The Northgate reviews
So surprised at how it's changed. When we told the staff why we were there, they were so lovely - came to say hello, asked how it had changed etc - and we felt really comfortable straight away.
Sat down to eat and I honestly could not fault one bit of the menu. The waitress knew every dish, advised us on wines and was simply a delight (unlike some gastropubs I've eaten in, she actually seemed to want to be there!). We could see the chefs at work. Everything our table ordered was fresh and plentiful. Didn't really have room for pudding but could not resist the sticky toffee pud after seeing the couple on the next table eating it. I would go there JUST FOR THAT! The belly of pork was one of the best I've had too.
All in all, 10 out of 10 for this place. I shall be back - won't be leaving it 22 years though!
by ShelzBelz, 19 Mar 2012
The chef put together an excellent three-course menu for us, which received rave reviews from all our guests. Each dish was perfect from the first to the last, with quality never compromised despite a large group eating all at once. One of our guests even commented on how it was the best wedding menu they have ever eaten. Our personal recommendation would be the slow-roasted pork belly, it is absolutely amazing.
The staff, food and service at The Northgate has been first class every time we have visited and we are delighted we chose the pub for our wedding. If you are looking for great food, a great venue and service which is both personable and attentive, look no further than The Northgate. Many thanks to Roz, James, Barrie, Katie and all the staff there for delivering a perfect wedding.
by thomas_bridge, 31 Jul 2011
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by IslingtonGirl, 24 Jan 2011
The new owners, also locals, have retained the previous chef, seemingly adhering to the mantra 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. The menu is a varied and exciting combination of dishes and flavours, not relying too heavily on a single type of cuisine, but merely on high quality, well-sourced ingredients. This is a far cry from the tired 'gastropub' menu, which - after years of over-exposure - can make an establishment seem predictable and unimaginative, something The Northgate menu could never be.
The interior of the pub has been tastefully redecorated, with the basic layout remaining the same. If anything, it feels far cosier than its previous incarnation, which didn't want to encourage 'pub' people, more 'bar' people. To the rear of the building is the restaurant, served by an open galley kitchen. This system works well, as the customer can choose between eating in the bar area or having a more intimate experience and being waited on in the restaurant. I will personally always choose to watch a chef work; on the evening that I ate there, the two chefs worked tirelessly and meticulously, producing food of a consistently high standard and almost dancing around each other in the process.
The staff and management were professional and made a point of welcoming us and engaging with both myself and my partner. There was a substantial wine list (I recommend the white Rioja) and a choice of over 5 draught lagers and 3 ales. The music was at just the right volume to allow conversation whilst creating an atmosphere, and the customers seemed to be a good balance of young professionals and older 'locals'.
Having been tempted to physically lick my plate clean, I will definitely be returning for another serving of pork belly and feel the need to explore the rest of the menu if this is the standard of cooking. Sunday lunch can get busy and they do a killer brunch on a Saturday, great for curing a hangover. As for me, I have found my new local. Tell your friends, The Northgate is the new kid on the block.
by roughafro, 17 Jan 2011
Considering the mains range between £10-£15, I would recommend going to Rivington near Old Street, where you can be assured of fine dining, superb service and a great experience for much the same price.
by ellen007, 08 Jan 2011
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