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 (12) | Taps: 18 | Bottles: 0

Southampton Arms (Free)

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Beer Available At Southampton Arms (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Lilleyís 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 , Magic Rock Simpleton 81, Burning Sky Aurora 88
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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

  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  (77) , 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  (160) 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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