Southampton Arms (Free) | Gospel Oak, Greater London
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Southampton Arms (Free)
Excellent based on 53 ratings
Type: Bar

139 Highgate Road, Gospel Oak
Gospel Oak, Greater London England NW5 1LE [ print map ]
07958 780073 | twitter

Hours: Midday to midnight most days

Mayor: ladnewton (14) | Taps: 18 | Bottles: 0

Southampton Arms (Free)

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Beer Available At Southampton Arms (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Gyle 59 Freedom Hiker , London Fields Bootlegger Series: Orange Sunshine 48, Lilley’s Darksider , Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze (Draught) 63, Cornish Crown 1 Hop 1 Grain , Cornish Crown Mousehole Bitter , Hobsons Richly Deliquorice Stout , A Head in a Hat Titfer , Mordue IPA 87, Dark Star The Art Of Darkness 80, East London Foundation Bitter 64, Marble Inter Regnum , Great Heck Amish Mash 81, Tring Bring Me Sunshine 51, Hopcraft Long Nines 68, Dark Star Revelation 94, Magic Rock Punchline 96, Hopcraft Cruxshadow 51, Summer Wine Rouge Hop 91, Marble Best 58
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53 reviews for Southampton Arms (Free)
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  80%
 Selection  80%
 Food  71%
 Value  80%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

Brugmansia  (400) Jylland, Denmark | April 15, 2013
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 don´t do food, but they have some lovely bar snacks thats worth a try :-) For sure a pub worth visiting...
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Fin  (548) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 1, 2013
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 micros’ 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 I’d 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 don’t doubt, but this seems to get everything right and ticked all of the boxes for me.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
soulhat  (21) Kempston, England | March 17, 2013
This has every thing top quality beer.snacks bar staff & real fire BRILLIANT..
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (625) The ’Sham, England | February 24, 2013
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 I’ve 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 it’s 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey  (27) NUNEATON, Top 22, England | February 22, 2013| Updated March 5, 2013
Straight out of Dickens or Potter, the hellishly crowded Southampton, condensation dripping off the ceiling into your pint. Old bird banging the joanna dementedly in the corner. Standing room only, wedged contortedly beneath the coat hooks trying vainly to extricate your phone from your pocket, buffeted relentlessly by the toilet-going public. No respite or room in the backyard to move your elbows to rate, so forget about it and get the Dark Stars in. Visited November 2012 before Bobby Womack’s gig at HMV Forum. The most atmospheric London pub I’ve visited to date, with about the most impressive cask range.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Bryne  (361) Bryne, Norway | February 22, 2013
If only this was my neighborhood pub back in Norway! Dream on... I have to stick to crap beer or craft beer at horrifying prices. The only problem was that the pub was so packed that I could barely squeeze in. I hardly managed to drink my beers and at the same time relax and enjoy my stay. But, I loved this place. If there is a next time, I will visit earlier in the daytime. (Visited February 16th 2013)
caesar  (294) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | December 19, 2012
The looks are horrible: old and dirty. But they serve loads of (rare) local brews, all on cask. No bottles. No plastic payment, just cash. Very good prices: all beers are priced the same. Atmosphere was very friendly, with lots of locals and the occasional tourist (like me :P). Just see through the crappy looks and you’ll see easily one of the best bars around!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
itaste  (37) , | December 7, 2012
A special place to drink great ciders. Nice ambient near one of the most beautiful parks in london. If you ask they can also give you a growler!!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
JorgeLee  (138) , England | October 17, 2012
This is a proper old style pub, looks like a gloomy room with wooden seats, high ceiling, similar building to the Marble Arch. Quite small. Strongish smell of fermenting appes and pig. Superb selection of beers and ciders, maybe not the biggest in town and quite UK small brewery focused. Maybe not technically the best beer selection in town, but I think the place I prefer to drink in.
lada66  (134) Savonlinna, Finland | September 25, 2012
A great place, great staff. And good real ales in a very good condition. I’ll be back (2011)

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