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The Dartmouth Arms, Dartmouth Park, NW5

35 York Rise
NW5
NW5 1SP
Phone: 02074853267
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Dartmouth Arms

This one closed in about 2015 but reopened again in 2017 when it was awarded AVC status after a campaign by locals and CAMRA.
I somehow missed to visit here when it was under the same ownership as the Chesham Arms and a bit of a beer pub. Well nowadays it is owned by somebody called the Disappearing Dining Club, a food and drink collective, and the emphasis seems clearly on the food.
A one room internally with wooden floor, dark grey walls, and assorted tables mainly laid for dining with menus on every table which doesn’t sound much changed from the review below. The 6 handpumps are still in pride of place on the bar, but sadly all naked bar one which was badged with By the Horns Brewing Stiff Upper Lip Pale Ale. And this was almost covered by a small standing chalk board advertising a Choya Spritz for £11, which seemed to cement who the target demographic are nowadays and left me hoping that was for a bottle and not just a glass.
But for me the key feature of this pub was the very impressive vinyl record collection in a cabinet at the end of the bar with a turntable and the very serious hi-fi system, it was connected to. A mural on the wall opposite the bar details the system set up which includes six speakers set up and a couple of amps and boosters. I’m not surprised others have commented on it being a bit loud, there’s enough Watts here to knock the pub down.
In fact I thought the system was so out of place in a food led pub like this that I had to google their web site to see what it was all about. Apparently they have weekend vinyl sessions where “Vinyl-only DJs playing music to drink and dine to.” And then a monthly album listening which are “Full album listening sessions curated by Robert Ryan, with guest speakers, special guests and prizes.”
I hope they state the albums up front as it wouldn’t be a great evening if you come along hoping for an appraisal of LED ZEP IV and you get Robson and Jerone

On 7th May 2023 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Dartmouth Arms

The disappearance of the maroon, grey and blue colour scheme - not to mention the Branston Pickle mirror - are indications that this pub is no longer the sister of the Chesham in E9. A vintage Joshua Tetley lantern is now affixed above the door and the interior has been painted a rather gloomy dark grey with a part dark grey carpet (the remainder bare boarded), with trendy light fittings. This is currently a walk-in pub with just a spritz of gloop to the hands with no Orwellian details taken as barriers to entry.
Six pumps but with just the one in operation and understandable given the circumstances. None the less it was a very welcome pint of Five Points XPA at a wincing £5.00 a pint though on excellent form, delivered to my table by a very friendly barmaid.
This isn't a bad pub, but the colour scheme isn't exactly cosy - the previous incarnation was more welcomingly traditional though it still makes for a worthy inclusion on a crawl of some of the area's quality hostelries.

On 7th July 2020 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Dartmouth Arms

This is a large, modernised pub with a bit of a gastro feel to it – a look that is not entirely uncommon in this part of town. The spacious open plan room forms a vague C-shape and has bare floorboards to the front and rear, half panelled walls and uppers painted in various shades of cream, grey and green to create a remarkably boring colour palette. The front part of the pub offers numerous banquettes and chairs under large front windows, which make it a nice, bright daytime spot to retreat to, although this front space arguably possesses less character than the rest of the room. The servery appear midway into the room, along the right hand wall and occupies a terrific amount of space. The bar has a dark wood counter with nice brass foot rail and a check tile floor surround under some nice ‘globe’ lamps. The bar back appears to be miles away from the counter, so deep is the serving area, and is a fairly plain effort, livened up by a few pump clips. High tables and stools fill the space opposite the bar under some plain mirrors and a few old black and white photos. The rear part of the room looked initially like it was a dining room style area, but I ended up sitting there and found it quite a nice spot for a drink. A long, comfy banquette is fixed to the back wall, with tables and chairs filling the rest of the space. One wall has been studded with more pump clips and some random paintings, whilst the rear wall has a bookshelf with numerous potted plants draped across it. A TV screen could be found back here, switched off on this occasion, whilst to the other side, a fireplace had a stack of board games on top of it and an unusual Jacob’s Cream crackers mirror above. Next to the fireplace, an upright piano stood, with a collection of decanters on top, although it didn’t give the impression that any of these things got much use – the soundtrack instead supplied by some chilled out tracks piped quietly through the room.
There are six handpulls on the bar, four of which were in action on this visit, giving me a choice of Three Sods Session IPA, 360 Degrees Stout, Burning Sky Plateau and Hammerton N7. The pleasant, welcoming barman poured me a pint of the Session IPA, which I very much enjoyed and found to be in as good shape as the beers I’d been drinking in the nearby Southampton Arms earlier that evening.
I thought this was a pretty good pub that probably has tried to appeal to too wide a range of customers and ended up losing a bit of its sense of purpose as a result. I liked the comfy rear part of the room and though the beer and service were both more than sufficient. Not really a destination pub, but a good option to dip into now and again when in this part of town.

On 15th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Gospel Oak, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for The Dartmouth Arms, NW5
7th May 2023, 08:09
Review submitted by Steve of N21 amended by Steve of N21
 
7th May 2023, 08:08
Review submitted by Steve of N21 amended by Steve of N21

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 10 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 27 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Darts : No last updated 10 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Function Room : No - According to Twitter - last updated 15 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 15 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 15 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 15 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 June 2017 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 27 August 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 10 June 2018 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
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