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The Sydney Arms, Chelsea, SW3

70 Sydney Street

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Sydney Arms

'Pub & Brasserie' & bar, with a 'U'-shaped bar counter and a dining area to the rear. Fairly plain furniture and decor. Café-style seating out front under awnings. Easy listening background music and silent sports TVs. Four handpumps, offering the regular Pride, Doom Bar, TT Landlord and something from Sharps re-badged as SW3 (£3.50).

On 7th April 2012 - rating: 6
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Nick Davies left this review about The Sydney Arms

Situated in the heart of Chelsea just round the corner form the town hall (renowned in the sixties for showbiz weddings) it's difficult to expect too much pubbiness: indeed if it were someone else you'd discount it completely. It was obviously once a traditional double-fronted boozer, split done the middle with central servery to public bar on one side and saloon on the other, now long knocked through. The front part is OK, the usual high tables and stools you get in London these days, Sky Sport on the TV (but not the Test match, recorded football) and a fair selection of ales including TT Landlord. It goes downhill quickly further back, red leather banquettes and tables all laid up with wine glasses but, on a Friday lunchtime, completely unused. It gets more traditional pub custom than its management would perhaps like, possibly due to the nearby hospital and the constant residential building work going on in the area. Service a bit grumpy.

If you want a pint down the King's Road you could do far worse.

On 22nd August 2011 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Sydney Arms

There were four ales on – Sharp’s Doom Bar, Old Hooky, Black Sheep Bitter, and Timothy Taylor Landlord. I was charged £1.85(!) for a half of the Landlord. Food was available, advertised on a couple of chalkboards. Bar snacks were advertised near the door, offering such everyday staples as cheese & chorizo croquettes and sweet chilli dip (£4.90). More substantial meals were advertised on a board at the back, with “bunless” burger and chips at £9.50, and seabass fillet and “pea mash” at £12.50.
The main bar area is in front of you as you enter from Sydney St, with what looked like a separate dining area at the back on the left, signed as the Peter O’Sullevan Room (presumably named after the late racing commentator). In the main bar area there are a couple of tall tables/stools, a bit of bright red upholstered banquette seating, and some small stools near to the fireplace on the left.
I thought this pub was a bit pretentious (a door at the back seemingly led to the “toilettes”), and the drinks overpriced. It’s not the sort of place where I would want to spend much time.

On 21st February 2011 - rating: 5
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Philip Carter left this review about The Peer

Only called in beacuse it was raining. Not much to look at. Sells real ale. Not very happy lady behind the bar, seemed to be annoyed about something. Slammed down an ashtray on the bar.
Update: It has now opened under a new name, it is now called The Peer. Bright interior and serves real ale. Friendly Staff. Food not available at this time. Another update: It has changed its name again. It's now called The Sydney Arms, it's more like a gastropub now.

On 6th March 2010 - rating: 6
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