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This Spring the Pig & Butcher in Islington will be launching a new series of monthly supper clubs, each showcasing one of the restaurant’s producers and farmers. The specially curated feasts will focus on provenance and celebration of the suppliers produce by taking it from farm to fork, working side by side with Head Chef Michael Chan to create one-off dishes.

Kicking off the series will be a dinner with long term partners and good friends of the Pig & Butcher, Chart Farm, a family run farm near Sevenoaks, Kent who share the same passion and pride for the highest quality seasonal produce. On Wednesday 15th March, Simon Maynard will host an evening showcasing his rare breed of venison, Fallow Venison and Sika Venison.

The following months will see Paddock Farm in Oxfordshire and their Native Tamworth pigs and a showcase of beer fed Dexter beef from Duchess Farm, Hertfordshire. A meat-lovers dream, the evening will be dedicated to the various cuts promoting the different textures and flavours from the 65-day aged beef. Sixth-generation agriculturalist Oscar Harding from the farm will be in attendance to share his wealth of knowledge and love of his herd.

Our chain of independent farmers and suppliers who share our ethos for quality and sustainability are crucial to everything we do. The series of dinner will give diners an intimate look at our relationship with them by creating one-off menus showcasing their produce.” says Scott and Maria Hunter, Founders of Pig & Butcher.

The Pig & Butcher’s private dining room will act as the backdrop for each feast, with long sharing tables, guests will enjoy dishes with matching wines hand picked by Giles James, from Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest established winery.

Series events:
27th April – Duchess Farm, dishes based on slow cooked and underused cuts from Oscar Harding’s personal herd. Cuts will come from an 8-year-old cow raised on the untouched pastures of the farm and has been finished on beer grain and beer from Redchurch Brewery, Hackney.

25th May – Paddock Farm, Oxfordshire, will join the team in May showcasing the Tamworth pig, one of the oldest pig breeds in the world and a direct descendent of the wild boar.

29th July – Pop-up lunch at Duchess Farm. Embarking from the Pig & Butcher, guests will visit the farm to take in the surroundings and experience first hand how the farm interacts with the environment. On arrival, John ‘the poacher’ will give guests a guided tour of the main house and share his expertise on the wildlife and foraged foods, before a communal lunch featuring produce available on the farm including rabbit, crayfish, foraged herbs and Dexter beef.

24th August – Lake District Farmers Co-operative gather some of the best produce in the country from the surrounding Cumbrian farms. On the night, the Pig & Butcher team will base their menu around the new seasons milk fed ‘rose’ veal from Gatelands Farm in Penrith and Herdwick Lamb from Millbeck Farm in Ambleside.

28th September – Game Night, to welcome in the beginning of Game season, the menu on 28th will incorporate all the new seasons’ game from the Fells and Moors to the table.

To Book Please Contact:

Phone: 020 7226 8304
Address: Pig & Butcher, 80 Liverpool Road, London, N1 0QD
Email: crackling@thepigandbutcher.co.uk
Twitter / Instagram: @pigandbutcher

Opening Times:
Monday to Wednesday5pm - 11pm
Thursday5pm – 12am
Friday and Saturday12pm – 12 am
Sunday12pm - 11pm

wahlbergWe're rushing into 2016 no different from 2015 really - with burger stories. This time the news is coming from Lucky Chip who's coming to Islington this month.

They are bringing with them, The Mark Wahlberg, a burger coined for it's "total awesomeness", it includes a 35 day aged Long-horn beef patty, braised beef short rib, American Cheese, pickled coleslaw, Sriracha Kewpie mayo and spicy BBQ sauce and it's a fairly reasonable, £9.95.

You'll be able to have yourself a Mark Wahlberg at the Old Queen's Head right through until the end of January.

Lucky Chip, The Old Queen's Head is at 44 Essex Rd, London N1 8LN. Keep up with their news on Twitter@Lucky_Chip



BIRD, the free-range and fried chicken specialists, has added a new seasonal special to its signature burger menu, which incorporates all of the components of a Christmas dinner into a burger.

Available from November 17th to January 3rd, the ‘Christmas dinner in a burger’ is a towering tribute to the festive season, consisting of cranberry-glazed crispy-fried chicken, layered with sage and onion stuffing, and panko-crusted fried brie. The Christmas delight will be topped with a bacon-wrapped jalapeno popper - a spicy alternative to pigs in blankets – and accompanied with a crunchy side portion of freshly-made parsnip crisps. 

BIRD specialises in cooking fried chicken with a strong focus on quality, freshness and provenance – a formula that has proven popular amongst Londoners since it first launched in Shoreditch last year and more recently, it’s second site in Islington last month.

The ‘Christmas dinner in a burger’ is available at both BIRD Shoreditch and BIRD Islington.

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MEATliquor Islington Visual 1The men behind MEATliquor, Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins will open their fourth London restaurant in Islington this November.  Pulling up in an abandoned Citroen garage on Islington’s Upper Street, in a site that has played host to many pop-ups in recent years, MEATliquor will once again jump-start an unloved space.

The Islington opening will be the first London opening since MEATmission in December 2012.  The new Islington space will be spread across an old garage, workshops, offices and storerooms, with the newly unearthed cellar and basement.

Along with bringing tried and tested classics including The Dead Hippie, Dirty Chicken Burger, Deep Fried Pickles and Chili Cheese Fries, the evolving menu will also feature MEATliquor SINgapore dishes including Sambal Wings, Sambal fries and Buffalo Shrimp.

Commenting on the new restaurant, Co-founders Scott Collins and Yianni Papoutsis, said: “We never expected to open on Islington’s Upper Street, the property came to us and it was something we couldn’t turn down, we hope to do it proud.”

MEATliquor N1 is due to open in Islington November 2015. 

Quality fried chicken restaurant to open in Islington in October, with Camden following in November


Free Range & Fried chicken specialist, BIRD, is building on the success of its Shoreditch branch and launching two new restaurants this autumn. BIRD Islington will open its doors on the 8th of October, closely followed by a third site opening in Camden in November.

A world away from the chicken shops commonly seen on the British high street, BIRD’s focus on quality, freshness and provenance has elevated fried chicken in London since its opening on Kingsland Road last year.

Respectfully restoring a beautiful abandoned corner pub, the unique Islington venue will see BIRD’s ‘naughty but nice’ ethos continue through its food & drink offering as well as it’s fresh and thoughtful approach to design, a combination which has made it so popular with East Londoners.

With a new menu tailored around its trademark free-range - and gluten-free - fried chicken and house-made sauces, there will be a strong focus on fried chicken burgers with several new additions, including:

              The Gee Gee – a Korean inspired burger made with crispy fried chicken, sweet & spicy gochujang glaze and house-made kimchi slaw 

              The Nashville Hot – fried chicken coated with extra hot cayenne glaze, melted American cheese, house kewpie mayo and pickles 

              The West Coast – a nod to California with crispy fried chicken, fresh guacamole and pickled jalapenos

Firm favorites from Shoreditch such as crispy glazed wings and chicken, the ever-popular Original Waffle Burger and sides like  the jalapeno corn pudding, will round out the menu. 

BIRD’s famous Doughnut Hatch will also be making an appearance in Islington, offering fresh risen glazed doughnuts made daily in-house, with rotating flavors such as peanut butter glaze or Oreo crunch. Diners can grab doughnuts to take away from the Hatch all day (with £1 coffee), or sit down inside to enjoy from the dessert menu as the popular ice cream doughnut sandwich. The Doughnut Hatch will also double as a takeaway window for BIRD during busy football match days.

To wash it all down, BIRD has partnered with Camden Town Brewery to offer a selection of draft beers that complement the restaurant’s extensive selection of craft cans and bottles. Those after something a bit stronger can enjoy BIRD classics such as the Dirtybird or Passionfruit Margarita, and new cocktails including the Watermelon Soju, made with the popular Korean spirit.  BIRD Islington will officially open on the 8th of October at 81 Holloway Road N7 8LT.

During its soft-launch, BIRD Islington will be offering 50% off food from the 1st October to 8th of October.

BIRD Camden will open in November with more information on the site released closer to the date.