Last night, while watching a replay of the Gold Cup final at the Globe Pub, I had a bottle of Samuel Smith's Organic Best Pale Ale for the first time and it may be the best English Bitter I've had. I've enjoyed Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale previously, but this beer eclipsed it. I tried an Old Brewery next to compare directly and it was eye opening. The Organic Best Pale Ale just shone, especially its English malt character. Plus its sessionable at less than 5%.
I think this beer fits in the BJCP Special Bitter category.
Anyone have a Bitter suggestion? I've enjoyed Coniston, Boddington, Fullers, Tetleys, Honkers.