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The Southampton Arms

Kentish Town, London
100 Tips and reviews
  • cider
  • beer
  • pub in london
  • pork
  • scotch eggs
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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 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.
  • BarChick
    BarChickAugust 27, 2013
    The taps are always changing and they also work with a lot of London microbreweries, so the beer is amazing
  • 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!
  • M W.
    M WJune 24
    CAMRA cider pub of the year multiple times. Cash only. There's a cat, a piano, various home cooked food and a garden. What more could you want..? (Maybe clean toilets...)
  • 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!
  • 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..
  • 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?
  • 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 !
  • 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!
  • 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 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!
  • Alex G.
    Wonderfully cozy - amazing traditional feel, right down to the lack of a card machine... Pork scratchings though!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • alex w.
    alex woodhamNovember 11, 2015
    The beer, the pork, and perhaps the cider, if you're that way inclined
  • 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
  • Portuguese Woman O'war
    A little precious pub in London. Have the PorkBun. Just eat I don't ask question. Just good!
  • Danni M.
    Danni MJuly 28, 2013
    Love the food for a Sunday pub lunch - book in advance though
  • Michael B.
    Proper pub. Roast pork bap on a Sunday, stay long enough/drink enough to jam out to the dude playing the piano.
  • 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...
  • Matt F.
    Matt FApril 21
    I was too late to order food so the guy behind the bar gave me some of his pizza, top pub!
  • Morena F.
    Morena FioreMarch 25, 2011
    Tried the best coffee ale. ask for it, if they have some you won't regret it
  • Callum S.
    Callum StottJune 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Brilliant real ale/hipster pub. The pork pies are great!
  • Leo H.
    Leo HemstedOctober 28, 2016
    cash only, but definitely worth it for the fantastic beer selection
  • Fish F.
    Fish FishJanuary 28
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beer here as always. But do they have to be so rude and obnoxious about it?
  • 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 ;)
  • Paramount P.
    Paramount PropertiesAugust 12, 2014
    Great local pub with a good atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HogueJuly 7, 2012
    When beer writers imagine heaven, it looks exactly like the Southampton Arms. (via nytimes)
  • Phoebe P.
    Phoebe PickardApril 9, 2016
    All the beers, ales and ciders on sale are from independent breweries
  • Christian B.
    Christian BSOctober 3, 2015
    The pork pie. Definitely get the pork pie.
  • Ed L.
    Ed LDecember 6, 2014
    It'll rekindle your love of cider. Vegetarian Scotch eggs are great for lining your stomach.
  • Jason
    JasonOctober 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent real ales and craft beers
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FoxNovember 5, 2015
    love the wide range of beers they have
  • Martin B.
    Martin BundyNovember 10, 2015
    The pork baps are to die for.
  • Morena F.
    Morena FioreMarch 25, 2011
    Fred the dog is lovely. Once she brings you her ball it's the end. You can't resist her
  • Jonny W.
    Jonny WrightFebruary 7, 2015
    Nice stripped-down pub, bare in a good way like an early White Stripes album
  • Richard H.
    Richard HopkirkSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Serious Pig Salami ... Seriously Good! Ask at the bar.
  • Roy
    RoySeptember 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The pork baps are extraordinary.
  • sean s.
    sean singletonJanuary 9, 2010
    Nice atmospheric place to go to for Roast Pork Bap after a walk on Hampstead Heath. Recently refurbished
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WhiteMarch 13, 2010
    As ale pubs go, this is almost too perfect. Can't wait for them to get their beer garden going in the summer.
  • Fish F.
    Fish FishFebruary 11
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't return a glass to the bar, i beg of you! Leave then where they belong, strewn about.
  • Sebastian F.
    Sebastian FootApril 3, 2011
    Try the scotch eggs. Just ask for extra mustard...
  • Richard H.
    Richard HopkirkJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The Rum Porter is delicious but it's going fast!
  • Can S.
    Can SungurtekinDecember 3, 2016
    Mulled sider and Ales are fabulous!
  • Russtik
    RusstikMay 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Solid ale & cider principles with a decent bit of pork pie. What's not to like?
  • Jason C.
    Jason ColesNovember 20, 2015
    Real Ale in Jugs
  • Roy
    RoyNovember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork baps go hard. Order extra piccalilli!
  • Paul R.
    Paul RooneyNovember 24, 2010
    Handles on pint glasses. And because the bus stop is right outside... No need to leave until absolutely necessary!
  • Ben S.
    Ben SmartApril 13, 2010
    Excellent independent beers and ciders. Like walking back in time 30 years.
  • matt o.
    matt oneillApril 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The ciders are great but the scotch eggs are to die for.
  • Eleonora K.
    Great selection of ciders!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MottramNovember 11, 2014
    Real ale and cloudy cider.
  • Jason C.
    Jason ColesNovember 20, 2015
    Pork Rolls mmnmnnmmmmmm
  • Chris H.
    Good beer and cider.
  • Harriet
    HarrietJune 14, 2010
    Get the pickled eggs and strawberry cider. Proper Westcountry joy. Read more
  • Olivia V.
    Olivia VindenApril 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best pork sandwich in the world
  • Martin F.
    Martin F.May 29, 2011
    Quite some Collection of Ale & Cider
  • Jason C.
    Jason ColesNovember 20, 2015
    Pork Rolls the best
  • Patrick R.
    Patrick RossOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    They play records.
  • Danny W.
    Danny WhiteAugust 19, 2015
    Wicked pork baps
  • Roy
    RoyFebruary 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Have you had the sausage roll here yet? What, are you serious?
  • Richard H.
    Richard HopkirkMarch 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Mmmmmm baps.....almost... Pork baps!
  • Sharon M.
    Sharon MartinNovember 23, 2011
    Fireplace AND real ale!
  • cosmic s.
    cosmic spannerOctober 5, 2013
    Garden closes at 1030
  • feco B.
    feco B.January 10, 2015
    Try the eggs. Interesting.
  • Simon G.
    Simon GosneyAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    THE best pub in London
  • Mark H.
    Mark HNovember 29, 2010
    Monday night pub quizz is legendary
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WebleySeptember 25, 2010
    Veg scotch eggs way better than it sounds
  • Jimmy C.
    Jimmy ChaddaMarch 25, 2015
    Live music
  • Kenneth L.
    Kenneth LillieMarch 5, 2010
    Lovely roast pork baps 'n coider. Mmmm!
  • Sharon M.
    Sharon MartinDecember 31, 2011
    Cash only folks!!
  • Stella C.
    Stella ColinOctober 23, 2014
    Follow me on twitter Read more
  • Elias M.
    Elias MillwardOctober 20, 2011
    Named CAMRA’s ‘London Pub of the Year’.
  • alex a.
    alex alexsandrovJune 17, 2016
    уютное место. большой выбор спиртного.
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