George Best’s old boozer, The Phene, has changed a bit. Since the doors reopened earlier this summer, it’s got a deli in the back, towering vases of lilies on the bar, a women’s fashion label upstairs. There’s even a heated terrace. But frivolous décor aside, it’s actually still a top place for a pint and some weekend sport-watching (though it’s styled as a gastropub, it’s without pretension: there are ample large flat-screen TVs).
On the menu, we struggled to get past the All-Day Breakfast, but — for the sake of research — plumped for chicken and tarragon (excellent) and sea bass (top notch). Steak and burgers also feature. Draught beers are on the unimaginative side (Staropramen, Peroni, etc), though the bottled selection and ciders are more interesting. Try the Cornish Polgoon.
9 Phene Street, London SW3 (+44 20 7352 9898)
*Nice wine list, very good salads, upstairs parlour for fashion and tea