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 88, 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 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse  (238) 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  (323) 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  (464) 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  (943) Boomtown!, Australia | 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  (100) , 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
ladnewton  (169) London, England | December 22, 2009| Updated May 27, 2012
The Southampton Arms has reopened as a dedicated ale and cider house. As mentioned below most of the old furniture has been stripped out opening up the pub into a more spacious and accommodating one, having retained the original woodpanelling, fireplace, piano, mirrors and tiled wall behind the bar. Tungsten lighting keeps it traditional. Enough rambling about what it looks like, their adventurous beer policy is enough to drive even the least curious drinker in to have a look. Twelve handpumps serve up to 8 ales at any time with the remaining four given to ciders and perries. One or two extra ciders were noted behind the bar. Two German lagers are also available on draught. Beers and ciders mainly from small to micro breweries: Sambrooks Wandle and Dark Star Espresso both on very good form. Food is limited (and I know some of you will like this) to pork pies, scotch eggs, nuts and crisps as the pub has no kitchen and little intention of installing one. Friendly, enthusiastic young staff behind the bar. Whilst there I noted the majority of people inside were drinking real ale, and as standard the beers were served in jugs unless you asked for a straight glass. And for music, donít think Spotify, iPod or CDs - think VINYL! The reopening of this pub as an alehouse, welcoming to everyone, is excellent news for the Gospel Oak area where good real ale pubs are fairly few and far between. I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit and wish the pub every success. NOTE the telephone number does not receive incoming calls; as soon as I have obtained a new number I will update RB.

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