My friends Louise and Ant had booked Sunday lunch at The Cellars Pub (it was previously called the Edinburgh Cellars) in Newington Green for a party of seven. We were a tough crowd to please food-wise, so they did a great job satisfying our hunger needs and faddy foodie whims. The Cellars Pub is a friendly and hospitable neighbourhood bar where you’re guaranteed a warm welcome, excellent gastro grub and a long list of premium drinks to wet your whistle. If you’re looking for best Sunday roast in North London, places to eat in Newington Green or gastro pubs near Stoke Newington then you must book a table at The Cellars Pub.
“Enjoy a superb Sunday Roast with premium drinks at The Cellars Pub in Newington Green where you’re guaranteed a warm welcome,” Homegirl London
The Cellars Pub Menu
Stephen and Steven own this pub. Yes, it is a little confusing that they have the same name, but they have different roles within the business. Stephen is from a food and hospitality background so he oversees the menus. Stephen has developed a winning Sunday roast offering which is served from 12 noon until 8 pm. If you’re feeling peckish, you can start with a smoked fish plate with beetroot and horseradish chutney or chicken liver pate with pear compote, baby gherkins and artisan bread. Homeboy ordered a starter of white shallot and broccoli soup with crumbled Stilton and croutons. This was presented in an adorable glass jar with bread on top of a chopping board.
White Shallot and Broccoli Soup with Crumbled Stilton and Croutons
There were four Sunday roast options available. Lemon and thyme half roasted free-range chicken, roast rump of lamb with rosemary and red wine jus and the Hertfordshire roasted sirloin of beef with garlic and thyme. The vegetarian option was a cashew nut wellington which I ordered and thoroughly enjoyed. These are all served with glazed carrots, spring greens, broccoli, turnip puree and sweet potato crisps. You also get the all-important roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding and gravy. I thought the little twists like the turnip puree and sweet potato crisps were a nice touch. They also have a smaller portion for the kids, which is thoughtful. The roasts were all cooked to perfection with good quality locally sourced ingredients
Alternatives to the roast dinner included ale battered haddock with pea puree and chunky chips. A beef burger with Stilton or cheddar and a choice of hand-cut chips or straw fries. They also had a warm chicken Caesar salad as a main. Homeboy went for the halloumi and courgette herb cakes with a chilli ginger dressing which was a brilliant veggie option. The menu will alter slightly throughout the year in tune with the seasons, but there will always be a roast waiting for you on Sunday!
If you have room for a dessert, you can try something like cinnamon and apple crumble with vanilla ice cream, sorbet or a cheeseboard. The drink selection is very extensive and premium. They have a long list of cocktails and can mix you up to anything you desire. Beers on tap are available from the New River Brewery, Three Sods Beer and Hackney Brewery plus more. They have many bottled beers including Belgian and German varieties, so you’re in for a treat.
The evening menu for the rest of the week is served from 6 pm until 10 pm and on Saturday food is 12 noon until 10 pm. Starters will be along the lines of crispy pig ears with lemon and herb mayonnaise or scotch egg with homemade piccalilli sauce. Seafood starters include mussels or hand-dived scallops with squid ink. Veggie options will be something like butternut squash soup or marinated tomatoes with capers, red onions, olives and artisan bread. Mains include a beef burger or rib-eye steak with chips. Chicken lovers can try the burger or chicken and wild mushroom pie. They also have a pan-roasted fillet of cod with crushed new potatoes. Vegetarians can enjoy the red quinoa with charred leek, sweetcorn, broccoli and leek velouté with crispy sage. All sounds yummy so book your table now!
The Cellars Pub Interiors
The pub stands on the corner of Newington Green Road and Pyrland Road. It’s a grand building dating back to the Victorian era and built around 1872. The pub is on the ground floor and upstairs is residential apartments. The interiors have undergone extensive renovation, which is down to Steven, whose background is in the fashion and branding industries.
The rear dining room is substantial with a giant glazed skylight which floods the space with natural light. A new fabulous red leather button back banquette seat has been installed which runs the length of one wall. Other seating includes an eclectic mix of antique and vintage wooden chairs and additional sofas. The walls are painted a beautiful blue colour which brightens up space. The decoration is in the form of taxidermy trophy heads adorning the walls along with ornate mirrors and antique artwork. With reclaimed wooden floorboards throughout and a terrific tin tile ceiling in the front bar, it’s a stunning pub to visit where you can enjoy a drink, weekend lunch or evening meal.
They also have seating outside, and on a sunny day, they take additional tables and chairs outside to accommodate their clients who want to dine alfresco. This is a dog-friendly pub so feel free to bring your pooch along. They have a jar of doggie treats on the bar and drinking bowls available. You’ll probably spot George, their adorable Weimaraner dog wandering around so say hello to him.
The Cellars Pub Information
Cuisine: British gastro pub food with Sunday roast
Price: Sunday roast £13.50-15
Website: The Cellars Website
Address: 125 Newington Green Road, Stoke Newington, London N1 4RA
Near: Stoke Newington and Dalston. The closest station is Canonbury on the Overground, and Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland are also close and on the Overground
Open: Check online for current opening times
Décor: Stylish Victorian with a contemporary and quirky twist
Seating: Inside around 100 covers and outside over 50 covers
Toilets: To the rear of the main dining room
Reservations: Advisable for Sunday roast
Service Charge: Yes
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Louise and Ant for booking, Mum, Alan, Andy and Homeboy for also attending. Also, big thanks to Steven and Stephen for letting me take photographs and answering some questions.