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The Southampton Arms

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  • Righi T.
    Righi Travel Like a LocalDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I couldn't recommend this place enough. Great beers and pub food, friendly atmosphere...my favourite pub in London, hands down. Pub quiz on mon nights and live piano on tue,wed and sun. Cash only Read more
  • S. J.
    S. J.August 31, 2013
    Great atmosphere: old photos and vinyl on play. Only local ales and cider; don't expect lager. There is wine. Cheese and pork baps are amazing and cheap. Simply a treasure. Major thumbs up! Cash only!
  • Sam M.
    Sam MJanuary 26, 2014
    My favourite pub in London, feels like it's been transplanted from somewhere in Yorkshire. Wood, meat, real fire, cheap. Cash only, super friendly staff, great beers and cider, proper bar snacks.
    Upvoted Dec 31, 2016
  • BarChick
    BarChickAugust 27, 2013
    The taps are always changing and they also work with a lot of London microbreweries, so the beer is amazing http://barchick.com/find-a-bar/london/the-southampton-arms
  • version3point1
    version3point1October 28, 2016
    As someone that loves proper cider, this place was an absolute charm. Came here mid-week about 1pm and there were 7 still ciders and 1 perry to choose from – all divine!
  • Drowned in Sound
    Drowned in SoundJanuary 25, 2011
    Probably the pub that best personifies the DiS spirit. Brilliant selection of independently brewed ales. Great music too. Ask folks under 30 if they work at Warp records, as most of them drink here. Read more
  • Adrian H.
    Adrian HonFebruary 25, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Great selection of beers and a nice local crowd. However, gets very crowded in the evenings so don't expect to have anywhere to sit unless you're willing to wait. There's room outside though!
  • Dolce&Gabbana
    Dolce&GabbanaFebruary 15, 2012
    For those that stumble across it, they’ll quickly realise that this place likes to keep things simple, for outside an old painted sign that reads ‘Ale, Cider, Meat’… pretty straight forward, no?
  • Rob C.
    Rob CowieFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome beer selection. Contrary to popular rumour the beers are not exclusively local. They get the best on offer from Cornwall to Aberdeen via Huddersfield..
  • Paul W.
    Paul WrightDecember 31, 2013
    Top pub...was quiet when we went in (1230 on a Monday between Xmas and NYE). Great beer selection, real fire, great atmosphere. Could do a beer festival in one stop here!
  • Hugues d.
    Hugues de MaupeouJune 11, 2016
    Amazing selection of beers, all from small (but delicious) UK producers. The bartenders makes you taste different ales before you make your choice !
  • BarChick
    BarChickNovember 22, 2011
    Remember to take cash, this is a no card pub. It's perfect if you're skint, and ideal for getting a date trashed, as those ciders are not for the faint hearted Read more
  • Gen J.
    Gen JensonDecember 31, 2015
    The best pub in London, old charm, good mix of patrons and proper hand pulled ales and cider. And the best roast pork rolls ever.
  • Londonist
    LondonistJune 10, 2010
    The beer selection is now well noted. But we're also fans of the tiny beer yard - get the right seat, and the right beer, and you're sitting in a classic northern pub...in Kentish Town.
  • Carl C.
    Carl ClancySeptember 18, 2014
    With a constantly changing selection of roughly ten beers, each one gone once the firkin runs dry, every visit is a singular, unassuming education in quality drinking.
  • Aprelenko S.
    Aprelenko SashaAugust 13, 2014
    This was my first pub in UK and it was just perfect. Great prices, stuff, menu and bar. 100% recommend!!
  • Alice H.
    Alice HaywardMay 5, 2013
    Get yourself a roast pork bap. Mindblowingly good. Great selection of ales and ciders although it's cash only!
  • Hanumana
    HanumanaOctober 25, 2012
    Separate bar & restaurant area were you can enjoy fine wine and good food or simply relax with friend over a beer.
  • Barnabee
    BarnabeeMarch 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A strong and ever changing selection of British beers, pork baps and live piano make this pub great!
  • Matt B.
    Matt BrownFebruary 11, 2010
    Absolutely top-notch perfect. Something like ten real ales on tap, all locally sourced. Old-school record player, outdoor toilets and an ancient chap playing the piano (very well). Highly recommended.
  • Andy B.
    Andy BurgessFebruary 20, 2015
    Small pub, with an impressive range. Be warned though, the my don't have any fuzzy cider, if that's what you prefer, and the barmaid can't tell the difference between cider and Perry.
  • Mat A.
    Mat AMarch 29, 2015
    Cozy old boozer, full of friendly folk, cute dogs and drinks only sourced from small independent brewers
  • Vic M.
    Vic McGinMay 17, 2015
    Cash only, be warned. Lovely selection of beers and a little beer garden. Pork nap was very tasty!
  • Derrick C.
    Derrick ChenJune 2, 2013
    As they say, they "are the only dedicated ale & cider house in London to sell only beers & ciders from small independent UK brewers."
  • Tonic Music
    Tonic MusicJanuary 12, 2012
    Easily one of the best pubs in London; countless ales, ciders and the best mustard I've ever tasted.
  • Luke H.
    Luke HarveyApril 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great no nonsense pub, all independent beers and ciders, all the same price, cash only
  • Stefano James N.
    nothing I know compares to this, a pub with around 10 ales and 10 ciders that only serves hearty old school snaks, all set in a nice atmosphere with old vinyls playing Read more
  • Christian B.
    Christian BSOctober 3, 2015
    The pork Poe's are excellent, and are served with an equally good piccalilli!
  • Nick M.
    Nick MinersMarch 11, 2014
    Pork bap. Pork bap. Pork bap. Pork bap. That's all you need to know.
  • Simon G.
    Simon GosneyNovember 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    A marvellous pub - too exciting to go for just one pint. Everything about it is spot on and just lovely, including the friendly dog.
  • sim p.
    sim panaserFebruary 1, 2015
    Doesn't feel like you're in London which sometimes is a good thing. Good beer and unpretentious
  • Monika
    MonikaMarch 9, 2016
    Great for decent beer & cider. Follow them on twitter to see what's on.
  • Liam P.
    Liam ProvenJuly 11, 2011
    Great new quality-beer pub in Kentish Town. The place to go before a gig at the Forum. Read more
  • alex w.
    alex woodhamNovember 11, 2015
    The beer, the pork, and perhaps the cider, if you're that way inclined
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Ask the bar staff for advice and try a couple of tasters Read more
  • Dertie B.
    Dertie BixonJanuary 1, 2015
    Epic, yet tiny, ale and cider house. This is one of my top five pubs in the universe.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MasonApril 11, 2010
    Pork pies and real ale and cider. Legendary addition to the already great range of pubs between the Heath and Tufnell Park...
  • Danni M.
    Danni MJuly 28, 2013
    Love the food for a Sunday pub lunch - book in advance though
  • Morena F.
    Morena FioreMarch 25, 2011
    Tried the best coffee ale. ask for it, if they have some you won't regret it
  • Michael B.
    Proper pub. Roast pork bap on a Sunday, stay long enough/drink enough to jam out to the dude playing the piano.
  • Callum S.
    Callum StottJune 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Brilliant real ale/hipster pub. The pork pies are great!
  • Fish F.
    Fish Fish3 weeks ago
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beer here as always. But do they have to be so rude and obnoxious about it?
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HeenanNovember 12, 2010
    You know you're on to a winner from the ALE CIDER MEAT sign. They sell Seabrook's Crisps and there's a panther in the beer garden.
  • Leo H.
    Leo HemstedOctober 28, 2016
    cash only, but definitely worth it for the fantastic beer selection
  • Morena F.
    Morena FioreMarch 25, 2011
    Gospel Oak Overground is only 5min walk. From outside the pub turn left then take the 2nd left. It's under 2nd bridge!
  • Richard D.
    Richard DuftySeptember 10, 2013
    Liking the vibe in here. Could take a while to get through the beers though ;)
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HogueJuly 7, 2012
    When beer writers imagine heaven, it looks exactly like the Southampton Arms. (via nytimes)
  • Paramount P.
    Paramount PropertiesAugust 12, 2014
    Great local pub with a good atmosphere.
  • Plwm B.
    Plwm BwmMay 20, 2016
    Good choice of beer and very nice pork Pies
  • Adam B.
    Adam BarnettJuly 29, 2012
    Eat the roast pork bap. Amazingly tasty
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