North London

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


3-5 Islington High Street
N1 9LQ
Emailmoc.legnanoitcnuj@tcatnoc Telephone(020) 8161 0311
Real AleGardenLunchtime MealsEvening MealsDisabled AccessSports TVWiFi
Opening times: Mon and Tue 12:00-23:00; Wed and Thu 12:00-24:00; Fri 12:00-01:00 next day; Sat 10:00-01:00 next day; Sun 11:00-23:00
Regular beers: Redemption Pale Ale, Sambrook's Junction

See more about this pub on WhatPub, CAMRA's national pub guide.

02/09/23 - "Just called in. A Saturday and no real ale. Said not on at the moment."

July 2023 - Reopened under new name, they have maintained much of the old layout, and it looks spick-and-span, which is good. Two cask beers from local breweries. There may well be loud music when you visit. Needless to say, much higher prices - both for cask beer and food.

19/06/23 - from Propel - Urban Pubs & Bars secures ex-JD Wetherspoon site in Islington:London operator Urban Pubs & Bars has secured its third site in as many weeks, after securing an ex-JD Wetherspoon pub in Islington. Propel has learned the circa 40-strong business has acquired The Angel in Upper Street to reopen as The Junction. The site is set to undergo a five-week refurbishment programme and will be opening as one of Urban Pubs & Bars’ “modern British pubs”, similar in style to its previously converted Wetherspoon site, The Cyclist, in Balham. This venue is yet to be listed on the Urban Bars website.

In Sept 2022 Spoons announced this pub lease as being for sale. Still operating as a Wetherspoons 8 April 23. 05/06/23 we've been informed that the Wetherspoons at the Angel closed yesterday and it has gone from their website. Can't find anything obvious on the web but probably the local papers will include it later this week.

The Angel was built on the site of Angel Picturehouse (1929), it became pub in 1992. The adjacent tower was also a part of the picture house that was sadly mostly demolished, being one of the first talkie cinemas. With the long gone Philharmonic Hall (subsequently the Grand Theatre) this has always been a centre of popular entertainment. Apparently, its classic columns and caryatids can be seen in the Museum of London. John Betjeman lived nearby as he wrote in his poem Summoned by Bells. It is a large, modern, open plan conversion, with some booths, giving slightly more privacy, towards the back. The pub sits virtually opposite the Angel tube station.

Following CAMRA's updated definition of "real cider", pubs such as this selling for example Old Rosie and other ciders such as Thistly Cross, Stans, Gwynt Y Draig, Broadoak etc. no longer qualify for the "Real cider" tag.