Get off Upper Street and head to this cool pub for one of it's tasty stone baked pizzas
“We are renowned for our truly exceptional stone baked pizzas, with a huge variety of toppings from the best quality ingredients, on our home-made dough, they really cause a stir! We also serve deli platters and fresh salads and tempting deserts. There is also a great children’s and lunch menu.”
The Regent, on Liverpool Road has two sister pubs, The Lauriston and The Hanbury Arms. All are around Islington / Hackney and have a very similar offering of stone baked pizzas, free juke box and entertainment space used for live music, cinema clubs and various other events.
We were nearing the end of an impromptu afternoon of eating and drinking our way along Liverpool Road and with most of the group craving pizza, we stopped in at the Regent for some dinner. It was our first visit and first impressions were good, not too busy, nice big bar and a good mix of tables and sofa filled areas to kick back and relax.
The pizza menu is pretty good, with a pretty even split between vegetarian and meat options and they have a selection of pizzas for just £5 between 12:00 and 16:00, Monday to Friday. As well as the pizzas you’d expect to find, they have a couple more adventurous versions on offer like Baby Octopus with garlic, chilli, mussels, squid, tiger prawns & lemon (£10.95).
Antonia and I shared a Spinach pizza with egg, olives & garlic oil (£7.95) and a Jalapeno with chilli oil, fresh chilli, spicy salami, mixed peppers & topped off with a hot homemade sauce (£10.50). Jack and Maud opted for a Cotta Ham with chorizo & salami (£9.75) and a Mushroom with cotta ham (£8.25) and James echoed my decision.
If you don’t fancy a pizza then there are seven tasty sounding Italian salads on the menu as well. The beer selection won’t blow you away but they do have Honey Dew (£4.50) and Kirin (£4.20) on draught, which I haven’t seen too often.
Good, reasonably priced pizzas with a nice crisp base and good quality toppings. Nice atmosphere and plenty of good seating. I think this would be a good place to come and watch the footy – get here an hour before kick off, have a pizza and then watch the game on their nice big pull down screen. I can see myself spending some time here during the World Cup next year (if I’m not in Rio…).