People's Park Tavern
Some say you can only trust a pub that brews their own beer. Well thankfully this one does and has tailored each of their 'People's Pints' to sit perfectly on your boozy pallets. It's also pretty well known for its blossoming beer garden - with heaters, huts and lawns, it's a great hang-out spot all year round. Food is seen to with all the good BBQ bits and some lighter salad options. Burgers range from pulled pork and cajun chicken, to goat's cheese or vegan; Sunday roasts come with all the trimmings and beer is crafty as heck. They even do a bottomless boozy brunch featuring mimosas and the like on a Saturday. A real pub of the people, eh?
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The Union Tavern has heaps of character with a real fire, leather sofas you can sink into and a great collection of board games. They have all sorts of activities on, with pub quizzes on a Wednesday at 8pm. We reckon the highlight is the view of the Union Canal from the venue's heated smoking patio out back.
The Earl of Lonsdale
You might be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into a Hobbit’s tavern here: the miniature doors and quirky booths in this local boozer make for a baffling entrance at first. This is all indicative of the pub’s character, where you’ll frequently find seasoned locals rubbing shoulders with West London’s young and beautiful. The beer garden out back is huge and well furnished, perfect for a spot of good conversation (with humans or dogs as it happens). The Earl of Lonsdale is a Samuel Smith pub, which is definite cause for celebration - it means pints in the £3-4 ballpark, a rare sight in LDN these days. Pub grub is available but nothing to write home about, though on Portobello a square meal is never difficult to come by.
St John's Tavern
Artist Nic Sharpe has owned this plot for some 18 years now, but a recent refurbishment turned St John’s Tavern into what it is today: a large, incredibly stylish, somewhat minimalist space, part-pub part-restaurant. If you’re here for the boozing then expect heaps of local craft, including Hammerton’s N7 Pale Ale (from down the road), along with a bit of great value nosh from the bar’s tapas kitchen. The restaurant dishes oour British classics (incl. a smashing Sunday roast), sourcing produce locally and changing the menu on a seasonal basis. We’re also big fans of the weekly collab with local wine merchants Theatre of Wine - it’s BYOB in the restaurant on Mondays, so cop a bottle and get on down.
A pub with a dart board seems to be a rare thing these days in London, let alone one in a gastropub. The Bobbin has this and more: board games, a tidy ale selection, beer garden and open fire...can you see why we like it so much? It's got more tricks up its smart little sleeve though - the menu has been given some Italian boosts, so it's got none of standard gastropub predictability. There's some amazing pappardelle with rabbit ragú, made with sage, red wine & parmesan, and even the pub burger uses mozzarella instead of cheddar. There's a sweet little conservatory too, which you don't see often.