Top 10: August 2009

Our August 2009 selection
The Blackfriar,
It could be said that the The Blackfriar is a cheat, but it's an honest cheat, as the almost mediaeval appearance is actually an early 20th century Arts & Crafts extravaganza on the site of an ancient priory. Inside the pub, the eye delights at a thousand features and whether perching on a stool...
Princess Louise, London
Closed for most of 2007 for a big restoration job, the Princess Louise is once again one of London's destination pubs. The classic Victorian interior is still gloriously intact; indeed, it's come back with extra period additions, with partitions now running down the sides of the island bar,...
Cockpit, London
We usually avoid clichés like the plague, a cliché to us is like a red rag to a bull, but "steeped in history" could have been minted for this hidden away gem. Outside it says established 1787. Inside they say it was rebuilt in 1842 but had been Shakespeare's house in a 16th century...
Royal Sovereign, London
The Royal Sovereign was the kind of Victorian boozer unlucky enough to be in one of those inner city areas that witnessed generations of terminal decline. Consequently no-one would've been surprised the day it quietly closed and was converted into flats. In this case however it's been completely...
Bar Fringe, Manchester
Unassuming from the outside, but with hidden depth. No, we're not describing a Fancyapint? reviewer, but Bar Fringe on the edge of the Northern Quarter. It's a place that seems to divide opinion, in part because of the less than enthusiastic service, but for us the experience is mainly positive....
Carpenters Arms, London
When the Carpenters Arms closed a few years ago, we naturally expected conversion into flats awaited it. So you can imagine our excitement to discover back in the Autumn of 2007 that it had reopened. If nothing else, it's a little piece of East End pub history; many pubs in the area lay claim to...
Duke of Wellington, London
For a few years now the Wellington has been a pleasant enough pub catering for the gentrified young locals who call Dalston home. However, a makeover took place in 2009 improved things considerably. The main room, is decorated in a toned down to a more pub-like black, but happily what was left of...
Constitution, London
Nestled in the more charming villagey part of Pimlico, The Constitution is a butterfly of a pub. On certain visits we've found the clientele was resolutely of the local men variety, all there to watch the football. However, at certain times, a metamorphosis occurs and as the lone men to wend...
Princess of Wales, London
For years the Princess of Wales has been a favourite of ours; having been missed in the trendification of Primrose Hill we spent many a happy afternoon in here. Indeed, it won the coveted overall winner in Fancyapint's 2008 awards. Well sadly, the long standing landlady moved on in 2009, but thus...
Tipperary, London
The Tipperary is a quaint, narrow, old (it celebrated its 400th birthday a short while ago) pub, with a rather welcoming wood-panelled interior, impressive mirrors and a fine shamrock design mosaic floor. If you're interested in the pub's provenance, there's a handy history of the pub on the wall...