This pub was editorially chosen for inclusion.
Clearly some bar staff get sick of hanging out glasses of water to people when they should be concentrating on the important business of helping folk get drunk. The no-nonsense Alwyne Castle sidesteps such frippery with a water dispenser and glasses on the counter, so the staff are free to hang over drinks from their above-average wine list and solid (liquid?) selection of real ales.
The Alwyne Castle has had a well-needed update in the last few years and has replaced its former, slightly tired self with a modern, comfortable gastropub. The dark green interior decor in the main bar area contrasts with the open, airy conservatory dining area out the back. Some of the tables look as though they've been constructed from old hampers, which offers a more comfortable feel than the polished wood and chrome you're often subjected to after a pub's makeover.
Food is of the Great British Pub variety, though there's a particular focus on burger, with a large board of all kinds of circular meat out the back.
Its large bay window incorporates a round table that could seat a good 15 or so. There's also a huge outside area for the warmer days, and a real fireplace for the cooler ones.