THE ROAST: Vegetarian Wellington with honeyed carrots, shredded cabbage, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding & veggie gravy
DRINKS: Lots of local beers & an extensive wine list. I didn’t see a list for non-alcoholic drinks, but it’s worth an ask if you’d like anything specific – they seemed pretty accommodating!
ATMOSPHERE: Super lovely. There are two sides – the restaurant room, which is very light and airy (and where you can book a table!) and the pub side which is decorated with dark wood and painted glass windows. We were seated in the restaurant room as otherwise it can be difficult to find a table (I don’t think you can book a table in the pub side but correct me if I’m wrong!). If you have the time though, maybe stay for a drink in the pub before you leave – it’s super atmospheric and the whole room smelled of mulled wine and Christmas spices when we passed through.
HOW WAS THE FOOD? Amazing! This was my favourite vegetarian Wellington so far, full of lovely veggies such as butternut squash as well as feta cheese which brought a nice saltiness to the dish. The gravy was really good too, although there wasn’t quite enough of it to my tastes – next time I’ll ask for an extra portion!
OVERALL SCORE: 9/10
THE ROAST: A nut roast served with roast potatoes and parsnips, with kale, carrots and a Yorkshire pudding on the side. Comes with a lovely veggie gravy.
DRINKS: Lots of cocktails, from which a lot were classics with a twist, such as wild peach Margarita (sounds so refreshing!) and a salted caramel Martini. Oslo also serves homemade lemonades which are fantastic – I loved the rose one!
ATMOSPHERE: The pub is decorated with a Nordic aesthetic in mind, and has high ceilings, wooden tables and chairs and bare brick walls. I really love the interior, and it’s definitely worth coming here just for that – the atmosphere is really great.
HOW WAS THE FOOD? The gravy, Yorkshire pudding and roasted veggies were great, but the nut roast was a slight disappointment, and not quite as good as in the Earl of Essex (below). However, after smothering it in that wonderful gravy, it went down pretty well. Next time I’ll probably go for a burger though – their goat’s cheese one sounds amazing!
OVERALL SCORE: 7/10
THE ROAST: Nut and quinoa roast with mushroom gravy, served with roasted potatoes, veggies & Yorkshire pudding.
DRINKS: This is real beer lovers pub and there’s even a brewery on site. The pub has a massive list of different beers from bottles and cans to keg and cask beer. There are lots of independent breweries on show and quite a few local ones from nearby Camden too. If you’re not a beer drinker, don’t worry: they also have a short list of ciders and quite extensive gin & tonic and wine lists.
ATMOSPHERE: Lively – the Earl of Essex feels like a true locals pub. There’s lots of colourful prints on the wall and a wooden bar and tables to balance it all out. It’s very busy with locals too, so try to book a table if you can – we didn’t and had a bit of tight schedule as most of the tables had been booked!
HOW WAS THE FOOD? Really good! I loved the crunchiness of the quinoa in the roast and even though I was apprehensive about the mushroom gravy (I’m not the biggest fan of mushrooms!) it was actually pretty good. I did add a bit of salt and pepper, which brought out the flavours out better.
OVERALL SCORE: 7/10
ROAST: Veggie Wellington with and the best (and biggest!) Yorkshire pudding out of all I’ve tried, served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and veggie gravy.
DRINKS: They have a very extensive drink list from an array of different wines (I had the house white which was lovely) and spirits to classic cocktails such as whisky sours and negronis.
ATMOSPHERE: The pub has two floors, and much like the Half Moon in Herne Hill, it’s divided into the more casual pub part downstairs and the more sophisticated dining room upstairs. We had booked a table, and probably as I had asked for a table with lots of natural light, we were seated upstairs which is very airy and light. I also really fell in love with the decor, especially those lamps which you can see in the photo below!
HOW WAS THE FOOD? My Wellington was the perfect comfort food with lots of gravy and crunchy pastry. I especially loved the roasted potatoes which were so crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and the (massive!) Yorkshire pudding was the best I’ve ever had.
OVERALL SCORE: 8/10
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