I’m not usually one for this kind of malarky, but, as an avid pub goer, champion (as in supporter, not Pub Champion of the World) and CAMRA member, I thought I’d draw your attention to the Great British Pub Awards, the ‘Oscars’ of the pub world.
|This is a pub (actually it’s Small Bar: Bristol)|
I suppose I’m a little torn by it all. My most frequented pub is almost certainly my local Spoons; it’s a little run down, but the ales are well kept and the staff are friendly (and it really is just a 2 minute stumble from home). But I’m not sure I can vote for them given my feelings about Pubcos and the closure of so many independent pubs. I know this is unfair, particularly as since the arrival of a new manager the quality of the ale selection has soared and I have no doubts it is down to him. That said, it’s not all about the beer; another of my favourite bars has an absolutely shocking selection, but the atmosphere and music sees me returning time and time again.
But, as always, I digress.
I am, slowly but surely, narrowing down my options, but, just for kicks, here are some of my favourite pubs/bars in London town (no particular order):
1. The Dovetail, Clerkenwell: Excellent selection of Belgian beer, great food, could be a little more comfortable.
2. The Three Kings, Clerkenwell: Beer selection is okay, not convinced the draught beers are kept that well. Still, grab a beer, bants with the bar staff, sit next to the fireplace and you could easily be there hours later.
3. Crobar, Tottenham Court Road: Beer selection good but kept so cold you could blind taste Carling and Gamma Ray and not tell the difference. Pretty dirty. Good music.
4. Craft Beer Company, Angel: Comfy, beer garden (always a plus in London), bar staff genuinely really excited about beer, super excellent selection, food a bit pricey.
5. The Three Johns, Angel: Nice atmosphere, tasty pizza, staff a bit hit and miss, always have something awesome on tap, huge selection of bottled beer, also good spirit list.
6. Simon the Tanner, Bermondsey: Staff brill, a scotch egg TO DIE FOR, and always something exciting on tap. This could be the one.