What's The Best Pub In Outer London?

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What's The Best Pub In Outer London?


Can you recommend a good pub in the outer boroughs of London? We're looking for special places that are worth making the journey to. We want to hear about any must-visit pubs in the boroughs labelled in the map above.

Our microsite of the Best Pubs in London is fast approaching 400 boozers. The vast majority, however, are in central London and the inner boroughs. Yeah, we've got some famous ones in Carshalton, Richmond and Barnet, but what of Havering, or Hounslow, or the vast conurbation of Croydon? We want to expand our drinking sphere to include the whole of London, and for that we need plenty of suggestions from our beer-loving readership.

You can nominate as many places as you like. And feel free to tell us why they're worth visiting. We'll then spend the summer visiting some of the most highly recommended, and will add them to the Best Pubs site. We'll also hold a pub crawl for readers, which will visit some of the more easily reached suggestions.

Leave a comment below, or tweet @Londonist with #OuterLondonPubs.

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Last Updated 29 May 2015

Howard Crosskey

The Jolly Woodman in Beckenham has a lovely relaxed feel to it and allows dogs!


I've already Tweeted at you about this, but seriously... The Faltering Fullback in Haringey is a gem.

Matt Salts

The Sultan in Colliers Wood - beer garden, and London's only Hopback pub. So Summer Lightning all round....

The Trafalgar, also in the borough of Merton, is very good, too.


The Beehive in N17. Huge garden. Great beer. Excellent food. Local community events and sports in a separate room to keep both pro- and anti- football people happy.

Lindsey Berthoud

The Orange Tree, Winchmore Hill (Enfield borough) - proper old school pub with a proper landlady, old world charm, sunday roasts, real ales, big beer garden, bbq and bouncy castle for the kids on nice days http://www.the-orange-tree-pub...


The Antelope in Surbiton - fantastic range of ales and cider - micro-brewery in at the end of the garden. Great pub food too.

Jan Matthews

The Famous Royal Oak in Muswell Hill. Comfortable pub, great terrace, friendly staff, great quiz on a Thursday. Nothing can fault it.

Fifi LaBelle

The Duke in Wanstead (Redbridge). A fun and friendly local with awesome food and service.

Og Pog

The Golden Lion, Romford.

Sally-Anne Smith

The Old Mill, Plumstead

Sally-Anne Smith

The Bull, Shooters Hill

Claire Henderson

The Lord Nelson in Brentford. Amazing food, lovely staff, gorgeous little garden - a real hidden gem!

John Cole

Enfield is not short of good pubs but the beer range or quality can be an issue and no craft beer around and no brewery yet. But the best range and best quality and great prices.....The Moon Under Water 115-117 Chase Side, Enfield. Cheers. Btw The Wonder is close by and is a McMullen pub with live music and a community feel.

Leon Das

The Chatterton Arms, Bromley. The Downham Tavern, Downham.


One in the Wood in Pettswood, great micro pub with proper pork scratchings and always real good beer.

Barry Featherstone

Woodies in New Malden - an old sports pavilion that not only has an excellent range of well kept ales (it's a proper free house) but is also an 'electic' establishment.... hard to find but well worth a visit!

Chris Jones

The Lord Nelson, Brentford - refurbished last summer and now fantastic food in evenings (has its 3rd vegetarian week coming up), great pub lunches, lovely garden with children's play area, friendly staff and good beer and wine


The Lord Nelson in Brentford punches well above its weight

David Lewis

Chandos Arms NW9, small range of beers but nice food dog friendly has live music and comedy. Also where else can you be served by a Mediaeval Baebe?

Tony Skrzypczyk

The Oval Tavern in Croydon. Great beer, food and live entertainment,and wonderful landlady


One over the ait, Kew
The Botanist Kew


The Door Hinge, Welling. London's first micropub and won the CAMRA award in 2014 for best pub in London.


Other good pubs in Bexley include:

The Robin Hood and Little John, Bexleyheath (a previous CAMRA London award winner)
The Alma, Sidcup (old Courage pub)
The Black Horse, Bexley
The Penny Farthing, Crayford (another micropub)
The Crayford Arms, Crayford (Shepherd Neame Pub previous CAMRA Bexley winner)
The Ship, Erith
The Victoria, Belvedere
The Fox, Belvedere

Greg Tingey

Err EXCUSE ME, but ... a short-list already exists, in the form of CAMRA's "pubs of the Year" (PotY) from the respective branches.
In Branch-alphabetical order they are:

Penny Farthing, Crayford, DA1 4JJ
On Inn the Wood, Petts Wood, BR5 1LA
Hope, Carshalton, SM5 2PR
Olde Mite Inn, High Barnet, EN5 5SJ
Rifleman, Twickenham, TW2 5EL
Blythe Hill Tavern, Forest Hill, SE23 1JB
Travellers Friend, Woodford Gree, IG8 0PN
Grosvenor, Hanwell, W7 2DT

So there!


Forest Taven in Forest Gate, Newham. Great boozer with great food.

Brian Molloy

As guides rarely go East of Stratford here are a few from out that way

The Wanstead Tap, E7
The Forest Tavern, E7
The Golden Fleece, E12


The Spotted Dog in Barking isn't too bad.
I can't honestly think of a decent pub in Dagenham - the best of a bad bunch might be the Three Travellers or the Eastbrook.

Sue Sinton Smith

Black Lion in Plaistow.


Forest tavern in forest gate. Only decent pub for miles round here.


The Claret Freehouse, Bingham Corner, Addiscombe, Croydon.