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The Sutton Arms, EC1

6 Carthusian Street
EC1
EC1M 6EB
Phone: 02072530723
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Sutton Arms

Side-street Fuller's pub close by Barbican underground station and not to be confused with the nearby establishment just in Clerkenwell with the same name. Anyway, this one has an appealing façade with a bow window separating two glazed entrance doors (although only one of these is used nowadays). The main bar fills a good part of the front room so seating is at something of a premium. The smaller an quieter Wine Room can also be found upstairs. Three of four handpumps in use when I visited, offering Pride (£4.85) and two Dark Star beers: Hophead and Creme Brulee (5.9%, and warned off as being very sweet).

On 27th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Sutton Arms

Just four months after my last review, Fuller's has stamped its mark on this pub by ripping out the lovely Charrington's bar back and the little snug. Thankfully they've spared the lovely tiles but the pub is still thin on décor. Where once there was the little snug, there's now a perch to the wall, above which is a selection of pewter platters. Beneath are three pressed steel bar stools; thankfully the little curved bench around the window remains. Remaining furniture is basic and there's a taupe-coloured studded banquette to the rear, behind which is a full-height panelled mirror and on the side wall is a solitary enamelled Friary Meux sign, presumably to appease those saddened at the loss of the bar back; it doesn't wash.
The floor appears to be original but has been sanded; the bar is new, with vertical t 'n' g panelling, painted dark grey with a pale wood counter top, looking like something from a kitchen. Above, there's one of these new-fangled square section tubular steel modern gantries. Kitchenesque too are the glass-fronted grey kitchen cabinets where once was the aforementioned bar back. There's extra lighting in the form of hipster filament bulbs. In short, it's more contemporary and has lost a lot of its character. The upstairs now appears to be a saloon bar.
Music was muted and on the plus front, there's no TV!
There are now certainly more people in here than before and it's a younger more local crowd.
Ales: Oliver's Island Golden Ale, Fuller's London Pride, East London Brewery's Pale Ale and Portobello's American Pale Ale. I can't remember what I ordered, though it must have been one from ELB or Portobello and I recall it as being good and far more expensive than before.
This pub is worth a visit, but what a shame it couldn't have been revamped more sensitively - I'd be less inclined to come here again than before.

On 13th July 2016 - rating: 4
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Tris C left this review about The Sutton Arms

With a history dating back in some form to 1611, this pub is well described below; something of a more traditional boozer amidst trendy wine bars and gastrofied pubs, which was a pleasant surprise for us on our early week mid-evening crawl.

There's a nice little old wood nook to the front, attractive Charrington's bar back, some screens and glazed tilework. Muted mood music played and thankfully there were no sport TVs.

The barman was friendly enough and I opted for the Fuller's London Pride at £4.10 - not at all bad for the area. The Pride pump was double clipped with another ale, not noted.

This is well worth a visit but there's a distinct lack of décor which makes the place a bit stark. Something a little more homely with a better choice of ale would result in a higher mark.

On 21st March 2016 - rating: 5
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Farringdon (London), 0.37 miles, 7 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for The Sutton Arms, EC1
27th Jan 2019, 11:04
Review submitted by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
 
8th Sep 2017, 14:57
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 12 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 12 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Fuller's. - last updated 12 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WC upstairs. - last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 29 January 2014 by Bucking Fastard
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