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The cosy fire, the rosy cheeks of the barman, the mound of roasted vegetables coated in loving gravy, the first (and last) pint of Best, the well-thought out wine list, the mindless banter, the weekly quiz, the quiet read, the homely feel, the endless beer garden, the nail-biting Sky Sports battles; the perfect pub is a wonderful thing, and London is a city founded on quality pubs. So here is a Top 10 guide to the best new pubs in London.
The Crown & Shuttle
Shoreditch / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
New pub in Shoreditch - In London we're somewhat starved of beer gardens, so a new pub launch, which combines a great range of beers and ales along with a large, and beautiful, outdoor area is a welcome addition to Shoreditch High Street. The Crown and Shuttle was a strip club in a previous life but there are no signs of that now. Instead you'll be greeted by comfy mismatched furnishings, exposed brick work and weather-beaten wood, and a barrel of beer the size of a small silo. The beer garden is big, quirky and rustic and, importantly, keeps the sun until the stars, and the heaters, come out. Great nibbles too.
City of London / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
New pub in Farringdon - A pub that prides itself on quality meat and beer in the heart of Farringdon. Industrial look with a warm feel, exposed brickwork, metal and wood. This pub claims to be selling the best salt beef sandwich in London, washed down with some of the best beers e.g. London Fields Hackney Hopster / Darkstar Hophead
Fulham / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
Fulham - The Malt House was acquired by Claude Bosi and brother Cedric and after a huge refurbishment reopened in January 2013. Situated in a quiet street in the heart of Fulham Broadway, the Malt House serves modern British pub food, with a focus on seasonal ingredients, in an informal, friendly setting. The kitchen is headed up by Marcus McGuiness, who is the former Head Chef at Claude Bosi's two Michelin starred restaurant Hibiscus in Mayfair.
Borough & Southwark / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
New pub in Borough Market - this was once one of the area's most iconic pubs. Having been shut for 3 years, the reborn Wheatsheaf as a new look that includes quirky additions like the campervan kitchen (street food-inspired dishes) on a heated terrace, cosy blankets, a screen showing a live feed from London Bridge station and a mix-n-match food ordering system.
Battersea / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
New pub in Battersea - Taking references from the 60s, 70s and the immediate area, this pub has tried to create a fresh offering bridging the gap between informal fun boozer and formal gastro pub. The refurbishment has been finished beautifully and created new spaces enabling the pub to operate year round with attractive features for all seasons. To the rear, the retro furniture and fittings, commissioned art canvases and alpine feel create a unique space that will appeal to many. Offering seasonal British Pub Grub, respectable wine list and an already recognized Sunday roast trade The Candlemaker is heading in the right direction to become a Battersea great.
Mayfair / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
Mayfair - The Clarence in Mayfair re-opened in October 2012, delivering an augmented ale experience to discerning guests wishing to enjoy an unrivalled range of cask ales, quality food and drink and extraordinary heritage. Part of Nicholson?s Pubs, The Clarence offers the first chance to enjoy a warm, authentic British pub experience, blending history and innovation through its exciting and enriched design, enhanced food and drink menus and service.
The Draft House Charlotte
Fitzrovia / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Fitzrovia - the decidedly British brand of pubs known as The Draft House takes its first venture into areas north of the River Thames for this new central London pub. This new pub will prove popular with the fashionistas, architects and media slugs (that's us) of Soho and Fitzrovia with its impressive array of worldly beers in pint, half pint and third of pint measures.
Angel & Islington / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Pizza
Islington - The Islington is London's most beautiful and intimate venue. Here, you will find a relaxed, cozy atmosphere, nice people and a friendly clientele. The interior draws on it's Scandinavian cozy design to create an intimate place which is favoured by designers & artists as well as folks who live in the neighbourhood. A Freehouse with a very large selection of draught world beers, cocktails and whiskies, that also serves the most delicious pizzas in Islington!
Fulham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
Fulham - Sibling to nearby The Sand's End pub, The Brown Cow is a new pub that offers another dose of comfort to South West London. Featuring a seasonal menu as well as pub classics, The Brown Cow offers the perfect feed served with a choice of real cask ales, an array of lagers, fine wines, cocktails or more drinks. Step inside to try the menu or just enjoy one of the infamous scotch eggs with a pint. As a protégée of Gordon Ramsay, the Head Chef at Brown Cow, Nathan Andrews, knows his way around the kitchen. Having worked in New Forest and London restaurants, he boasts several accolades, including 3 rosettes and 1 Michelin star.
The Hunter S.
Dalston / Bar / Cuisine: Gastro
Dalston - An iconic and independent pub, The Hunter S is a stunning bar, lounge and dining room, as charismatic as its literary namesake and imbued with the stylish glamour of a bygone era. The Art Deco inspired main lounge has a luxurious and distinctly 1930's appeal. Textures such as fur, velvet, tortoise shell, polished wood, leather and copper create visual focal points and combine to create a cosy warmth and comfort. The exquisite dining room features an engraved copper ceiling with a jaw-dropping vintage crystal chandelier at its centre. new bar dalston hunter s best new bars opening open newest bar dalston new