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The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 3: The Royal Oak
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photo by Ewan-M
The Royal Oak is wonderful because it is such a perfect example of an ordinary pub. It does nothing extraordinary or alarming. It is a Proper Pub, with small rooms and nicely mismatched furniture, and random plates and pictures on t[…]

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The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 12: The Bricklayers Arms, W1
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There are loads of good pubs called The Bricklayers Arms. And this one, may not be the canonical best of the bunch. Yet again its a Sam Smiths, yet again its in Fitzrovia and yet again we have spent too much time in there to be in anyway objective ab[…]

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The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 13: Cask
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Most of the pubs on this top 25 list have offered years’ worth of fond memories, but even so there’s always the chance for new discoveries. You have to sneak them in though sometimes, when your contingent of drinkers has visited the Doric[…]

The Annual Between Christmas And New Year Pub Crawl 2009: Das Pimlico Boot
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Every year since pubs were invented (nine years by my reckoning), the fine drinkers of Freaky Trigger and ILX have spent the 29th December in a pub. Well, at least seven pubs infact, for the 29th is the date of the Annual Between Christmas and New Ye[…]

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The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 15: The Blue Posts, Rupert Street
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You can fall in love with a pub. Sometimes there are pubs which you are suited to, fit with your personality and your needs perfectly. These may be locals, ones which make you feel at home, or they could be pubs which just do everything in the way yo[…]

an beginner’s guide to london pubbes
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Foreword: I wrote this over several weeks, forgot what I was doing with it, created a mysterious section (later removed, subsequently regretted) about armchairs and have entirely lost the plot of what it’s meant to be about. Also I am ill. Enjo[…]

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THE FT TOP 25 PUBS OF THE 00s No 21: The Newton Arms
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Having worked around Covent Garden from the middle of 2002 I’d walked past the Newton Arms loads of times (not least on the way to Parker Place where the original Club FreakyTrigger was held) , but always thought it looked a bit, y’know, […]

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The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 23: The Shipwrights Arms
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Unpacking my crate on the first day in a new office I glanced out of the window. The first thing I noticed was a pie with Hitler’s face.* The second thing I noticed was this unassuming, but tempting, little boozer.
“Excellent,” I sa[…]

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Tomme de Savoie, Fourme de Ambert, Abondance (cheesy lovers #37, #38 & #39)
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Tomme de Savoie
Raw-milk cow cheese from France, from Le Marché du Quartier
This wedge of cheese is grubby on the outside; gray and brown, pitted and wrinkled. Inside it’s a soft moist translucent creamy paste dotted with little holes. The ins[…]

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THE FT TOP 25 PUBS OF THE 00s No 24: The John Snow, Soho
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I will say not one bad word about Sam Smith’s in this review. Someone else wants to talk around that issue, but safe to say that as someone with a large social group of varying incomes, Sam Smith’s pubs being cheap has always been a facto[…]

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