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The Southampton Arms

139 Highgate Rd (Wesleyan Pl), Highgate, Greater London, NW5 1LE, United Kingdom
Closed until Noon (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • Noon–Midnight
  • Sun
    • Noon–11:00 PM
Brunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine
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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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    Alice H.
    "Great selection of ales and ciders although it's cash only!"(6 Tips)
    Tonic Music
    "Easily one of the best pubs in London"(5 Tips)
    Kenneth L.
    "Lovely roast pork baps 'n coider."(4 Tips)
    Ben M.
    "Pork pies and real ale and cider."(5 Tips)
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Hon · February 25, 2014
  • 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
  • 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

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

    BarChick · August 27, 2013
  • 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 · February 20, 2015
  • 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
  • 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 Cowie · February 14, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Wright · December 31, 2013
  • Gen J.

    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.

    Gen Jenson · December 31, 2015
  • 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 Gosney · November 23, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Barnabee

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

    Barnabee · March 3, 2014
  • Mat A.

    Cozy old boozer, full of friendly folk, cute dogs and drinks only sourced from small independent brewers

    Mat A · March 29, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • sim p.

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

    sim panaser · February 1, 2015
  • Vic M.

    Cash only, be warned. Lovely selection of beers and a little beer garden. Pork nap was very tasty!

    Vic McGin · May 17, 2015
  • 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
  • Luke H.

    Great no nonsense pub, all independent beers and ciders, all the same price, cash only

    Luke Harvey · 5 days ago
  • 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
  • Christian B.

    The pork Poe's are excellent, and are served with an equally good piccalilli!

    Christian BS · October 3, 2015
  • Monika

    Great for decent beer & cider. Follow them on twitter to see what's on.

    Monika · March 9
  • 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
  • Nick M.

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

    Nick Miners · March 11, 2014
  • alex w.

    The beer, the pork, and perhaps the cider, if you're that way inclined

    alex woodham · November 11, 2015
  • Morena F.

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

    Morena Fiore · March 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
  • 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
  • Ed L.

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

    Ed L · December 6, 2014
  • Ben S.

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

    Ben Smart · April 13, 2010
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals

    Ask the bar staff for advice and try a couple of tasters Read more

  • Russtik

    Solid ale & cider principles with a decent bit of pork pie. What's not to like?

    Russtik · May 14, 2010
  • 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
  • Dertie B.

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

    Dertie Bixon · January 1, 2015
  • Morena F.

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

    Morena Fiore · March 25, 2011
  • matt o.

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

    matt oneill · April 9, 2010
  • Danni M.

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

    Danni M · July 28, 2013
  • Richard H.

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

    Richard Hopkirk · September 2, 2011
  • Callum S.

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

    Callum Stott · June 9, 2012
  • Christian B.

    The pork pie. Definitely get the pork pie.

    Christian BS · October 3, 2015

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