Sunshine isn’t guaranteed at tables on a terrace overlooking the Grand Union Canal, but you can be sure of a well-kept pint of Beavertown Smog Rocket, Stiff Upper Lip (brewed near Wimbledon) or Fuller’s Wild River among various guest London ales on tap at this re-branded, split-level waterside tavern (formerly the Grand Union). Fans of the real stuff can also take advantage of the tutored beer-sampling sessions that are now a feature of the place. Cask and keg goodies include Kernel Galaxy, Meantime Stout and mellow Czech magnificent, Bernard Lager, while Schneider Aventinus and St. Bernardus Apt (a potent barley wine from Belgium) are notable bottled brews. Pub grub includes shepherd’s pie, whiskey-glaze pork ribs with slaw and a side, mac and cheese, soft-shell crab or beef brisket on a freshly baked bap, veggie quiches and Victoria sponge.
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