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The Queens Arms, Plymouth

Southside Street
Plymouth
PL1 2LA

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Quinno _ left this review about The Queens Arms

As I remembered - it's still a cosy traditional place with a friendly welcome. 1980s plush - carpet, curtains, wallpaper etc with red as the predominant colour. Royals past and present on the walls. Four cask; TTL, Doom Bar, Dartmoor Jail and a super St Austell Tribute (NBSS 4). Whilst the beer range might be a bit ‘safe’ for these parts it’s kept well and frankly that’s what really matters these days. GBG’23 listed. 8.5

December 2016
Nice-looking building which interestingly isn't that old - the original was bombed by the Luftwaffe and this structure dates from the mid-1960s. A nice stained glass entry door leads to a comfy (and thankfully warm!) bar with a red pub carpet, retro wallpaper, mint colour scheme, red curtains, divided banquettes and a nice stained (plastic, not glass, I think) flyover on the bar gantry - so not a huge amount of change here over the years. Four ales on, a fairly safe selection of Otter, Jail Ale, Doom Bar and Tribute. The Otter was in decent shape. Calmer and less frantic here than some of the other nearby pubs. I’d be happy to do this one again if I find myself back amongst the Janners. Rated 7.5

On 21st June 2023 - rating: 8
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Steve C left this review about The Queens Arms

The Queens Arms is a single room red carpeted pub with a bar on the right wall and banquette seating either side of the entrance, in the front right corner and up the left wall. The four handpumps on the bar were drawing St Austell Tribute, Sharp’s Doom Bar, TT Landlord and Dartmoor Brewery’s Jail Ale; not a very interesting selection for these parts. There is also a standard keg range.
There is live music advertised for every Sunday evening, which I imagine is singers rather than bands in this small pub. There was some background music playing during my Tuesday afternoon visit and the young barman was very polite. This is a decent pub for a few quiet beers.

On 22nd August 2022 - rating: 6
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E TA left this review about The Queens Arms

Previously The Plymouth Arms, the original 19th Century building was destroyed in the Second World War and rebuilt in the 1960s. Much as described by Blackthorn, below, this town centre pub is welcoming and functional in equal measure.  Four ales on were Doombar, Tribute, Salcombe Shingle Bay and Jail Ale, all in decent condition. It was quiet, and that was a good thing.  I’d be very happy to return here for a longer session.

On 15th August 2019 - rating: 6
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Queens Arms

A smallish pub in the popular Barbican area, it has a very traditional feel inside and is perhaps slightly dated in some ways. That’s not to say it’s tatty or neglected, just that the style of décor probably hasn’t changed much for decades.

Internally it’s all one long, open room with the bar counter about half way up on the right. Red patterned carpet was on the floor and green velvet bench seating around the perimeter, as well as chairs and stools padded with green velvet. A few small wooden partitions were down one side to break up the space somewhat and these had some inset stained glass, although this looked relatively modern. An internal porch at the front of the pub also had some stained glass in the door. The wallpaper was a very busy design covered in leaves whilst there was some pale green paint elsewhere. Red tie back curtains covered the leaded windows. A few old Victorian style portrait photographs were on the wall as well as a Bass mirror.

Beers on tap were all reasonably local with Doom Bar, Tribute, Dartmoor Jail Ale and Otter Ale. Ciders meanwhile were Stowford Press and Thatcher’s Gold.

On 12th May 2017 - rating: 7
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Old Blue left this review about The Queens Arms

Entering this quaint little pub gave me a sense of going into a dolls house dedicated to the Queen, with retro wallpaper, decorative red curtains tied back, the bar to the right, a continuous green sofa around the rest of the interior, and many pictures of Her Majesty around the walls. A slightly peculiar feeling being the only customer in this spotless place on a quiet Monday night, but the barmaid quickly made me feel at ease, I settled down to a couple of surprisingly drinkable pints of Bass (Tribute was also on), and other customers turned up. Unusual style, but really very comfortable. Live music on Sunday nights - the barmaid who served me had featured the previous night, doing a launch event for her first album.

On 10th May 2011 - rating: 7
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