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The Pineapple Pub

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
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Published January 14th 2013
A pub so loved it was saved from closure by its locals

We are talking about a pub here, not a fruit - I think I should let you know that straight away. Now that you're prepared - let me introduce you to the Pineapple.

Now, this is a pub that is special for many reasons- it serves Thai food at very reasonable prices. It has a good range of real ales available for the discerning punter, and it's a real hidden away destination, meaning the place is popular with locals and regulars (therefore having a lot of character - something which can be sadly lacking in other establishments).

All these reasons are good, but not the one that I think makes this place really special. It is actually all to do with the people who go here - as the pub was so popular with its clientele , that when it was earmarked for closure, a campaign was undertaken to save it - which actually resulted in it being refurbished and becoming a listed building to boot - thanks to the desire to preserve its facade and features, which are equipped with the pineapple motifs of the name.

Once you are inside, you can see why people where so keen to keep the place. The bar is the centrepiece on entrance, with corridors going off it either side to different areas, an upstairs area and a conservatory, which itself opens out onto a garden - a very nice place to sit and be during the summer months.

So, it may be a bit of a trek out for those who are not locals, and indeed it may even be hard to find for those who haven't been here before, but that's exactly one of the reasons to love the place. As the saying goes - good things come to those who wait, so be patient, hunt it out, and wish your local was anywhere near as good as this one.

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Why? One of the best loved London locals
When: noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun.
Phone: 020 7284 4631
Where: 51 Leverton Street NW5 2NX
Cost: normal pub prices and good value Thai food
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