Metro Choice: The best bitter

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How's this for a description of the perfect London pub? 'Walking into this friendly little gem is like being transported to an old-fashioned pub somewhere in a sleepy country village,' says The 1995 Good Pub Guide, published next week (Vermilion, pounds 12.99), of the Nags Head, Kinnerton Street, W1. The pub also gets its new Tankard Award 'where the quality of the beer is exceptional' or there is 'a particularly interesting range of beers in good condition'. The other tankard winners are the Black Friar (Queen Victoria St, EC4), Cittie of York (High Holborn, WC1), Lamb & Flag (Rose St, WC2), Museum Tavern (Museum St, WC1), Princess Louise (High Holborn, WC1), Red Lion (Waverton St, W1), Star (Belgrave Mews West, SW1), Westminster Arms (Storey's Gate, SW1) and White Horse (Parsons Green, SW6).

No surprise for 'London Dining Pub of the Year': the Eagle in Farringdon Rd, EC1 (Photograph omitted)