The perfect pub lunch...or dinner

Specialising in high-end home comforts - mouth-watering olde English food, a selection of weird and wonderful real ales, a copper double-ended bathtub in one of its six bedrooms - this classic Victorian pub has serviced the needs of workers at London's Smithfield Market for more than a century.

And in an age of soulless chain pubs, it's good to see the Fox  & Anchor's heritage has been carefully preserved. The pewter-topped mahogany bar and wood panelled snugs put us in the right mood for the simple yet brilliantly tasty period English dishes pouring forth from the kitchen. We can recommend the homemade pork scratchings, the roast from "the carving trolley" with all the trimmings and the pan-fried monkfish cheeks, cockles and mussels, washed down with one of the guest ales (when we visited a tankard of Old Growler, courtesy of the Nethergate Brewery in Suffolk, did the trick).

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Best of all, with six bedrooms (including the Market Suite, complete with the copper bath), you won't have far to stagger to sleep it off. 115 Charterhouse Square, London (020 7250 1300)