You can hardly walk down a London street without finding a pub, but how do you know which one to pick? My dream job would be to trot around town sampling each and everyone, but till then I will continue doing it on a sporadic "volunteer" basis. Here are a few of my favourites. Working in Clerkenwell and living in South London, I realise that these pubs are all in those areas, but I will keep researching!
The Easton near Exmouth Market.
The Canton Arms on South Lambeth Road.
The Trinity right next to Borough Station.
The Fentiman Arms between Vauxhall and Oval.
You can expect quality food, beer, and wine at these pubs. The menus at the Trinity and the Fentiman Arms consist mainly of well-cooked standard pub items, i.e. if you are craving fish & chips or a Sunday roast, these are places to hit up.
The Easton and the Canton Arms, on the other hand, are "gastro-pubs." My goodness that term reeks of hipster-yuppie-snobbishness, but I'm lacking a better word to describe the food at these pubs right now. What does it mean? You will find risotto on the menu. You will also find a variety of fresh meats cooked to perfection served with the season's vegetables prepared in a clever and delicious way. You will find freshly baked cakes and homemade ice cream for dessert.
Ps: Always leave room for the Easton Mess at the Easton.