like the place, ambiance. staff, customers, food, drink quality and for the overall experience. If i wanted cheap beer i would stay home.
I must say that when they recently put a restaurant in the conservatory i did think there goes another one, especially after reading some of the more recent reviews. All food led!! (The food is good and very reasonable too, 17.95 for 3 courses on a Sunday). However the Landseer does stand out as looking after the pub and not just the gastro. I especially like the guest ale, dispensed from the bar. They have a list of available beers and are taking requests from customers. Please put Adnams broadside on?!?

joesmarts - 16 Dec 2006 22:06
Great location, on a corner, near a park - very little passing traffic, so great to sit outside in summer. Having said that.....

Tries to be a gastro pub - food is v. expensive, and I've yet to hear any favourable comments. Draught beer is v. badly kept, and undrinkable, a total waste of good beer. Keg beer ok but prices again v. high for area - 3.10 for Guinness, which for the area is robbery, this is Holloway after all.

Inside, the pub suffers from being ripped out years ago - leaving basically one large room. Unfortunately, there is no furnishing anywhere, so when the place starts to fill up, it gets louder and louder, so you have to shout to make yourself heard, like everyone 'round you, which makes it louder etc etc. Add the indie/rock piped music being thrashed out of the speakers - totally out of keeping with the clientele (middle-aged professionals), which is often cranked up by the bar staff (and there are lots of them, nice bunch - but 6 at a time?), and the din is unbearable. Very difficult pub to relax in.

All in all - could be good, but needs quality beer/food/ambience before it can justify gastro prices.

anonymous - 16 Nov 2006 13:31
Oh no... cant believe Garfield is gone!!!

I have been using the Landseer for years as my drinking hole. Its friendly, warm and serves a nice pint of well kept bitter. Usually got some nice looking staff too. Up until recently i used to go a bit further afield when i wanted a great feed though.

Atlast however Tom the owner (i know because he was in last night) has turned the conservatory into a proper nice dining space, and not just the same tables, chairs, decor etc with glassware, and has hired a real chef.

They are having some teething problems i hear, but my food, on a quiet monday night, was delicious. I ordered fishcakes from the bar menu. Slightly poncy presentation but you dont taste the looks, and boy did it taste great!!! I hear they do a great roast too, although apparantly the kitchen had had to close this sunday just gone... those teething problems???

Oh well. Steps in the right direction and well worth a visit for some great food, from a quality looking menu. Long overdue. Shame having this place so close as i could be spending more and more time here!!!
justinsmall - 31 Oct 2006 13:34
Popped in to the Landseer yesterday to see if they had a christmas menu, they did, and after reading the normal menu i ended up staying for a quick pint, ( if ever there is such a thing ) and a bite to eat.

Im glad i paid the place a visit as the other eateries around here are a bit hit and miss. The menu was well priced and thoughtout. A perfect place for a christmas party, hence picking up a menu in the first place.

Had the bangers & mash on the bar menu, wild boar & apple sausages with cider jus and leek mash, very tasty.

Served quickly and with a smile from the staff.

like i said, nice pub, nice staff, nice food, 10/10.

Staurt.king - 28 Oct 2006 01:20
After reading such fantastic reviews on this site about the Landseer a group of us decided to visit earlier this evening to see if the place was really as good as its reviews.

Wow it was, and some!

The Landseer is a true Gastro in every sense of the word, though at the top end of the market, pricy but fair with it considering the ingredients used on the menu is top nosh.

We all choose to eat off the restaurant menu in the new dining area, which im told has only been open a couple of weeks by a very nice and polite waitress who served us all evening, yes we left a nice tip!

To start we had duck, rabbit and hare terrine, very nice, and razor clam chowder which was just as nice though i could have had it again for my main meal!

After that followed some excellent main courses,the blokes in our group went for the usual, steak! though it was by all accounts cooked perfectly and served with spinach, fat chips and a very moorish veal jus, which i tasted!

Jo and Sarah went for the bream fillet after seeing it arrive on the table next to us, it was served on a bed of thyme roasted parsnips with chestnuts and green beans, with a rocket sauce and some crisp thingies that towered above the fish!

I was stuck for choice as i love fish, in the end i went for the monkfish with rosti potato, crayfish pate and rocket pesto, beautiful! i wish my fella was a chef!

We were in a bit of a rush as time was pushing on so only two of us had dessert, Chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream, always a winner, and baked fig tart with sherry syrup! i'll be back for that one again.

In fact we'll all be back this sunday for roast dinners and bloodly marys.

Overall a very good night, Food 9/10 Service 9/10.

P.S, i was told that the famous cat passed away two weeks ago, lets hope they adopt another moggie soon!
AbbeyMackenzie - 28 Oct 2006 00:53
I've been going to the Landseer on and off for about four years. It has, up until my last visit, always been excellent. Of course, all good things come to an end. What was great pub with good wine, freindly staff and great food has gone to the dogs.

I organised a meeting there as it was one of my favourite pubs. Given this was my only night in the country for some time, I wanted somewhere worth going to. I was horribly disappointed.

Between six of us who ate, three orders were wrong. One had the vegetable dish just missing, and so was actually just a bowl of cocktail sausages. One was missing entirely. Another was brought as a main course when it was supposed to be a starter.

My starter (and the only thing I got to eat), thai crab cakes in broth, was appalingly bad. It looked awful (imagine a meat-pie floater, but sort of washed out and less substantial) and was incredibly bland, save for the sesame seeds which dominated the flavour to such a degree that I couldn't taste any crab. There was some sort of green mulch under the crab cakes which turned out to be lime leaves. It looked more akin to spinach.

The clam chowder was watery and close to flavourless. The chef tried the same trick (as with the crab cakes) of making it look fancy by putting all the solid stuff in a circle in the middle and then filling the rest of the bowl with a thin broth. Unfortunately, the broth looks like dish-water and doesn't taste much different. Clam Chowder is a soup, dammit, not a pile of potatoes and clams in the middle of a pool of dishwater.

Deserts weren't bad, but their names were badly misleading - the chocolate fondant, for example, turned out to be an american style muffin. Plus, it was burnt on the bottom.

For such a great place to fall so low is a crying shame.
thamshere - 24 Oct 2006 10:37
The management has changed and the place has taken a turn for the worse. They took the good chef and the the pub cats with them. The menu is poncy and badly cooked- gone are the large portions of honestly cooked gastropub grub. Only one of the good waitresses is still there. The draught lines were poorly cleaned and there was detergent in my husband's pint. Shame, it was our favourite local.
maddiekat - 24 Oct 2006 09:49
My boyfriend took me to the Landseer last week for dinner. I was a little sceptical as i had been before and the food wasnt great. Wow how things have changed.
There is now a restaurant area that actually deserves that name. Comfortable, cushioned chairs, a simple black and white theme going on. It kind of reminded me of a grand country house conservatory with the grand dressers and loads of plants.
John had rabbit and hare terrine to start with. Not my kind of thing but he said it was very tasty, and my crab cakes were great. Lots of flavours, and an interesting celery broth which was clean and refreshing. Then to follow i had bream fillet, which looked as appetising as any plate i have seen, and tasted even better. Perfectly judged cooking. John's steak was good too i gather, but like most men, he is quite easy to please. To finish we shared a raspberry tartlet.
I had a glass of merlot, and then a glass of rioja, and John worked his way through some ales. I have no idea what they were, but all were served by such a friendly South African waiter. I think he was a little disappointed we didnt take him up on his offer to make us some cocktails. Maybe next time. When i can get John to take me out again!!
anonymous - 22 Oct 2006 19:33
smashing. perfect roast. service with a smile and my waitress was cute too. as i have just moved into the area, i will definietly be returning with my friends.
jamesjameson - 22 Oct 2006 19:16
I just spent a wonderful sunday morning at the Landseer. Coffee and the papers to begin, followed by a perfectly cooked rib of beef, and a nicely spicy bloody mary to wash it down. Finished off with hot chocolate fondant and another coffee.
I love the fact that i feel so welcome here even when i come on my own. Just as looked after as all the couples and families that use this place at the weekend. Just what a good local should be, a place for all!
They have a separate dining area but serve food throughout, and what with the welcoming service, not to mention the open fireplace, you feel like you are in someones home. A credit to the management (a Spanish guy i think) that this place hits the nail on the head. Well done!
timmorris - 22 Oct 2006 13:31
I went to this pub with a couple of friends who live in the area and were pleasantly surprised. Holloway is not renowned for great places to eat out!
The food was quite adventurous with monkfish tail and crayfish pate being one of the mains, but the chef does it justice. Our waiter told us that the restaurant area is new. It is nicely decorated with a glass roof, lots of plants and candles on all the tables.
There is a nice cocktail menu too, short but well executed. It seems that they only try to do things they can do well. An admirable quality.
Its not cheap, for the area, but we didnt feel ripped off. Especially as they do not add a service charge even though the service was excellent.

johnstevens - 22 Oct 2006 00:04
This place is just around the corner from me, and is one of the better pubs in the area. There is a warm atmosphere, with the type of clientele who aren't going to snatch your mobile phone and 'leg it'.

The prices are a tad high, but this keeps away the chavs, hoodies, and other aggressive image-types.

I have always found the staff miserable, as if they don't want to be there - maybe they don't share the huge profits made from food sales. I've yet to be served by anyone friendly, but it never stops me from approaching with a smile! On one occasion, I asked one of the girls who served me if everything was ok as she didn't look like she wanted to be there. She wasn't ready to make friends with me (or anyone).

If it wasn't for the miserable staff, I'd go there alot more often. It's a pity because as mentioned, the pub does have a lovely atmosphere about it. At the end of the day, good customer service gets continued business - Gone are the days when managers used to have the attitude of "Treat the customer nicely, and they will respond nicely".

8 for atmosphere, 3 for customer service.
brynweb - 11 Sep 2006 13:16
Dearest Rolando,

Some time ago you wrote this about my review:
"Whoever is complaining about the staff, do not know what is he talking bout! TALK NICELY & YOU WILL BE TREATED NICELY!"

Thanks for the life lesson. I don't know where the world would be without people of your superior intelligence and social abilities, not to mention your excellent grasp of written English.

No, wait. What I meant to say was I hate people like you on review sites and message boards who don't read posts properly and go off on an ill-informed rant for no reason whatsoever. You idiots are the bane of the Internet.

Anyways, read my review again please. Then you will realise I was talking about ONE SINGLE MEMBER OF STAFF who is probably back at uni in Bradford or something by now anyway. I sincerely hope so, because she was (and probably still is, wherever she's working) extremely rude.

Manager = Pleasant
MOST Staff = Pleasant
Decor = Pleasant
Food = Ok, but pricey

As my original review said. Still 6/10 - better OR cheaper food/beer please to get a better rating.

TheG - 10 Aug 2006 12:06
Love this pub, especially if you have kids. There is a little park just accross from the pub, so while you eat & drink, kids can keep themselves occupied in the park. Food is good if a little overpriced, barmaids attractive as well.
joe91 - 19 Apr 2006 22:36
absolutly right if it hadnt been for ginger hair guy the place would still be a mess and it took a long time to get the place sorted.. does anyone remember the australian crew plus some of the german bar staff in between 98-2001? the landseer is a great place and while you sometimes have to be lucky with the kitchen ( good old times when martin the chef was still around)its a rose in holloway!!!
buffy - 13 Oct 2005 16:01
to sameagain please.... whatever you feel about mick if it hadnt been for him it would still be jj moons ! that had become a really nasty pub...some of you will remember dempsey, the viking and the kids round the pool table. he could be sharp but he had to clear all the rubbish customers out to allow it to exist as it does today. he took a lot of crap and unsuprisingly sometimes gave it back ! the landseer paved the way for the st john and the swimmer.
anonymous - 13 Oct 2005 12:32
The Landseer music festival was wicked, it's all good when local musicains & Dj's get toghether for a free gig, i had a ball, thumbs up to the Landseer for putting it on, The pub's all good as well, it's got a pub cat.
kingtom1 - 8 Sep 2005 00:41
Hiya there!
My name is Rolando. I've just move to Upper Holloway and I would like to say that The Landseer Pub is a fantastic place for food and drinks! The staff is great, there's always someone to chat to! They even organised a music festival in the park opposite them, which was fantastic. Whoever is complaining about the staff, do not know what is he talking bout! TALK NICELY & YOU WILL BE TREATED NICELY!
Landseer, well done, you guys are doing an amazing hard job!
All the best!
da_geezzer300 - 27 Aug 2005 19:18
LOL @ Mick Hucknall (nice one Sameagainplease - remember him well - he was alright though, to be fair...)

I'm not sure whether to leave my rating at a 7 or take it down to a 6. Food is still 'ok' but a little over priced for ok fare.

Last orders policy still sucks too, or rather, the way some staff choose to apply it. Since I last went they seem to have hired an AWFUL barmaid, the attitude of which I've only ever seen in The Lansdowne (see multiple scathing reviews of that snob pit by using the site search feature ;-) - it's like being served by someone's sulky teenage daughter who's just been grounded. And hang on to your pint, because if you're not guarding it carefully she'll sweep it away at 11:01, even if it's still half full! And for some reason, even though all the other staff seem perfectly civil, I always seem to get the part-Goth sulk monster. Bollocks!

I don't like pubs that make you feel like they're doing you a favour by letting you drink there. The (now not-so-)new manager seems like a nice chap. As do most of the bar staff, who are nice, but I have to say not only does this one barmaid really grip my shit, I always seem to get served by her.

You know what. 6 it is! Get rid of the barmaid and improve the food and you'll get an easy 8. Hire another barmaid like that and you're sliding to a 4.
TheG - 5 Aug 2005 11:37
I'm not sure what anonymous is on about. The Landseer is a great pub. It hasnt been JJ Moons for about 8 years so get over it!!! Its a shame that Holloway doesnt have more gems like this place. Well worth the visit. Perfect for a lazy sunday with some board games or to relax with a quick bite and a quiet pint away from the dessert that is Holloway Road.
marksands - 6 Jun 2005 23:03
Much prefered it when it was J.J.Moons, lost all it's character now and is a "yuppie" place
anonymous - 6 Jun 2005 01:44
A much improved pub since Mick Hucknall left!
Any reader who used to use the Landseer a while back and know the old landlord will know exactly what I mean?(Enough said!)
I'm pleased to say that "P.C.", (the pub cat) still puts in an appearance from time to time, and I would recommend this Gastro Bar to anybody visiting the area.
(A special message for a regular there - "it's ABOVE the line!"
Sameagainplease - 15 May 2005 01:38
really posh pub its more like a wine bar.
drumandmonkeyfan - 23 Feb 2005 10:29
Yes the food is fantastic, the cat is cool, staff are friendly but every time i've been the draught tastes nasty, this has been the only downside on what otherwise has always been a good day/night out
DKavanagh - 24 Nov 2004 16:37
Great pub. Well worth travelling for. Possibly the best Sunday lunches around. Goes from strength to strength, particularly with the recent refurbishment.
Tom - 18 Nov 2004 18:26
gary miles - 10 Oct 2004 23:43
Fantastic food, reasonable prices, lovely atmosphere, comfortable decor, excellent service, and the friendly kiwi manager make this the best pub in the area.Oh, and the cat and ale are pretty good, too.
Joanne - 9 Oct 2004 13:31
great kiwi manager and the cats cool 2
melanie snow - 8 Oct 2004 00:56
Wonderful little gastro pub that has excellent food, good value, heaps of atmosphere. Very comfortable, attractive decor.Easily the best pub and food in the area, wonderful friendly staff.Well worth a visit even if you're not a local.
John - 6 Oct 2004 11:32
Great pub, great food, great atmosphere, love the kiwi manager and the cat. Far better pub and restaurant than any others in the area and well worth a visit if you're a little further away.
Sue - 21 Sep 2004 05:37
Don't know what A.B.R. was goin on about, Landseer does fantastic food, lots of plants & light unlike the dark & dingy swimmer,Landseer easily the best pub in holloway/archway
julie - 19 Aug 2004 22:58
This is a very odd little pub. On the one hand, they have a cat and real ales.

On the other hand, the food is a rip-off, the seating is wooden and hurts your backside, and the music is overbearing and intensely annoying.

If you want a gastro pub, then go to the Swimmer at the Grafton Arms. If you want real ale, the Swimmer or the Coronet. If you want good lager, go to the Swimmer. Everything this place does, there's somewhere else nearby which does it better.
A.B.R. - 15 Jul 2004 15:16
cool pub/restaurant staff are attractive & chilled, the kiwi manager was very nice.
adam - 7 Jun 2004 02:33
The quintessential Sunday lunch venue, especially on a sunny day. Lots and lots of glass and outside greenery lets the light pour in, and lots of space inside means you can spread your paper out and quietly get on with the contemplative life. The decor is understated but comfortable, with some nice arty touches; there are niches to tuck yourself away in and huge tables for the more gregarious.

Beer good but a limited selection, wine better, food varied but can be excellent. Bar is a bit small but the staff are usually relaxed and seem to have a plentiful supply of good mood.

Works very well if you fancy inviting loads of pals and aren't quite sure who'll turn up. There's always the cat: a fine example of the species felix domus pubii, although it usually ignores me.

rupertg - 30 Mar 2004 19:13
A gem of a pub tucked away off the Holloway road with a great vibe, friendly staff and seriously good food in the new restaurant..totally recommend it.
Rachel - 12 Mar 2004 15:50
fantastic bar for the holloway area, a real oasis, staff are friendly ,nice dining area but still a relaxed casual buzz. Love the cat
robert - 10 Mar 2004 14:55
buzzy atmosphere, friendly staff, good food, refreshing decor. generally an all-round hit. will definitely return.
james - 5 Mar 2004 12:16
This is a fantastic bar, run by an Australian who has made London his home, but who has brought with him and incorporated into his bar the "welcome to all and every" aspect of Australian life which is such a familiar part of their culture... This is a perfect bar in which to transform those dreary Sunday blues into a satisfying lunchtime (and as is so often the case, evening too) get-together with friends. And it would be a sin to miss the Sunday lunch!! Check it out...
Seb - 4 Mar 2004 15:51
A huge improvement in the last few months. I think there is new management. The food has improved, especially in the new restaurant. And the place looks great. The cat even seems in a better mood.
anonymous - 12 Feb 2004 12:18
thank goodness new management has breathed some life into the place. The food is great, the atmosphere buzzy and friendly. Even the little touches like fresh flowers and lots of plant life say some one cares. I will return and return.
anonymous - 10 Feb 2004 20:00
Last orders policy appears to have been relaxed big time. Which is nice. They still hurl you out, but at a much more sensible 11:45ish... I've upped my rating accordingly.


In response to the "anonymous" post's comments about the food, it varies greatly from month to month and I'm not sure why. They change the menu on a monthly basis and I wonder if when the menu changes so does the chef? I don't know. But what I do know is I've had some FANTASTIC food there and I've had some real crap too. Hmmmm...
G - 12 Jan 2004 11:08
This pub really needs a makeover.

It's better than when the new owner took over and make it the Landseer though - he's absolutely awful and was so rude to his customers and seemed to teach his staff to be the same, fortuantely, however, he now spends time in his new pubs and the service is a bit friendlier

Food very overrated, and a bit dark in the winter despite all the windows.
anonymous - 17 Oct 2003 15:18
Big pub, gastro food, lovely indoor and outdoor seating. Really gets the sun on a nice day. Resident cat can annoy.
Matt - 14 Apr 2003 15:15

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