The Pelton Arms, Greenwich
Greenwich has some excellent beer available in what are better described as bars (e.g. The Union & The Old Brewery) - it doesn't have many great pubs. The Pelton may lack the view and cobbled street of the nearby Cutty Sark or the posher location of the Richard 1st but it is at least as good as both.
It is a true locals favourite unlike so many of the Greenwich pubs which rely largely on tourist trade (e.g The Trafalgar). It is enormously welcoming with friendly staff, a mixed crowd of loyal locals, a wide choice of ever-changing beers on the pumps and great music nights.
Perhaps above all it looks how a pub should look - a massive open fire, rickety tables, old battered stand-up lamps and chesterfields you could get lost in. ie. not a single new or coordinated piece of furniture in the place.
Put simply it is a satisfying proper pub - something sadly in decline - and one fancyapint should be re-reviewing as soon as possible.
There are now 5 real ales available; well kept Bombadier and Green King IPA plus 3 that are constantly changing.
The addition of a bar billiards table, real fire and regular live bands have made this one of the best pubs in Greenwich in my opinion.
The food is excellent and on Sunday evenings you'll often find a fine cheese board out on the bar for free consumption.
You may recognise it not only as the Pelton Arms but also the Nags Head (the sign is still outside) as it was used for the recent Fools & Horses prequel, Rock & Chips.
You won't be disappointed.
23-25 Pelton Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9PQ
From Maze Hill train station, turn right and walk down the hill to Trafalgar Road. Turn right and cross over the road, before turning left into Christchurch Way. Continue down, turning left into Pelton Road. The Pelton Arms is then a short down on the right hand side.