Southampton Arms (Free) | Gospel Oak, Greater London
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Southampton Arms (Free)
Excellent based on 51 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)
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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51 reviews for Southampton Arms (Free)
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  81%
 Selection  80%
 Food  71%
 Value  81%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton  (574) London, England | April 2, 2011
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch  (301) Glasgow, Scotland | March 25, 2011| Updated March 26, 2011
Small traditional bar in North London 10 minute walk from Tufnell Park Underground. A bit run down & grotty but has a good selection of interesting beers. Satisfactory service. Worth a visit if you are in the area but there are better places to go to in London.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
mym  (14) London, England | February 16, 2011
Very high quality makeover of a small, ropy old pub. The interior is good pastiche, but then everything is these days outside places like rural Herefordshire, and eventually the place will make itís own authenticity if it carries on being run as well as this. Beer range excellent. Beer quality excellent. Bus stop outside. Will return.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse  (214) Hšsselby, Sweden | January 25, 2011
Lovely little pub a bit off the beaten tourist track, but still not too far away from the city center. A ten minute walk from Kentish Town tube station. Interior is mainly brown wood, with a small beer garden at the back. Excellent selection with 7-8 real ales and 7-8 ciders (some of them by gravity). On my visits this far the beer range has been very varied with beers from micro breweries from all across the UK, and all in very good form. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Some light bites available in terms of food. Excellent place, and a new permanent stop on my London beer tours.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
downender  (296) Bristol, England | January 23, 2011
Attractive pub with a wide selection of well chosen ciders from the likes of Burrow Hill and Newton Court, and some equally good ales. Pleasant atmosphere, although service could have been more prompt.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Rune  (370) TromsÝ, Norway | October 10, 2010
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).
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
nate2g  (606) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | July 10, 2010
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
bobinlondon  (12) Harrow, England | July 4, 2010
The best arrival on the London drinking scene for years, yet it feels like itís been this way for generations. A constantly and rapidly changing range of 15 or so cask ales and ciders, with the emphasis on the latter. Ultra superb basic boozer. I love the place!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl  (138) New York, New York | June 2, 2010
This place is dope. Lovely selection of ciders. Ambiance is top notch, and there was a small old man jazz outfit playing some classics on piano and sax while we were there. Loved it.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
tdtm82  (74) , England | May 31, 2010
I think Iíve stepped back in time. UK Cask ales and ciders a plenty here. Excellent conditioning. Fantastic selection of micro beers. Dedicated entirely to UK micro beers and ciders. Vinyl played on the record player. A descent stash of vinyl records on view by the record player next to the bar. This had to be operated by the staff. The beer range was superb for craft UK beers and ciders.The Dark Star was excellently conditioned. The pub itself suggested to me how pubs in the UK must have been operated during the 50s and 60s. A lot of locals and a good vibe. Ambience was awesome. I was very content here. The only problem is it is not close and doesnít stock any Belgians or US craft but when you need a break and fancy a session you have to come here. Thanks Mes for the heads up.

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