Top 10: August 2011

Here are our favourite pubs - August 2011
SimmonS, London
Judging by its exterior, once upon a time this one was an old-style Dining Room. We never knew it in that incarnation, but passing it over the years we wondered if the interior matched up to London's other Classic Cafes. We never thought we'd see it reopened, but this one's had a new lease of...
The Old Blue Last, London
An average boozer in a prime site on Great Eastern Street? It couldn't last. One of the last remaining old school drinking dens in Hoxton was taken over a while ago and the Hoxtonites have descended. But fear not. For despite a fair few new wave and new romantic wannabes, the hair-care product...
The Ship & Shovell, London
Claiming to be "the only London pub in two halves", the Ship & Shovell is a good pub in an area short of them. Its pleasant red and black facade, adorned with street lanterns, presents a mirror image across the narrow passageway that passes under Charing Cross station. Each half of the pub has...
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...
The Seven Stars, London
The Seven Stars is an ancient, tiny pub that's a great place for a pint when it's not packed - to do this you need to avoid lunch times and early evenings - or during the summer recess. It's a charming and olde worlde pub and would be just the thing for the tourists if it wasn't already packed...
Queen's Head, London
A definite 5 from the BAPS crowd. great range of ales and the prospect of the couple settling kept us interested till later than planned.super atmosphere must recommend.
Latymers, London
Though maybe not the first pub in London to have its own Thai restaurant, Latymers is certainly one of the best, both for quality, service and value for money. The pub itself is late 80s modern and a bit too shiny for our liking (it replaced the Red Cow where the Jam and the Stranglers first...
King Charles I, London
A compact, one-roomed affair, this pub even manages to shoehorn in a bar billiards table into the clutter of nicknacks on display. This does provide a pleasing independent air to proceedings, with a decent range of beers on offer - a selection from the tiny Sweet William Brewery in Leyton are...
King William IV, Mickleham
Located on a sweeping bend of the A24 in hilly Surrey, this pub is tucked up on a hill just far enough to ensure that it's doesn't attract swathes of passing trade. On our last visit here we were presented with three excellent ales, Surrey Hill's Shere Drop, Hogsback T.E.A and Alton's Pride. The...
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...