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Evocatively named Crooked Billet is one of the capital's best drinking streets, with two fine old pubs rubbing up against each other. The Hand in Hand is the more modern of the two, with stylish upholstery and wallpaper. Parts of this 1835 building still feel olde-worlde, though, thanks to the many dimly lit corners and historic accoutrements hanging on the walls.
There's a wide beer selection here — five or six pumps at least. Half are from the Young's range, which still dominates the area, half are from increasingly popular bar staples like Twickenham and Junction.
The food menu is fun, with a fine litany of burgers, bangers and the like. Our sausage platter came with a sprinkling of parsnip crisps to add a crunch. The chips were well handled, too. Service was almost eccentrically friendly, with a chucklesome quip about sausage size.
A small, heated beer garden at the front allows al fresco drinking all year round.
Quiz night is Tuesday.