Top 10: April 2010

Our favourite pubs: April 2010
Lord Clyde, London
It's been a while since the Lord Clyde transformed itself from Irish boozer Kendrick's Bar and remodelled itself as a "food-led pub". At the the time, the idea that the penultimate vestige of old Islington's public house legacy had become another pseudo-restaurant sent a collective groan around...
The Seven Stars, London
The Seven Stars is an ancient, tiny pub that's a great place for a pint when it's not packed - to do this you need to avoid lunch times and early evenings - or during the summer recess. It's a charming and olde worlde pub and would be just the thing for the tourists if it wasn't already packed...
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...
Mucky Pup, London
The Mucky Pup was a lovely surprise when it opened in the early 2000s and after a change of ownership (and direction), and in 2011 we can happily report that the factors that made this pub stand out from its local competition remain. Along with beers kept in good nick and a free jukebox featuring...
Harcourt Arms, London
The Harcourt Arms belongs to a nexus of great pubs in the Marylebone Baker Street area, and has pretty much everything you could ask for in such a place. It's very welcoming, clean and well maintained, serves a decent selection of beers, including Pride, Adnam's as well as a monthly guest ale,...
Dartmouth Arms, London
Once a struggling Courage pub, this one's been taken firmly down the gastro road and has benefited for it - it's now wallpapered and gastro-green and when we were in last, the food smelled fantastic. Perhaps surprisingly, it still feels like a pub, albeit a 21st century version with stripped...
Rosemary Branch, London
Although being just that bit too far from both Old Street and Essex Road, the Rosemary Branch has built up a decent reputation over the years and regularly fills up, whether with a mix of pubgoers or culture vultures catching a show in the upstairs theatre. With several books lining the shelves,...
Devonshire Arms, London
We've not been back to this one for quite a while - it's a little off the beaten track and, to be honest, we forget it's there sometimes. The clientele obviously don't as they'd happily filled up the garden on a warm and sunny afternoon when we were last in. The beer selection kept to Cask Marque...
Blythe Hill Tavern, London
Since we were last in, there's been a marked change at the Blythe Hill Tavern. Don't worry, it's still a great boozer but now it's a great boozer with five real ales on the taps! The selection included two from Sussex's Dark Star brewery as well as Adnam's Stout. There's still decent Guinness and...
Windsor Castle, London
This is certainly one of the oddest pubs you'll ever drink in and it's a real treat. Once inside, you encounter an Aladdin's cave of royal/celebrity photos (including a shrine to George Best), glass cabinets and generally enough gee-gaws to fill every gift shop in Blackpool, Brighton and...