Awarded a prestigious Bib Gourmand in the 2016 Michelin guide, Bellanger has been firing on all culinary cylinders since its opening at the end of 2015.
The Belle Époque style of the restaurant, apparent in each of the venue’s three rooms, is relaxed and welcoming for both humans and hounds. Warm, glossy wood panelling compliments ornate plaster work, with customised motifs and beading figures throughout the venue. Woven blue banquettes and traditional rush-backed seating provide a welcoming place to rest weary limbs after a long walk.
Classic Alsatian influences feature highly on the a la carte menu, as well as more traditional French fare, including their famous tartes flambées, choucroute, coq au Riesling, and a number of sharing plates.
The wine list is principally French (mais, oui!), with a focus on the wines of North Eastern France and the border region with Germany. Over 40 wines are available by the glass, which gets a big paws up from us, and should cater for any mood or mealtime. There are also some tasty, traditional dark and blonde Alsace-Lorraine beers on tap.
Dogs really are in for a treat here; Bellanger hand make their own dog biscuits, which are organic, vegetarian and gluten free, so you’ll both need empty stomachs when you arrive! Just ask for these as well as a bowl, both of which they would be delighted to provide.
Dogs are welcome in the Front Room, featuring large, fold-back windows looking out onto the green, as well as in the long bar area and the 16 seat outside terrace, perfect for soaking up some sunshine in the summer months.
Lucky four-pawed visitors also have a chance to join the #houndsofBellanger – be sure to announce your visit on Instagram, and your pup could be famous!
Open all day, this buzzy brasserie can cater for almost any occasion. Tuck into a delicious, crisp pastry, or a beautifully cooked Eggs Florentine at breakfast, or drop in for an afternoon crêpe or gateaux.
A set menu is also available from 11.30am – 6.30pm daily.
The hardest thing about an evening at Bellanger is deciding what to eat! Come hungry, and make sure you leave room for an enticing Ice Cream Coupe or a classic Tarte au Citron.
The London Borough of Islington has strong doggy credentials; it was home to the first ever Crufts dog show back in 1891, and was also the first home of the charity that is now Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Whether you need to work up an appetite, or walk off that Croque Madame, a 15 minute stroll down Upper Street and you’ll find yourself at the entrance to Highbury Fields. Its 29 acres of open spaces make a perfect playground for fido, with plenty of Victorian and Georgian townhouses for you to admire along the way. Fido will be sure to fido a pooch or two to play with!
If you’ve got time for a longer stroll, a 45 minute walk (or short cab ride) will take you both to beautiful Regent’s Park. Read more on a great afternoon out at Regent’s Park on our ‘Play‘ pages.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: Bellanger, 9 Islington Green, London, N1 2XH
Bellanger is situated just off the A1, which enters London from the north, and north of the A501 which runs from the A40 to the west, all the way to Old Street in the City. Upper Street Car Park, next to the Business Design Centre, is open 24 hours and is a three minute walk away.
Conveniently located for public transport, Bellanger is less than five minutes’ walk from Angel station on the Northern Line, or 15 minutes’ walk from Highbury & Islington, which hosts the Victoria Line, London Overground, and National Rail services from Hertfordshire.
A number of buses run along Upper Street and Essex Road (which form two sides of the Islington Green triangle) which can take you to or from most areas of London.
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