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The Newman Arms, Fitzrovia, W1

23 Rathbone Street
Phone: 02076361127
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Newman Arms

A very thorough PSM review needs little adding.This pub is a brewery tap for Truman's with three on offer on my trip Lazarus,Scratcheroo (season cricket theme) and Scorcher (another seasonal but lacking character).Another handpump was unused and several Truman keg beers were also available.
The food menu shows lots of sharing platters while I enjoyed a good salt beef bagel for £6.50.Upstairs is really a dining area with a waitress while it is strange that there is a Basement Lounge because this is also the location of the loos,detracting a little from the atmosphere.
It is small and maybe is best appreciated when quiet.I have felt for a while that Truman's are a second division brewer ,which would put me off a revisit for anything other than the interesting food.

On 6th September 2019 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Newman Arms

This is a tiny, historic old pub down a quiet backstreet with an atmospheric alleyway, once known as Murderer’s Alley, running alongside it. The pub has recently undergone a refurbishment and reopened in May 2018 as the first pub from the new incarnation of Truman’s Brewery. The pub is remarkably small, with the bar located in the rear right corner of the compact ground floor room. There’s enough space at the front of the pub for a couple of high tables and stools and a couple more regular tables and chairs a little further back, but that’s about your lot from a seating perspective. The bar has a traditional counter and modern looking, part glazed tile bar back with some incongruous large display cabinets on the end wall full of stuffed birds. There is some nice wall panelling and basic bare floorboards, whilst decor has been kept to a relative minimum. A door leads down to a two-part basement with dim lighting and a reasonable amount of bench and chair seating, broken up by some partitioning screens. This area seemed to have a few George Orwell themed bits on show, which is a nod to the fact that Orwell used to frequent this pub and supposedly based the pub in his novel ‘1984’ on this place. The area was unfortunately being used for a private function on my visit, as was the first floor bar – a much brighter and airier space which I was quickly hurried out of by some snooty cow. The aforementioned alleyway is very characterful and atmospheric, doing little to make you doubt the sincerity of its nickname. The two private functions and packed bar area forced me and many others out onto the pavement area outside where doormen patrolled, keeping an eye on everyone in a fairly unobtrusive manner.
Truman’s beers seem to be the sole ale option here, with Attaboy and Waterloo Sunset available, whilst two more turned Truman’s clips occupied the remaining pumps. There were long, slow moving queues at the bar thanks to laconic bar staff and rude customers pushing ahead of others, but I eventually managed to get a pint of the Waterloo Sunset, which was a fairly unmemorable pint.
Visiting this place on a Friday evening, not long after the offices emptied out, was perhaps not my best idea, and as such it was impossible to properly enjoy the pub, finding myself instead exiled to the pavement. I thought the pub had a bit of character and imagine the basement and first floor seating areas could be nice spots to settle down, but the indifferent beer and service mean I won’t be rushing back to this one.

On 15th January 2019 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about Newman Arms

The Cornish experiment clearly didn’t work and this pub shut down in early 2017, but after a year of closure it has been bought by the Truman Brewery who have done it up and re-opened it as a Tap pub for the brewery in May this year. Can’t recall visiting in its former guise so cannot really comment on what changes have been made but with reference to previous reviews it looks like they may have taken the small ground floor bar and the upstairs dining room back to closer to the original old pub feel mentioned below. Plenty of wood panelling (especially dark panelling in the upstairs dining room) modern mock gas lighting, leather stools and chair and polished table tops. But one change is the addition of two new snug rooms in what was the basement but these were both hired out for my visit.
The small corner bar with its centrepiece Truman’s mirror supports two banks of keg taps and four ale pumps that were dispensing Trumans Runner, Lazarus, Zephyr and Bow Bells. And further Trumans offerings, including their Lager, IPA and Pale Ale were available on the Keg taps along with a few other options.
This was only a fleeting visit and I need to return to give it a proper try but good to see this one back from the dead

On 24th July 2018 - no rating submitted
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London Charing Cross, 1.04 miles, 20 min walk (show)
London Euston, 1.06 miles, 20 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 1.36 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Newman Arms, W1
6th Sep 2019, 21:08
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
17th Mar 2019, 22:05
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 04 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Darts : No last updated 04 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 04 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Function Room : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 04 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 04 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 04 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : No last updated 04 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 04 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Micropub : No last updated 19 July 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 04 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 04 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes - Truman's. - last updated 19 July 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 04 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs upstairs/downstairs. - last updated 29 March 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 March 2016 by Quinno _
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