Earl of Essex, The

The Earl of Essex

Say what you like about Islington, but it does boast some very handsome pubs. The Earl of Essex is one of them, and it's as pleasant inside - light, roomy, simple - as it is out. There's a serious selection on the bar, too, which might include beers from Camden Town, Redemption and Derbyshire's mighty Buxton. There's also an impressive selection of bottles, and the menu includes beer matching suggestions. All in all, a very handsome offering - and they brew their own beer, too.