Country Music is starting to become quite big over here and many of the artists are bringing their tours over which is fantastic. When it was a rarity for a country artist to come over, it would often be the same venues used, venues such as Shepherds Bush Empire and Bush Hall. Over the years, we have seen country music expand so much across various venues especially in London.
Last weekend I went to a gig in Islington, London and around that area you have Islington Assembly Hall, Union Chapel, O2 Academy and The Garage. Country artists are often at Assembly Hall or Union Chapel.
The tubes are really close by, closest being Highbury and Islington and should you wish to have food or drink beforehand then there are various options to choose from ranging from fast food, to pub food to places such as Nando’s, Pizza Express and Ask Italian as well as other promising restaurants. The nearest tube to these restaurants and to O2 Academy is Angel Islington. Most of the restaurants are situated on Upper Street about ten minutes walk from Union Chapel. However, there are food and drink options all along the way. I saw some wonderfully quaint bakeries as well as sweet café’s.
I didn’t get to explore properly as was raining and we were already headed somewhere, however, there was definitely something for everyone, every food type you could think of and certainly an area I wouldn’t mind dining out in often.
Evenings out that involve gigs, food and drink can get expensive so as a Tesco Clubcard member, I on occasion, opt for a restaurant that I can convert clubcard points into food vouchers, for example – £5.00 worth of clubcard vouchers can get you £20 worth towards your food (not drink) bill in Pizza Express or Ask Italian.
So, last weekend we went to Ask Italian which was situated between Assembly Hall and O2 Academy, much closer to O2 Academy than Assembly Hall. Ask Italian in Islington is a large building, almost missable if you blink, only because it is slightly further back than the other outlets on Upper Street. You have to go up some stairs and it is next to The Hilton Hotel.
I really enjoyed my time there. The place was spacious clean, the staff were friendly and upon arrival we were given a taster of old fashioned lemonade. The staff were attentive and helpful and our overall experience was enjoyable, comfortable and yummy. The service was quick and the food was of great quality.
The food prices were reasonable and the selection was fairly large, ranging from Pizza, Pasta, Salads and more. I opted for a Calzone Quattro Salami – Milano and fennel salami, pepperoni, smoked prosciutto spicy-sweet peppers, caramelised onions, spinach, tomato and mozzarella. This was delicious and came with a small salad and was just enough to fill me up.
There seems to be a wide range of Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free choices too.
Deserts were satisfactory too with nice choices of Cheesecake, Eton Mess, Tortes and Profiteroles as well as Sorbets and Ice creams.