Southampton Arms (Free) | Gospel Oak, Greater London
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Southampton Arms (Free)
Excellent based on 56 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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Hours: Midday to midnight most days


Mayor: ladnewton (13) | Taps: 18 | Bottles: 0


Southampton Arms (Free)

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Big Rabbit Hop Fodder , Allendale Mosaic , Gyle 59 Freedom Hiker , London Fields Bootlegger Series: Orange Sunshine 47, 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 63, Marble Inter Regnum , Great Heck Amish Mash 83, Tring Bring Me Sunshine 51, Hopcraft Long Nines 68, Dark Star Revelation 94, Magic Rock Punchline 96, Hopcraft Cruxshadow 51
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56 reviews for Southampton Arms (Free)
 Ambiance  86%
 Service  81%
 Selection  81%
 Food  73%
 Value  81%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  95%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Rune  (432) 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).
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
nate2g  (665) 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.
88
  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!
84
  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.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
tdtm82  (83) , 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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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
ladnewton  (165) 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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