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Fox on the Green, N1

1 Islington Green
N1
N1 2XH
Phone: 02072263864
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Rex Rattus left this review about Fox on the Green

Obviously well described by the previous reviewer, it must be an enormous improvement on its previous incarnation as a Slug & Lettuce even though I'm not a great fan of Stonegate pubs. The beer selection was better than PSM encountered, with Doom Bar and Five Points Railway Porter (£2.30 a half) on, with a third pump having a reversed clip. The Railway Porter was a superb drop. I didn't look at a menu but I did see the special of the day - turkey pie - advertised at £5.90.

Little of the original heritage features remain now that it's been completely opened up, although the bar counter looks old, as does a section of the bar back although unfortunately obscured by a red neon sign of "for fox sake" (ugh!). There's some old wooden wall panelling to dado height on the left as well. Furnishings are mainly normal tables and chairs, but with one or two tall tables/tall stools. In one way it's an odd room - the road outide slopes slightly, which is catered for by the floor having a step up (or down, depends which way you're going!) at each end of the bar counter facing you. But the bar counter itself is mainly level which means that at the lower end of the room it's too high; the right height in the middle; and would be too low at the high end of the room had they not plonked a another bit of counter on top it there. Looks quite odd.

This place is all a bit minimalist, but is OK nonetheless. But it has to be said that the presence of the Five Points Porter made a big difference in my assessment.

On 22nd January 2020 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about Fox on the Green

This is a large Stonegate pub which, as its name suggests, is situated at the top end of Islington green. Formerly a Slug and Lettuce, you’d be forgiven for expecting a bland, modern bar, but the people at Stonegate have reopened the place as a proper pub – albeit a pub shorn of much of its character and full of corporate décor. Two entrances lead into either side of a wide U-shaped room with the servery on the back wall in between two distinct seating areas. The room is bare boarded throughout and has tables and chairs plus a few banquette booths to the front with lots of high tables and high padded benches in the spacious areas to either side of the bar. The servery has a nice counter with curved ends, plus a basic bar back and modern, metal-framed pot shelf. There is plenty of standing room, thanks to most of the furniture being confined to the room’s perimeter, which would doubtless be very useful at peak times, but it does imbue the pub with a sense of its former life as a drinking barn venue. Walls are mostly bare brick with low wood panels and lots of promotional material on the uppers. TV screens were showing a muted sports channel and a staircase leads up to Basil’s Bar, which appears to be a dedicated sports viewing room with an extra-large screen. Elsewhere, stylised lettering on one wall spells out the pub’s name and a mounted toy fox implies that Basil’s Bar is in fact named after Basil Brush. There’s also an upright piano painted in funky colours in one corner, although nothing suggested that it ever gets a run out.
There are three handpulls here, two of which were in use, offering a choice between Fullers London Pride and Sharps Doom bar. I opted for the former, which was just about acceptable and served up by a chatty, but rather condescending barman.
I think this place is probably an improvement from its Slug and Lettuce days, providing a very generic, corporate idea of a modern pub to a neighbourhood that is probably fine with such a venue. For me, it was devoid of character and lacking in beer choice or quality, and whilst it was a comfy enough place to stop off for a while, I can’t see me rushing back again any time soon.

On 1st October 2019 - rating: 5
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Fox on the Green

Stonegate chain pub,but at least it has reverted to the original Fox name which is picked out in mosaic tiling by one door.The interior is on three levels,just one step higher each time.There is a banquette in the right corner,high tables opposite the bar and more comfortable booths and loose seating to the left.There is a distressed wooden frontage to the bar and a neon "What's the Fox that" sign above .There are 3 flatscreens so this will have a sports vibe when live soccer is on,and you are encouraged to book a table to view such events.Muzak will chunter away when there no match on.Up some wooden stairs leads to Basil's Bar,a square wood panelled room with more seating and a drop down screen but no servery.
Food is from a corporate menu and at the bar there are three handpumps drawing on my visit Black Sheep Holy Grail,Doom Bar and Adnams Ghost Ship in ok condition.
It's neat and tidy inside and the welcome was friendly but there is not a lot to recommend a revisit,unless you want to watch sport.

On 19th August 2018 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Essex Road, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Fox on the Green, N1
22nd Jan 2020, 15:48
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
 
1st Oct 2019, 18:41
Review submitted by Pub SignMan

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 14 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 21 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 14 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Car Park : No last updated 14 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 03 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 21 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 21 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 19 March 2014 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 21 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 21 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 21 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Sky and BT Sports - last updated 19 August 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 21 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 19 March 2014 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 14 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 14 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 19 March 2014 by hondo .
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