Restaurants: Gastropubs

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The Eagle

159 Farringdon Rd, London EC1 (0171-833 2674)

One of London's first Great Food Pubs, and still one of the best, though sometimes overwhelmed by media folk.

The Queen's

49 Regents Park Rd, London NW1 (0171-586 0408)

Award-winning food and atmosphere for the refined pubbers of Chalk Farm.

The Bellevue

1 Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 (0171-498 9473)

This Clapham-trendy hangout provides vast portions of generally good modern, eclectic food.

The Ship

41 Jew's Row, London SW18 (0181-870 9667)

Terrific barbies in summer, very acceptable restaurant-style food the rest of the year. Advisable to book.

Mason's Arms

169 Battersea Park Rd, SW8 (0171-622 2007)

Hearty ambience, good food on the whole. Book first, though this won't guarantee a seat.

The Front Page

35 Old Church St, London SW3 (0171-352 0648)

Early gastropub that still makes an effort. Wood floor, large tables, upper- crust clientele.