Southampton Arms | Gospel Oak, Greater London
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Southampton Arms
Excellent based on 58 ratings
Type: Bar

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

Hours: Mon-Thu 1200-2300; Fri & Sat 1200-0000; Sun 1200-2230

Mayor: ladnewton (10) | Taps: 18 | Bottles: 0

Southampton Arms

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Beer Available At Southampton Arms (arranged by most recent)
Gyle 59 Nettle IPA , Redemption White IPA , Gyle 59 Rye Red Saison , Haresfoot Totem , Mallinsons Nelson Sauvin 94, Hopcraft The Party Line , Gwatkin Farmhouse Perry 43, Millwhites Apples and Pears Cider 61, Big Smoke Dark Wave Porter , Ledbury Bitter , Three Blind Mice Black Bank Porter , Kent Zingiber 55, Mallinsons Amarillo (4.2%) 91, Magic Rock The Big Top 97, Fyne Ales Hurricane Jack 93, Shiny Affinity , Redemption Big Chief 87, Clouded Minds Luppol Ale 48, Big Rabbit Hop Fodder , Allendale Mosaic
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58 reviews for Southampton Arms
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  80%
 Selection  80%
 Food  72%
 Value  80%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  94%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
jackl  (520) Charlottesville, Virginia | May 29, 2012
The Southampton Arms is located in a rather awkward patch of north London, about 10 minutes walk from Kentish Town station. The pub has a great, relaxed, lived-in feeling. The wooden bar seems like its been around for ages, classic rock and jazz play softly from a record player behind the bar. The back garden is nice, with plenty of seating options. The crowdís pretty hipster, it could be worse. The selection is small but pretty well curated. On my last visit I enjoyed pints from the likes of Otley, Marble, and By The Horns. I donít think thereís a bottle selection. The food is basic pub snacks (pork pies), though it does look good. Overall, this is a great pub that Iíd visit often if it was centrally located.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock  (417) , England | April 2, 2012
My son had just moved to this part of North London, so the wife and I decided weíd visit him and The Southampton Arms on the same weekend: the pub had been recommended to us by some London based friends and I knew it was within walking distance of his Ďsquatí. We arrived early afternoon on a winters Saturday and could hardly get through the door, the place was heaving with humanity: our party of seven struggled down the full length of the fairly long but thin, single roomed pub and settled by the piano, my wife getting the stool, the rest of us standing for our first two pints before a group near us departed, leaving a table and chairs available. They donít seem to have a chalkboard or beer list anywhere; you have to see the pump clips to know whatís on: difficult when the bar is three deep and the walkway between the bar and seating is blocked by customers also trying to see what is available at each end of the hand pulls. The ciders are easier to see, their taps being behind the servers and clearly visible the whole length of the bar. The beers I had were all fine and some of my party had some ciders, which again were fine. The staff were good, polite, calm and helpful: on one occasion after squeezing my way to the bar I patiently waited while one lady tried 3 different samples of cider before buying the one she liked, held up my ordering but I suppose thatís how a customer who is unsure should be treated. The actual pub is very basic in design and concept, no nonsense furniture and fittings along with no nonsense food and drink: meat or cheese, beer or cider, with only a very small choice of wine and spirits, this is a cask house foremost and last. The fame of the place grows and although well off the beaten track for most visiting tourists it is becoming a very popular meeting place for London drinkers and friends who know a thing or two about their drinks.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
EdKing  (153) London, England | March 22, 2012
Hard to get to, but well worth the journey. Probably the freshest bunch of cask ales Iíve ever had in London. Specialises in small UK breweries and the choice was outstanding when I was in, including beers from Redemption, Marble Manchester, Camden and Otley. All served as fresh as a daisy. Pub itself is a cosy, warm place with a retro feel and nice beer garden. Food pairings are wonderful including slices of pork pie, pickled eggs, and other great british fare. Service is also very helpful and friendly. One of my fav pubs in London and hard to beat.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas  (30) Billdal, Sweden | January 13, 2012
Greeat ambiance and a very good selection of Britsih craft-beers on cask. The bar-maid was not very friendly though...
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub  (572) Banbury, England | December 4, 2011
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76  (152) , England | November 11, 2011
Really nice old pub that is unfortunately for me is not that easy to get to. Great characterful beer garden out back - itís cosy though! Well kept beers and good service. All in all a very nice place to while away a few hours.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai  (161) Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, Netherlands | October 21, 2011
Very small old pub that on the night I visited had a great guy on piano and another one on trumpet making the visit worthwile even if I didnít like to drink beer! Fantastic! Had my first perry and mead in this place, besides some cask beers. Very nice place, thanks for showing me Mes!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Christian  (240) Odense, Denmark | October 14, 2011
Classic old local with a beer selection you donít find most places! Sit by the fireplace and enjoy some rare cask ales in outstanding condition.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (900) London, England | September 18, 2011| Updated February 19, 2012
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).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil  (350) Tallinn, Estonia | August 13, 2011
Slightly hard environment - saloon rather than lounge. 60s vinyl being played - win! Lovely friendly staff. Great selection of ciders and perries. Everything well served. Pork pie delicious. Could survive with this as my local, certainly.

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