Top 10: February 2011

Our selection for February 2011
Prince George, London
We feel that some of the pubs in the Remarkable Restaurants group go a little overboard on the décor and food front, but the Prince George, thankfully, focuses firmly on the basics. The main bar leads away to darkened alcoves with many original furnishings still intact. The whole prospect is...
Southampton Arms, London
Having been open in its new guise since late 2009 now, we can barely remember what the old Southampton Arms was like anymore. This pub has it all: friendly staff, a wide cross-section of locals and one of the best beer selections you'll find in London (and that's with strong competition). There...
Tooting Tram & Social, London
From the people who brought you the Balham Bowls Club, here's another arresting makeover. Once upon a time this was indeed a tram shed - you don't get that ceiling height naturally. The bar is a long, long way from the previous...
The Market Porter, London
This is a gem of a pub - it's got something for everyone no matter what time or day of the week you choose to visit. It's a lively place on a Friday and Saturday nights with a mixed crowd and a real pub atmosphere. The food is okay, there's a restaurant upstairs, and the drink is excellent....
Lord Clyde, London
The Lord Clyde is a gem of a pub tucked away on what must be one of the tiniest (and now pedestrianised) streets in London. It's a welcoming place with friendly staff, a good atmosphere and a fine selection of real ales. An inn has stood on this site for almost 300 years and the current building...
The Selkirk, London
It's always a pleasure to report a pub doing well, and that's certainly the case with the Selkirk. Whilst many relaunched boozers these days spend their time choosing their vintage wallpaper, the Selkirk's just got on with being as good a pub as it can. It's certainly won over a wide range of...
Prince Albert, London
A hidden gem in Camden, this pub has it all. Beautiful interior, excellent service, well-kept ales and ciders, and lovely food. The prices are somewhat higher than average, but the quality matches - as attested by the multiple cask marque stickers and food awards. The serious diners are able to...
King Edward VII, London
The King Edward VII - or King Eddie's as they like to call themselves - has the proud honour of being the best pub in Stratford. Compared to the post-war shopping centre over the road, the pub's Victorian exterior positively stands out, with low doors and bay windows. Indeed, as you step down...