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South Western Arms, St Denys, Southampton

40 Adelaide Road
SO17 2HW
Phone: 02380324542
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Pub SignMan left this review about South Western Arms

Handily located outside the main entrance to St Denys station, the South Western is a nice, spacious two storey pub with a reputation for good beer. The ground floor area sees a single bare boarded room that has apparently been opened out somewhat over the years from a former multiple room format, as evidenced by many sturdy wooden pillars and sections of bare brick partitioning walls. An L-shaped servery fills the rear right corner of the room with its dark wood counter and bar back plus a canopy lined with bull's horns, US car license plates, deer antlers and various bits of breweriana. On entering, you pass a raised seating space to the left where pew and chair seating has been arranged around a nice fireplace, with a signed England football shirt on the wall and some huge potted plants for a bit of colour. To the right, partly hidden by one of the aforementioned partitioning walls, there is a similar seating area with a corner shelving unit holding old editions of the Good Beer Guide and an unusual fenced off area protecting a cellar door, which perhaps suggests that the servery used to be situated here. The main part of the room has dark floorboards and ceiling, with the beams decorated with loads of old and new pump clips. A reproduction(?) 1870 Kensington Station clock hangs opposite the bar and there is a large vertical drinking area to the left of the servery with just the one lone high table in the back left corner, near the juke box. An acoustic guitar hung from the wall here hints at live music performances and there are loads more pump clips on show back here. The gents toilets are a veritable treasure trove for fans of Marvel comics, the walls having been papered with pages from various editions. To the rear, a door leads out to a surprisingly smart, well presented garden with nice trellis plants and plenty of good quality seating. Stairs near the bar lead up to a first floor seating area which I failed to explore.
There are ten handpulls on the bar, offering Theakston Lightfoot, Bowman Swift One, Adnams Ghost Ship, Draught Bass, Downton Quadhop and Mad Hare, Exmoor Stag and Old Rosie cider, with two off on arrival, but soon in action dispensing Hop Back Summer Lightning and Wight Gold - good work by the bar staff on a busy football day. My pint of the Swift One was in good nick and plenty of ale seemed to be flowing in the lead up to the match, with the pub never getting uncomfortably busy.
This pub has rightly been viewed as one of the top ale houses at this end of town for many years and continues to offer an excellent range of well kept beers to a seemingly appreciative crowd. The introduction of two top class micropubs within easy walking distance may have made this place slightly less indispensable but it remains a fine place to enjoy a few drinks and should be on the target list for anyone heading to this part of town.

On 6th May 2017 - rating: 8
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Moby Duck left this review about South Western Arms

Only had a quick five minutes in here due to the imminent homeward bound train arrival so I failed to note all the beers on offer,I thought I counted 10 handpumps although the general consensus in previous reviews appears to be for 9, anyhow there were 7 or 8 on and I had an OK Bowmans Eldorado and I also saw Bowmans Swift One, the other beers have sadly already faded from my memory.There was time to briefly take in the surroundings which of course were exactly as described by Malden man some four months before me. I would have liked to have stayed longer but brief a visit as it was it was long enough to realise this is a proper pub.

On 14th August 2016 - rating: 8
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Malden man left this review about South Western Arms

Another fine pub in an area of fine pubs, I left this one to last being close to the station although I do wish I had the time to do The Dolphin across the tracks but a virtually 90 minute gap in connecting trains meant that was a no. A boarded sort of T-shape downstairs room with lots of exposed brickwork, ceiling beams liberally covered in pump clips and with railway, road and ship's lights dangling. There is a full wall photo of an old Victorian slum terrace not sure if this is local, wall mounted 30s radios, porcelain sherry casks, an angled bookcase with some old volumes and board games plus a selection of marked beer glasses. Stairs lead up to a mezzanine style upper bar where there is a pool table and United States car licence plates on the walls. The rear has a nice beer garden which being walled is probably a warm sunny spot in summer despite the trains going past.
Nine handpumps, seven were on, Bowman Swift One plus Lapwing, Bristol BF Seven, Hop Art Red Cap, Plain Ales IPA plus Inntrigue, and Dorset Brewing Co Yachtsman. They don't do meals as I understand but there was a van outside selling pizzas.
A great last pub to finish off my mini afternoon crawl around the area. Next time SW Trains do the £15 deal I may well be back for some unfinished business.

On 21st April 2016 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by dan bert
St Denys, 0.02 miles, 0 min walk (show)
Bitterne, 1.3 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Swaythling, 1.63 miles, 31 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - November - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 29 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : Yes last updated 29 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 29 April 2014 by Quinno _
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