Top 10: May 2009

Our May 2009 selection
Swan and Edgar (ex The Feathers), London
If we were offering a prize for smallest bar in London, this one would probably win. Situated in a residential street behind Marylebone Station and now running for just over a year, the new owners have done some things to try and make it feel larger, painting the walls the colour of unfinished...
The Eagle, London
'Up and down the City Road, In and out the Eagle, That's the way the money goes. Pop! goes the weasel'. For those who like a bit of history, not many pubs can lay claim to being mentioned in a nursery rhyme - an old cautionary...
Princess of Wales, London
For years the Princess of Wales has been a favourite of ours; having been missed in the trendification of Primrose Hill we spent many a happy afternoon in here. Indeed, it won the coveted overall winner in Fancyapint's 2008 awards. Well sadly, the long standing landlady moved on in 2009, but thus...
Pakenham Arms, London
The Pakenham Arms continues to be a fine pub, with a good selection of well kept, interesting beers on the hand pumps - Doom Bar, Coaster and Broadside amongst the beers on offer when we were last in. There's loads of great cheap pub grub, plenty of screens to watch the sport and a matey,...
The Marble Arch, Manchester
It is in no way a slight on the Marble Arch that we start this review by mentioning the floor. It's the slope to be precise, which slightly unusually follows the gradient of the side street down towards the bar. Patrons who've maybe enjoyed one too many of the raft of excellent ales could easily...
The Antelope, London
When visiting a pub in the heart of Belgravia on a Friday evening, one might be forgiven for fearing it will be a pocket-wrenching experience in a gut-squeezingly busy atmosphere. Not necessarily - in the case of The Antelope at least. This cricket obsessed pub is barely a cover-drive away from...
Peveril of the Peak, Manchester
What a glorious little green tiled pub, juxtaposed against the glass-heavy skywards facing modern developments all around. Could this be anything but a great pub? A beautiful interior, clientele made up from all walks of life, four real ales, pool and football tables and a good jukebox. The...
The Grapes, London
We love this old place. The Grapes is a quaint, narrow, little pub in a very old terrace on the north bank of the river at Limehouse. There's a tiny balcony at the back that you can squeeze onto, if you're lucky, and enjoy views of Limehouse Reach and Rotherhithe. There's been a change of...
Lower Red Lion, St. Albans
No music, no TV and a selection of eight real ales and ciders. No, this isn't another Wetherspoon, but instead a pub that's arguably up there as one of the beat in the South East. This is not only real ale heaven but a jolly fine pub too. Two bars, warped wooden beams, red velvet curtains and a...
Evening Star, Brighton
This is a real gem of a pub for real ale lovers. And, while it's very close to the main station, it seems to avoid the problems of a lot of station pubs, with a good crowd of convivial locals and regulars, but friendly at the same time. It's not a huge place - being what estate agents might call...