Top 10: May 2010

Pubs we liked - May 2010
The Old Brewery, London
The Old Brewery is a microbrewery, bar and cafe linked to the new Discover Greenwich visitor centre on the site of the Old Royal Naval College. The brewery and pub have been established by the local and expanding Meantime Brewery Company (the firm behind the
Cittie of Yorke, London
A well-known, large, magnificent pub with a host of unusual architectural features, especially in the back bar, with its cubicle-like nooks and crannies and giant vats above the bar. Of particular interest is the triangular fireplace in the centre of the room with its chimney and flue diverted...
Betsey Trotwood, London
The Betsey Trotwood is a good example of a traditional, cosy Shepherd Neame pub. Located right on Farringdon road, you'll find a good range of their own ales on the hand pumps, usually including a seasonal brew, while on the lager front you'll find Oranjeboom and Asahi on tap. There's a decent...
Prince Arthur, London
This early Victorian boozer was built in 1856. The exterior of the building is really quite stunning, in pale yellow and black with Victorian lanterns. It's hard to believe that this place was derelict until a few years ago. Since then it's been renovated well, retaining the original bar and back...
Sekforde Arms, London
Sekforde Arms is a very pleasant Young's pub in an old residential area just off Clerkenwell Road. Of course, it's all residential round here nowadays, with all the warehouse conversions and new apartment blocks going up, but the Sekforde Arms is no mere arriviste - we'd hazard a guess that it's...
Jolly Butchers, London
Formerly the roughest pub in N16, with a late licence that attracted the local waifs and strays, this poor old pub has reverted to its former name under the same ownership as the Rose and Crown up the road. The transformation couldn't be more complete. Now described as an 'Ale and Cider' house,...
Viaduct Tavern, London
The Viaduct has been a Fuller's pub for a couple of years now, but to be honest you don't really come here for the beer (even though it's good), but to take in the Victorian interior. Built on the site of an old...
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...
Duke (of York), London
Slightly off the beaten track, this gastropub has a local feel and caters for local workers. The pub forms part of a handsome Art Deco building. The striking bar area catches the eye - Formica tables, bold red and black lino flooring - and the dining area is wood panelled with private, dark...
Cockpit, London
We usually avoid clichés like the plague, a cliché to us is like a red rag to a bull, but "steeped in history" could have been minted for this hidden away gem. Outside it says established 1787. Inside they say it was rebuilt in 1842 but had been Shakespeare's house in a 16th century...