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.
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The Windsor Castle
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The Mall Tavern
Serving up seasonal pub grub in a cheery, modern setting, The Mall Tavern is a classic boozer updated for the modern, food-conscious Londoner. If you're looking for a week-night feast, the braised lamb shank with roast chestnut salsa verde is a real winner, while the "classic" pub menu – burgers, pies and fish 'n' chips – features home-cooked, high-quality favourites. With a range of craft ales on tap, it's as good for post-work drinks in the beer garden as it is for a cosy dinner inside with friends.