Calthorpe Arms (Young’s)

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
ladnewton  (201) London, England | May 12, 2017
A good, honest Young’s pub between Kings Cross and Holborn. Traditional interior and furnishings. Well kept Young’s and guest ales poured by a friendly landlord of some twenty years standing with a good team around him. Archetypal pub food menu, but the specials are exactly that, prepared with a great deal of thought and imagination. Conversation is king at the Calthorpe, and most evenings you will find a number of regular ’characters’ at the bar, whilst a TV at the rear predominantly shows subtitled news with no sound. A lovely stop for dinner and a pint on the walk or cycle ride down to Clerkenwell!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer  (2012) Hebden Bridge, England | April 20, 2017
Having worked out of Grays Inn Road for 8 years, it’s a shame I never went in here once during that time. Finally visited in 2016 to find a traditional pub with plenty of ambiance and cosy soft furnishings including a tartan carpet. Although it’s worth coming to this single room corner pub for the aforementioned, its beer selection is disappointing, with only the regular Youngs ales available on my visit, although I did find something new from the same brewers keg offerings in here.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
chriso  (715) London, England | September 3, 2015
Traditional Youngs pub between Kings Cross & Holborn. Definitely a boozer feel, which is no bad thing in this area. They have a couple of guest beers as well as the Youngs staples so could be worth a look if you’re passing. Beers have always been in good shape when I’ve popped in. However, if I were in the area (or new to the area) and particularly wanted Youngs beers I’d tend to head for the Lamb, which isn’t far away.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois  (1034) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | December 17, 2014
Long standing CAMRA entrant and old school Youngs pub, the Calthorpe Arms is located on the Grays Inn Rd between Kings X and Farringdon. Trad English pub with a local feel, a little off the tourist trap. Cask beers always in decent nick but lacking in choice, just Wells and Youngs standards and seasonals. No reason to seek this venue out but if you’re walking past (Queens Head to Bottle Dog or Craft Clerkenwell) no harm to pop in.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40  (358) Beder, Aarhus, Denmark | May 2, 2013
An okay Young’s pub with a somewhat limited selection of mostly their own casks and bottles and a single guest cask. Polite service. Seems to me like a neighborhood pub. No point in going here unless you’re looking for some fairly common Young’s beers.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
picasso  (4) Hook, England | January 31, 2011
Decent no frills boozer
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Rune  (811) Tromsø, Norway | April 14, 2008
I always try to visit this one whenever I go to London. Located almost at the corner a Gray’s Inn Road and Calthorpe Street, it is a traditional Youngs pub with a cosy, relaxing and laid-back atmosphere. Just a classic English pub! On my visit in March the real ales on cask were as usual in good condition and included Youngs Winter Warmer, Bitter, Special and Wells Bombardier. It is very convenient that you can buy bottles to take away (Double Chocolate Stout, Ram Rod, Oatmeal Stout, Waggledance, St. George ale, Champion and a few others in the bottle selection) (Visited late 11.03.2008).

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