GO TO THE PUB
BECAUSE — HOORAY! — THE DEATH OF YOUR LOCAL HAS BEEN GREATLY EXAGGERATED
Was it ruthless breweries, regulars dying off or abstemious millennials that caused the British pub to be in crisis? Or was it the dawn of the really terrible gastropub, that thinks nothing of sticking three rosemary-addled oven chips on a hexagonal plate and leaving you scant change from a tenner? We have our suspicions. Thank God then, that some proper food people will be running some proper pubs next year, not least chef Tom Kerridge, who has just opened The Butcher’s Tap in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, which serves meat in the day and pints at night and is just down the road from his two-Michelin-starred pub The Hand and Flowers (thehandandflowers.co.uk), but also siblings Layo and Zoë Paskin of The Barbary (thebarbary.co.uk) and The Palomar (thepalomar.co.uk), who have turned The Blue Posts on Soho’s Rupert Street into a three-storey pub with restaurant and cocktail bar. Cheers!