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The Northumberland Arms, Fitzrovia, W1

119 Tottenham Court Road
W1
W1T 5AJ
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Tris C left this review about The Northumberland Arms

Established in 1777 and rebuilt in 1897, probably for Courage judging by the hanging sign bracket. A first in here the other night? - I can't remember, but this was formerly part of the small G. E. Aldwinkle's chain, as evinced by the name applied to the copper flashings beneath the window, which match those of the former White Horse in Hampstead; it's now part of the Golden Brick Pubs chain - no, me neither.
Inside, and there's not a great deal of décor here, save for a large mirror and black and white photo of a duck in a dress! The interior seems to have been messed about a bit and the bar back, which is topped with white tiles, appears to be modern and made from distressed t 'n' g. There's a beige and brown colour scheme with very chipped woodwork; the pub's beginning to look a bit tatty with a rough bare boarded floor. There are a couple of minimal screens either side of the main entrance with etched glass infill, but that's about it; the double side door has been glued shut with mastic which is a bit weird - what's wrong with a lock which can be undone with the turn of a key? The lavatory is really a bit scruffy too with a tiny cubicle. There's food, though all I could see advertised was whitebait. A small TV on high was showing the football with the sound off so as not to compete with the gramophone which was playing a decent soundtrack, though perhaps a tad too loud. Customers seemed to be quite young and were most likely students, given their scruffy appearance and the pub's close proximity to UCL. Seating is pleasantly conventional and there's outside patio seating beneath an awning which makes a good place to admire the passing traffic.
Ales? Pride and Purity's Mad Goose at an extremely steep £5.05 a pint and not in the best of condition, served by a friendly barman.
This pub isn't a disaster but it's not brilliant though is probably your best bet for a pint along Tottenham Court Road. A lick of paint, refurbished lavs and a better choice of ale served well, could turn this otherwise attractive little pub into a worthwhile venue, especially given the seven-day 1.00am licence.

On 25th January 2020 - rating: 4
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Northumberland Arms

I dived into this compact street corner pub on a bit of a whim, being at a bit of a loose end in a part of town unfamiliar to me, and was pleased to find a decent little boozer, The pub is well lit, thanks to two sides being dominated by the large banded windows that run along them, letting plenty of light into this small bare boarded space. The servery is on the back wall and has a simple dark wood counter enhanced by modern hand and foot rails and a large, unattractive bar back, the saving grace of which is the door to one side with fine etched glass panes in the door and above. Standard tables and chairs run around the perimeter of the room whilst a couple of high tables and stools have been positioned in the centre, with a fair bit of space left in between for people to stand in relative comfort. The pub felt quite well-to-do to me, being full of people in suits and snappy dresses, but the décor is considerably more down-to-earth, with a St George’s Cross flag on the back wall and six nations flags hung around the ceiling. Elsewhere, there are framed portraits where the subject’s head has been replaced by that of an animal for no apparent reason, several plain mirrors and blackboards promoting food. A TV screen in one corner was turned off but a pop music soundtrack underscored the buzz of conversation. Menus were supplied to each table, rolled up and stuffed into ancient looking pewter tankards.
The pub offers two ales, which on this occasion were Fullers London Pride and Purity Mad Goose, with the latter weighing in at £4.50 a pint and in pretty good condition. The barmaid seemed pretty icy at first, but seemed to thaw a little, which is a little unusual for a pub that must get plenty of passing trade.
I’m glad I gave this little pub a try, as I thought it was quite a nice spot in which to enjoy a decent pint and watch the world go by through the windows. The limited beer range will be an off-putting factor to some, but if you’re looking for an unpretentious pub in this part of town, you could definitely do a lot worse.

On 17th July 2018 - rating: 6
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Northumberland Arms

Uninspiring ale choice on our visit, with a solitary Hobgoblin on handpump. The interior has an attractive looking bar, which has been recently added, but retains the traditional style of the pub. A couple of etched glass screens on the left of entrance, helps to keep the Victorian feel.

On 4th August 2015 - rating: 6
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London Euston, 0.56 miles, 10 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for The Northumberland Arms, W1
12th Jun 2020, 19:28
Request to mark pub as closed by ROB Camra approved
 
12th Jun 2020, 19:28
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by ROB Camra, with included notes: Other: Major refit to Bermondsey Pub Co outlet.

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 25 January 2020 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No - Side covered patio. - last updated 25 January 2020 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 23 August 2014 by hondo .
  • Darts : No last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 August 2014 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : No last updated 25 January 2020 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 August 2014 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No - Not to the WC. - last updated 25 January 2020 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 17 July 2018 by Pub SignMan
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