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  London Gastro Pubs 2011-01-11  
At a London gastro pub you can pop in for a swift half pint, or settle in and enjoy a relaxed meal made from well-sourced, seasonal produce.
Some have pretty gardens where you can eat al fresco, others host comedy nights and DJs. All combine top-notch food with a relaxed atmosphere and a relatively affordable menu. Welcome to London's best gastro pubs! fer you the chance to unwind with a luxurious spa or beauty treatment. You'll also find extensive cosmetics departments as well as bridal wear in the majority of larger stores.

Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green

Drinkers in The Paradise are watched over by an enormous angel sculpture, just one of the venue's quirky design features. While the pub has a relaxed feel, the dining room is more upmarket, with dishes including roast grouse and cote de boeuf. After dinner, you can enjoy evening entertainment from DJs to comedy nights.

The Gun

This Victorian pub has been beautifully renovated and now features a dark wood bar, wooden floorboards and a smart restaurant. During the summer, the best place to be is the waterfront terrace with views across the river Thames to The O2. Typical dishes at The Gun include mushroom and chestnut Wellington and roast pheasant.
The Coach and Horses

Established in 1855, The Coach and Horses is rumoured to have a few ghosts! The historic pub re-launched a few years ago, with a seasonal, modern British menu that changes every day. Typical dishes include rabbit and pork terrine, Cornish salt and pepper squid, pearl barley risotto and Elwy Valley lamb pie.
The Bull and Last

Located on the eastern edge of Hampstead Heath, The Bull and Last combines a traditional pub atmosphere with outstanding seasonal food. At the time of writing, the dinner menu featured crispy trotter wantons, roast lamb, ox cheek and chestnut mushroom pie, and beer battered haddock with pea puree and chips.
The Harwood Arms

The Harwood Arms was the first London pub to be awarded a Michelin Star. The venue reopened in 2008, with the aim of bringing the countryside to London by serving locally produced food, much of it sourced from nearby Berkshire. Sample dishes include braised Herefordshire snails and grilled steak of Berkshire roe deer.
The Garrison

The Garrison in up-and-coming Bermondsey is renowned for its chic decor and tempting menu of dishes such as coq au vin with baby onions and calf's liver with braised savoy cabbage. The basement cinema room – described as "country house meets timber shed" – is perfect for parties.
The Duke of Cambridge

Islington gastro pub The Duke of Cambridge is certified by the Soil Association and serves a delicious range of organic food and drink. The blackboard menu changes constantly but always features fantastic, fresh and inventive cuisine. One of London's favourite gastro pubs, diners can eat in the bar or in the dining room.
Anchor and Hope

It may look like an average pub from the outside, but the Anchor and Hope in Waterloo is one of London's top gastro pubs: the seasonal, meaty menu has been highly praised by food critics. The restaurant doesn't take bookings in the evening, so be prepared to arrive early and hang out in the bar until a table becomes available.
The Cow

Popular with local celebrities and media, this Notting Hill pub was founded by Terence Conran's son Tom. The Cow specialises in oysters, Guinness and huge portions. You can order fish stew or sausages in the bar or book a table in the dining room for more substantial meals including rib-eye steak and roast lamb.
The Engineer

Primrose Hill's The Engineer is the perfect place to relax after a shopping trip to Camden or a walk in nearby Regent's Park. The venue combines responsibly sourced, seasonal food with a good selection of drinks, and there's a pretty garden where you can eat al fresco during the summer months.
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