UPDATE October 7th 2016: Just returned for a visit at the Exmouth Arms on a Friday around noon to early afternoon and found the formula to be largely intact and working well. Service at the tables adds a nice touch and is broadly knowledgeable with the ability to suggest worthwhile replacements for the beer that turns out to be unavailable (printed menu seems to be a tad outdated). I had one draught beer (a Kernel IPA) and three bottled beers. Local beers are clearly fresh while the bottle imports has a little more age on them in some cases. I like the way the bottle menu is organised by style and curation seems both eclectic and knowledgeable although Swedish brewery Gotland (owned by macrobrewers Spendrup) seemed a bit overrepresented during my visit. This was well outweighed however by good representation from the likes of Kernel, Beavertown, Camden (seemingly a mainstay here), De Molen, Boon, To Øl, Rodenbach and Tiny Rebel. Still a place worth seeking out for ambience, surrounding area, food and selection.
OLD REVIEW from June 19th 2013: Very cosy pub, which turned out to have a surprising amount of good craft beer available on tap and bottled. I visited several times in the course of a business trip to London and had the opportunity to also enjoy lunch in there one day. The pub is situated right next to the Exmouth Food Market, which means they have to be able to serve someting compelling at a decent price and I have to say I was satisfied with the sliders and side orders that I was served. I had some great beer experiences in the Exmouth Arms including gems from "local" UK breweries (Magic Rock, Tiny Rebel, Camden Town) and international craft beer from the likes of Toccalmatto and a few Colorado-based breweries (Odell, Bear Republic). The bartenders were friendly, offered samples and had enough basic knowledge about their beers (style, country of origin, ABV) to make basic recommendations to people. When I return to London this will be one of the places that I will actively seek out for its quiet atmosphere, good location, reasonable prices and comfy decor.
Visited on friday afternoon. From the outside expected a watering hole, but it was more a typical no nonsense modern beer bar. Decent beer selection, some interesting bottles. Bit annoying airconditioning and didnt really feel cosy. But pretty ok. Very friendly service.
Corner pub with a tiled front on an atmospheric market street in London. The traditional design outside is complimented by a more modern pub set-up and appearance inside, but a well appointed one with a mix of large and small wooden tables in the open plan ground floor area. The bar is in the centre of the pub agains the back wall, and packs in a fine selection of both cask and keg, with the latter more prevalent. The place was packed with a lot of 20 somethings on my Saturday evening visit.
Beautiful pub with a nice green tilling on the frontage. Cosy and elegant inside as well. Friendly staff. A great selection of British, European and American craft beers, on cask, on tap and in bottles. Overall a bit expensive, but worth a visit!
Fin (996) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | June 9, 2015
We (me, Loz, Ang, Nick and a few of Nicks friends) visited here on Saturday 23rd May 2015, after our Thames Tipple and the last pub of a very long day that had started just after 09:30 at Kernel, we were beered out. We walked here from Craft Clerkenwell though Ang and Nick were not entirely sure of the most direct route and so a 10min walk probably took nearer 20 and was quite convoluted. The pub is very impressive from the outside, with wonderful exterior tiling, it’s situated in a very nice area, however an area that I am unfamiliar with. We managed to bag a large table by the large windows. Decor wise this had plenty of wood and walls that were stripped back to the brickwork, it’s a very nice place. I thought the beer selection was mightily impressive with Boulevard Smokestack Series - Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, Naparbier / Evil Twin Brewing Light Raven and Omnipollo Magic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPA amongst an impressive keg selection plus over 75 bottles on offer with a lot of quality, Thornbridge Bracia, Orval, Highwater, Mikkeller etc amongst those on offer. Really liked it here and music selection great as well don’t often get to hear Rescue by Echo and the Bunnymen other than at home, so that also put a smile on my face. Will definitely return, Loz loved it here.
Nice building with rather impressive green tiling. Rather a trendy vibe inside - not surprising given the location right in the trendy Exmouth Market. Beer range is solid with cask, keg and a fair few bottles from the "quality" end of the spectrum. Maybe not that much new for the seasoned ticker but certainly worth a look in you’re in the area.
Visited on Tuesday 6th August ’13 aound 5.30pm.
Well preserved Victorian era boozer with vibrant green tiles on the exterior and an inviting largely wooden interior.
4 cask lines, half a dozen or so craft taps and a solid bottle list give the customer plenty of choices. I picked up a De Molen CDA and a Toccalamto Bock during my visit! Service was prompt and friendly. The place was pretty quiet but picked up more custom by the time I left at 6, most folks were sat outide on the wooden benches that surround this pub.
Prices were particularly impressive,£2.50 for my half of De Molen, you’d be hard pressed to find such an offering for less than £3.95 elsewere in London.
Nice place, some choices you may not stumble across in other London venues and keenly priced.
Perhaps not a go to destination but easily combined with other pubs in the area and can be taken on a detour between Craft Clerkenwell and Craft islington (approx 10 mins from each).
tdtm82 (126) , England | May 30, 2013| Updated August 6, 2013
An impressive classic pub with a great busy vibe. Absolutely gorgeous architecture and a good, modern pub interior to boot.
The vibe was loud and vibrant but the staff were very attentive. Myself and Danko got served efficiently. The beer range was good but I felt it required some work on keg.
Having two Tocalmatto’s on keg was a bonus, something I hope will occur prominently thanks to Atlas. The food was the real highlight. Their house burger was £10 and cooked perfectly.
Forget the more expensive cool burger chains around, this place was a cut above for burgers and chicken wings. Now if only they could get a few better beers in then it would be a regular visit for me.
The Barworks’ pub chain has been setting some good standards lately and this testifies that competency.
Been here a few times as usually a good choice of beers, cask and keg. Always thought a bit expensive. But on the 7th May 2013 I nearly walked out when charged £2,10 for a half of cask bitter that was only 3.8% abv. Later I saw the menu confirming the rip off price and the same beer was £4,10 a pint. I shall not be returning, pity as I like the pub and area.