Top 10: September 2011

Our favourite pubs in September 2011
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...
Carpenters Arms, London
The Carpenters Arms has been one of our favourite pubs in this area for a long time. The pub itself is a pleasant old, traditional looking boozer a little off the beaten track in a heavily touristed area. Dark and cosy with lots of stuff on the walls (including some nice Victorian tile work) and...
Dun Cow, Durham
The Dun Cow is a small pub, with a tiny front bar and a slightly larger back room. It plays host to a range of local customers, and be not surprised if a game of dominoes is in progress when you visit. As for the drinks, the beer is excellent, Castle Eden, being the beer of choice on our vists...
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...
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 Kenilworth, Edinburgh
One of a string of boozers that line Rose Street, just on the edge of the Georgian New Town of Edinburgh, the Kenilworth is probably one of the more welcoming to passing strangers. It's certainly one of the most elegant, inside and out. Situated in a former residence of Sir Walter Scott (one of...
The Last Drop, Edinburgh
A bit of a landmark in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh, we remember it being bigger, but we were probably a bit squiffy on those visits. The Grassmarket used to be the site of public executions, once upon a time, with some 20,000 people squeezing into it to watch. Nowadays, it's got a few nice...
The Red Lion (Crown Passage), London
Tucked away down a side street in the ever-so-posh St. James's, The Red Lion is a charming boozer. Its age and location may suggest a you'd encounter a soulless dive aimed purely at tourists, but by and large this is as genuine and a genial a pub as you'll find. The TV is muted on and there's no...
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...
Railway Tavern (ex-Old Henry's), London
From the people who brought you the Pineapple in Kentish Town comes the Railway Tavern Ale House as they resist the temptation to continue with a fruit theme. Probably wise as we'd be reluctant to drink at a pub called The Kumquat. As they point out with their more sensible name, a change from...