Monday - Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday - Saturday
11:00 - 24:00
12:00 - 23:00
Monday - Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
2a Corsica Street,
A warm welcome from the Brewhouse and Kitchen team here at Highbury. Whether you’ve come to sample the latest offering of our beer brewed on-site in our micro-brewery by our very own resident Head Brewer, enjoy a meal with friends, sitting around our real fire drinking a fantastic warming red wine, popping in for a quick drink before the big game (we are a just down the road from Arsenal’s Emirates stadium) or to book your party or function with us, we hope your visit is one to remember.
Our Menu offering boasts some great pub classics, all with a Brewhouse & Kitchen twist, and each comes with a fantastic beer and food pairing recommendation, to further intensify the flavour.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Amber Ale - American Style Ale
Our gorgeous Amber ale pays homage to Alexander Aubert, the English eminent businessman and amateur astronomer who set up one of the finest Observatories of 18th century Britain at Highbury House. Aubert’s lifelong passion was kindled from an early age when he observed the appearance of the Great Comet of 1744, and was further encouraged by witnessing the Great Meteor of 1783, which passed over Scotland and England and on to France on a passage of over 1,000 miles. With flashes of luminous red noted in the massive fireball that rumbled across the clear, August, night sky, illuminating the face of the country, followed by a questioning ‘is the world ending?’ thunderous rumbling, it surely must have been the spectacle of the century
Summer Rye Ale- American Style Ale
Where Highbury Manor now sits, it is thought to have once been the site of the summer camp (Colonia Estivo) for a Roman Garrison as far back as the 1st or 2nd Century. Although wine was the Legions’ preferred tipple of choice, after many disastrous attempts to introduce grape growing into the more northern parts of Europe, eventually the Romans realised that hops grow better in colder climates and after a time beer was started to be brewed, Subsequently, instead of wine, beer was drunk in Britain and extensively throughout the Roman empire. As a toast to their determination to find an alternative to wine, in their honour we have brewed a hoppy, spicy Rye Ale, which is the perfect pint to enjoy on a balmy, summer night.
George Cruikshank being the friend and illustrator for Charles Dickens is probably responsible for why life in the densely populated Victorian Islington, along with its colourful characters featured so often in the writer’s novels with Dickens drawing on the observations he made on his frequent visits to Cruikshank’s home and studio in Amwell Street. As a teetotaller Cruikshank probably would not have been tempted by our black IPA, but you can enjoy a pint or two of this citrusy, hoppy, spicy beer and consider how life has changed since the dark days of Dickensian London
Crisp, Clean, Light – In tribute to the 3rd album by the Clash, London Calling, ranked as one of the Greatest Albums of All Time (Rolling Stone Magazine 2003) was recorded in 1979 at Wessex Studios, located in a former church hall in Highbury. The studio, owned by Sir George Martin was popular and had previously been used by the likes of the Sex Pistols, Pretenders and Tom Robinson Band.
Man's Best Friend
Harvest Ale - English Style Ale
In tribute to 19th century Highbury resident Charles Alfred Cruft (1852 – 1938) who created the first dog show of many breeds namely “Cruft’s Greatest Dog Show”, a show so much a part of our fabric of British institution that we now refer to it as merely ‘Crufts’, first held in 1891 at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington (we know that better as the Business Design Centre). Some would say that Charles Cruft can be held partly responsible for changing the British public’s perception of man’s best friend, noting that until shortly before this time, it was generally believed that dogs were kept only for hunting and defence and not as pets, with the exception of lap-dogs, which were considered to be a dog fit only for ladies, but even he would be staggered to know that there are over 9 million registered dogs in the UK today. Bizarrely, although Mr Cruft purported to be a dog lover he never actually owned a dog himself!
No Fly Zone
Our affectionate tribute to Dennis Bergkamp, the Arsenal striker from 1995 until 2006, widely regarded as one of the greatest players in this generation, and selected by Pele as one of the FIFA 100 greatest living players. Mr Bergkamp, also nicknamed ‘the Non-Flying Dutchman’ by Gunners’ supporters, due to his fear of flying, helped Arsenal to win 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cup trophies and reach the final of the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. Enjoy a pint of our hoppy, golden Pilsner lager and toast his greatness
Marzen Style Lager - Cask Lager
From one of the greatest British writers of all time, who in 1945, penned the final touches to one of his greatest novels, whilst living not 2 minutes from this very site, we name this English Mild Bitter after the protagonist in George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’. Wise and persuasive ‘Old Major’, the old pig, inspires a rebellion with his rhetorical skill and ability to get the other animals to share his indignation. After a pint or two of this delicious Mild beer you won’t experience any indignation, just pure contentment
American Pale Ale- American Style Ale
Consider being a resident of Highbury around 1381, of course that means you are only half-way through the ‘Hundred Year’s war’ (1337 – 1453), probably lost many loved ones in the Black Death (1348 – 1350), a plague that killed half of all Londoners, ruled by a King who is a 14 year old boy (Richard II) and have been unlucky enough to be born an ‘unfree serf’, which basically meant you were tied to working for the Lord of the Manor for little or no money, forever – it’s not hard to see why imposing an additional tax, namely the ‘Poll Tax’ with severe penalties for those who could not/would not pay, led to a bit of unrest with the masses… The Revolt of 1381 was led by the semi-legendary Jack Straw who set up his headquarters on the site of Highbury Manor.
Golden Ale - English Style Ale
In tribute to the Gunner’s once golden boy, Ray Parlour, nicknamed ‘the Romford Pele’ by avid fans for his high-energy, mid-field solid performances, we have brewed a fantastic hoppy and dry, Golden ale. Like Ray, who was notably underestimated by Soccer AM’s Tim Lovejoy, who pre-emptively stated “Don’t’ worry, it’s only Ray Parlour”, just as he struck from 30 yards away, only to open the scoring of Arsenal’s victorious 2002 FA Cup Final against Chelsea, the wise will know to expect a fantastic dry finish from this aromatic and flavoursome, highly drinkable Golden Ale
English Style Ale - Session Bitter
Malty, Bitter, Delicate – In honour of this building’s original usage, namely as the home to London Trams that serviced the Highbury to Aldwych route as far back as 1906, we have named our house bitter Tramshed
We have a lot to thank Hungarian born inventor, and Highbury resident, David Gestetner (1854 – 1939) for. Not just for his inventions such as ‘the photocopier’, ‘the ball-point pen’ and ‘nail-clippers’ – devices which have, over time, become an invaluable, intrinsic part of our modern life, and that today we take for granted, but for choosing to set up his factory in North London, employing thousands of people until as recently as the 1970s. In honour of his legacy we have brewed a chocolately, creamy Dry Stout, that once you take it, you won’t be able to do without.
Just like Highbury resident ‘Nick Hornby’s’ best-selling semi-auto biographical novel of 1992 ‘Fever Pitch’, noted as being cheerful, poignant, popular and captivating to both female and male audiences, the same could be acclaimed by our Grapefruit IPA, which we would have named in his honour, except that there is already a beer called that, so Pitch Fever it is! However, unlike the journey of a football fan – a journey that will bring a lot of pain and very occasionally, moments of transcendental joy, enjoy a pint or two of our Pitch Fever beer and you are almost guaranteed many moments of joy without the pain!
After 93 years as a football stadium, Highbury has been converted into over 650 high specification one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses, with the development being named ‘Highbury Square’. The development bears more than a passing resemblance to Highbury Stadium as the apartments have been constructed around the four sides of the old pitch – which has been turned into a wonderful garden area.
Session IPA - IPA
Floral, Citrusy, Hoppy – Our session IPA has so much personality we just had to name it after ‘The Goalscorer’ AKA the Pundit, TV and Radio presenter, and all-round inspiring and likeable chap, professional footballer ‘Ian Wright MBE’ – although he could have earned his Goalscorer title with any of the clubs that he played for, it was at the mighty Arsenal that his goal scoring ability truly shone, becoming the club’s top scorer for six seasons in a row and playing a major part in the FA Cup and League Cup double in 1993. He went on to partner Dennis Bergkamp as a formidable stiking duo and his time at Arsenal culminated in a truly amazing 185 goals in 279 appearances – and all of them delivered with charm and personality
Indian White Ale - Wheat Beer
The Granita Pact was an alleged gentlemen’s agreement made between politicians Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in the summer of 1994. Although later denied by Mr Brown, it is widely believed the two met in the Islington restaurant ‘Granita’ following the death of Labour Party leader John Smith on 12 May, and Brown agreed, in return for certain promises, that he would stand aside to allow Blair to become leader of the party, and possible future Prime Minister.
Spend a day learning how to brew beer in our microbrewery with our Head Brewer: Breakfast, Lunch, ample beer tasting and a 5 litre mini keg to take home all included… sound like fun? Click the link to find out more!
Sample 8 different beers (some of which are brewed right on-site in our microbrewery) under the guidance of one of our in-house beer experts. Nibbles and the option to add a B&K burger to finish included!
Seated: 60 / Standing: 100
Seated: 40 / Standing: 80
Seated: 18 / Standing: 25
Our biggest bookable area in our pub is perfectly suited to our guests looking to have a sit down dinner of up to 60 people or a large standing canapé function for up to 100 people. With an open fire to the front of the room for the winter months, central high seated tables running the length of our bar, this fabulous area can be tailored to accommodate most requests throughout the year.
This is where the action is, right in front of our functioning Brewery. Our Head Brewer, Thomas, holds our brewer events here but it is also perfect for casual gatherings such as birthday celebrations or a get together with friends and family. With a mix of high tables and traditional bar stools and lower formal tables this is the perfect spot for a relaxing drink or some sharing plates.
Perfect for an occasion when you want to join us for a meal and one of the more intimate areas of our pub. Tables can be arranged to your liking but we are not able to join tables into one long table due to the partition wall. It makes a very good space for smaller groups or events where our guests prefer to eat on individual tables.!