Top 10: July 2011

Our top pubs - July 2011
The Marble Arch, Manchester
It is in no way a slight on the Marble Arch that we start this review by mentioning the floor. It's the slope to be precise, which slightly unusually follows the gradient of the side street down towards the bar. Patrons who've maybe enjoyed one too many of the raft of excellent ales could easily...
Cockpit, London
We usually avoid clichés like the plague, a cliché to us is like a red rag to a bull, but "steeped in history" could have been minted for this hidden away gem. Outside it says established 1787. Inside they say it was rebuilt in 1842 but had been Shakespeare's house in a 16th century...
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...
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...
Wenlock Arms, London
LATEST NEWS: The story of the Wenlock’s future is a strange rollercoaster ride, with Hackney Council actually emerging as the heroes (for the moment, at least). Having been under threat of demolition for a long time now, at the end of 2011, the planning application was miraculously...
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...
The Angelic, London
This gastrobar apparently works, as it's usually busy, sometimes too busy - even on Saturday afternoons. In a lot of ways it feels more like a club inside, than a pub. Maybe it's the comfy sofas, the high ceilings or the iron circular staircase descending into hell... the dungeon... the dimly lit...
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...
Guinea, London
Although the term 'Pub & Dining Room' has recently been commandeered by reworked gastropubs, the time-honoured connotations of the term are fully evoked by the Guinea. Located just off Berkeley Square on Bruton Place - on a site where a pub has stood since the fifteenth century - you'll find the...
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...