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Best British Gastropubs

Best British Gastropubs: Fox & Anchor
James Waddell

Fox & Anchor, London

The Place: An old Clerkenwell pub that′s been given a face-lift by the folks at the boutique hotel Malmaison, a few doors away.

The Story: For a century the place served Smithfield meat purveyors their early morning pints and full English breakfasts. Times changed; business slumped. The old Victorian tile façade and woody insides were slated to be gutted so the place could reopen as a curry shop. Malmaison management stepped in and saved it by fixing up the bar, creating a proper menu of British classics (fish-and-chips, pies, a carving trolley) and adding six modern bedrooms upstairs with big copper bathtubs and artful black-and-white photos of the surrounding market.

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