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Beer Available At Southampton Arms (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Hobsons Richly Deliquorice Stout , Florence A Head In A Hat Titfer , Mordue IPA 87, Dark Star The Art Of Darkness 79, East London Foundation Bitter 63, Marble Inter Regnum , Great Heck Amish Mash 78, Tring Bring Me Sunshine 53, Hopcraft Long Nines 68, Dark Star Revelation 94, Magic Rock Punchline 96, Hopcraft Cruxshadow 51, Summer Wine Rouge Hop 91, Marble Best , Magic Rock Simpleton 80, Burning Sky Aurora 88, Marble Ginger Marble 63, Summer Wine Diablo 93, Hopcraft Lucifer Juice , Fyne Ales Fladda Rock íní Roll 63
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Boudicca (657) London, England | September 18, 2011| Updated February 19, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
I like the Southampton Arms very much and Iím considering making it my local as itís only a few minutes away on the North London line (now known as the London Overground). Its selection of ales and ciders from UK microbreweries is fantastic, their roast pork baps are delicious and the service is excellent. However, there is a rub: the place has become a victim of its own success and can sometimes get so crowded and noisy that itís almost stressful to be there. If you pick your time right, though, and can find a space at one of the assorted tables or outside in the small garden at the back, itís a delight. It has an old fashioned feel, as if itís been put together with pieces from a salvage yard, right down to the tiles behind the bar which are reminiscent of butchersí shops of old. They have a quiz on Mondays and a pianist Ė sometimes a trumpeter as well - on other evenings.
(Last visited 14 January 2012).
nate2g (606) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | July 10, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
A pub that successfully fills me up with quality ales and cider on each visit is a winner in my book. Up there with the best pubs in London - the ales are always drinking well and the ciders are exciting and generally hit the spot. The hearty pork pies are tasty and the staff are always on the ball. Plus thereís always good banter to be had with the locals. And yes the record player with vintage vinyls pumping out old school blues and jazz just adds to the magic. Sensational.
Theydon_Bois (605) The íSham, England | February 24, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great local boozer 7 or 8 minutes walk from Kentish Town (Northern) or 3 minutes from Gospel Oak (LOROL).
Largeish single roomed boozer from around the turn of the last century, joanna in the corner, bar carries around 10 to a dozen cask lines and 5 or 6 keg taps which also carry decent offerings. Plenty of emphasis on local London micros but Iíve also hit on things like a Tempest offering on tap.
Great hot pork rolls available!
Clientele is largely locals, plus the odd beer geek as itís well worth a visit here.
Saw Trigger (Roger Lloyd Pack) on my last visit here if you like to spot famous folks. He ordered two halfs - wonder if he was rating !!!
Great place, gets busy fairly early so if you want a table on a Friday best get there before 5ish.
Leighton (573) London, England | April 2, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I finally got to this place. Definitely one of the best pubs in London. The selection is great, with a solid range of about eight cask ales and eight ciders. (These numbers are approximates.) the layout is good, a variety of tables and benches. Good decor, vintage beer ephemera. But the top attraction is the vinyl. Yes, the Southampton Arms actually plays real vinyl records for their house music. Iíve been to a few bars/pubs around the world and this is the first place Iíve seen do this. The warm crackles and hisses just add infinite layers of credibility, excellence and deeceness to this pub. All beers and ciders were in good condition and the bartenders were pleasant and dealing with the crowds well. I recommend this place very highly.
Fin (535) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 1, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
We visited here yesterday Sunday 31st March 2013, just me and Loz. The bus 214 we caught from nearish Old Fountain stopped right outside the pub (bargain!) This is a lovely little pub, a real treat, wonderfully simple decor, all old wood, old wooden tables and bench seating along with wooden chairs, a really lovely looking charming old place. The beer selection was mostly localish microsí I had a Notting Hill ruby red to start with and Loz had a Stiff Upper Lip, we then both had a Buxton Jaw (something) before I finished with a lovely Wilkins cider, Loz had another Buxton, but would probably have had a Dark Star Six Hop had I have realised it was just going on after Iíd already ordered. This is a very friendly place, the sort of pub where you share a table with others. Food choice was very simple but looked good, I saw some very decent looking Pork Pie amongst the offerings. We sat near the front window but getting a seat was tricky in here and we were lucky. I really liked this place and warmed to its charms the longer we stayed, ok so there are better beer choices about I donít doubt, but this seems to get everything right and ticked all of the boxes for me.
imdownthepub (452) Banbury, England | December 4, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
There is always a bit of a treck to get out to this pub on our fairly infrequent visits to London, but itís always worthwhile, it has the advantage of the bus dropping you right outside the front door though. There is a calm, relaxed atmosphere, although you do have to push through the barflyís to get to see whatís on offer. There has always been an eclectic range of beers available, for all tastes, and in our experience generally in very good condition. It has been my favourite London pub for a couple of years now and I would recommend a visit if you possibly can.
Scopey (387) Croydon, England | August 3, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I finally made it to the Southampton Arms after a couple years of neglect (I mean it is pretty far north...). Located a short walk from both Camden Brewery and BrewDog Camden, so why not hit them all in one trip? Traditional saloon-type bar interior. Conversely, the place is mostly full of the young trendy crowd (hence why I was here). Old-school vinyl music was a pleasant surprise. They focus on ale, cider and meat, so there was no chance this place was going to be bad. Lots of more obscure UK micros on cask, so this is obviously a tickers paradise. All the beers I had were in good condition. Only annoying thing was the woman who served me had pretty much zero beer knowledge.... Anyway a solid place for sure and if I lived nearby I would definitely frequent it.
Brugmansia (380) Jylland, Denmark | April 15, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Visited several times, and I just love this place :-)
For the beers, the ciders, the cosy atmosphere, the friendly staff and off course for the lovely old, black dog that from times to times are around the pub, and know where the sausages are :-)
Always a huge range of beers, mostly in good condtion, and a great selection of traditionel ciders, from smaller cider producers, as well.
Can at times be a bit crowded, but then you can use the small beergarden in the back.
They donīt do food, but they have some lovely bar snacks thats worth a try :-)
For sure a pub worth visiting...
Rune (370) TromsÝ, Norway | October 10, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
A cosy and intimate free house offering four ciders and eight, hand pulled cask ales during our stay in late September. Early Bob Dylan on vinyl, a lit fire place, wooden benches and chairs, all making drinking here a joyful experience. With our Oyster cards it took 25 minutes to move from King William IV in East London to Southampton Arms in the north by taking the train from Leyton Midland Rd. to Gospel Oak. The pub is just a short walk from the station (Visited, 29.09.2010).
chriso (368) London, England | September 12, 2012| Updated February 24, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great place with a great range of intersting cask ales and ciders but is something of a victim of its own success. The key is in picking the right time to visit. On weekend evenings it is often so packed that itís difficult to get through the door. And the narrow shape of the place means it doesnít cope too well with excessive crowds as, even once youíve got a drink, thereís not really anywhere to stand away from the bar if all the seats are occupied. There is a garden out back hat can provide overspill space but they have to clear that well before the pub closes, so that can make things even worse. Go in the daytime during the week however and you may well have the place virtually to yourself. If you want to visit the Bull in Highgate, thereís a bus that goes from directly outside the Southampton.
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