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The Greyhound at Battersea has been a massive success since opening in 2005, so we’ve got high hopes for owners Mark and Sharlyn van der Goot’s new project, The Rosendale. Housed in a Victorian coachhouse in West Dulwich, Mark tells us that the venture ‘will have a proper gastropub with blackboard menus and real ales on the ground floor, and a modern British restaurant upstairs.’ The wine list will offer over 500 bins and the large alfresco garden will host barbecues throughout the summer. Look forward to a June opening. 65 Rosendale Road, SE21. Tel: 020 8670 0812.
In the leafy Islington backwaters, refurbed and relaunched gastropub The Albion’s main attraction is its garden. Covered in wisteria, with herb beds and fruit trees, it can seat 120 people, and there’ll be barbecues and spit roasts throughout the summer. Until it’s warm enough for that, diners can tuck into soused mackerel, calf’s liver and bacon and rhubarb crumble. 10 Thornhill Road, N1. Tel: 020 7607 7450.
The Westbury is a new bar and pool lounge that has just opened in Kilburn. It may not have strong gastronomic credentials, but there’s a good cocktail list, big leather couches and an impressive line-up of DJs set to play over the coming months. 34 Kilburn High Road, NW6. Tel: 020 7625 7500.
Old Edwardian pub, The Three Crowns, has shed its dodgy reputation and been morphed into a cosy gastropub. The Med-leaning food – think lamb rump with ratatouille and tapenade, or butternut squash and spinach strudel – is decent enough, but it’s the relaxed vibe and amiable service that’s really scoring points with Stoke Newington regulars. 175 Stoke Newington High Street, N16. Tel: 020 7241 5511.
Having closed after a fire on Valentine’s Day 2006, Notting Hill gastropub The Oak has just reopened. Although the place was completely gutted, the ground floor will look very much the same with a laid-back restaurant focusing on Mediterranean food and specialising in wood-fired pizzas. Upstairs is now home to a comfy bar. 137 Westbourne Park Road, W2. Tel: 020 7221 3355.
The Ranch is a new bar in Twickenham from the people behind boisterous Clapham nightclub Inferno. It’s a little less frenzied than its sibling, but still offers fun and frolicks, with lively music and decent bar food. 29-31 York Street, Twickenham. Tel: 020 8891 5413.
Tom and Ed Martin, the brothers behind The Gun and The White Swan, veered away from their successful gastropub formula with their last outing, The Empress. But they’re returning to their roots with The Prince Arthur, opening in London Fields in mid-October. The 19th-century pub has been carefully restored and will serve proper pub grub: think fish and chips washed down with a sturdy selection of draught ales. 95 Forest Road, E8.
Archway residents finally have an alternative to the over-crowded St John and the Irish pubs that pre-date gentrification. The Hideaway comes from the people behind Green & Red and Hawksmoor. It serves a great selection of bottled beers and very tasty stone-baked pizzas and has a DJ bar downstairs that kicks into life after 11pm on a Friday and Saturday. 114 Junction Road, N19. Tel: 020 7561 0779.
The Running Horse has been bought by Notting Hill Brasserie owner Carlo Spetale. The Mayfair pub is currently being refurbished and will shortly reopen as The Galloping Horse. The first-floor dining room will be returned to the style of the venue’s 18th-century heyday, and a menu of old-fashioned Brit food will be on offer. The downstairs pub will serve butcher-style sandwiches of roast meat to eat in or take-away. 50 Davies Street, W1. Tel: 0207 493 1275.
Set within the original dairy building, The Old Dairy in Finsbury Park aims to provide a return to ‘traditional pub values’, with real ale including Grand Union and IPA on tap and typical pub fare such as cottage pie for lunch. Dinner moves up a notch with a more gastro offering, featuring smoked haddock, pork belly and guinea fowl on the menu, along with a fail-safe pudding list and British cheeses. 1-3 Crouch Hill, N4. Tel: 020 7263 3337.