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The Lady Ottoline, Bloomsbury, WC1

11A Northington Street
WC1
WC1N 2JF
Phone: 02078310008
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Lady Ottoline

A street corner pub with an interesting exterior still with Charrington's insignia and the former name of Kings Arms picked out both in mosaic tiling by a side entrance and on the window frieze.Shame that the name hasn't been retained.There is a small interior ,quite minimalist but retaining a good fireplace with wood burner and a high moulded ceiling.The wooden floor means chatter will bounce around the interior but background jazz seemed very appropiate.The tables are mainly square wooden extendable dining types,but there are some high tables and bench seating and only drinking is just fine,the upstairs restaurant draws most of the diners although meals will be served anywhere.There is some art on the walls and the overall affect is smart gastro but dont let that put you off.
There are 4 handpumps drawing on my Saturday afternoon visit Doom Bar,Southward Potters Field Porter,Bloomsbury London IPA and Tiny Rebel Cwtch (£4.45,decent nick but a very short pint was pulled into the dimple glass)
Overall I thought the ale range was decent,it's tucked away and the food smelt good.Worth popping in if crawling the area.

On 21st October 2018 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Lady Ottoline

This former Charrington pub (as can be seen from some of the older glazing) has gone partially down the 'gastro' route, but everyone seemed to be drinking rather than eating on my early evening visit. The place benefits from a fair amount of window space on two sides and a generally uncluttered rectangular bar arrangement (although this does mean that seating is at a premium, although there may be more space up the unexplored stairs). Solid, traditional furniture and not much decoration, but the overall effect is not unappealing. Two of four handpumps in operation, offering Doom Bar and the local Bloomsbury IPA (a bit cloudy, but tasted OK, £4.70).

On 25th August 2018 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Lady Ottoline

A first time in here and it's not anything like the gastropub I was fearing - I think all the dining guff seems to go on upstairs. Downstairs it's a fairly straightforward pub once called The King's Arms, as evidenced by the presence of some nice original Charrington's windows and recently renamed in honour of society hostess Lady Ottoline Violet Anne Morrell.

Furniture is old school stuff and there's a tiled bar apron and log burning stove. Muted music played, and the few drinkers in here were probably office workers. Ales: a blank clip, something not logged, Adnam's Broadside and Ghost Ship, well served and at £4.30 a pint, quite good value for the area.

This is a perfectly decent backstreet pub and I'd be happy to return, but I don't understand why they ditched the historic name.

On 14th April 2016 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Farringdon (London), 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.84 miles, 16 min walk (show)
London Kings Cross, 0.86 miles, 16 min walk (show)
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5th May 2019, 18:58
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5th May 2019, 18:58
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 08 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 08 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Until 6 p.m. - last updated 08 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 14 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 14 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 08 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 14 April 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 08 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 08 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 April 2018 by ROB Camra
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 5pm
Monday12noon - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - 2:30pm | 5:30pm - 11pm
Wednesday12noon - 11pm
Thursday12noon - 11pm
Friday12noon - 11pm
Saturday12noon - 2:30pm | 5:30pm - 11pm
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