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The Horseshoe looks much like any other pub from the outside — some neat architectural flourishes, especially round the chimney, but otherwise a pretty standard corner house. Head inside, though, and you immediately know you've found a charmer as soon as you step in the door. This is a proper old-fashioned place, with wooden partitions, spindle-backed chairs and — that increasing rarity — an actual dartboard.
Beer choice is small but well kept, with a couple of Brakspears on cask on our visit.
It's biggest selling point, though, is the beer garden and sun terrace. You can probably fit a couple of hundred people out here, among the plants and trellises, or on the rooftop garden. Much of it's covered and heated, too, offering an al fresco experience even in the moister instalments of the British summer. The beer garden has the spendier Vinegar Yard for a neighbour. So close, in fact, that I'm stealing their wifi to type these words. Excellent place.