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We asked for your help in identifying the best pubs in the outer boroughs, officially defined as those labelled in the map below:
We received dozens of nominations via the comments box, Facebook and Twitter hashtag #OuterLondonPubs. Below, we've rounded up all qualifying suggestions, filed by borough, and with links to the pub websites.
The best pubs in outer London
The important thing to remember here is that different people look for different things in a good pub. Some of these suggestions will not be to everyone's taste but, in every case, at least one reader recommended the place. We've included quotes where given. Thank you to everyone for the suggestions, including those of you whose suggested pubs were technically Inner London, and so are not included here. We still welcome additions in the comments below. As we explore the suggestions, we'll add them to our growing database of Best London Pubs.
BARKING AND DAGENHAM
Spotted Dog, Barking.
Bohemia Brew Pub, North Finchley (2 nominations)
Catcher in the Rye, Finchley
Chandos Arms, Colindale (2 nominations). "Small range of beers but nice food, dog friendly, has live music and comedy."
Greyhound, Hendon. "A lovely country style pub with a great selection of drinks and pub snacks."
Ye Olde Mitre Inn, Barnet (2 nominations). "Shortlisted for CAMRA local pub of the year."
Spaniards Inn, Hampstead Heath (2 nominations and, yup, it's just inside the border of Barnet)
The Alma, Sidcup
Black Horse, Bexley
Coach and Horses, Bexley
Crayford Arms, Crayford. "Shepherd Neame Pub previous CAMRA Bexley winner."
Door Hinge, Welling. "London's first micropub and won the CAMRA award in 2014 for best pub in London."
The Fox, Belvedere
King's Head, Bexley
Penny Farthing, Crayford (2 nominations). "Another micropub." "Shortlisted for CAMRA local pub of the year."
The Robin Hood and Little John, Bexleyheath. "A previous CAMRA London award winner."
The Ship, Erith
The Victoria, Belvedere
Grand Junction Arms, Harlesden. "Biggest Beer Garden Ever."
North London Tavern, Kilburn (only just in Brent)
The Queensbury, Willesden Green
Chatterton Arms, Bromley (2 nominations)
Downham Tavern, Bromley (2 nominations)
Grape & Grain, Crystal Palace
The Jolly Woodman, Beckenham (2 nominations). "Has a lovely relaxed feel to it and allows dogs!"
One in the Wood, Petts Wood (3 nominations). "Great micro pub with proper pork scratchings and always real good beer" "Shortlisted for CAMRA local pub of the year."
The Red Lion, Bromley
Queen's Head, Downe
Glamorgan, Croydon. "Surely the best pub in Croydon. Fine food with a S African twist, good range of beers and good wine list."
Oval Tavern, Croydon (4 nominations). "Great beer, food and live entertainment, and wonderful landlady."
The Crown, Northolt
Duke of Kent, Ealing. "Tasty food and good beer garden."
The Forester, Ealing
The Fox, Hanwell (2 nominations)
The Grosvenor, Hanwell (3 nominations). "Shortlisted for CAMRA local pub of the year."
Moon Under Water, Enfield. "Best range and best quality and great prices"
Ye Olde Cherry Tree, Southgate
Orange Tree, Winchmore Hill. "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."
The Wonder, Enfield
Beehive, Tottenham. "Huge garden. Great beer. Excellent food."
Faltering Fullback, Stroud Green (2 nominations). "A gem." "An absolute winner. I mean... THAT BEER GARDEN."
Famous Royal Oak, Muswell Hill (3 nominations). "Comfortable pub, great terrace, friendly staff, great quiz on a Thursday."
O'Neills, Muswell Hill (2 nominations). "The famous church pub."
The Castle, Harrow-on-the-Hill (2 nominations).
The Case is Altered, Pinner (2 nominations).
Oddfellows Arms, Pinner
The Queen's Head, Pinner
Golden Lion, Romford
Shepherd & Dog, Harold Wood
The Orchard, Harefield. "Lovely, with lake views of Hillingdon."
Bell and Crown, Strand-on-the-Green
City Barge, Strand-on-the-Green
Griffin, Brentford (2 nominations)
London Apprentice, Isleworth
Lord Nelson, Brentford (3 nominations). "Amazing food, lovely staff, gorgeous little garden - a real hidden gem!"
Magpie and Crown, Brentford (2 nominations)
One Over The Ait, Kew Bridge
Town Wharf, Isleworth
Victoria Tavern, Isleworth
Woodlands Tavern, Isleworth
The Antelope, Surbiton. "Fantastic range of ales and cider — microbrewery at the end of the garden."
The Boaters, Kingston (2 nominations)
Druids Head, Kingston
Fighting Cocks, Kingston
The Lamb, Surbiton
The Mill, Kingston
The Ram, Kingston
Woodies Freehouse, New Maldon. "An old sports pavilion that not only has an excellent range of well kept ales (it's a proper freehouse) but is also an 'eclectic' establishment."
The Alexandra, Wimbledon
Dog & Fox, Wimbledon
Gorringe Park, Tooting
The Trafalgar, Merton (2 nominations).
The Denmark Arms, East Ham
Forest Tavern, Forest Gate (4 nominations). "Great boozer with great food."
Golden Fleece, Manor Park
Tap East, Westfield Stratford
Wanstead Tap, Forest Gate (3 nominations)
Cuckfield, Wanstead (3 nominations).
The Duke, Wanstead (2 nominations). "A fun and friendly local with awesome food and service."
The George, Wanstead
Rose and Crown, Woodford Green.
Angel and Crown, Richmond
The Anglers, Teddington
The Botanist, Kew
The Cricketers, Richmond
The Eel Pie, Twickenham
The Fox, Twickenham
The Marlborough, Richmond
Old King's Head, Hampton Wick
Pitcher and Piano, Richmond
Prince's Head, Richmond
Rifleman, Twickenham (2 nominations). "Shortlisted for CAMRA local pub of the year."
Royal Oak, Hampton
White Swan, Twickenham (3 nominations).
The Hope, Carshalton (3 nominations). "Shortlisted for CAMRA local pub of the year."
The Bell, Walthamstow
Leyton Technical, Leyton
Ye Olde Rose and Crown, Walthamstow (4 nominations).
Previous pub crawls
A list of previous areas and themes that we’ve put to public vote. See our database of the Best London Pubs for more.
- A = Angel
- B = Borough, Bow, Brixton
- C = Chelsea, City of London, Crystal Palace
- D = Dalston, Dulwich
- E = Ealing, Euston
- F = Farringdon and Clerkenwell
- G = Greenwich
- H = Hampstead, Highgate, Hoxton
- I = Isle of Dogs
- J = St James’s
- K = Kennington, Kentish Town, Kilburn
- L = Limehouse, Little Venice
- M = Maida Vale, Marylebone, Mayfair, Mile End
- N = Notting Hill
- O = Old Street
- P = Peckham and Camberwell
- Q = Queen’s Park
- R = Richmond
- S = Shepherd’s Bush, Shoreditch, Soho, Southwark, Stoke Newington
- T = Thames
- U = Unusual pubs
- V = Victoria (including Pimlico), Victoria Park
- W = Walthamstow, Wandsworth, Wapping
- X = X-Rail (Crossrail)
- Y = Ye Olde pubs
- Z = Zone 1 pubs
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