Standing beside a quiet tree-lined street of attractive Georgian terraced housing, backed by a tranquil paved patio garden and distinguished by tasteful, cool colourwash above the wood-floored bar, this popular neighbourhood local appeals to all-comers. Founded in the 1830s by one of London's trade guilds, the pub's current owners marry up the best of fine dining with an appealing range of real ales and cider. Plump for a beer from Dark Star or Windsor & Eton breweries – or maybe one of 16 wines by the glass – and prepare to tackle the ever-changing menu. Both lunchtime and evening choices are equally rewarding. Exceptional starters may include duck hearts, snails and black cabbage on toast, trumped by a main of cod, grilled leeks and crab broth. A choice for two could include whole mallard with red cabbage and duck fat potatoes. The modern, edgy menu also retains classics like steaks or slow-cooked lamb shoulder, with comfort-food gingerbread pudding with whipped cream and oats to finish.
Closed: 25-26 Dec
Open all week
Open all day
Lunch: Mon-Fri 12-3, Sat 12-4, Sun 12-8.30
Dinner: Mon-Fri 6-11, Sat 7-11, Sun 12-8.30
Food and drink
Real ales: Harvey's Sussex, Sambrook's Wandle, Truman's Runner, Dark Star Hophead, Windsor & Eton Windsor Knot, Cornish Crown Bitter, Portobello Star