After a friend told me about this bustling Islington gastro pub (including tales about Ministry Of Magic style toilets playing soundbites of Blackadder) I headed over to The Angelic to check it out for myself.
Step through the door at The Angelic and you'll be struck by the vibrancy of the place straight away. I swung by at 7pm on a Wednesday but the place was already standing-room only, as North London's workforce flooded in to enjoy an after-work drink. The huge windows, high ceilings and inviting sofas create an airy, relaxing atmosphere during the day, but head over to The Angelic when the sun goes down and expect to experience something a little more effervescent. The Angelic has a second floor as well as an outside patio (which I elected not to explore considering it was 2°C), but it surely comes into its own in the summer.
It's not often I mention toilets, but they're pretty special. Head down a spiral staircase to be greeted by a quirky Harry Potter design which does indeed play hilarious audio of famous Blackadder episodes. Nice touch.
The Atmosphere and Clientele
The Angelic's ambience is truly bustling. The great location intertwines with its extensive selection of beverages to make it perfect for after work drinks. It's not exclusively office workers, though, with couples enjoying a relaxing drink and a handful of friends who had made the sofas their own to order some food and catch up. Whilst I'm not convinced The Angelic draws Londoners from all corners of the capital, it's clearly a hugely popular local for the good people of Angel.
The Food and Drinks
There's no shortage of choice here, as the folks at The Angelic have an impressive selection of continental beers and wines alongside an extensive selection of grub. I didn't eat on this occasion but had no hesitation in sampling a couple of the quality beers on tap, which didn't disappoint. The busy nature of the venue meant there wasn't much room for manoeuvre, but the accommodating bar-staff were friendly and attentive which kept waiting times to a minimum.
Perfect for kicking back with a friend with a post-work drink in tow, The Angelic is worth checking out if you're in the area. It's also a must for Blackadder fans - just make sure there's a cunning plan in place to get there early and bag yourself a seat.