I haven't seen this question, so hope it's not one of those constantly-asked ones.
Rather than memorizing names and locations of specific pubs, I'd rather pop into a place at hand when we're ready for lunch or a beer. Are there any telltale signs that a pub is a tourist trap vs. a place that's earned its place in the hearts of the locals? Or are mediocre pubs ubiquitious enough that we're better off taking a list of recommended places?
We're interested in good pub grub as well as beer.