London: pubs to ramble towards

Heading towards the Union through the Greenwich foot tunnel.

We do love explor­ing Lon­don on foot and it always helps to have a pub or two as our ulti­mate des­ti­na­tion.

A cou­ple of times a year, we feel the need to be in Green­wich. Usu­al­ly, we’re head­ing for Mean­time’s brew­ery tap, the Green­wich Union. Over the years, it’s delight­ed and infu­ri­at­ed us, swing­ing from bril­liant to awful from one vis­it to the next. The last cou­ple of times, it’s been back on form. As well as being the best place to try Mean­time’s own range, their selec­tion of bot­tled beers just keeps get­ting bet­ter. The Old Brew­ery is Mean­time’s new(ish) ven­ture and, the cou­ple of times we’ve been, we’ve loved it. In sum­mer, it’s the near­est Lon­don comes to cap­tur­ing the atmos­phere of some­where like Würzburg or Mainz. (Although not every­one agrees with us.)

The Flask in High­gate is a great place to fin­ish a ram­ble through north Lon­don. It’s got hearty, only mild­ly pre­ten­tious food; Fuller’s beer in scin­til­lat­ing con­di­tion; and a small but select list of Bel­gian clas­sics in bot­tles. Sat beneath a dark oak beam in a cosy cor­ner, it’s easy to feel like you’re in the coun­try pub of fable. It helps that lots of the pun­ters are wear­ing wellies and Bar­bour jack­ets.

We’ve men­tioned the Dove already in this series of posts (in case any­one’s in any doubt, it’s some­thing of a favourite) but, when we’re wan­der­ing in east Lon­don along the Regen­t’s Canal, past the Olympic site and, more impor­tant­ly, the Big Break­fast house, the Dove is usu­al­ly our final des­ti­na­tion.

Also in the East, but at the river­side, there’s the Wap­ping and Lime­house crawl. None of these pubs is stag­ger­ing­ly bril­liant in its own right but there are few oth­er such neat­ly arranged runs in Lon­don. You can explore the indus­tri­al his­to­ry of Lon­don, stop­ping off every quar­ter of a mile for a pint of some­thing. The views from the din­ing room of the Cap­tain Kidd are par­tic­u­lar­ly good; and the pre­car­i­ous-feel­ing wood­en ter­race of the Grapes, with the Thames lap­ping at its under­side, is fan­tas­tic place to sit and watch boats go by at close quar­ters.

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  1. Hi Pub Ram­blers!
    Well I’m not from Lon­don but 3 weeks ago I took a cheap train ride up to the place… to explore and find pubs for my new web­site (see below). I walked miles – from Vic­to­ria south over that riv­er thing then turned east and got lost in a pret­ty lit­tle area called Lam­beth. Very sad to see so many closed pubs south of the riv­er… Then back across the riv­er thing and and then turned east and end­ed up in the City. I was tak­ing pho­tos when­ev­er I saw a pub adver­tis­ing a Meal Deal: that’s the sub­ject of my site – a list­ing of pubs that pro­vide good val­ue Meal Deals!

    Hope it’s use­ful to some­one – and all sug­ges­tions will be grate­ful­ly received!

    Thanks and Hap­py Pub Ram­bling,


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