Review on The Charles Lamb

Re-named in honour of the famous essayist Charles Lamb, who lived and wrote in nearby Colebrook Row, this one-time street-corner boozer has a cheerful, easy-going pace in contrast to the manic mood of nearby Upper Street. It's delightfully friendly, totally unpretentious and feeds its customers generously with honest food and good beer.

The blackboard menu is an ever-changing slate of robust dishes with a single-figure price tag. Influences from France and England loom large, so expect pork rillettes with cornichons, potted crab with aïoli, merguez sausages with Puy lentils, smoked haddock and leek fishcakes with home-cut chips and more besides. To finish, try Marianne's pecan pie with crème fraîche or rhubarb syllabub; alternatively, opt for a couple of French cheeses with Sauternes jelly on the side. Most of the wines on the fruity little list come by the half-bottle or the glass; otherwise, English real ales or Breton cider are the drinks of choice.

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Gastro pub

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 11.00pm Wed–Sun (4.00 – 11.00pm Mon-Tue)

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Facilities at The Charles Lamb

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • Family Friendly


The Charles Lamb
16 Elia Street
North London
N1 8DE

Nearest tube station: Angel

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