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The Rockingham Arms (JD Wetherspoon), Elephant & Castle, SE1

Metro Central Heights, Newington Causeway
Phone: 02079400890

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Delboy 20 left this review about The Rockingham Arms (JD Wetherspoon)

Old school Spoons not helped by the scaffolding all around it when I called. I managed to fight my way through the smokers standing in front of the "No smoking outside this doorway" sign! Usual layout and 4 guest ales including Upham's Autumn Leaves, Purple Moose dark side of the moose and Brains Gold.
The beer was just OK. I wouldn't rush back to be honest!

On 11th October 2018 - no rating submitted
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Rockingham Arms (JD Wetherspoon)

This is a large, bland Wetherspoons pub with a pretty grim interior that mirrors the very worst of the local area. The pub has a wide but relatively shallow room with the servery along the left half of the rear wall. A row of enormous pillars run in pairs through the centre of the room with some tatty mosaic tiling around their lower halves, helping to break up the sightlines across the room pretty well but adding absolutely nothing from an aesthetic viewpoint. There is a mix of carpet, floorboards and tiling throughout the room with high tables and stools under the front windows and around the pillars, banquettes in a raised space to the far right and standard tables and chairs elsewhere. The bar has a very long counter with a curved right hand end, broken twice along its length by pillars. The bar back employs some nice old wood panels, plain mirrors and an integral clock, making it arguably the pub's top feature. The usual TV screens showing muted news coverage and the discreetly positioned slot machines were all present and correct. The walls have been whitewashed for the most part, which gives the place quite a bright feel, which doesn't really suit the clientele who would be better served hidden away in a dingy corner somewhere. Some random modern art prints here and there added an incongruous touch and my general impression was that interior design must be the lowest priority for the people running this place. There are a few seats out in a roped off pavement space, should sitting next to a busy road seem preferable to another minute staring at a whitewashed wall.
Perhaps the beer could rescue the day? Well, yes, it could (to a point). There were four 'Spoons regulars available alongside a highly unexpected five guest ales and one real cider. I tried a pint of the Yeovil Ruby and it was in pretty good nick too, so hopefully a change in the fortunes of the ale range and quality might translate into improved refurbishment at some stage.
I don't think this is anyone's favourite 'Spoons, with the possible exception of a few hardy locals, and it certainly leaves a lot to be desired when compared to other South London 'Spoons or indeed pubs in the immediate vicinity. I left feeling vaguely hopeful thanks to the decent pint and reasonable selection of ales, but things would have to improve a fair bit to get me back in here again any time soon.

On 23rd July 2018 - rating: 5
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peter ashworth left this review about The Rockingham Arms (JD Wetherspoon)

As the previous reviewers point out this is a poor spoons with a very poor selection of cask beer with only 5 pumps to choose from.

On 6th May 2018 - no rating submitted
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john gray left this review about The Rockingham Arms (JD Wetherspoon)

You get good Spoons and you get bad Spoons. This is the later.I did note the rather rough crowd as mentioned by a previous poster but just thought it was me being a rather sensitive person.They do seem to have a dress code for this pub-no smart clothes but anything else goes.
Adnams -sloe storm and Wibblers -genesis seemed new to me but the taste of both did not endear me to this pub.

On 9th December 2017 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Rockingham Arms (JD Wetherspoon)

This is as standard a ‘spoons as you can imagine. I would assess that it has even less character than most. The all day drinkers were present in brigade strength; the tables and chairs were crammed in as much as usual – but on the plus side the food and drink were cheap. It epitomises the planner’s dream (or anus mundi I would say) that is the Elephant and Castle area – or Newington Butts to give it its proper name - being housed in a charmless post-war development. Although the pub was quite busy at 5.30 PM, it was a haven of peace and solitude in comparison with the Elephant & Castle next a few doors down the road.

On 20th November 2016 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Rockingham Arms (JD Wetherspoon)

Large, noisy Wetherspoons housed in an unappealing building and quite a rough crowd inside and out on my latest visit. On the plus side, there is usually a good selection of real ales from ten handpumps at bargain prices (e.g. Conwy Rampart at £2.35).

On 25th July 2014 - rating: 5
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Aqualung . left this review about The Rockingham Arms (JD Wetherspoon)

Given that the Elephant and Castle roundabout and tube station are completely rubbish (the tube has totally inadequate lifts while the roundabout and buildings are straight out of Clockwork Orange), it's hardly surprising that this place is what it is.
It takes up the Ground Floor of a hideous block of offices or flats from the sixties or seventies and bears no resemblance to a pub at all. However if you look on it as a Continental style Bar and Cafe (which is essentially what many Spoons are), then it doesn't seem so bad. I was here around midday and there were the usual older retired daytime Spoons types and some younger people here for lunch or a late breakfast. The decor is modern with windows letting in plenty of light at the front. Over to the right away from the bar there is a more secluded slightly raised area. The toilets are downstairs in a dungeon.
I didn't find the atmosphere threatening at all.

On the bar there are 10 pumps, the left five had festival beers on and the right five had two ciders, Abbot and London Pride (Available soon) plus Ruddles.

I went for the Bateman's Hazelnut Brownie (£2.29) which was in very good nick. While I can't see an immediate return here this place was not as bad as I expected it to be and I have been to worse Spoons than this, although not very many.

On 23rd October 2013 - rating: 5
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Rockingham Arms (JD Wetherspoon)

Similar to the pub named after the area round the other corner of this block The Rockingham Arms is another new build glass fronted pub built into the ground floor of an ugly building block.
Now Wetherspoons new builds are characterless places at the best of times, but this one seems to have had every drop of soul drained out of it (mainly by the clientele at the time of my visit), so that its air of despair and depravity fitted in well with the feeling of the surrounding area.
As Roger mentions below, the difference with the Rockingham over other local establishments is that it does serve real ale and the bar supports the usual JDW house ales and a couple of guests. But if your overriding feeling whilst standing by the bar supping a pint is “I really need to get out of this place, and quick”, then it’s not conducive to a good drinking experience.
For the Residents of the E&C area for whom The Rockingham Arms, The Charlie Chaplin and The Elephant and Castle are the pubs of use due to locality, you have my utmost sympathy. For the rest of us, head north up to Borough as quickly as possible.

On 3rd April 2010 - rating: 3
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john mcgraw left this review about The Rockingham Arms

Large open plan Wetherspoon's selling the usual range of real ales.2 mins from Elephant & Castle station.

On 14th April 2007 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about The Rockingham Arms (JD Wetherspoon)

Named after the 2nd Marquis of Rockingham, an 18th century Prime Minister and landowner, the Rockingham is one of the modern style Wetherspoons with so little character it almost defies description. It has all the reminders of a sterile and faceless environment that you would really struggle to spend much more than an hour in whilst waiting for someone. The glass frontage, plain walls and ceilings do not really conjure up any great inspirational or imaginative feats of interior design and the usual policy of no music makes the lack of atmosphere even more apparent. There are a couple of decent sized screens for when the occasion arises although it is hard to picture this place being a hotbed of passionate sport fans. On the plus side, the beer selection was a bit more adventurous than the average E&C pub with around 3 or 4 guest ales alongside the more regular offerings. It does attract its fair share of well oiled regulars but there is sufficient space in here to steer clear of them. This is certainly not a great pub but probably the best of a bad triumvirate around the shopping centre.

On 8th March 2007 - rating: 4
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