One of the first pubs I was introduced to after arriving in the UK was the Black Boy in Winchester.
The sort of Old English pubs where they care more about the quality of their Ale rather than the casual vistor asking for the wine list.
The food is not bad. But it is not great either. It is generally busy. Particularly on Sundays and sometimes it shows.
But it is not the food you are after. Its the bric-a-brac, the pub memorabilia, the Old English tavern type atmoshphere that makes the Black Boy special.
The narrow passages, the books, the tradition and the beer of course.