The Southampton Arms

139 Highgate Rd (at Wesleyan Pl), Highgate, Greater London, NW5 1LE, United Kingdom
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • Noon–Midnight
  • Sun
    • Noon–11:00 PM
£ £ £ £
Brunch, Dinner
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The Southampton Arms Ale and Cider House, the only dedicated ale and cider house in london to sell only beer and cider from small, independent UK breweries.


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  • cider drinks
  • beer
  • scotch eggs
  • favourite pub in london
  • pork
  • vegetarian food
  • wine
  • fireplaces
  • great value
  • locally sourced food
  • sausage rolls
  • gardens
  • casual
  • cozy
  • quiet
  • friendly staff
  • rum
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  • cash only
  • coffee
  • Londonist

    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 Kentish Town.

    Londonist · June 10, 2010
  • BarChick

    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

    BarChick · November 22, 2011
  • Matt B.

    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.

    Matt Brown · February 11, 2010
  • Tonic Music

    Easily one of the best pubs in London; countless ales, ciders and the best mustard I've ever tasted.

    Tonic Music · January 12, 2012
  • Drowned in Sound

    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

    Drowned in Sound · January 25, 2011
  • Sarah H.

    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.

    Sarah Heenan · November 12, 2010
  • Dolce&Gabbana

    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?

    Dolce&Gabbana · February 15, 2012
  • Paul R.

    Handles on pint glasses. And because the bus stop is right outside... No need to leave until absolutely necessary!

    Paul Rooney · November 24, 2010
  • Ben M.

    Pork pies and real ale and cider. Legendary addition to the already great range of pubs between the Heath and Tufnell Park...

    Ben Mason · April 11, 2010
  • Jamie W.

    As ale pubs go, this is almost too perfect. Can't wait for them to get their beer garden going in the summer.

    Jamie White · March 13, 2010
  • Harriet

    Get the pickled eggs and strawberry cider. Proper Westcountry joy. Read more

    Harriet · June 14, 2010
  • sean s.

    Nice atmospheric place to go to for Roast Pork Bap after a walk on Hampstead Heath. Recently refurbished

    sean singleton · January 9, 2010
  • Sebastian F.

    Try the scotch eggs. Just ask for extra mustard...

    Sebastian Foot · April 3, 2011
  • Morena F.

    Gospel Oak Overground is only 5min walk. From outside the pub turn left then take the 2nd left. It's under 2nd bridge!

    Morena Fiore · March 25, 2011
  • Theresa T 💞

    Great selection of beer. And there's a bus stop right outside as well. Very nicely located

    Theresa T 💞 · August 7, 2014
  • Sam M.

    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.

    Sam M · January 26, 2014
  • Alice H.

    Get yourself a roast pork bap. Mindblowingly good. Great selection of ales and ciders although it's cash only!

    Alice Hayward · May 5, 2013
  • Callum S.

    Brilliant real ale/hipster pub. The pork pies are great!

    Callum Stott · June 9, 2012
  • Martin F.

    Quite some Collection of Ale & Cider

    Martin F. · May 29, 2011
  • Ben S.

    Excellent independent beers and ciders. Like walking back in time 30 years.

    Ben Smart · April 13, 2010
  • Kenneth L.

    Lovely roast pork baps 'n coider. Mmmm!

    Kenneth Lillie · March 5, 2010
  • Nick M.

    Pork bap. Pork bap. Pork bap. Pork bap. That's all you need to know.

    Nick Miners · March 11, 2014
  • BarChick

    The taps are always changing and they also work with a lot of London microbreweries, so the beer is amazing

    BarChick · August 27, 2013
  • Adam B.

    Eat the roast pork bap. Amazingly tasty

    Adam Barnett · July 29, 2012
  • Richard H.

    The Rum Porter is delicious but it's going fast!

    Richard Hopkirk · January 6, 2012
  • Liam P.

    Great new quality-beer pub in Kentish Town. The place to go before a gig at the Forum. Read more

    Liam Proven · July 11, 2011
  • 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

    Stefano James Nocera · May 23, 2011
  • Mark H.

    Monday night pub quizz is legendary

    Mark H · November 29, 2010
  • matt o.

    The ciders are great but the scotch eggs are to die for.

    matt oneill · April 9, 2010
  • S. J.

    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!

    S. J. · August 31, 2013
  • Danni M.

    Love the food for a Sunday pub lunch - book in advance though

    Danni M · July 28, 2013
  • Derrick C.

    As they say, they "are the only dedicated ale & cider house in London to sell only beers & ciders from small independent UK brewers."

    Derrick Chen · June 2, 2013
  • Hanumana

    Separate bar & restaurant area were you can enjoy fine wine and good food or simply relax with friend over a beer.

    Hanumana · October 25, 2012
  • Andrew H.

    When beer writers imagine heaven, it looks exactly like the Southampton Arms. (via nytimes)

    Andrew Hogue · July 7, 2012
  • Roy

    Have you had the sausage roll here yet? What, are you serious?

    Roy · 4 days ago
  • Andy B.

    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.

    Andy Burgess · 1 week ago
  • Jonny W.

    Nice stripped-down pub, bare in a good way like an early White Stripes album

    Jonny Wright · 2 weeks ago
  • sim p.

    Doesn't feel like you're in London which sometimes is a good thing. Good beer and unpretentious

    sim panaser · 3 weeks ago
  • feco B.

    Try the eggs. Interesting.

    feco B. · January 10
  • Dertie B.

    Epic, yet tiny, ale and cider house. This is one of my top five pubs in the universe.

    Dertie Bixon · January 1
  • Ed L.

    It'll rekindle your love of cider. Vegetarian Scotch eggs are great for lining your stomach.

    Ed L · December 6, 2014
  • Ric T.

    I couldn't recommend this place enough. Great beers and pub food, friendly favourite pub in London, hands down. Pub quiz on mon nights and live piano on tue,wed and sun. Cash only Read more

    Ric Travel Like a Local · December 2, 2014
  • Matt M.

    Real ale and cloudy cider.

    Matt Mottram · November 11, 2014
  • Roy

    Pork baps go hard. Order extra piccalilli!

    Roy · November 10, 2014
  • Patrick R.

    They play records.

    Patrick Ross · October 26, 2014
  • Stella C.

    Follow me on twitter Read more

    Stella Colin · October 23, 2014
  • prof m.

    Strong witchcraft spells on line / love spells caster / bring back lost lover in 3 days / stop marriage break up / stop your lover from cheating on you and make him / her love you alone +27780125164 Read more

    prof mondo · September 19, 2014
  • Carl C.

    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.

    Carl Clancy · September 18, 2014
  • Aprelenko S.

    This was my first pub in UK and it was just perfect. Great prices, stuff, menu and bar. 100% recommend!!

    Aprelenko Sasha · August 13, 2014
  • Paramount P.

    Great local pub with a good atmosphere.

    Paramount Property · August 12, 2014

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