The Best Pubs In Outer London

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The Best Pubs In Outer London

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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.

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."

The Crown, Cricklewood

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."

The Station House, Acton

Wheatsheaf, Ealing

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

Roebuck, Chiswick

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 Malden. "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 Sultan, Colliers Wood (2 nominations). "Beer garden, and London's only Hop Back pub."

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

The Nightingale, Wanstead. "A real old grimy local pub with atmosphere and character (as well as local characters)."

Rose and Crown, Woodford Green.

Travellers Friend, Woodford Green. "Shortlisted for CAMRA local pub of the year."

Angel and Crown, Richmond

The Anglers, Teddington

The Botanist, Kew

Britannia, Richmond

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."

Roebuck, Richmond

Royal Oak, Hampton

White Swan, Twickenham (3 nominations).

The Hope, Carshalton (3 nominations). "Shortlisted for CAMRA local pub of the year."

Wallington Arms, Wallington

The Bell, Walthamstow

The Coppermill
, Walthamstow

Leyton Technical
, Leyton

Ye Olde Rose and Crown, Walthamstow (4 nominations).

Previous pub crawls

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Last Updated 28 February 2018