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The Norfolk Arms, Bloomsbury, WC1

28 Leigh Street
WC1
WC1H 9EP
Phone: 02073883937
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Tris C left this review about The Norfolk Arms

This pub sports some pleasing glazed exterior tiling, but from thereon "We're on an express elevator to hell, going down!".

This is a tired ripped-out pub that looks incredibly scruffy indeed, where chipped surfaces abound and a large chunk was missing from the wall next to my seated head. Furniture is eclectic and few people were in here. It was only when I glanced around and caught sight of the three large hams hanging in the window that I realised I was actually in a tapas restaurant - menus on the tables might help their business.

No ales spotted and about to leave, our eyes alighted upon a sad-looking GK IPA pump virtually hidden behind more tat stacked on the bar. Ok as far as GK goes and £1.75 a half, unsurprisingly, didn't stay long.

I certainly won't be returning to a 'pub' that serves only GK IPA and resembles a closing-down sale; the ceiling's quite nice though.

On 3rd March 2016 - rating: 2
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Norfolk Arms

This used to be a good traditional locals pub. The pub is now an open plan Tapas restaurant, with ham hanging up over the windows. The interior of the pub has had the guts ripped out of it, in a sheer act of designer vandalism.
If you watch the Channel 4 comedy series Black Books, the pub interior features in one of the episodes. The Black Book shop is across the street.

On 13th February 2015 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Norfolk Arms

With all tables seemingly set aside for dining, those stopping by for a quick pint are not exactly welcomed here but managed to bag one of the two bar stools (although there are also some wooden benches to front and side). 'L'-shaped bar, with mixed light / dark brown decor. Some picturesque hanging groceries by the windows, but otherwise limited decor. Rusticated furniture. Just one of two handpumps working, offering Greene King IPA (£3.50). Unaccountably busy.

On 13th November 2013 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Steve C
London St Pancras International, 0.45 miles, 8 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.45 miles, 8 min walk (show)
London Kings Cross, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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5th Jun 2019, 12:22
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4th Jun 2019, 22:23
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