Top 10: November 2010

Our November 2010 selection
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...
Howl at the Moon, London
It seems there are changes are afoot at Howl at the Moon. The smell of paint was an indication of a recent refurb, which has sadly taken away a significant amount of the homely feeling this great pub once had. Walls have gone from a warm red to a colder pastel, the gantried bar has gone and the...
The Water Poet, London
If you're looking for a smart boozer, you've come to the wrong place, the Water Poet has thrown its heart and soul into the scruffy Bohemian trendy bar look and pulled it off. It's a huge place with rooms seemingly in all directions and even a large outside space - obviously devoted to smoking...
The Duke of Edinburgh, London
Not having been to this one for a while, we found it's turned out well after a recentish refurb - equipped with pleasant and friendly staff and relaxed locals of all sorts. It's managed to pull off the feel of a traditional pub but is modern at the same time. Our complaints about lack of beer...
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...
Earl Ferrers, London
It's been a while since we've been out to this one and we're delighted that it's remained a great boozer. Located round the back of Streatham Go-Karting track, on the corner in a grid of Victorian terrace houses, this place oozes an updated but genuine charm that other revamped gastro pubs can...
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,...
The Draft House, London
We don't know what exactly is going on in this area, but some kind of gentrification is obviously taking place as the Draft House is another cracking pub in the area (along with the Bridge House only a few doors down). Okay, it's a slightly different proposition - lots and lots of beers as...
Plumbers Arms, London
After a change of ownership and a fair a bit of chopping and changing in terms of its staffing, ambience, decor and so on this place has settled down to being a slightly out-of-the-way place that caters for the local office workers (including employees of the Telegraph and Google; if you want to...
Balham Bowls Club, London
Well, you can't fault this one on originality. The name says it all: once the Clubhouse for the local bowls club, when the club closed down, the property was bought up and reopened as a bar. The fixtures and fittings were pretty much left in situ, with minor adjustments in keeping with the...