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As the sign outside says: ‘This is a real pub. No big screen. No music. No fruit machines’. Indeed, you’ll just find low-level chatter in the one main room amid light-wood decor, fresh flowers, framed caricatures and rows of hardback novels from Macmillan-era book clubs.

Pride of place, though, goes to the monthly changing list of guest ales chalked up by the bar, featuring the likes of Ilkley Black and Coastal Merry Maidens Mild. Superior sandwiches (home-cooked roast turkey or topside of beef) are fairly priced at £3, while ‘Dennis’s famous’ chicken-liver pâté is similarly own-made and served with toast. Lager drinkers may choose between Pilsner Urquell, Grolsch and Beck’s Vier, oenophiles can opt for the acceptable and affordable house La Casada, or a standard merlot, Rioja or sauvignon blanc.

Venue name: Speaker
Address: 46 Great Peter Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Fri. Food served noon-10pm Mon-Thur; 2-4pm Fri
Transport: Tube: St James's Park tube
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Fantastic pub for real ale and a proper pub atmosphere. Friendly bar staff and an excellent and rotating selection of interesting beers. One of my top three London pubs!