Sunday Roast Review: The Angelic

January 19, 2010

The Angelic
Beef, Pork Belly, Venison & Vegetarian
From £13.95
Roasting 5.5/10

The Angelic is much like its website – fancy, clean, trendy-cool and a bit pretentious. But considering it’s tucked away just off Upper St in the heart of Angel, I suppose these characteristics are a given. The building itself is quite imposing, red bricks squatting together on a corner near the start of Liverpool road. Massive windows provide a passing view of the local trendoids, with standard pub benches outside for when the weather plays nice. Plenty of railing space directly out front to lock up your bike which gets a tick from me.

Once inside it’s huge ceilings, candlelit seating, and a large fireplace with a compact bar, open kitchen and juice bar at the far end. It was pretty busy when we arrived, 30something mums and dads seemed to be the majority crowd with several tables showcasing the latest in stroller technology. Beer selection is standard fare, with Edelweiss being a nice touch. I went for a Guinness, which surprisingly for Angel was pretty good. There’s more space upstairs which is dining-room like and quite cosy. The toilets are in the guts of the building, tucked away past a bizarre dragon fountain that sounds exactly like someone pissing.

Renardo, Jen, Rob and I ended up at the Angelic after we discovered our first pub of choice, the Woodbine, wasn’t doing food due to the weather. Most of the snow had melted at this point so not sure what happened. Perhaps they just couldn’t be arsed. Anyway, we were pretty happy to spot the slow roast pork belly on the menu at the Angelic. We were pretty unhappy to discover it had sold out. I don’t think the others were too fussed but I was an emotional mess.

4 orders of roast beef later, and things were starting to look up. Shortly after ordering we got a nice little serving of posh bread, oil and balsamic to get the gastric juices going. Renardo’s roast arrived soon after, and it looked pretty damn good. However, despite the orders being placed less than 5 mins apart, it was over 20mins until the remaining 3 roasts decided to show. Upon arrival, the meat was cold and the potatoes were slightly undercooked. We also noticed the 2 servings of veg were different. One serving was broccoli, roast carrots, brussel sprouts and cauliflower; whereas the other serving was predominantly sprouts, a few cauliflower bits and a smattering of mini carrots, which was quite annoying as the carrots were excellent.

The beef itself had potential to be great if it were hot, as it was tender and flavoursome. However it was quite fatty, possibly too much for some people. It wasn’t all bad though, the yorkshire pud was spot on and the serving size was decent. Four large, if undercooked, spuds on each plate and plenty of veg to go around (if you like brussel sprouts). No complaints on the gravy, cutlery was of good weight and presentation was your typical gastropub rustic-thrown-together-stylee. I should also mention all the ingredients were organic and locally sourced, which is always a nice touch.

We wanted to like this roast, we really did. But the service could of been a lot better, most of the food was lukewarm, and the servings were inconsistent. Good quality ingredients, yes, but please serve them hot. At a fairly well known place like the Angelic and for £14.95, you expect better. It wouldn’t take much to improve, quicker service and a bit more attention to portion control and you have yourself a nice plate of food. Overall? Nothing standout, but it did a job (albeit cold). I wouldn’t be rushing back for more though.

Meat ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6)
Potatoes ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7)
Veg ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6)
Yorkshire ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6)
Gravy ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ (5)
Serving Size ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7)
Menu Variety ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6)
Service ★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ (1)
Atmosphere ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ (5)
Value for money ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6)

Total Roasting: (5.5/10)

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7 Responses to “Sunday Roast Review: The Angelic”

  1. Oppy Says:

    Interesting review… I have been to angelic for a roast quite recently and I thought it was actually pretty good. Perhaps you weren’t there on such a good day?

    • We’ve heard the same from several people regarding the Angelic, I think unfortunately we hit it on a bad day. 
We would be tempted to give it a second chance, but with so many sunday roasts to get through it could be a while before we are back. If only roasts were done every day of the week!

  2. Fiona Says:

    Yep i think you must have caught them on a bad day. I really enjoyed the roast here when we went with some friends. Had the venison (since you don’t often see that on a sunday roast menu!) and it was fab. It did take a bit of time for the food to come out but i think that may have just been because it was very busy and there was a big group of us.

    Great to see a site reviewing roasts. Look forward to reading more reviews.


  3. Luke Says:

    If there were no complaints about the gravy, where did it lose 50% of the marks?

    • Hi Luke, unfortunately they lost marks from most of the other marking categories. The service was appalling, the vegetables inconsistent and barely warm, and the meat was cold. The gravy wasn’t that special either. For £15 and from a fairly well known ‘gastro pub’ we expected a lot better.

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    • ian Says:

      Hi ya, i’ve just taken over the Angelic and our aim is the Perfect Sunday in Every way! from a Great Bloodly Mary, Fresh Oj, Amazing Menu and food and good smooth service!
      I would love it for you to come and give us another go

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