Top 10: September 2010

Our pick of the pubs for September 2010
Ye Olde Mitre Tavern, London
Ye Olde Mitre Tavern is a well-concealed pub (in a little yard just off Hatton Garden) can often be an oasis in a somewhat manic area. Of course, like any pub in the City, it gets overrun at the usual times - lunch and immediately after work - but outside of those hours it's a haven. Since it was...
Wenlock Arms, London
LATEST NEWS: The story of the Wenlock’s future is a strange rollercoaster ride, with Hackney Council actually emerging as the heroes (for the moment, at least). Having been under threat of demolition for a long time now, at the end of 2011, the planning application was miraculously...
The Barnsbury, London
The Barnsbury's recent makeover has brought a breath of fresh air to the place. The redecoration has given the pub a subtle facelift and is now jolly comfortable, informal and, dare we say, refined. There's been a welcome improvement on the ale front too, with four beers on hand pumps, which are...
The Camel, London
If you like the nearby Florist, but find it getting a little too crowded and noisy for you, then your best bet is to try this pub. Run by the same people, The Camel is a friendly, family affair. The great original external tiling is intact but its been smartened up inside - the framed photos of...
Prince Arthur, London
The Prince Arthur has long been a favourite of ours, and when things started to change we were a bit worried. While we might have hankered for a bit of Thai food last time we were in, we can't say the new menu has been a bad choice - far from it, even if it is more gastro now than pub grub. The...
Harlequin, London
Tucked away on a side street near the Angel and Sadler's Wells, the Harlequin was apparently first listed as a 'beer shop' in 1848. It's a small place, with a wooden interior, real fire and outside area at the back. Despite its size, the pub never seems to get overbearingly busy, even on a Friday...
Carpenters Arms, London
The Carpenters Arms has been one of our favourite pubs in this area for a long time. The pub itself is a pleasant old, traditional looking boozer a little off the beaten track in a heavily touristed area. Dark and cosy with lots of stuff on the walls (including some nice Victorian tile work) and...
Three Compasses, London
When the Three Compasses pub changed hands a few years ago, this pub improved dramatically. There's still a Thai restaurant upstairs, but the downstairs has kept the standards up for a while now and it's good to see things haven't changed lately. Fairly modern, it still manages to straddle that...
The Swan (ex-Edwards Bar), London
We've been meaning to get down here for some time now and we're glad we did. Nicholson's have taken over the ownership of what used to be a rather loutish Edwards Bar. Luckily, the proximity of the Wetherspoon two doors down means that the Swan doesn't suffer the attentions of the itinerant waifs...
The Pied Bull, London
This one time fantastic traditional Young's pub was entirely run into the ground during the last few years. As such it came as no surprise that it became a prime candidate for a revamp. If you're clued up on their approach, just hearing the words 'Young's refurbishment' means you know the place...