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King's Arms, Chelsea, SW10

190 Fulham Road
SW10
SW10 9PN

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Rex Rattus left this review about King's Arms

This pub was part of the Finches chain, and known as Finches although it was officially The Kings Arms when Young’s bought out Finches in the early 90s. At some point Young’s re-named it Finches, but it has now reverted to The Kings Arms. That’s straightforward then. Anyway, there were just two ales on – Young’s Bitter (clipped on two pumps) (£3.60 a pint) and Sambrook’s Junction – with a fourth handpump unused. Food – main courses were up to £15 for the “28 day aged Scotch rump steak”, with the cheapest being the King’s Breakfast at £8. There was some cheaper stuff under a “Many Plates’ ” (?) menu with, typically, “today’s sandwich” at £5.50.

The pub itself is a simple one-room affair, but with a couple of dominating features. On the left is the bar counter, but in place of the usual bar back is a large mural covering the wall featuring what looks to be a bunch of people at a bar. Undoubtedly an appropriate subject. But pride of place goes to the floor to ceiling (Victorian?) tiling covering the right hand wall. Even though the banquette seating is unfortunately covering the lower part of the wall, it remains an impressive feature. There’s a couple of “butcher’s block” style tall tables with tall stools, but otherwise furnishings are pretty standard, although a surfeit of cushions clutter the banquettes. A skylight at the back provides some welcome natural light. All the walls, with the exception of the tiled wall of course, are painted light grey in the Chelsea style, and decor is provided mainly by some black and white photos and coats of arms – including the King’s arms, also repeated beneath the skylight.

All in all this this is not a bad little pub by Chelsea standards, in an area not overendowed with great pubs. The beer’s OK although unadventurous, and it’s certainly worth dropping in to admire the tiling if you’re in the area.

On 27th April 2013 - rating: 6
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Nick Davies left this review about King's Arms

Once upon a time this was Finch's and very much a traditional Victorian local. Young's bought that small chain at some point but it remained very much a traditional Victorian local. Now of course under their "refurbish the heart out of all their pubs to extract that last bit of revenue from them" policy all that has gone and it's now a pointless gastrobar which could be anywhere. So some awful sofas filling the place up and those high tables and chairs so now common in London pubs. Although it's a Young's pub all the Young's they had on was Ordinary alongside Bombadier and Tribute. You could very easily be in a Punch/Taylor Walker pub. Clearly their recent pull out from Wells and Young's won't affect this pub much. And yes, the service is still chronic.

On 10th August 2011 - rating: 4
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Steve C left this review about King's Arms

I popped in here on Monday and noticed two Youngs Ordinary pumps and one Bombardier pump alongside standard and premium lagers. I waited for a couple of minutes and after no staff were spotted I went for a leak. After coming back to the bar I waited again and there was still no sign of any staff so I left.

On 4th February 2009 - rating: 4
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