The House prize-winning gastropub 63-9 Canonbury Road, N1 020 7704 7410 www.inthehouse.biz Open lunch & dinner Tue-Sun, dinner only Mon North London is awash with gastropubs, but few come close to matching the award-winning House for quality of food. The setting is relaxed and friendly, with a modern, stripped-down bar area, an open fire in winter and a decked terrace and beer garden for when the sun shines. It’s only when you start exploring the menu, though, that you understand why this place has become many Islingtonians’ favourite spot to eat. There’s a French emphasis to the dishes, such as roast sea bass with piperade saute peppers, olive tapenade and langoustine oil, and terrine of chicken, sweetbreads, Grelot onions and foie gras wrapped in Parma ham. There’s also a superb, varied brunch menu at weekends and good-value lunch and pre-theatre set meals. Not cheap, but absolutely worth it.