Top 10: March 2011

Pubs we enjoyed in March 2011
Filthy MacNasty's Whiskey Cafe, London
Any pub that has pulled a pint for Nick Cave can't be doing much wrong. A short stagger to Angel tube, Filthy MacNasty's is a bit of a hidden gem in the cesspit of Islington theme and chain bars. Offering a cracking range of whiskies, as well as the ubiquitous Guinness, MacNasty's offers welcome...
Cask Pub and Kitchen, London
This poor pub has had a chequered past with numerous changes of management and decoration in recent years. However, a friendly husband and wife team took over in the Autumn of 2009 and elevated this into a place worth seeking out. Their selling point - as testified by the name - is quality beer....
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...
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...
Duke of Hamilton, London
Having won our award for Best Pub in London last year, the Duke seems to be going from strength to strength. Last year's refurb has seen the interior restored to its former comfortable traditional pub interior and the garden at the rear has been extensively upgraded to a very pleasant place to...
The Speaker, London
Despite the Speaker's proximity to Parliament, Civil Service HQs and Channel 4's offices, this is a cosy little pub ideal for a few jars on a dark night. It has the feel of a friendly local, mostly due to the cheery owners who treat everyone as if they're loyal regulars. One of the best in the...
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...
Pembury Tavern, London
The Pembury Tavern - a grand looking pub in deepest Hackney - has been owned by the excellent Milton Brewery since 2006 (their second pub in London, after the soon-to-be-closed Oakdale Arms in Haringey). It's a real ale enthusiast's favourite with a great selection of Milton produce, plus ciders...
White Bear, Warlingham
The White Bear has to be one of the most attractive pubs in this part of the Southeast. Located in the tiny hamlet of Fickleshole, in the Tandridge district of Surrey, very near the border with the Borough of Bromley (and hence Kent), and a short distance from Biggin Hill Airport - not to mention...
Mason & Taylor, London
Located on the site of a former Mexican restaurant, we used to frequent, Mason & Taylor is a new pub from the team behind the award-winning Duke of Wellington in Dalston. It's one of the first of a new breed of "the beer is everything" pubs that we're seeing popping up around town. These pubs...