“Gloriously right in every regard, it is almost unimprovable.”
Matthew Norman, The Telegraph, 2014
“Better than Hawksmoor? With a personal touch, fantastic steaks and without the expense busting prices, it just might be….”
Jon Dean, Islington Gazette, 2015
Just as Malbec grows well in Argentina thanks to the Andes shield, so too does the grass of Aberdeenshire, protected on its west-flank from Atlantic storms by the UK’s highest mountains. For a cow it’s grass-heaven. Canny farmers send their stock to be “finished” on Aberdeenshire soil. It is this “finishing process” – the cows’ diet in the last 6 months – which gives the beef its distinctive flavour and the fact that it is hung for up to 5 weeks. The result is some of the world’s tastiest meat from some of the world’s happiest cows. They are not fed beer nor do they listen to music but they are free to roam and graze on lush grass in fresh, bracing Highland air.
We serve both Aberdeen Angus and more recently Highland Beef.
You don’t go to Scotland for a sun-tan, you go for the rain. The purity of Highland water is legendary – why else is the whisky so famous? The Pope’s Eye has an eclectic range of single malts; Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Craigellachie, Knockando and many more. Ask James for advice – he has tried them all.
The Pope’s Eye Highgate has a large range of world wines (97% red) which aim to compliment the quality of the steak. The Pope’e Eye as a whole are famous for having good value, quality wines – assisted by Ian’s legendary knowledge, whose Olympia wine-list remains the most sophisticated of the 3 branches, though James is catching up.
The Highgate branch offers a relaxed and intimate setting for date nights and special occasions. The restaurant is also available for private hire, birthday parties, receptions etc. Enjoy the best steak experience this side of Hadrian’s Wall. Short-listed for best London Steak-house 2016 by Hardens, no one offers comparable 6 week aged Highland or Aberdeen Angus Beef. We are North London’s favourite local steakhouse. Contestants for the Pope’s Eye Challenge come from Highgate, Hampstead, Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Archway, White Hall Park and Holloway. The current holder from Finchley had a 37oz medium rare Rump, followed by home-made sticky-toffee pudding. Beat that if you dare.