Ten Of The Best Proper British Pubs

Esquire's Food Editor Tom Parker Bowles chooses the ten best boozers in the country. From quiet spaces for a solitary drink to jostling crowds and food full of home-comfort, these are all deserving of your time.

"It's somehow fitting that the very 'secret of life' was discovered in a pub. Well, announced anyway, when Francis Crick burst through the doors of The Eagle in Cambridge, around lunchtime one February day in 1953, to declare that he, along with James Watson, had come up with the structure of DNA," said Tom. "When you've discovered the very fabric of life, where better to shout it than down in the local?"

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