The Junction is a fine example of what Britain does best - make pubs. They’ve got the whole ‘Victorian dining room’ look going on with dark wood panelling and dark red walls, plus the beer garden out back is great for some al fresco bevving. In recent times, the menu has been given a much welcomed facelift by the head chef behind Vinoteca in Kings Cross. Where the food used to be pretty lacklustre, you can now get your mits on seasonal and delicious British fare - we'd like to give a big shout out to that Sunday roast. They also make a mean Bloody Mary.
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The Rose & Crown
If it’s an elaborate drink you’re after, craft beer haunt The Rose and Crown will most definitely have you covered. Boasting an inspiringly eclectic lineup of rotating bevvies and ever honing the spotlight on small, local and quite often crazy breweries – you can expect to wrap your gob around everything from shortbread-flavoured beer to tropical punch-flavoured beer and everything in between. Also on the cards is an incredibly unique and innovative snack menu, live music, comedy nights and a spectacularly dingy, club-like basement that’s available for hire.
The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak was just your slightly-above-average Marylebone boozer filled with post-work-drink types and the odd burger but then it has a little refurb. A proper scrub and a lick of paint resulted in a slightly fancier restaurant area upstairs - complete with open kitchen in lieu of sporting entertainment - but the big change was the addition of a prefix. Now a gastropub, The Royal Oak serves up British pub classics, done to the highest of standards (think scotch eggs, sausage rolls and - yes you guessed it - pickled eggs) and some more sophisticated plates (like langoustines or fried confit rabbit leg). And to drink? Wine, beer, spirits; the usual. All in a Grade-II listed building. Lovely.
Town of Ramsgate
It might not be in actual Ramsgate but this traditional pub has got views over the water like any seaside pub. Inside it's a pretty traditional affair, with wooden clad walls and ancient carpets. On tap is a good selection of ales but food-wise you're pretty limited to pub classics like ham, egg and chips. By and large, this is a locals' pub and it isn't a showstopper but the terrace out back is great in summer and considering the dearth of boozers in the area, it does the job nicely.
The Punch Tavern
The Punch Tavern is one of those pubs that seems to be made for taking tourist friends to. It ticks all the 'Olde London' boxes with its dark wooden interior, etched mirrors, and old paintings dotted around... yet it still manages to retain its charm for Londoners. It wouldn't be an old pub without stodgy pies or fish and chips either, but here they're do them pretty well. The ales are good quality, and there's a choice of 45 gins - having to choose from anything less just won't do.