Enduring gastro bolthole in Islington
Category : Bar, Restaurant
| Cuisine : Modern European
Address : Camden Passage, Islington, London, N1 8EG, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.fredericks.co.uk
Opening Times : Lunch 12pm-2.30pm, Dinner 5.45pm-12am
Closest Tube : Angel
Private Dining Room : Details
In this new-fangled, youth-obsessed world, we tend to focus on the most buzzworthy new kids on the block; the restaurants with endless queues and impenetrable receptionists, the venues with the wackiest unique selling propositions. We focus on the flashes in the pan, particularly if they burn brightly at the outset. It‘s easy when everybody‘s discussing the next big thing to overlook those institutions that have made a lasting contribution to London‘s culinary landscape. Frederick‘s, opened by Lou Segal in 1969 in the heart of Camden Passage, is one such restaurant. For over forty years Frederick‘s has adapted to the times, exhibiting dynamism by taking cues from new trends in décor or techniques in the kitchens, whilst ensuring that regular customers continue to return for their favourite dishes. The site of the restaurant itself has been around for nearly 150 years, and is as adaptable to visitors‘ needs as Frederick‘s is. There are a variety of dining rooms and private rooms available, including the main room which consists of two adjacent light and airy spaces receiving considerable daylight through glass conservatory ceilings, with exposed brick walls and abstract art. Both rooms face on to the garden and patio area, which is one of Islington‘s best kept secrets. Frederick‘s has recently added The Club Room, a contemporary space with a terrace overlooking the outdoor area. For a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Upper Street, the bar is the perfect option, whether you‘re after a cocktail or a cappuccino.
The head chef at Frederick‘s, Adam Hilliard, has drawn inspiration from both the British Isles and further afield to create an eclectic Modern European menu suited to most tastes. With over forty years of experience sourcing ingredients from local farmers and suppliers, the produce is incredibly fresh. Diners can indulge in delicious starters including scallop, apple and lime tartare or Frederick‘s signature langoustine cocktail. For mains, choose from a selection of fish or steak, or opt for something a bit more exotic, like lobster Thermidor with chips or a Welsh rack of lamb with chimichurri, apricot and pistachio quinoa. Desserts are eminently delicate. Guava crème brûlée with biscotti is always a hit.