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Top Choice Pub in Conwy

Albion Ale House

Born out of a collaboration between four Welsh craft breweries (Purple Moose, Conwy, Nant and Great Orme), this heritage-listed 1920s boozer is a serious beer-drinker's nirvana. Of the 10 hand pulls, eight are loade…
Top Choice Pub in Nottingham

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Carved into the cliff below the castle, this atmospheric alehouse claims to be England's oldest pub. Founded in 1189, it supposedly slaked the thirst of departing crusaders, and its warren of rooms and cobbled court…
Top Choice Pub in Llanwrtyd Wells (Llanwrtyd)

Neuadd Arms Hotel

Like any good village pub, the Neuadd Arms is a focal point for the community. There's an interesting menu (mains £9 to £11), bed-and-breakfast rooms (singles/doubles £44/77) and excellent beers brewed in the stable…
Top Choice Pub in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

City Barge

In a line of small riverside cottages facing wooded Oliver's Island (where Cromwell is alleged to have taken refuge), this excellent pub looks straight onto the muddy Thames. Once known as the Navigators Arms, there…
Top Choice Pub in Cathedral Quarter

Duke of York

In a cobbled alleyway off buzzing Hill St, the snug, traditional Duke feels like a living museum. There's regular live music; local band Snow Patrol played some of their earliest gigs here. Outside on Commercial Ct,…
Top Choice Club in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

Fabric

The king of London's after-hours scene, Fabric is a huge subterranean rave cave housed in a converted meat cold store. Each room has its own sound system, which you'll really feel in Room One – it has a 'bodysonic' …
Top Choice Pub in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

White Cross

The riverside location and fine food and ales make this bay-windowed pub on the site of a former friary a winner. There are entrances for low and high tides, but when the river is at its highest, Cholmondeley Walk r…
Top Choice Pub in Kensington & Hyde Park

Anglesea Arms

Seasoned with age and decades of ale-quaffing patrons (including Charles Dickens, who lived on the same road, and DH Lawrence), this old-school pub boasts considerable character and a strong showing of beers and gin…
Top Choice Pub in Devoran

Pandora Inn

At the bottom of a hill by Restronguet Creek, this thatched inn is one of Cornwall’s landmark pubs, in situ since the mid-1600s. It’s the picture of a smuggler’s pub: inside, blazing hearths, snug alcoves, beams and…
Top Choice Brewery in Leeds

Northern Monk

So successful has this craft brewery become that its beers are now stocked in UK supermarkets. But it's best drunk at the source, in the brewery's Grade II–listed taproom just south of Leeds city centre in the regen…