The Peasant

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278 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Cosy
Nestled in between Islington and Smithfield markets, The Peasant is a beautifully restored former gin palace that offers great British food in the bar downstairs, and superb fine dining in the restaurant upstairs. A fully-working traditional fireplace and original pub furniture, set against deep red walls and a 17th century mosaic floor, coupled with impeccable service by friendly staff allow The Peasant to provide one of the warmest welcomes of any London pub. Whatever the occasion, The Peasant will guarantee that it is a truly memorable one.
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JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

I had clearly booked for the restaurant (upstairs), but, when I entered the restaurant, I was met by a rather officious young woman who said the restaurant was full with private functions, so we would have to eat downstairs in the bar ("where we have set out restaurant tables", whatever that was supposed to mean). So we were in the fairly noisy bar, though it quietened down later, and with the bar menu. The young man serving us did his best and the food was good, but I was not best pleased to have my booking changed and I won't be going there again.

LD
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place, got married here 2 years ago and come back as often as possible. Sunday lunch is stunning!! Highly recommend.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Not my first review of The Peasant. Safe to say my visit today was no different from my previous ones. In short, a happy one.

IS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday roast. Charlie, our waiter could not have been better. Great food, great value. Canadian friends loved the whole experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent burger

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ID
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Sunday 9th June Walked out after waiting 1 hour 15 mins for our undercooked main course to arrive. Staff saying sorry did not make up for this disaster. A party of 30+ along with other diners just OVERWHELMED this place. Will be a long time before I consider going again after ruining our Sunday lunch. We paid for our starters and drinks then left.

The Peasant
Responded on 11 June 2019

It is upsetting to learn of your experience on Sunday. We did have a very busy lunch with a couple of large groups and we made a mistake with your table, for which I am very sorry. This is no excuse for any visit being spoilt due to delays in service. I will be discussing your comments with the team. We would hope to have another opportunity to put things right and that you would consider returning and allow us to give you the exceptional experience you should have received on your last visit

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were brilliant and handled our large party seamlessly

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Have yet to be let down. I would recommend this place to anyone.

f
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Great place to meet. We were 7.
We had to wait for some of our party to arrive, however, we enjoyed a pre dinner drink. Once all arrived we were swift to order but it took soooo long for the mains to arrive we were beyond caring. Staff were very attentive re drinks but food took so long. Especially as our order went in before a table of similar size to ours. Most dishes good but avoid: veggie cauliflower, ribs and fish n chips. All soooo Dry! No apols for delay. Everything +12.5% so not over the moon.

H
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Absolutely delicious, friendly staff and a great Bloody Mary - will be back next time I’m in London.

m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My only complaint was that it was a bit noisy - maybe turn the music down a little as everyone needs to speak loudly to be heard about the noise

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food

s
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Tasty, nicely presented food, friendly service, characterful building, decent wine list, excellent beer.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, accommodating with drinks requests and speedy service. What more could you want from a stylish gastro-pub? Highly recommended!

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal for a large group of us, something for all of us on the menu despite challenging dietary requirements, tasty large portions and good service

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent Sunday roast, particularly the pork was first rate. The normal menu is very good as well. It’s a local for us, we keep coming back again and again.

LE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Very lacking in atmosphere for a Friday evening. Only 2 other tables with couples and quite a large area. The bonus was the fire as we were seated in front of it on a very cold evening.

MM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You enter through an old pub, which has all the atmosphere of an old pub, decent a dark old staircase and suddenly you are in a warm, inviting gem of a restaurant. Intimate service, an open fire, excellent food just a stone's throw from The Angel, Islington.

JE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food and service generally good, but they had run out of the veggie roast and beef roast which was unfortunate. We chose the pub because of all day roasts.

SO
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

it was my third time there for Sunday Roast. Right by my house and i really enjoy it.

MS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Love the Peasant but our roast beef this time wasn't up to the usual high standard.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Sunday roast dinner is my favorite!

AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Lovely room and ambience but service was rushed. There was a bit of pressure on us to get on with picking our choices. This is a bit uncomfortable when you're meeting friends you haven't seen for a while and naturally you want to briefly catch up first. We were given an amuse bouche but as soon as it was put down they brought out the starters and went to take the amuse bouche away. The same thing happended again - as soon as the starter was finished the main course was came out. I had planned to go to the loo but didnt have the time! Don't know why they rushed this, there wasn't anyone taking the table after us and the restaurant was only a third full all evening. Staff need to realise that people want to have a breather between courses.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Eaten here many times. I would recommend it.

h
Newcastle
15 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Pre-booked and expected to be shown to the upstairs dining room but were told this was closed. Allocated a table in the bar but asked to be moved as we could smell the water off the flowers on the bar. Got a really nice table and ordered our food. The portions were very large and the fishcakes and duck leg were delicious. The staff were very hands-on and helpful and we had a great evening after a slow start. We've been coming here for several years and will definitely be back in the future.

DO
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sunday roast was excellent for both of us, a veggie and a carnivore. Very friendly place and good service... we're coming back.

HB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We loved it so much we are coming back Sunday to try the roast

CN
London
12 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Everything was good. The food was a bit too mixed and my team prefers classics

AU
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Superior food, but maybe rather too much of it. The wine was adorable - the waitress too. It would have been good to have not had to drape damp coats on the back of chairs so a little bit of restaurateur-ism wouldn’t have gone amiss. The tables were lovely, in white linen and with well polished glasses. Yes, some of the attention to detail was excellent indeed. As for the food: the apple in the crumble was a touch hard. Starters great, but when it came to mains, The large portions a bit daunting. Otherwise, very fine and enjoyed all round. Loved the ambience; not too busy, perfect for good conversation among five. Well done The Peasant.

CA
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a pre-theatre meal here one Sunday lunchtime prior to going to Sadler's Wells Theatre. It was an inspired choice. Food was delicious and service excellent. The portion sizes were very generous. Would definitely book to go there again.

S
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

It was rather a disappointing pre ballet meal - the chicken wings weren’t at all nice - terrine was good

JE
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful roast dinner and pudding. Staff were fantastic and the ambiance in the pub was lovely. Never felt rushed or bothered by anyone, a brilliant evening, thanks. Highly Recommended.

KI
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

First visit here on Sunday at 5pm with my daughter before the ballet at Sadlers Wells. Warm greeting, cosy charming old London pub. Really friendly helpful manager. Absolutely delicious roast dinner, huge portion! So pleased we came across the Peasant from researching online. Thoroughly recommend this pub - we'll definitely look forward to coming back!

TH
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

So relieved when we entered the restaurant as the pub downstairs was so loud we could hear each other speak. The restaurant is lovely and cosy and the staff very friendly and helpful. My date's meal of a traditional turkey roast was lovely but mine was a disappointment. I decided to have starters - the terrine (which was extremely gristly) and the risotto cakes which were rather tasteless. The Jerusalem Artichoke soup though was delicious.
So all in all, great location, atmosphere and staff but food was rather lacklustre.

g
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Very good making arrangements with manager or bar/pub beforehand and great expectations. A little confusion over which menu available but got there and so dietary requirements still accommodated with reduced menu. Lovely food but staff seemed a little distracted. Overall good and would book again either for a party or as a couple/with friends.

SP
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great during our group Sunday lunch! Fantastic food, service and great atmosphere! The only fault of the pub is that there is no baby changing facility and I ended up changing my newborn next to the sink in a tiny and cold toilet! Apart from that, I would strongly recommend it!

n
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great Sunday lunch in a cute environment. Food was delivered very quickly.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Great food

LF
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a lovely roast dinner here to catch up with friends. Good portion sizes and very fresh meat and vegetables with other trimmings you'd normally pay for with a roast.

RB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fantastic Sunday roast with a huge portion. Friends had other meals and desserts and they were also massive. We had dietary requirements and they were more than happy to accommodate.

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