Four Legs, the chef duo made up of Jamie Allan (Hill & Szrok) and Ed McIlroy (Bao) launches on Friday 26th April at recently refurbished, The Compton Arms in Islington.

mcith_mussels.jpgWith a focus on quality, local, British ingredients, Four Legs bucks the current trends, championing meat across its concise changing menu.

Offering British fare with modern European and Asian elements, chefs are sourcing fresh produce from Keats Community Organics (in Welling, South East London) and bread from E5 Bakehouse.

Bar snacks include: Chicken scratchings, Bocconcini and Smoked almonds. Sharing plates (eaten solo if preferred) offer takes on classics such as Peas, mussels and bacon broth and Salt hake with roast shallots and pink fir potatoes.

The parmo, a Middlesbrough takeaway dish, gets the Four Legs upgrade with delicate veal fried in panko breadcrumbs topped with melted mozzarella.

Or there’s the Fried chicken sandwich doused in house mayonnaise with dill pickles, the sandwich will be a permanent fixture on Four Legs menu along with the Pork belly skewers.

Food waste is taken seriously at Four Legs, something that both Jamie and Ed are passionate about. Leftover produce is whipped up into new dishes or shared with sister pub, The Gun (Homerton) for the same purpose. And the Sunday menu sees the addition of a roast sirloin of beef with a Yorkshire pudding for anyone yearning a traditional British dinner.

Four Legs takes its name from the famous saying,’Four legs good, two legs bad’ in George Orwell’s, Animal Farm. The Compton Arms was one of George Orwell’s favourite pubs.

The Compton Arms, 4 Compton Avenue, London N1 2XD

Opening times: Wednesday-Friday 18.00-21.00, Saturday 13.00-21.00, Sunday 13.00-19.00

Sample menu



Bread & butter

Smoked almonds


Chicken scratchings


Keats farm salad

Plate of ham

Pork belly skewers

Grilled asparagus

Salt hake, roast shallot, pink fir

Pea, mussel, bacon broth

Cod cheeks, tartar sauce

Fried chicken sandwich

Veal parmo

Buttermilk pudding, rhubarb