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Zetland Arms, South Kensington, SW7

2 Bute Street
SW7
SW7 3EX
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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Pub SignMan left this review about Zetland Arms

Just a short walk from South Kensington tube station and the museum district, this is a simple Greene King pub with a few nice features. The pub has a bare boarded interior which wraps itself around a centrally positioned servery, with checkerboard tiling around the floor of the whole bar area. The servery has an angular dark wood counter, smart bar back with modern dark wood panels and etched glass mirrors, plus contemporary-styled pot shelves hung from a high canopy which has been decorated with lincrusta. High tables and stools stand beneath the front windows, one of which has a particularly attractive curved pane bearing an etching of the pub’s name. More high tables and stools clutter the space behind the bar, but there is a decent seating area through a series of arches along the back wall, where comfier seating has been arranged under wood panelled walls decorated with traditional paintings. A few fine etched glass mirrors to the rear right part of the bar add to the pub’s traditional feel, but for every nice feature such as that, there are plenty of corporate promotional items to spoil the overall effect. Music was playing quietly in the background and there were a lot of people eating throughout the pub, despite the post-work crush of the crowd.
There are six handpulls on the bar and these were dispensing Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale, Windsor & Eton Knight of the Garter and Guardsman, Enfield Speculation and Old Rosie Cider. The staff were particularly friendly but served up a rotten pint of the Speculation, which, at £4.95, was undrinkable – too many ales on to match demand I suspect.
I don’t think Greene King have done this place any favours. The corporate nonsense throughout this pub really detracts from what is otherwise quite an interesting building with some nice traditional features, whilst the expansion of the ale range seems to have adversely affected quality. Overall, this was a real let-down and has been struck off the list of potential watering holes when I’m in this part of town.

On 24th September 2019 - rating: 5
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Zetland Arms

A good traditional pub with an island bar, a nice welcoming feel and not taken over too much by dining, although a fair stream of tourists looking for food. Upstairs bar and dining room not open at time of visit. Draught ales were IPA, Landlord, Wimbledon SW19 and Windsor Knights of the Garter. Happy to return if in area.

On 13th June 2019 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Zetland Arms

Very close to South Ken tube ,this street corner pub was temporarily covered in scaffolding,so I didn't clock any interesting external features.Owned by Greene King,but still retaining a pub atmosphere ,the island bar is surrounded by differing sections,high tables to the front,a long red leather bench down the side,and a larger rear area with a mix of high tables,some banquettes in their own alcoves and a few dining type tables beneath an internal etched glass window.Corporate GK menus are everywhere on the numbered tables,so you may get punters eating next to you even if you just wanted a beer.However food doesn't dominate and there is an upstairs dining area.Given that it's dog friendly and has Wednesday live music,some community spirit exists.
There are 6 handpumps with just GK IPA as part of the ties,one pump unused,leaving the four guests on my visit as Trumans Zephyr and Lazarus,Twickenham Strange Brew and a decent Wimbledon Copper Leaf (unreasonable £2.45 the half,but I missed the 10% CAMRA discount).
I would pop in again,there aren't too many pubs in this neck of the woods and this is fine for a few jars.

On 8th November 2017 - rating: 7
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Latest updates View all updates for Zetland Arms, SW7
24th Sep 2019, 18:28
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
16th Jun 2019, 18:13
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - Occasional - last updated 23 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 21 December 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Darts : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 08 November 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 07 October 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 30 April 2015 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Karaoke : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Live Music : Yes - Wednesdays - last updated 08 November 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 30 April 2015 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 02 May 2015 by Steve C
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 April 2015 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes - Occasional - last updated 23 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 23 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 April 2015 by hondo .
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