Top 10: April 2011

Pubs we liked - April 2011
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...
William IV, London
With an exterior covered in flowers this is a good looking pub from the outside, while the lush interior of King William IV didn't disappoint either. The pub's Victorian features seemed still pretty much intact, complete with an unusual S-shaped bar which snaked its way through the two room pub....
The Old Red Cow, London
Apart from one disastrous incarnation (as the Long Lane) we've long been fans of the the Old Red Cow, it's a handsome, quirky, old building that's always had a cheery aspect to it. And we're in illustrious company as it was also a favourite the late, great Peter Ustinov too. It has recently...
Drapers Arms, London
Five pints for this gastropub that does have a focus on food but which is happy to let you nurse a pint. Frankly, even if you go in there for a quick drink, you're likely to bow to the inevitable and eat something, if only one or two of the excellent bar snacks. The wine list is simply first rate...
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...
The Dovetail Bar, London
Like its sister pub, the Dove in Broadway Market, Hackney, the Dovetail Bar specialises in things Belgian - strong beer beer, moules frites etc, plus more esoteric Continental stuff such as Genevers and the like. While typical English pub fare (burgers and lagers) is available, the more curious...
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...
The Champion, London
If you're worn out by the shopping hordes of Oxford Street and need a drink, the Champion is a good place to go. It's a beautifully appointed pub with a lovely exterior and fantastic champion-themed stained glass windows. It seems that Sam Smiths is annexing the West End for Yorkshire and taking...
The Nag's Head, London
Jazz wafted through the air as we chose an excellent pint of Oscar Wilde Mild from the selection of four real ales on tap. But this isn't a Jazz bar. Or a real ale drinker's destination. Hidden away in peaceful Walthamstow Village, this a genuine relaxed locals pub. The décor is modern, with...
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...