Top 10: June 2009

Our June 2009 selection
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...
Palm Tree, London
The Palm Tree is a great traditional East End pub, with regular music from Thursday to Sunday night. At first glance it's not so different from many pubs in the East End, but the people who play and sing here do it with gusto and there's some real talent too; it's a great night out. The pub is...
Jerusalem Tavern, London
Fears about polycarbonate pints replacing glass ones are unfounded. The Jerusalem Tavern is, as it has been for many (award-winning) years, a haven for lovers of the excellent St Peter's beer. True, owing to its particularly cosy interior, it can get extremely busy and as such is not recommended...
Carpenters Arms, London
When the Carpenters Arms closed a few years ago, we naturally expected conversion into flats awaited it. So you can imagine our excitement to discover back in the Autumn of 2007 that it had reopened. If nothing else, it's a little piece of East End pub history; many pubs in the area lay claim to...
The Shaftesbury Tavern, London
The Shaftesbury Tavern had been toddling along for a long time as a standard, unexciting but harmless local's pub before it shut last year. The trouble, we suspected, was the location; somewhere betwixt Archway and Crouch End it wasn't near enough to any major areas to garner enough trade for...
The Champion, London
If you're worn out by the shopping hordes of Oxford Street and need a drink, the Champion is a good place to go. It's a beautifully appointed pub with a lovely exterior and fantastic champion-themed stained glass windows. It seems that Sam Smiths is annexing the West End for Yorkshire and taking...
Fox & Hounds, London
The Fox and Hounds - a tiny pub on a tiny SW1 back street - has an interesting past. Until 1998 it was the last 'beer only' pub in London, but these days you'll find a pretty good choice of Whisky, almost as if they're making up for lost time. With a profusion of wood, a gas fire and only two...
Czechoslovak National House, London
The bar is just one part of this club for exiles from Czechoslovakia (as was) which has been going since the late 1940s, apparently. There's also a restaurant open to all comers, but for our purposes the most important thing is beer. Czech beer. Which is why we go here and, of course, it's...
Cutty Sark Tavern, London
Confusingly, the Cutty Sark Tavern is not as near to the Cutty Sark (well, what's left of it) as you'd imagine. There are quite a few pubs a lot nearer that would possibly better...
The Compass (ex-Salmon & Compass), London
Having replaced DJ bar the Salmon & Compass with a "pub and eatery" a while back and ditching the fishy part of the name, the Compass is keeping standards high. Sister pub to The Green in Clerkenwell, it's not terribly surprising food takes...