Top 10: August 2010

August 2010 - our favourite pubs
Colton Arms, London
Secreted away in the suburban no-man's land of Barons Court, the Colton Arms has the feel of a village local. A small affair with a main bar and two tiny back alcoves and a wee patio garden at the rear; the rural feel stems as much from its original oak furniture and handled pint glasses as from...
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...
St. George & The Dragon, London
The Remarkable Restaurants group run pubs that usually get a good reception here at Fancyapint, so we're happy to report their newest effort tops them all, in looks at least. After being closed for a while, in 2006 they were lucky to have taken over a building with a centuries-old history, but...
The Dove, London
Well established here now, the Dove's Belgian theme is so well executed it doesn't seem to be anything out of the ordinary any more. If you're in the mood for a seemingly endless range of excellent Belgian beers and some pretty decent continental-style food that's not 21st century gastropub fare,...
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,...
Black Horse, Clapton in Gordano
Dating from the 14th century, The Black Horse is a quintessential English country pub. The main room is flagstoned, furnished with benches and settles, rifles and tankards adorn the walls and there's a log fire to gather around come winter time. Local beers and ciders are dispensed straight from...
New Rose, London
It's hard to believe that almost every pub along Essex Road was once a rough local's boozer and the New Rose is no exception, having received a makeover a few years ago. The outside is something of a delight, with original green tiling and hanging baskets complimented by tables sporting chequered...
Windsor Castle, London
The recent (April/May 2013) refurbishment has left the front part of the bar area relatively unscathed, but the rear has been opened out somewhat and converted into an eating area. The wide range of real ales (ten on our visit), combined with an interesting wine list and food, make this pub worth...
Calthorpe Arms, London
The Calthorpe Arms is a Young's pub of the old school. It's a fairly quiet place, not far from Kings Cross, with a local crowd enjoying its traditional atmosphere. A nice pint of Special is to be had (most of the Young's range is usually on offer) and there's food all day too. It's very...
Nag's Head, London
Hidden away in a quiet Knightsbridge street, the Nag's Head is well worth searching out. Wood panelled, low ceilinged and full of old penny arcade games, this pub has a character all of its own and is ideal for a leisurely afternoon of drinking. Unsurprisingly, there's not a TV nor a jukebox in...