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After two hours searching for Ian Nairn's grave (long story, but basically there are two Hanwell cemeteries), you'll require a pint. Infinitely easier to locate than the great man's resting place is The Dodo, on Boston Road.

This single-room setup, which feels a bit like a trendy beach hut, is run with passion by Lucy Do, whose name, we presume lends itself to the Dodo's. Or maybe she just likes Dodos; there's a generous enough scattering of big-beaked gimcrack to suggest this is the case.

The name of the game here is the same as at all the best micropubs; ask a local if you can share your table, then either settle into a conversation about the pros and cons of living in Hanwell, or otherwise bury your nose in your copy of Nairn's London.

The Dodo has an informal table service policy: someone will come and take your order of Thornbridge Jaipur or Beltie oatmeal stout, then vanish out the back for a few minutes before returning with the goods, fresh from the gravity barrel.

The Dodo's a notably crisp, contemporary take on the micropub, and this is also reflected in the can and bottle menu, where a roster of sours and punchy Mad Yank Brewery stouts cater to the discernible hipster.

Particularly if you've made a point of travelling to this neck of the woods, we'd recommend you book a table at Patri, an exceptional Indian in Northfields, which is a five-minute taxi ride away.

Top tip: Ian Nairn is not buried in this Hanwell cemetery

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Last updated January 2020.

Address: The Dodo Micropub 52 Boston Road, London W7 3TR

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 5pm-10pm

Wednesday: 12pm-2pm, 5pm-10pm

Thursday: 12pm-2pm, 5pm-10pm

Friday: 3pm-10.30pm

Saturday: 3pm-10.30pm

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

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