Top 10: May 2011

Our top selection - May 2011
Dean Swift Beer House, London
The Dean Swift, is ever-so-slightly off the tourist trail and, as a result, is easily (and often) overlooked. Which is a pity, because after a recent refurbishment - and a minor name change - the Dean Swift has become a jolly fine place indeed. If your preference is to enjoy interesting,...
Ain't Nothin' But... The Blues Bar, London
Something a bit different for Soho - or indeed London - a dedicated Blues bar. There's live music most nights of the week (with the add-on of a late license) but if the Blues ain't your thing, it's still a handy one to meet up in before a night out in Soho. The walls are filled with posters and...
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....
Teuchters Landing, Edinburgh
Part of the redevelopment of the docks around Leith, Teuchters Landing is a welcome addition to the nightlife in these parts. It's a cosy place, part bar, part restaurant which normally is not our thing, but we're very happy to make an exception here. There is a good choice of beer on the four...
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...
Clachaig Inn, Glencoe
If you're a climber or hillwalker, especially one who's visited Glencoe, chances are you'll know this pub, but you don't have to be keen on outdoor pursuits to enjoy the Clachaig Inn. The two bars and a lounge offer an impressive range of Cask Marque real ales on the hand pumps, there are regular...
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...
The Masons Arms, London
Tucked away, in a quiet spot, quite close to Great Portland Street tube station, the Masons Arms is a smart, well-kept pub. The beer on the three hand pumps is excellent, there's a good range of other beers, wines and spirits and there's decent (and pretty cheap) Thai food if you're feeling...