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The Kings Arms, SE1

25 Roupell Street
Phone: 02072070784
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Tris C left this review about The Kings Arms

The first time I came here was about 20 years ago, though this is my first visit in around 10. The surrounding street is home to some of London’s oldest and best-preserved workers’ cottages, frequently used in period TV dramas, the pub itself being grade II-listed and entered on CAMRA’s inventory of pub interiors, this being of Regional Importance.
Brushing aside the crescental entrance curtains, the place hasn’t changed at all, as far as I can tell. What I’d not noticed before is the Saloon Bar and Lounge Bar wording to the entrance doors’ glass panes in Ind Coope lettering, probably dating back around 50 years. There’s also propaganda for Coope’s Treble Gold beer, orange backlit to the bar parapet’s bookends, though given the style of ‘Jazz Age’ lettering, it may date back as far as the ‘30s. There’s Thai food, prepared by a business not associated with pub, which can be a bit smelly. Customers are a mixed bunch, being locals of many shades and office workers. The pub was very full and it only gets worse on Fridays and Saturdays, staff being put under some pressure, though the place does seem to empty out quite quickly on weekdays, around 9.00 pm.
Both sides of the bar need to be checked for choice, as there are nine ales, including Doom, but also Titanic’s Raspberry Pale at £2.40 a half, which was very agreeable, but a little cold, though interesting once warmed up; it would probably make for a better summer beer.
This is a great little pub, regarded as one of the best boozers in SE1. Fortunately, the Wellington over the way keeps out those who aren’t in the know; more fool them.

On 23rd November 2021 - rating: 8
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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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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)
Latest updates View all updates for The Kings Arms, SE1
24th Nov 2021, 18:01
Review submitted by Tris C deleted by Tris C
23rd Nov 2021, 19:35
Request to add pub to area Waterloo by Tris C approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 November 2021 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
  • Darts : No last updated 23 November 2021 by Tris C
  • 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
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 23 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 23 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Sundays. - last updated 23 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - x9. - last updated 23 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 17 March 2015 by Bucking Fastard
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