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The Kings Arms, Southwark, SE1

25 Roupell Street
Phone: 02072070784
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Kings Arms

Tucked away in a residential back street close to Waterloo station, this is a good sized street corner pub consisting of a saloon and public bar arranged around a central servery, along with a restaurant area at the rear and although we did not inspect the menu, a sign outside said that Thai food was something of a speciality.

Décor wise it’s quite traditional with rough wooden boards on the floor and wood partitioning separating the two halves which also incorporated some stained glass in the top section. Seating was mostly small tables and chairs with the addition of some fitted wooden bench seating in places. A few old black and white photographs of the locale were dotted around the walls whilst the lighting was provided by “oil lamp” style fittings which at least makes a change from the ubiquitous exposed filament light bulbs that every other pub seems to have. The restaurant area at the rear looked to be somewhat more light and contemporary from a quick glance, with white wood panelling on the ceiling.

There was a good choice of beers on tap, with the two halves of the bar offer a differing selection so it may be wise to check both before making your selection. On this occasion, the range consisted of Sharp’s Ale of Kings, Adnams Southwold, Kent Apollo, Flying Monk Dark Lane Milk Stout, Watney’s IPA, Wooha Things Can Only Get Bitter, Exmoor Ale, Exmoor Antler, Wainwright’s Golden and Brain’s Rev James. After that lot, the cider choice was distinctly disappointing with Aspall’s being the only option. Other than that though, a decent pub and well worth checking out.

On 5th February 2020 - rating: 8
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E TA left this review about The Kings Arms

Well described by others, below, this wonderful oasis in a desert of hipster-led mediocrity was a joy to find and enter. Decent, sensible bar staff were friendly and helpful, the clientele were normal and the beer was excellent. Ales on were Worthington’s Cask Ale, Optic and English Bitter from Stardust, Watney’s Starlight, Titanic Plum Porter and Jurassic Dorset Knob. I had the last of these, which was in perfect condition. I should be delighted to come back here and enjoy a first class traditional English pub with its superb ambiance and excellent beer. A definite inclusion in a crawl of this area.

On 4th October 2019 - rating: 8
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Kings Arms

Well worth seeking out. The road itself is an oasis of calm from the hoardes milling around Waterloo Station. Lovely little terraced houses.

The pub is very traditional on the street corner. Inside, through a door marked Saloon, is all wood paneling and traditional pub furnture. A central bar has four real ales on each side and the only way to find out appears to be to ask - and this caused general panic and confusion with the bar worker. Of the 8 beers, I picked up on a familar XT 3 - which was in fine condition.

Around the back is a lovely conservatory set aside for Thai Dining.

Lovely pub - best in the area?

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On 13th August 2018 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Waterloo, 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
London Charing Cross, 0.77 miles, 14 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2 miles, 38 min walk (show)
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5th Feb 2020, 14:32
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24th Jan 2020, 19:11
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 May 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 17 March 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Car Park : No last updated 19 October 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes - Thai - last updated 17 March 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 May 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - x9. - last updated 10 May 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 17 March 2015 by Bucking Fastard
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