John Salt

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Description

John Salt is a great restaurant and bar in Islington, North London. After recruiting top chef Ben Spalding, John Salt has gone from strength to strength; with a 25 cover restaurant that provdes a fantastically innovative menu and a bar that provides some unique cocktails, they really have hit the nail on the head. The owners bill John Salt as "a neighbourhood bar with great beer", it seems John Salt has a little bit of everything to keep visitors content.

They recommend John Salt for almost every conceivable occassion, dinner? Check. Cocktails? Check. A couple of beers with friends? Check. This place has great potential and has a charm that you'll find hard not to get on board with.

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Made in Buenos Aires

Made in Buenos Aires

Monday 17 April 2017

Celebrate World Malbec Day with wine and TangoJoin us for this special occasion as we explore various Malbec wines...

Info

No Door Charge.
Booking required
Happily Affordable ££
Angel
Over 18
None

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
11:00 23:00
11:00 23:00
11:00 23:00
11:00 00:00
11:00 02:00
11:00 02:00
11:00 23:00

Location

John Salt
131 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1QP

Area:
North London

Nearest station:
Angel (Tube)
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Menus

Drink Prices Price
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £6.90
Bottle of House Wine £19.50
Bottle of Champagne £26.50

This venue serves International and British food.

A word from the chef:
Guests have the option of a 4, 8 or 12 course tasting menu (priced at £28, £56, £85) showcasing chef Ben Spalding's forté. Look out for dishes like 'Chicken on a brick'.

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We had a good experience at John Salt's, it's perfect for after work drinks and they have a great happy hour! Lovely staff too. Vicky visited John Salt on 25 Jan 2017
27 Jan 2017 by
5

x x x x x visited John Salt on 25 Jan 2017
28 Jan 2017 by
4

A nice place however we had a couple of issues. My food was cold when it arrived (however they did quickly re-heat and gave us free chips as an apology). And we must've asked the waitress about 3/4 times for a jug of water. visited John Salt on 28 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017 by
3

Not great for food, but good atmosphere and the drinks are OK. visited John Salt on 14 Jan 2017
16 Jan 2017 by
3

Great bar, but a few bits that could be improved upon. I had booked my table for 10 people, but was given a table that only 5 could sit at. I was given a new, larger space later on, but i would have expected a big enought space to begin with. I found the staff were a bit over enthusiastic with clearing the table of glasses, which ended with half full wine bottles being cleared. This was obviously really annoying. visited John Salt on 14 Jan 2017
16 Jan 2017 by
3

Great couple of hours spent here on NYE 2016! visited John Salt on 31 Dec 2016
02 Jan 2017 by
4

Very enjoyable night! Staff were really friendly and accommodating. visited John Salt on 07 Jan 2017
09 Jan 2017 by
5

Had a brilliant night for my 30th birthday/engagement party - thank you so much to everyone at John Salt. Highly recommended! visited John Salt on 13 Jan 2017
15 Jan 2017 by
5

It was average, some people's food did not arrive. This was dealt with adequately by the manager. visited John Salt on 28 Jan 2017
31 Jan 2017 by
3

I didn't receive a confirmation email after booking but the experience on the night was fantastic, thank you. Table was in a lovely space and it was a perfect place to enjoy my birthday with friends. visited John Salt on 04 Feb 2017
06 Feb 2017 by
5

You were great hosts. Thanks for having us. visited John Salt on 25 Feb 2017
27 Feb 2017 by
5

We had my 50th at John Salt on Upper st. and were very pleased with everything. It all went exactly as it was supposed to which I didn't take for granted. The staff were friendly and helpful, and came over to check everything was OK several times. The food was very good and generous, nicely presented and came out on time. They had sectioned off an area for us (about 18 people), so we had our own space but still had all the atmosphere of the bar. The music was good and loud enough but not so loud we couldn't talk. All in all a really good night and very pleased with the service we got. Thank you to Matt and his team. Mark B. visited John Salt on 11 Mar 2017
13 Mar 2017 by
5

Hired the mezzanine floor to celebrate my 60th birthday. Wanted a private area to suit adults and children with a private bar. Absolutely brilliant time had by all. Everyone agreed it is the perfect location for such an event. Can't recommend highly enough. Thank you Matt and all the team. visited John Salt on 18 Mar 2017
21 Mar 2017 by
5

Really tasty Sunday Roast. I had the lamb and my girlfriend had the beef and they were both great. Also recommend a Bloody Mary. visited John Salt on 19 Feb 2017
21 Feb 2017 by
5

We hosted our engagement party with John Salt. The team were fantastic and supported all of our wishes to make it a really successful night for us and our friends! Huge thanks to the team! A&A visited John Salt on 18 Feb 2017
20 Feb 2017 by
5

Disappointing experience. We had booked a table and arrived just after 5pm. There were four or five staff members present, no one at front of house but it was very quiet at that point (possibly two other customers already seated) so it would be understandable not to have a member of staff in the body of the restaurant. We approached the bar to make ourselves known, at which point one member of the bar staff then another turned away as we tried to speak to them. A helpful young man (tall, thin, pale, friendly) took our order. At the end of our meal another member of staff took our plates and we requested the bill. We waited for an unreasonably long time with no bill arriving, before approaching the bar where four or five staff were chatting among themselves, including the person whom we'd asked for the bill. There were only a handful of other customers in the restaurant. The impression given by the staff was that they had no intention of providing service to customers who were in fact dsirupting their personal conversations. Your burgers are too small for the price you are charging. We shall not be returning when there are so many other options for eating out in Islington. visited John Salt on 03 Feb 2017
06 Feb 2017 by
1

The staff were all lovely! So friendly and helped to make my birthday celebration really special. The drinks were really yummy and the space I was given was comfortable and it gave us space to have our own little party. When a glass was smashed, a member of staff came quickly without hassle or embarrassment to the person who did it. Will definitely be back, thank you so much. visited John Salt on 11 Feb 2017
13 Feb 2017 by
5

Lovely staff, nice environment, good drinks! Thanks guys! visited John Salt on 15 Feb 2017
17 Feb 2017 by
5

Thank you to the bar staff for being great. A brilliant NYE!! visited John Salt on 31 Dec 2016
02 Jan 2017 by
5

Cool setting but sadly my friend and I had a bad experience whilst dining here - when we ordered our food we were told that they had experienced a busy week and no longer had any pulled pork burgers (we dined at 7.30pm on a Saturday night) the barman was in no way apologetic in letting us know this information. When an alternative was picked he went away to put it through the til only to come back to let us know that wasn't available either. When our food arrived we were asked about condiments but told that there was no mayonnaise (kindly, the lady that brought our food later brought us over a bottle she had found but we had already eaten half our meal). Very loud music, wouldn't recommend eating there if you are looking purely to dine out. Otherwise a fun place to be! visited John Salt on 17 Dec 2016
19 Dec 2016 by
2

Great service and lovely atmosphere. visited John Salt on 26 Oct 2016
02 Nov 2016 by
5

Slow service and awful burgers. Atmosphere very quiet even for a midweek evening. Won't go again. visited John Salt on 01 Nov 2016
03 Nov 2016 by
1

I booked an area for my birthday and requested a specific table arrangment to allow more space for my guests to stand instead of just sitting. Due to some misunderstanding the tables weren't arranged as agreed but the Daniel, the manager in charge that night, dealt with the situation in an impeccable way and provided us with the best customer service. Thank you Daniel for being so kind and helpful! visited John Salt on 11 Nov 2016
13 Nov 2016 by
5

Really great and super helpful. all friends commented on how nice it was! visited John Salt on 29 Oct 2016
01 Nov 2016 by
5

The team at John Salt were brilliant, they did everything they could to make my birthday a special one. 5* - definitely will return and would recommend to anyone looking to have birthday drinks with friends and family! Thanks team John Salt!!!! visited John Salt on 29 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016 by
5

Booked a table for 11 for a baby shower. Staff were really friendly and accommodating. Free mocktail for the mum to be on arrival was a lovely touch. Food was really tasty. Would highly recommend. Thank you! Elisa visited John Salt on 09 Jul 2016
11 Jul 2016 by
5

Lovely staff and nice atmosphere. I recommend the mezzanine for big parties as we've been very well taken care of.
27 Sep 2016 by
5

I book the mezzanine area on 7th October for my boyfriend 30th birthday. Great venue and great staff. One staff stood out in particular- Cece or Cici. she was absolutely amazing. She literally went the extra mile for me. She always checked on me throughout the whole night to ensure I had everything i needed. She always had a smile on her face and nothing was never too much. The only reason why I haven't give this review a 5 stars is only because our first bartender was a little rude to one of my guest which I did not appreciate. Apart from that - amazing night for sure. mariea visited John Salt on 07 Oct 2016
10 Oct 2016 by
4

Fantastic evening for my 30th birthday, great venue, music and drinks with really friendly staff. Can't recommend it highly enough! visited John Salt on 12 Nov 2016
14 Nov 2016 by
5

After being initially very excited to have brunch here we had a pretty dire experience. Unfortunately the staff need a bit more training and the food needs looking at again. We were told the burnt food we were given was 'just the way it was served' and we would have the same if we ordered it again. It then took a ridiculously long time to get our second order out. The venue is a great place and feels lovely to hang out in but we certainly wouldn't brunch there again. visited John Salt on 13 Nov 2016
15 Nov 2016 by
2

Thanks for hosting us. Great bar, great drink selection visited John Salt on 14 Dec 2016
17 Dec 2016 by
5

Booked a table for 7 people, yet the table I was ushered to had only 6 chairs around it (an extra chair was added on requests no problem). Also, my name on the table was misspelled. The drinks and starters were on point, but the burgers were mediocre... They could only be well done, no chance to have them cooked any other way, and they were very dry. Otherwise, a good experience and the interior is quite cool. The staff very friendly and helpful. Although it's one of those places that can't decide whether it's a pub or a restaurant, so there are people at the bar drinking, and people at the tables eating accompanied by super loud music. But it's a very personal view, most people probably don't mind. visited John Salt on 16 Dec 2016
18 Dec 2016 by
4

Great team and venue!! Had an amazing time there at my work Xmas party this year, would definitely recommend it!! Scrummy food too! visited John Salt on 16 Dec 2016
18 Dec 2016 by
4

I booked an area in this bar for our works for post xmas lunch drinks. The service from booking the space right through to the night was brilliant. I actually called on the day to ask if I could bring forward the time by 30mins and they were more than happy to do so. There was a slight mix up during the evening when we were asked to vacate the area because another group had booked it. We did so and made our way upstairs to the mezzanine area and were then told actually it was that area that was booked not the area we had vacated. We were told that the downstairs area was being held for us if we wanted to go back there. Bearing in mind we had only booked up until the time we had been asked to vacate, this was very generous of the bar. We were a large group and for the upheaval of moving and lugging our belongings up and down the stairs, we were very kindly offered drinks for our inconvenience. The bar did not have to do this but we were very grateful they did! Mistakes happen it's how they are rectified that matters. Everyone enjoyed themselves that evening and have already made arrangements to go back with their own group of friends. Thank you for the great experience and making my evening as the party planner much easier! NB visited John Salt on 09 Dec 2016
12 Dec 2016 by
5

We had our office Christmas party for 33 people here. The management and the staff was very cooperative from the get go. Matt and Coline who helped us book and arrange the event were extremely helpful and very considerate from the get go.The venue was very appropriately decked out for an Xmas Party. The music was just right too. The staff fulfilled almost every single request of ours promptly. The food, over all, on the other hand was a completely let down. Our Turkeys were stone cold, salads were disappointing, the apple crumble was not an apple crumble (it basically seemed like a plateful of jam sprinkled with porridge), and the justification that this is how our exec. chef makes it was a poor excuse, and the list goes on... We enjoyed the service and the venue, food: not so much. But we still made sure we had a good time. visited John Salt on 08 Dec 2016

Reply from John Salt

Hey guys, thank you very much for your positive feedback and constructive criticism, we take both seriously. I'll be in touch, have a lovely Christmas!
12 Dec 2016 by
3

Drinks were good, food was pricy and not that exciting, given the local competition. Would come back for drinks, then head next door to Meat Liquor for burgers. visited John Salt on 28 Nov 2016
30 Nov 2016 by
3

The music wasn't what I was expected as have visited on a Friday night previously but the DJ was so sweet and accommodating and the drinks were great! visited John Salt on 02 Dec 2016
08 Dec 2016 by
4

Fantastic venue and great staff, thanks for making our event so special. visited John Salt on 08 Dec 2016
12 Dec 2016 by
5

Great bar. Had a fun night. Drinks and food were good
23 Dec 2013 by
4

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