A stone’s throw from London road train station, Signalman is no grubby railway boozer. Old port posters and bare bricks grace the walls, as well as a shelf or two of books and a specials board.
A handful of well-kept ales sit alongside the regular lager line-up and the wine list is short and perfectly put together. The food can be great in here and the menu keeps up with the seasons. Burgers and fish and chips are generously portioned and salads like tuna nicoise are huge, fresh and tasty.
The Signalman is a real hit with locals and it has an almost cult following, but friendly staff welcome all comers.
Best Bars tip: If you’re at a loose end on a Monday, try the quiz. It’s one of the best in town.
— Lucy Britner, @Britner