The Southampton Arms

139 Highgate Rd (at Wesleyan Pl), Highgate, Greater London, NW5 1LE
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  • Mon–Sat
    • Noon–Midnight
  • Sun
    • Noon–11:00 PM
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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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  • "Lovely roast pork baps 'n coider. Mmmm!" (4 tips)
  • "Pork pies and real ale and cider. Legendary addition to the already great..." (3 tips)
  • "Easily one of the best pubs in London; countless ales, ciders and the best..." (2 tips)
  • 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 B. · February 11, 2010
  • 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 H. · November 12, 2010
  • Paul R.

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

    Paul R. · 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 M. · April 11, 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
  • 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
  • Harriet

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

    Harriet · June 14, 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 W. · March 13, 2010
  • sean s.

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

    sean s. · January 9, 2010
  • Sebastian F.

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

    Sebastian F. · 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 F. · March 25, 2011
  • Callum S.

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

    Callum S. · 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 S. · April 13, 2010
  • Kenneth L.

    Lovely roast pork baps 'n coider. Mmmm!

    Kenneth L. · March 5, 2010
  • 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
  • Alice H.

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

    Alice H. · May 5, 2013
  • Adam B.

    Eat the roast pork bap. Amazingly tasty

    Adam B. · July 29, 2012
  • Richard H.

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

    Richard H. · 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 P. · July 11, 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 o. · April 9, 2010
  • Nick M.

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

    Nick M. · March 11
  • 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
  • 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 C. · June 2, 2013
  • Andrew H.

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

    Andrew H. · July 7, 2012
  • Barnabee

    A strong and ever changing selection of British beers, pork baps and live piano make this pub great!

    Barnabee · March 3
  • Adrian H.

    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!

    Adrian H. · February 25
  • Paul W.

    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!

    Paul W. · December 31, 2013
  • Jason

    Excellent real ales and craft beers

    Jason · October 6, 2013
  • cosmic s.

    Garden closes at 1030

    cosmic s. · October 5, 2013
  • Richard D.

    Liking the vibe in here. Could take a while to get through the beers though ;)

    Richard D. · September 10, 2013
  • Rob C.

    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..

    Rob C. · February 14, 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
  • Sharon M.

    Cash only folks!!

    Sharon M. · December 31, 2011
  • Sharon M.

    Fireplace AND real ale!

    Sharon M. · November 23, 2011
  • Elias M.

    Named CAMRA’s ‘London Pub of the Year’.

    Elias M. · October 20, 2011
  • Richard H.

    Serious Pig Salami ... Seriously Good! Ask at the bar.

    Richard H. · September 2, 2011
  • Simon G.

    THE best pub in London

    Simon G. · August 29, 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 N. · May 23, 2011
  • Morena F.

    Tried the best coffee ale. ask for it, if they have some you won't regret it

    Morena F. · March 25, 2011
  • Morena F.

    Fred the dog is lovely. Once she brings you her ball it's the end. You can't resist her

    Morena F. · March 25, 2011
  • Richard H.

    Mmmmmm baps.....almost... Pork baps!

    Richard H. · March 4, 2011
  • Simon G.

    A marvellous pub - too exciting to go for just one pint. Everything about it is spot on and just lovely, including the friendly dog.

    Simon G. · November 23, 2010
  • Stephen W.

    Veg scotch eggs way better than it sounds

    Stephen W. · September 25, 2010

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