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Gilpins Bell, Edmonton

Kind of has the vibe of a fake Wetherspoons but decent enough with plenty of seats. Very functional. They have those spicy peanuts that I like which has boosted the rating.

5 Apr 2018 12:18

The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch

Pub owned by the VICE media enterprise plc. Had some fun nights in here but can be expensive. The eponymous beer takes a bit of getting used to! I have met some friendly and interesting enough people over the years in here so overall I recommend.

26 Mar 2018 16:30

The Britannia, Clerkenwell

Despite the name has the atmosphere of an Irish pub and sure enough the couple running it hail from the Emerald Isle but they have run this local favourite for decades. Conveniently located opposite the Iron Monger Row Baths, it proved a suitable place for refreshment having used said baths. Reasonable pint of Spitfire. Interesting island shaped bar and refreshing lack of "trendy" people for the area. I think they might have been more imaginative with the decor as it's fairly generic, could do with a few more Britannic bits and bobs if you ask me.

26 Mar 2018 16:26

The Filo (First In Last Out), Hastings

Very good ale of what appears to be their own concoction. Lovely atmosphere of an evening and set far enough back from the sea front that you don''t get so many plebs in there. Friendly staff. Essential pub for visitors to Hastings.

29 Aug 2017 14:10

The Jenny Lind, Hastings

Great pub split between two bars. The front bar has what seems to be a post-war decor and the back pure Victorian. They have a regular rotation of events and activities for example on the Thursday night we went there was a sea chanty session! I saw advertised that they also do a vinyl night, where you can bring your own records and sign up for a DJ slot. A wide range of beers and cosy seated area. What''s not to like?

29 Aug 2017 14:08

The Horse and Groom, St Leonards on Sea

Good selection of beers and comfortable set-up. I didn''t get a chance to play on it but there looked to be a decent darts area. Traditional style pub with some modern additions. Solid 8/10.

29 Aug 2017 14:05

Old England, St Leonards on Sea

After visiting this pub I think I have PTSD. A swarm of flies hovers above the pool table area and hastily printed out signs with a care-free attitude to the rules of English grammar, warn punters not to buy illegal goods. Of course there is no ale, and the pint of Fosters tasted like chemicals. I was surprised to see they have a 5 star food hygiene rating because the pub is filthy. A drunken guy with blackened teeth asked us to put the Wombles on the jukebox since he was banned from using it. The awful lager was £4 a pint.

29 Aug 2017 14:00

The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International Station

Had an absolutely disgusting pint of overly hopped ale (forgot the name) and at £4.90 I felt like I had been abused. Lacks atmosphere. Only saving grace is that St Pancras is full of poncy French places so at least you get some semblance that you are in Britain. Best go so one of the other pubs nearby outside the station if you can.

9 Aug 2017 15:55

The Wheelwright Arms, Luton

Had to send the Doom Bar back as it was off. Was pulled a new pint which was better but I don't think I'll bother with the ale here again. On the plus side I enjoyed all the football memorabilia and they have a great darts set-up. Seems to have a good community feel.

9 Aug 2017 15:48

The Bricklayers Arms, Luton

Uncompromisingly Victorian style pub decorated with barrels, leather-bound books, and old photos. The space is spread through several rooms. Can get a bit busy on match-days although I wouldn't let that put you off coming even then. A fine selection of well kept ales. The yard area is a bit bleak but all in all a top boozer and being close to the station there is really no excuse not to stop by.

9 Aug 2017 15:46

The Cuckoo, Islington

Clearly a refurbishment has occurred and it's great to see the pub brought back to life. They have an affordable ale brought in and the bright and airy ambiance makes for an appropriate place to while away a few hours.

18 Jul 2017 16:04

The Bow Bells, Bow

Textbook London style boozer with Pearly King sign and mural to book. Lovely drop of London Pride, spacious bar, darts and football on but in a specific area. I didn't try the food but it appeared to be traditional menu. I wish more pubs would be like this place.

17 Feb 2017 11:38

The Coopers Arms, Chelsea

Surprisingly good pub given the area, which is inclined towards less accessible, overly gentrified boozers suited to the transient and monnied people of Chelsea. That said, you would be more than happy to bring your mother here or indeed a wealthy uncle. There are a good selection of beers and ales, as well as an English menu (the food seemed a bit pricey, mind). It's classy but not pretentious. Like me.

1 Feb 2017 14:02

The Cock Hotel, Worsley

Spacious family grill pub with lots of room yet unremarkable atmosphere. Two real ales on and good prices. Also they have a dart board and well positioned TVs for football. Not the most inspirational pub but functional especially for families. Staff were helpful and friendly.

31 Dec 2016 17:13

The Spread Eagle, West Ham

Now a shop with a wide range of eastern European products. Shame I never got to see the original pub.

21 Dec 2016 11:32

The Chesham Arms, Homerton

Wonderful pub just away from the main road so has a secluded air. It was saved due to a tough campaign among locals and now benefits from a community feel with many beers available and friendly atmosphere. A nice touch is they have a selection of local take-away menus to order from so you can bring food in of your choice. Highly recommended.

2 Dec 2016 14:44

The Jolly Sisters, Islington

I live in the area but only very recently found this rather discreet back street boozer not far from HMP Pentonville. I must say it was a pleasant surprise. There are enough Tudor beams to mean King Henry VIII himself would be proud to have a pint here. It's a small but cosy pub with a back room for darts, juke box, watching football or just pouring over the Racing Post. The regulars and the guv'nor were all friendly and chatty. A discussion ensued as to which was the best place on Caledonian Road (consensus seems to be 'Le Cafe Delight' at number 377) . My only grip is no real ale however they do have some sort of keg bitter called 'Younger' which was passable. I'll return soon no doubt.

10 Oct 2016 13:31

The Victoria, Walthamstow

Interesting shaped boozer which is accessed via stairs above a theatre. It has a well-worn vaguely 1970's attempt at Victoriana vibe but much loved interior with wooden bar sections and other features. I must say I really enjoyed it and they had a couple of decent ales on to boot. Do have a look at this unusual but satisfying watering hole.

13 Sep 2016 13:40

The Rose and Crown, Walthamstow

Excellent boozer. Loads of beer, plenty of space with ample tables and chairs even on a Friday night. Traditional interior but with a fresh, lively atmosphere and great music. I notice numerous CAMRA accolades and community events are held here so this pub is truly a local hub. I would have no problem spending the rest of my life locked in this pub.

13 Sep 2016 13:37

St James Tavern, Piccadilly

Tourist pub but with well maintained Victorian features especially tile work. Square shaped bar, relatively small but plenty of seating suited to theatre crowd. It lacks much in the way of personality and there is little to separate from many other pubs in the West End but the ale was well kept and it does the job if you're passing by.

1 Sep 2016 20:06

The Unicorn, Kentish Town

A large, fairly unremarkable pub by day, rock and metal venue by night. The gigs are free of charge and attract a healthy crowd. I myself have played the punk night a couple of occasions. Some of the metal band that have played here include 'Shit Running Down my Leg', 'Cemetery Rapist', and 'Gut Wrenching Poo Death' so fun for the whole family.

19 Aug 2016 12:11

The Elephants Head, Camden

I am now banned from this shit pub.

19 Aug 2016 12:08

The Masque Haunt, Old Street

One of Shoreditch's best kept secrets. This concept bar aims to recreate the vibe of a chain pub, with associated drinks and food sold, tongue in cheek, to local media types, food bloggers, Vice Magazine etc.

19 Aug 2016 12:06

The Still and Star, Aldgate

I note there is a proposal to substantially redevelop a surviving example of Victorian London and in particular demolish the Still & Star public house. This is not a typical pub that you would find in the Square Mile. It is a community hub and amenity, profitable business, and part of our heritage. The pub has two dart boards with regular competitive dart fixtures, provides refreshment and social outlet for local residents as well as commuters. The ale is well kept and reasonably priced. People from all backgrounds and incomes feel equally at home in this pub. The décor is such that you almost feel like you are in a rural village rather than at the centre of a metropolis. If anyone reading this hasn’t yet had the pleasure, please visit this pub for yourself. This kind of pub, once demolished can never be replicated or replaced.

18 Aug 2016 11:09

The Globe, Moorgate

Good place to meet people or to grab a pint on your way to or from somewhere but hardly a destination pub. I have to say the range of beers is excellent and the service good. The decor is typical Nicholson's so Victorian in character. It does lack a little personality but I am happy to return and wish this pub well. Of particular note is the Pilsner tanks installed selling unfiltered Pilsner Urquell although at £5 a pint you might just have a quick one.

18 Aug 2016 11:06

The Tower Tavern, Fitzrovia

An interesting 1960's style pub in the shadow of the tower. They had a fantastic selection of ales, all well kept, and some comfortable Chesterfield sofas to lounge on. This pub would be ideal to recuperate after a particularly harrowing opium binge while reading a slim volume of Symbolist poetry.

8 Jul 2016 10:10

The Spice of Life, Cambridge Circus

Like going for a pub in a crap hotel. Quite uninspiring and you can do far better in the immediate locality. Also I don't drink in McMullen's pubs anymore since they closed a number of community locals elsewhere to turn into flats.

6 Jul 2016 16:18

The Nags Head, Covent Garden

McMullens do make great ale, the Country Bitter being an old favourite of mine, but I increasingly find the pubs they run somewhat boring and not unlike going for a pint at a hotel rather than a proper pub. The neighborhood community pubs (none left in London) are a different story except McMullens keep closing them. I don't bother with the Nag's Head anymore since there are several better pubs within meters away and I don't like their policy of closing several pubs elsewhere to turn them into flats.

6 Jul 2016 16:16

The Hercules Pillars, Holborn

Can get a bit crowded and seating might prove uncomfortable if you are with friends (or indeed Brethren) straining to speak to them but otherwise a fairly standard kind of West End boozer with a few ales on and traditional decor. It's a little bit expensive but still worth popping in for a pint or two before stepping off (with your left foot) across the road.

6 Jul 2016 16:08

The George, Great Portland Street

Very sad to see this Victorian style boozer get sold off by the Crown for yet more redevelopments. It was a classic feeling boozer not far from the BBC and many other important places yet sufficiently snug feeling and served good ale. It had a certain timeless feel but now lost to us forever.

6 Jul 2016 16:04

The Whittington Stone, Highgate

Functional boozer next to the hospital. Has a 1960's estate pub vibe. Plenty of space and pleasant outside seating areas for warmer afternoons. There is also a dart board. Somewhat uninspiring drinks selection and fairly generic decor. Rowdy at times but reasonable enough. Let's face it so many other pubs have closed locally we don't have a lot of choice around here.

16 May 2016 11:43

The Plume of Feathers, Greenwich

If instead of reviewing pubs I was an OFSTED inspector writing a report on a school, I would say it was outstanding. As it happens I am a football fan that found myself here after Charlton Athletic away. It has many great nautical themed decorations in keeping with the history of the area. A good selection of well kept ales, plenty of seating and the traditional menu includes large portions of fish & chips or bangers & mash. It's fairly central for accessing what Greenwich has to offer yet still off the main road enough whereby you have to be 'in the know' to find this place. They don't get much better than this.

29 Feb 2016 12:51

Sir Michael Balcon, Ealing

Fairly generic Wetherspoons but many pubs in Ealing are expensive so this place is useful if you are on a budget. A perfectly reasonable place.

24 Feb 2016 10:36

The Haven Arms, Ealing

My favourite pub in Ealing. Several ales on tap, a good darts setup, usually plenty of space and traditional community feel. Anybody who likes pubs will find themselves enjoying a pint here. The has a bit of history to it too as once upon a time it was used as a local coroner's court which met in the actual pub!

24 Feb 2016 10:33

The Charlotte Despard, Archway

A bit too much of a student vibe. Boardgames and sweets on sale behind the bar. Also the beer selection is a bit pretentious with various over-priced "craft beers" and Continental imports. On the plus side they have a fantastic pub cat.

19 Feb 2016 14:47

The George, Holloway

Pleasant little backstreet boozer which seems to be fitted out for matchday rather than a proper local these days. The decor is somewhat spartan and the seating cleared away so legions of Arsenal fans can pack the place out. HOWEVER they do sell ale and on a non-matchday you can have a quick pint here quite comfortably and happily.

19 Feb 2016 14:44

The King Charles I, Kings Cross

Lovely little pub tucked off the side of Caledonian Road. I found it by accident and couldn’t help but pop in for a quick pint. It’s a small yet cosy pub with wooden paneling throughout and some well-chosen posters, taxidermy, and other knickknacks. There was also a roaring fire which proved most welcoming on the cold day of my visit. They had a few ales on the go which were fine and affordable. There was also a well-stocked jukebox. This pubs warrants further investigation and I shall be back for sure.

5 Feb 2016 11:13

The Mayflower, Rotherhithe

This is a very historic pub attracts many visitors, especially Americans. As such it can get extremely busy. I would not go on a weekend again because we had to wait some time for a table. Even when you are standing you get jostled around by the staff coming past with plates of roast dinner. That said if you can go when it's quieter, it is beautiful and very evocative of it's 17th century associations. You can stand on the deck where the Mayflower set off to what is now the USA in 1620 with the puritanical religious fanatics aboard. I also recommend going down the steps to the side of the pub and checking out the Thames foreshore if the tide is out but be careful to watch your step as it can be dangerous down there and slippery. The beer and food are very good here and they have done well to serve our American friends a very English selection.

8 Dec 2015 14:17

The Leighton Arms, Kentish Town

Friendly enough pub and indeed quite lively in the evenings. Sadly no ales and I gather various threats from property developers threaten the pub's future but for what it's worth a decent boozer and cosy place to sit for a few hours. Better than expected.

8 Dec 2015 14:08

The Widows Son, Bow

I made my way here from north London because of the history and tradition of the pub. Indeed the buns are there hanging off the ceiling but the pub itself has little else to draw the outsider across town. Of particular irritation was the strip light running under the shelf behind the bar at eye-level. With the mirror behind it this creates a terrible migraine educing glare. This might sound fussy but the lighting in this pub is very drab and does the place no favours. Sadly there are NO ALES available so I had to settle for Stella. The locals and staff were somewhat aloof. On the plus side I liked the Navy theme and many pictures and souviners brought in by sailors. I get the impression this pub has it's ups and downs and I hope with forthcoming change of management they can address some of the shortcomings and make this a pub worthy of its legendary status.

8 Dec 2015 14:03

The Birkbeck Tavern, Leyton

The archetypal London boozer. When you approach this pub and then step inside you know you are in a classic. Wonderful high ceilings and traditional unashamed Victoriana throughout. A giant wooden dart suspended above the oche! Several ales available and friendly staff. I gather this pub is registered as an Asset of Community Value, and as somebody who has been involved in campaigning I can see how it would be that kind of pub. Very much a community boozer but outsiders such as myself were still more than welcome. This is what London pubs are all about.

4 Nov 2015 10:49

The Penderel's Oak, Holborn

Open on a Sunday, which if you are coming via the City is a blessing since most of the pubs appear to be closed around here. Fairly bland Wetherspoons but it serves good ale and there's plenty of space. This would be a good pub for down-at-heal lawyers to prepare for a case if the power went off in their office if they couldn't afford the electricity bill.

28 Sep 2015 11:46

The Antwerp Arms, Tottenham

Sadly no ales available on my visit because they had apparently ran out. Never-mind, this is one of the best pubs in Tottenham if you like a traditional community hub. Mix crowd and friendly staff. Piano player came in and bashed out some cockney numbers. Enjoyable pub experience. I'll certainly be back!

22 Sep 2015 15:12

The Crown, Upper Holloway

Classic traditional pub decor and furnishings. Love the feel of the place. You could set a film in here set anytime in the last 60 years and I mean this in a good way. Beer selection however is fizzy lager. Probably only responding to local demand, but it would be vastly improved with an ale or two on offer. Furthermore I think they should do away with the daytime TV. As memory serves me they have a good darts set-up. Worth stopping by if you are in the area.

17 Sep 2015 11:58

The Louden Tavern, Glasgow

I understand this is a Rangers matchday pub but my wife and I stopped by for a quiet drink on a romantic date one quiet midweek afternoon. We had two pints of Tenants (a local concoction) and took in the salubrious lager while gazing at the garishly coloured decor. The pub building itself resembles a light industrial unit and indeed there is a certain functionality to the setup. The venue would benefit from softer lighting, a wider selection of beers, light nibbles such as tapas or even a stone backed pizza oven. I also recommend stripped out some of the football paraphernalia and installing some contemporary art, maybe avant-garde commissions by local painters. Rather than Sky Sports, I'd ditching the flat-screens all together and piping in some light jazz. Only a few minor alterations and this could be a top gastro pub. Otherwise, top place!

11 Sep 2015 12:01

The Railway Hotel, Burnham on Crouch

The barman, a bald-headed middle aged chap was a bit abrupt if I'm honest. He was a little impatient and wasn't very welcoming. We were seated to order from a set lunch but the waiter experience was almost Fawlty Towers! On the plus side the one local ale they stocked was well kept and delicious, and the food itself very good and indeed reasonably priced. I also noted the impressed stained glass fixtures though a redecoration is recommended for the rest of the bar which looks a bit 1990's. And so, if they could get more organised and friendlier staff, and maybe strip off the dated wallpaper they'd be on to a winner.

9 Sep 2015 16:38

Queens Head, Burnham On Crouch

Lured by the prospect of a CAMRA award winning real ale pub, and one which we had heard had a dart board, my good lady and I ventured forth to the Queen's Head. I have to say a recent refurbishment appears to have taken some of the soul out of the pub with a relatively plain feel to the place. There is an attractive fireplace and traditional furniture but something was missing. The ale selection was OK but where they did score points was the interesting array of European bottles. The staff were friendly and accommodating but in terms of pub experience maybe I had my hopes set too high.

9 Sep 2015 16:34

The Flask, Highgate

Classy boozer. Lovely partitions, structural detailing, and side rooms, especially the oak paneled 'Committee Room' which would be ideal to reserve for a small party. Fullers pub so the Pride is well kept. Monied clientele being Highgate but the prices weren't out of control. I really enjoyed my visit and will certainly return.

26 Aug 2015 13:25

The Royal Oak, Upper Holloway

I dropped by to meet a friend and play some darts. For this the pub is very good as spacious, generous amount given over to the game. There is also a pool table. If you like playing darts, cards, or pool this is a good place to come. The pub itself is very 1970's feeling with sculptured brickwork and mock beams. It is an estate pub so not particularly grand or quaint; functionality is the deal here. As with many pubs in north London, this place is Irish owned and run and as such NO REAL ALE. Despite this they have not overstated the Irish connection and anybody can feel comfortable here. In all, the pub is better than first impressions might grant you but could be improved with some more interesting decor and as always, the addition of real ale!

26 Aug 2015 13:19

Metro Bar and Canteen, Holloway

Very functional and somewhat characterless boozer beside the tube station. Some more boring office workers might have a leaving drinks here, or perhaps a meeting point before heading on somewhere else down Holloway. On match days it of course becomes an Arsenal fans only pub with security on the door, and I gather inflated prices. All in all not really a destination pub, but works well enough as a place to stop by for a swift one.

12 Aug 2015 13:02

The White Lion, Ufford

Charming village local with beer brewed on site. Obviously the hub of Ufford life. I enjoyed trying the different beers in cosy surroundings. The take-away bottles were a bit pricey at £3.20 each though.

7 Jul 2015 09:27

The Harringay Arms, Crouch End

Too expensive but good music selection and I actually like the posters and pictures. I will return but maybe not stay as long as I'd like to on account of the prices. As for the below comments concerning the staff, they must have either got new people or re-trained them because I thought they were absolutely fine. I definitely recommend at least trying this pub if in the area.

15 Apr 2015 14:14

The Golden Lion, Camden

A rare breed of pub: It survived aggressive attacks from property developers and has maintained a community focus. Classic London boozer with good beer, loyal regulars, and Victorian décor. Pool table and darts, as well as a duke box meaning you could spend all day in here! Could be my new 'local'. Superb.

14 Apr 2015 14:18

The Pineapple, Kentish Town

Strong community focus and loyal regulars yet friendly to passers by who may have heard of their fight against greedy property developers. A chance to savour a rare victory in pub campaigning. Many period features and decorative mirrors behind the bar are stunning. Some pleasant nooks and snugs to have a quiet drink in or join a group round a table. Thai restaurant which I heard is good. Several ales. What's not to like?

14 Apr 2015 14:10

The Compton Arms, Islington

I went to the Compton Arms in Angel (located round the back of the Union Chapel) and I have to say it was a charming little boozer They had half a dozen or so ales including 'Old Nutty Hen' an autumn seasonal from Old Speckled Hen, which is a red version. I think it was George Orwell's local. Something of a football watching pub though.

27 Oct 2014 11:10

The Prince Edward, Holloway

NO REAL ALE. I have asked several times but the otherwise kindly gentleman who runs the place refuses. I think it might be an Irish thing. It's a shame because ever since the Admiral Mann closed many people who come here if they'd only serve even a single real ale. Otherwise this is a beautiful boozer.

2 Oct 2014 15:15

The Horseshoe Bar, Glasgow

I gather this is a text book example of a certain type of pub in Scotland where the bar winds right around the premises. To that end it is well worth a visit, but also for the beautiful Victorian features and stained glass. A wonderful place. My only complaint was the televised football was a bit loud. I still think any pub fan visiting Glasgow should at least come by so they can say they were there. Good well kept ales and friendly staff.

24 Sep 2014 12:22

The Bow Bar, Edinburgh

A bewildering selection of whiskies and classic brewery adverts decorated throughout. Vintage feeling pub but with character. The beers veered towards the overly hopped American "craft" IPA variety but that could just have been our visit. The only downside was this appears to be a haunt of Scottish Nationalists so keep it down if you are English or have differing political opinions to the more staunch wing of the SNP.

24 Sep 2014 12:17

Cafe Royal, Edinburgh

It's opulence and palatial décor makes this more than just a regular pub, but inside the warmth and hospitality make it homely and quite a spectacular place to get a drink. There is so many decorative features and fine craftsmanship throughout that everywhere you look you will marvel at something or other. The bar curves right around the space, a feature I understand not uncommon in Victorian Scottish pubs (see also the Horseshoe in Glasgow). The beer selection was good and regular drinkers friendly. A must visit Edinburgh pub.

24 Sep 2014 12:13

The Park Bar, Glasgow

Lively and "celtic" (not so much the football team, more the culture) kind of pub, with Scotland memorabilia and interesting items from Glasgow's history about the walls and ceiling. Good atmosphere and fun times to be had although it can get a little busy. I imagine it would be better to go during the day if you wanted a bit of space to check the place out properly. Worth popping in if you pass by. Definitely has a bit of character. Fun place.

23 Sep 2014 14:17

District, Glasgow

Essentially two bars in one; as you go in on the left is the more Rangers festooned section with memorabilia, Union Jacks etc and on the right a more classic style Glasgow bar with old photos of trams and historic buildings. Pretty reasonable boozer though sadly lacking in variety of beer. Regulars were friendly and one insisted on giving me his newspaper!

23 Sep 2014 14:07

The Scotia Bar, Glasgow

A very old classic Glasgow pub with lovely wooden beams and snugs. Strongly recommended as a living piece of history and culture. It was quite busy on the Sunday afternoon we went but still got a seat in one of the snug areas and got chatting with the locals who were friendly and interesting. I would go back.

23 Sep 2014 13:59

Steps, Glasgow

No ale but a must visit for pub fans in Glasgow. The impressive period décor and wooden features inside give this pub a stylish retro feel, almost like a cruise liner! You have to see it. I will certainly go again next time I'm in town.

23 Sep 2014 13:56

Laurieston, Glasgow

Really beautiful post-war fixtures and furniture. Like a time warp. Also very immaculately turned out landlord offered timeless charm and hospitality even to an Englishman! My favourite pub in Glasgow- you could shoot a movie in here. They had well kept ale and plenty of snacks. Exceptional.

23 Sep 2014 13:54

The Pump and Truncheon, Blackpool

I quite liked the 'rustic' feeling of this pub, which gives it a bit of character in town otherwise known for kitsch faded glamour. This is a refreshing step back to reality. You're in a Blackpool side street, you duck into the Pump & Truncheon for some proper beer and quickly settle into one of the few pubs not blaring out karaoke and selling fizzy swill passed as beer. They had three ales on tap and several real ciders. Prices were very good and they offer discount to CAMRA members.

11 Aug 2014 11:47

The Gunners, Highbury

Really great place, and as you can see by my user-name I am a Royals fan. I went on a weeknight to watch some bands and was impressed by the whole operation. Good range of drinks at reasonable prices. The staff were great hosts too, and I especially liked drinking the ale out of a traditional dimple glass. I haven't been on a match day but definitely recommend this place on weeknights.

1 Aug 2014 16:38

Hogans, Darlington

A charming establishment for a soothing early morning drop. A simply marvellous pint of Cameron's served at 9.30am by the landlady, who full of vigour and spritely virtue dispensed the ale as we welcomed the start of a new day. A certain joy de vivre permeates the establishment and the fellow drinkers festooned throughout the ample space allow one to reflect fondly on the charms of Darlington before a sorry parting and a return South via the railway station across the road.

24 Jul 2014 11:22

The Enkel Arms, Holloway

A pub for serious drinkers. Nice enough space but lets face it, it's a hardcore boozing pub for day drinking.

7 Jul 2014 13:01

The Springfield Bar & Grill, Bounds Green

My previous comment was removed for no good reason! I think this a good local pub and enjoyed my visit although there were one or two regulars who perhaps had more than one too many drinks. Below poster Sean not withstanding.

7 Jul 2014 12:53

The Lord Nelson, Isle of Dogs

Recently under new management and the family have done a fine job indeed. A wide selection of snacks and draught beer (Doom Bar was the best when I visited). Also they had a shellfish kiosk served out of a side window making the establishment genuinely Cockney indeed! Mixed and friendly crowd. Music selection was enjoyable enough (Cool for Cats by Squeeze, Madness, other pub favourites). I shall return soon for sure!

7 Jul 2014 12:48

The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping

Miserable selection on the menu if you happen to be a vegetarian and hungry but this is otherwise one of London's 'must visit' pubs. Yes it's touristy, and while we were there a coach load of Dutch people arrived but even Londoners should visit this pub at least once and admire the many features and details of this riverside institution. The pewter bar, very rare these days, and impressive views combined with evocative and atmospheric interior make for a wonderful setting to have a drink. Of course the dangling noose outside on the deck is a fun photo opportunity. Definitely one for visitors if you are entertaining folk from out of town. The staff were good too. An antipodean gentleman by the name of Steve was very friendly and told us about the pub's 500 year history.

7 Jul 2014 12:40

East India Arms, Fenchurch Street

One of my favourite pubs on the City chapter from 'London Pub Walks' in the book of the same name. Impressive building standing the test of time surrounded by faceless office buildings. Shepherd's Neame beer and naturally a yuppie clientele but still relatively mixed crowed. Recommended if you're in the area.

7 Jul 2014 12:30

The Pilot, Mumbles

Lovely pub with Welsh slate floors, several well kept local beers and peaceful atmosphere. I could have happily spent hours relaxing over a fine Gower ale in this charming establishment. A refreshing change from the London gak pubs I've been finding myself in.

7 Jul 2014 12:22

The Ranelagh, Bounds Green

A polite middle class pub where you might take your other half on a date if you are a little past your prime but want to get out the house for a change, or if you just met them on the internet but don't know their taste well enough to risk anywhere too niche. Alternative use would be if your office is having a leaving do. So a safe option, but still they have a good selection of drinks and polite staff so I'm not knocking it too much.

9 Jun 2014 12:38

Springfield Park Tavern, Bounds Green

I should like to note that the below reviewer Tottenham Sean was meant to meet me at the Springfield but he fell asleep meaning I had to make a solo visit. Impressively large open space in main bar and the refurbishment has been done tastefully and good beer selection. My only complain is that there seemed to be one or two patrons who perhaps had a few too many as they were blind drunk. At my local down in Kentish Town we can at least handle our drink.

9 Jun 2014 12:24

Winchester Pub Hotel, Highgate

After a tenure of being closed, it's reopened again but reluctantly it would seem, as according to the barmaid the owners had wanted to turn it into a supermarket! It’s back, but maybe a little scruffier in its latest incarnation. The beer was not particularly well kept and frankly the pub itself could do with sprucing up. It remains friendly and a relaxing enough space to have a pint but I would say a shadow of its former self. I do hope they return to form soon and wish them well.

22 May 2014 14:28

The Elephant Inn, North Finchley

Quite similar to other Fullers pubs I've been to across London in the sense it's a bit generic but still they've maintained a classic and traditional fixtures and fittings allowing for a cosy drink. A pub unlikely to insult anybody's tastes. A safe option, but as a Fullers pub they do maintain a well kept selection of their wares and it was quite a comfortable boozer for a quiet one.

19 Apr 2014 18:03

The Tally Ho, North Finchley

Don't understand some of the negative comments which I can only assume were written a while ago because upon my visit today I enjoyed it very much. They had a great selection of choice ales at only £2.35 including the Iron Maiden 'Trooper' ale (which I happen to rate). The staff were friendly and attentive and the location and building was perfect. I would go back even though I don't live in the area and it's a Wetherspoons. 8/10

19 Apr 2014 18:00

Howl at the Moon, Hackney

A pub in Hoxton Street that probably once had a respectable name but hey, it's Hoxton. So the interior is cosy and comfortable and mixed clientel, good beer selection and music playing on jukebox. My only issue is somewhat lazily bought into the Americana thing by having a wide selection of hoppy craft beers and flogging expensive hamburgers. They did have a best bitter (Dark Star's 'Partridge') priced at £3.50 and pleasingly served in a proper mug so can't complain too much. I'll probably return.

17 Apr 2014 22:46

The Mother Red Cap, Archway

An Irish navvy pub frequented by guys who look like villians from an episode of Minder. No ale, just lager and Guinness as would be expected. Lovely tiles and Victorian decor though. Friendly long suffering barmaid.

21 Mar 2014 11:48

The Drayton Arms, Earls Court

A bit bland and inoffensive catering to your professional types and their polite friends. Oh la-di-dah. The ale was pretty good and the snacks were tasty though I must say. The modern face of affluent pub going.

18 Mar 2014 13:53

The Churchill Arms, Kensington

Somewhat conflictingly the pub's ample décor covers both Irish and iconic British themes; Royalty and hurling, Union Jacks and Ireland's Italia '90 squad... but I like the many interesting things and the pub is beautiful and full of character. Fresh flowers throughout and good mood lighting. The London Pride was very good and indeed the Thai food was also taste and served with generous portions. Although we were able to get a table I would recommend going during the day when it is less likely to be busy. I wish more pubs would have half as much personality. My only complaint was the air was a bit stuffy but I will certainly return and I look forward to showing my friends this place.

2 Mar 2014 20:45

The Chequers, Stevenage

VASTLY IMPROVED! Since my previous visit the Chequers is now a real ale pub with a very impressive selection. I like the decorations themed around Stevenage and the bar staff knew their beer too. My new favourite pub in Stevenage.

4 Feb 2014 13:36

Camden Head, Camden

First thing you see upon entering- a neon sign saying "Order Here" above the bar. Well I wasn't going to order my drinks anywhere else in the building, but then I thought the sign was a double meaning and implied this is an orderly establishment. That is certainly true, a younger crowd, polite middle class and non-threatening. Expensive drinks though good selection. Comedy upstairs. Bar atmosphere. All in all an average place but one sadly I'm unlikely to return to at £4.50 for a pint.

22 Jan 2014 13:14

The Doric Arch, Euston

Don't be put off by the exterior. Inside this Fullers pub quite cosy with leather chesterfield arm chairs, half a dozen real ales and railway memorabilia. A comfortable and welcoming place that feels traditional and it is just perfect before embarking on a train journey.

13 Jan 2014 21:03

The Pembury Tavern, Hackney

Catering for a young, bearded studenty crowd, this pub accepts Bitcoin and serves mostly overly hopped "craft beer" type ales though there is an impressive selection. I did long for a simple best bitter but it's not really that type of establishment so opted for some sort of expensive unpasteurised lager which in fairness went down pretty well. Overall I feel this pub could do with improving the atmosphere as it's a bit clinical but full credit to them for getting a range our beer out to the hipsters. Also very crowded on weekends so would go mid-week.

6 Jan 2014 12:16

The Clachan, Soho

Enjoyable decorative interior and I gather the pub was formally owned by Liberty’s next door. Centre ‘island’ style bar with good selection of Christmas ales at time of writing, and indeed mulled cider. Prices are a little higher than average but still reasonable for West End. Attractive staff and well dressed patrons. Not really a ‘locals’ pub but perfectly reasonable for acquiring a pint or two while out shopping.

16 Dec 2013 14:25

The Albert, St James's

After drinks at the Channel 4 studios where I was invited to a screening of something my wife is in, we all piled into the Albert nearby in St James. It was pretty functional and I imagine they get a lot of passing tourist trade. Victoriana crossed with coffee shop chain décor, some seasonal Christmas ales (one of which was the Hobgoblin one, I forget the other). They also do 50p off for CAMRA members although don't advertise it. Overall I'd say it's the sort of pub you'd be happy to go with work colleagues, or after a visit to Channel 4 but nothing spectacular otherwise. I did think the shape of the building was impressive and beautifully contrasted against the modern office buildings either side of it.

1 Dec 2013 21:28

The Forester, West Ealing

Beer was good, I like the Fullers seasonal ales especially Traitors Gate and Red Fox (quite into my red ales). They had an array of certificates apparently confirming the landlord’s good cellarmanship and there was plenty of space to choose a suitable table. If I were a spy trading atomic secrets with a rouge state, I would chose the Forester as a discreet but spacious boozer to exchange papers and microfilm to their agents. With rooms to hire for the night upstairs, it would also be a suitable location to inspect breifcases full of used banknotes, or spend the night with a honey trap.

13 Nov 2013 10:01

Ye Olde Watling, Mansion House

A good City pub with a fine selection of ales. Nicholson’s pubs tend to be reliable and well decorated to a classy Victorian style and this fits the bill. My companions and I enjoyed a relaxing session tasting the different beers on offer and agreed we would certainly return if in the area. 8/10

11 Sep 2013 11:03

The Old Doctor Butler's Head, Moorgate

The exterior of this 400 year old alleyway boozer is straight out of another era. Very beautiful indeed, as is the front half of the pub. The back section which goes up a few stairs is still very pleasant but a little more modern and serves typical pub food. The Shepherd’s Neame beers on offer are well priced and reasonably well kept. Clearly a suits pub but comfortable enough and enjoyably old fashioned atmosphere. I would return and give this pub a 7/10.

11 Sep 2013 10:58

2Dry, Stevenage

Shame they couldn't have just called it the Two Diamonds like it used to be known as for many years. I like the McMullens ale though.

10 Sep 2013 09:36

The Calthorpe Arms, Holborn

Pleasantly cosy and although recently refurbished, quite in keeping with a traditional atmosphere. Very reasonable prices for food and snacks. Young's beer isn't my favourite but they seem to keep it well and there's a few guest ales too. Well worth a visit.

25 Aug 2013 10:06

The Courtfield, Earls Court

Opposite Earls Court tube (High Street side) a perfectly reasonable traditional pub with perhaps a little too modern a refurb but comfortable and I can confirm they DO now have a good ale selection. Would use again.

28 Jul 2013 09:26

The Hope Hotel, Southend on Sea

No ales. Loud pop music. Sunburnt geezers in pink polo shirts. Also a prostitute was operating in the gents toilet. Brilliant pub!

1 Jul 2013 10:40

The Railway Hotel, Southend on Sea

The stand out pub of Southend. Real ales, good music played straight from vinyl records, classic decor. Was impressed that the new pub sign features Wilko from Dr. Feelgood.

1 Jul 2013 10:34

The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak

Enjoyed it very much. Smallish pub but extensive drinks selection and good atmosphere. Slightly younger crowd when we went. I'd definitely return.

3 Jun 2013 13:21

The Shakespeare's Head, Holborn

Relatively touristy and notorious for pickpockets, bag thieves and other low lifes, this is still an reasonable option if in the locality and you can get a pint for £3.05 (with CAMRA voucher) from their large selection of ales. Pretty typical Wetherspoons in that respect. But I have to say the service was friendly and it's very handy being next to Holborn tube station. Watch your bag, but good place to meet somebody if passing through.

3 May 2013 10:41

The Hemingford Arms, Barnsbury

Lovely local covered with ivy outside, and interesting junk about the place inside including an original air raid shelter sign. Good mix of drinkers young and old. Some local actors are known to prop up the bar. They also serve an ale named after the band Pere Ubu. Recomended.

18 Apr 2013 09:49

The Blackstock, Finsbury Park

People around the world ape the mythical "Irish" pub. if they saw the real thing they might not be so quick to romanticise the idea. The Blackstock is scruffy, but it is a proper Irish pub. Relatively friendly, but full of self-destructive alcoholic navvies with soiled trousers and pockmarked faces. Fun for the whole family. Needless to say they do not have any ales.

8 Feb 2013 15:50

The Auld Triangle, Finsbury Park

No ale.

8 Feb 2013 15:43

The George IV, Kentish Town

I like this pub. Tucked out of the way and smothered with ivy, the George is a distinctive, yet classic London pub. High ceilings and interesting decor within, the landlord and punters are friendly and the drinks reasonably priced.

28 Jan 2013 14:37

Sheephaven Bay, Camden

Despite being a haven for the unacceptable face of Scottish football, this is a wonderful boozer with character and well worth a visit. It bodes well compared to the nearby Camden competition these days. They serve ale (unusual for an Irish boozer) and the landlord is very friendly and welcoming. Give it a go.

28 Jan 2013 14:34

King's Arms, Greenwich

Quite boring pub. Decor is that low-risk modern 'hotel lobby' style. I suppose it would be good for tourists but regular pub goers may wish to try elsewhere. They do have a couple of Greene King ales on tap but this doesn't feel like a proper pub anymore, maybe it once did. No soul.

14 Jan 2013 13:52

The Two Brewers, Tottenham

I believe this is only open on match days and I slipped in incognito on advice of a Spurs supporting friend. Very good atmosphere and lively feel, ideal for the home crowd. The landlord and staff were friendly and served fast. A football day pub, somewhat utilitarian in decor and feel and no real ale but worth a visit and I would return. Obviously do not wear away colours or draw attention to yourself if you support the away team like I did, but I always like to check out the local boozers.

3 Jan 2013 12:08

Hollydale Tavern, Peckham

Lovely old fashioned boozer. High ceilings, traditonal decor. The business.

10 Dec 2012 16:59

The Globe on Morning Lane, Hackney

As alluded to earlier this is a proper local, yet as somebody who lives elsewhere in London and was just stopping by, I found this a friendly and traditional boozer which might have been my own. Well worth a visit whether you live in Hackney or find yourself in the area for whatever reason. I liked the Boxing and other memorabilia on the walls giving an east end feel. Good location, and well laid out. The Doom Bar on tap was also very agreeable. I shall return.

23 Nov 2012 09:35

The Chequers, Stevenage

My Dad's favourite pub since he was a teenager, we still stop by from time to time when in town. He likes the Greene King IPA but I find the choice of ales a bit limited. Friendly enough boozer just a bit too much clutter on the walls these days.

30 Aug 2012 14:22

The Oxford Arms, Camden

Boring pub on the main tourist road. I wouldn't bother unless you are very keen to watch a football match.

29 Aug 2012 12:45

The Mitre, Fulham

Inoffensive pub with somewhat boring dcor in the typical modern style which so many pubs go for these days. Plenty of space though so easy to get a table after a match at nearby Chelsea FC. They have a couple of ales and ciders. Nothing exciting. I get the feeling they are trying not to offend anybody by doing anything different. Friendly enough staff and good service. The sort of pub you'd find a delegation of New Labour policy makers.

23 Aug 2012 18:25

The Chelsea Ram, Chelsea

Went in here before a match at nearby Stamford Bridge. A somewhat gentrified pub serving gastro grub to a largely well-to-do customer base even on a matchday. I suppose it is befitting of the area. That said the pub maintains some charms and keeps a reasonable selection of drinks albeit at higher end prices. I wouldn't go out of my way again to visit the Ram however my visit wasn't by any means too bad under the circumstances. Average.

23 Aug 2012 18:14

The Haven Arms, Ealing

In an area where too many of the local pubs have been overly 'gentrified', the Haven lives up to its name as a friendly, unpretentious back street boozer. Lively customers, ales on tap, a smattering of memorabilia on the walls but tastefully decorated, traditional and friendly. Also spacious so no trouble getting a table even on Saturday night. RECOMENDED for those after an establishment which embraces many of what you'd look for in a classic London boozer. 9/10

23 Jul 2012 11:14

The Boston Arms, Tufnell Park

Glad to see this pub now does an ale. Great boozer, I wish all Irish pubs could be as good as this place. The staff are also experienced and helpful when it comes to organising events in their large back room.

3 Jul 2012 16:38

The Bree Louise, Euston

Went last night for a birthday do. A bit busy during rush hour but the suits soon head home to the suburbs via Euston station across the street. Marvelous selection of ales and ciders and traditional no frills boozer decor. Bring your CAMRA membership card for 50p off your pint. I mainly drank the Marstons Old Empire and Brains SA which, served directly from the cask was top knotch. Friendly staff. A must visit pub.

15 Jun 2012 11:19

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

You just don't get pubs like this anymore, at least not in North London. Pay a visit to drink from a wide selection of ales, glorious period decor and standing antidote to gentrification.

11 Jun 2012 12:41

The Old Ale Emporium, Harringay

A great boozer on the busy stretch of Green Lanes. Staff were friendly and they do indeed keep a couple ales. Nice photos of the area in olden times combined with the odd bit of sports memrobilia make it a fairly traditonal atmosphere. I would go back.

24 May 2012 11:17

The Kings Arms, Ealing

To be honest I usually just stop by here because it's my brother's local. EXPENSIVE place. The roast dinners look good although the pub itself maybe lacks character. Not bad place to while away a Sunday if your football team only drew their match and you have recently been paid so don't mind forking out a little more than usual.

17 Apr 2012 15:57

The Lord Stanley, Camden

Boring gastro pub with expensive beers and polite men in Moss Bros. suits chatting up Islingtonian girls who read the Guardian.

17 Apr 2012 15:54

Rosie McCann's, Kings Cross

Grubby Irish pub with typically crappy beer that you get in these sorts of places. In other words bland lager and that black stuff they are told to drink by the marketing men. Avoid if possible. Rude, sour faced old landlady too.

17 Apr 2012 15:51

Ye Olde Pump House, Hastings

Very interesting building and bar split onto levels. The pop music was a bit loud which was a shame because it didn't match the lovely old fashioned interior. The staff were friendly and the beer was good however and I would return.

17 Apr 2012 15:48

The Royal Standard, Hastings

Stopped by here on a day trip to Hastings and liked it very much. Good Shepherd's Neame beer which seems to be the thing to drink in these parts. A very good band played soul/R&B/Mod type tunes. Friendly locals whom we got chatting to. I would certainly go back.

17 Apr 2012 15:46

Nelson's Retreat, Old Street

In a way this pub is refreshing considering the frankly ridiculous alternatives in the vicinity. I found the staff friendly and the guvner too. They have a couple of ales on tap and the location is convenient. Best of all its one of the only pubs in the area for watching all the football games- they have an extensive satellite connection. Good place to while away a Saturday afternoon.

29 Feb 2012 16:10

The Castle Bar, Holloway

NO ALES, and rather unusual clientel and staff. A bit down market to be honest but interesting space, large high ceilings. I think it would be good venue for small gigs. Handy for if you've just come out of Holloway prison or use the Islington Arts Centre across the road.

13 Feb 2012 14:21

Leyton Orient Supporter's Club, Leyton

If all football grounds had bars like this I would be a very happy fellow. I loved the beer, had some great conversation with the Leyton Orient historian and enjoyed myself immensely! This bar alone is worth making a trip to a Leyton Orient game for. Hats off to them.

13 Feb 2012 14:12

The Zetland Arms, South Kensington

Boring but tasteful decor and comfortable chesterfield corner seating marred by overpriced drinks even by the standards of the area. Decent real ales though but watch out for stingy measures poured by inexperienced barmaids. Average.

13 Feb 2012 14:04

The Bricklayers Arms, Tottenham

Great football fan boozer, loads of scarfs from all different clubs up the walls. Good jukebox if I remember rightly. Not sure I'd go on a matchday (especially as an away fan) but have popped in while passing through the area and liked it very much.

13 Feb 2012 13:58

The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton

Went in for the first time on Saturday and loved it. A fantastic selection of beers, lovely cosy decor with fireplace and wooden beams. Interesting memrobilia on the walls and good mix of regulars. I'll be back for certain. This pubs verges on the iconic in its example of an east end boozer. Fingers crossed it is saved from the developers. To destroy this pub would be nothing short of cultural vandalism.

13 Feb 2012 13:47

The Drayton Arms, Highbury

A bit scruffy but still traditional pub, NO ALE, expensive boring lager, full to the brim with away fans on matchday. I will say it is friendly on a non-matchday with the regulars but otherwise needs improving I'm afraid.

7 Feb 2012 11:44

The White Swan, Islington

This is located very close to the housing benefit office so if you have to queue up for your turn to see the assistants there you could pop in for a swift one at this Wetherspoons. I used to have to wait about an hour allowing time for two pints.

7 Feb 2012 11:40

The Horatia, Holloway

Minus a point for not having any ale in stock the night I went, the London Pride I had previously was fine though and they do have a reasonable selection of other lagers etc. This used to be called the Lorn Nelson and it does annoy me when pubs change their name. They put on some good gigs and other club nights and the decor is good, as is the dukebox if I remember rightly. Prices maybe a little high for the area. Perhaps mainly a student crowd these days. Not sure what it's like when Arsenal are at home, I'd probably avoid drinking on Holloway then all together but its spacious pub so might be worth stopping by.

7 Feb 2012 11:33

Dirty Dick's, Bishopsgate

Actually pretty cosy and nice wooden beams although maybe looks a little 'forced'. Still, I'd certainly go back. The ales are fine and there's usually some good tables and hovels to enjoy a session.

7 Feb 2012 11:30

The Dolphin, Kings Cross

Worth a visit if you are in the area. Two-bar setup and friendly staff, not too bad ale and Thai food. A slightly Irish feel but not at all tacky. More like a classic backstreet boozer. Worth a visit. Also pretty good in the summer where you can sit out front.

7 Feb 2012 11:25

The Duke Of Wellington, Portobello Road

Despite a reasonably good selection of beers, this was was terrible. The foreign staff kept coming to our table, interrupting our conversation and asking if we'd like to order food. We had already ordered food, but they wouldn't leave us alone! What's more the staff looked unwashed. Their scruffy clothes, unshaven faces, and dirty looking appearance did not inspire confidence in their menu. The pub was busy, but they also kept bumping our chairs as they shuffled about the place- highly annoying! I will never go here again.

15 Jan 2012 10:49

Nags Head, Reading

My favourite pub. Loads of ales, some Reading FC stuff, a bus to and from the stadium, but even if you're not into football this remains a cosy traditional boozer. A corner at the back for darts, piano, you get the idea. Love it.

1 Sep 2011 12:19

The Coronet, Holloway

Known locally as 'God's Waiting Room', this does tend to atract some of the stereotypical Wetherspoons crowd but I still feel this is a great place to get a drink. Being a converted cinema it is a large space and some interesting themed decor that doesn't get too trite. Also of course the drinks are wide ranging and affordable compared to the area's usual prices. I would say anyone out drinking in Holloway should stop by.

1 Sep 2011 12:12

The Elephants Head, Camden

I would like to echo the views of previous reviewer 'tottenhamsean'. The beer in here is far too expensive and while this used to be a top hangout on weekend evenings but these days the tourists have made it their own and I know of few regulars now.

1 Sep 2011 11:44

The Admiral Mann, Kentish Town

I'll start my reviews with my local. The Admiral Mann is a rare breed of pub these days, particually in its locality. A boozer which strikes the right balance between being genuinely friendly, traditional, and yet one you could bring disearning guests too. Being owned by the brewery, they serve McMullen's ale which I like very much.

There are two bars, and the back bar does a good St. Georges Day Party, or other periodical events and much fun can be had.

1 Sep 2011 11:29

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