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Southampton Arms, NW5

139 Highgate Road
NW5
NW5 1LE
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Tris C left this review about Southampton Arms

Not the sister pub to the Jolly Butchers (N16) - they copied this pub's sign design. As mentioned earlier, this was a rough old boozer until about eight years ago; I made my first visit just after its reopening and it's a very fine pub indeed and all the better at the time for not having been 'discovered'. My second visit was made a few months later and believe me, it had been discovered; you can't move in the place at peak times, hence the seemingly low mark. From the street you can't even see the bar for punters and things aren't improved by the presence of bar stools, bait for bar hogs. On this second visit it took about eight minutes to get served and a seat was utterly out of the question; we stood, being incessantly jostled by other customers in this crowded sweat box, downed our drinks and left, both of the opinion that trying to order a second round was an ordeal too far.
A return visit yesterday lunchtime and it was near deathly quiet, though this may have been explained by the terrible weather. It also meant that we could better evaluate the interior which is charming and very traditional, save for the removal of the mullioned window, replaced with a single picture window as part of the refurbishment. The floor is rough bare boarded and there's cream coloured walls and a burgundy coloured ceiling with lighting coming from conventional Edison-esque bare bulbs to the walls, some in flexes hanging from the ceiling and a few shallow enamelled tin shaded bulbs over the bar. The bar is appealing in russet wood though it has a modern white glazed tiled bar back. To the walls there's some wainscoting and above are a few old brewery mirrors from the likes of Bass and a much rarer example from Lacon's. Furniture is pleasantly ramshackle and basic, comprising pews, benches and Britannia tables. Out back, there's a very small garden. This isn't a food pub, but claims to have a fridge full of meat. Indeed, there are pies in a period heated cabinet and a jar on high of pickled eggs - which I've never tried; another jar contains a brown liquid which hints at pickled onions which I love, providing they are made by me and using cider vinegar. There are no TVs that I could see - or any of that 'caper' - and music here really does come from a gramophone - of sorts - as the pub has a vinyl-only policy, ELO in this instance.
Ales: too many to record and most I've never heard of, but there are 12 pumps dispensing mainly ales but also ciders, stouts, porters and the like; they are locally sourced and are on rotation. I can't remember what I had but it was new to me, competitively priced and very good.
This is a great pub, but time your visit wisely to avoid pubageddon. It also has a seven-day midnight-ish closing time though note that it's cash-only here.

On 1st February 2019 - rating: 7
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Mark Davey left this review about Southampton Arms

19/11/16 Still great

04/01/16 First beer of 2016 on a lunchtime visit, New Years day. I have been to the Southampton many times in the past couple of years and it hasn't changed one bit. great selection of ales on the bar, backed up with cider and the usual selection of spirits. If you are peckish, there are always pork pies and scotch eggs in the glass case.

will call again and again, one of the best pubs in London.

On 15th January 2018 - rating: 9
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Southampton Arms

Shabby chic, one roomed pub, wood floor, miss-fitting church pews, benches & a large glass window to street. The background jazz music fits nicely/ A lot obeers and cider from chubby copper pulls.

Nice place

On 8th November 2017 - rating: 8
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 07 April 2018 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 07 April 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes - Pork baps, Scotch eggs, etc - last updated 19 January 2015 by Will Larter
  • Jukebox : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 13 July 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Monday 8.30 - last updated 19 January 2015 by Will Larter
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 07 April 2018 by Tris C
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