Visited on 18th June 2016. Large Spoons just around the corner from Highbury & Islington station. Grand old building with lots of room across a single floor (even the toilets are on the same floor!).
Decent range of cask beers plus a few local keg. Prices were pretty decent. It was fairly quiet when we visited. Service good. Shared nachos which were not great value and OK at best.
Wouldnít dash back but worthy of a quick look as likely get a new rate out of it.
An absolutely cavernous spoonies located a short walk from Highbury & Islington Station. Upper streetís pretty hip and monied, yet this place is still somehow able to attract the typical JDW crowd. 8 beers on cask plus the usual cast of macros on keg. At £3.20 for most pints of cask beer, this place isnít really much cheaper than Taproom or any of the other decent places in the area. Perhaps itís an OK spot to grab a quick pint before an afternoon of peace and quiet at the Emirates. Otherwise, thereís much better options in the area for visiting beer geeks.
Big modern íSpoons just round the corner from Highbury & Islington station. Which is my usual arrival point when visiting the choicer Islington spots so I often poke my nose in to see what is on offer and find a winner or two more often than not. As with most íSpoons I wouldnít hang around any longer than it took to tick the new beers.
Rather cavernous JDW at the top end kf Upper Street. It is what it is, good selection of beer, lots of seating, wifi etc. there are far more atmospheric places and now better beer venues in the post code, but this is adequate as a meeting point or on a crawl.
Just round the corner from Highbury and Islington station, the White Swan is a largish, clean and tidy Wetherspoons with ten hand pumps. One was off when we visited but there were three or four interesting local beers available. The pub has a glass front and a terrace overlooking the green / roundabout at the end of Upper Street. Inside itís rather art deco in feel, with a curving balcony and bar inlaid with a wavy marquetry pattern. It was actually converted from a 1960s building - the Working Menís Club and Institute Union (and it looks as if it may have retained some of the clientele from this era) - which sits close to the site of the Old White Swan yard.
(Visited 3 June 2013).
Split level in a large open room in a modern building just around the corner from the Highbury & Islington tube station. Upper Street is always busy and this place reflects that, especially so when Arsenal are playing at home. Inside the decor is mainly a lighter wood style and the furnishings match this. Ales are on two rows at the bar. There is a small slightly elevated patio area at the front giving a great view of the traffic roundabout.
Used to live between the White Swan and the Coronet - so the White Swan shaded it ! Large spoons, typical spoons clientele - locals, the unwashed, owd men, people using it as a meeting place at the start of a night out.
A bit rough around the edges and fairly souless.
Beer range OK - canít remember having a badly kept pint in here, but no real reason to visit!