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The Kings Arms, SE1

25 Roupell Street
SE1
SE1 8TB
Phone: 02072070784
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Strongers . left this review about The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms is a traditional London backstreet boozer that was rammed during a visit on Thursday evening a couple of weeks ago. The front of this corner pub houses a rounded central bar that was two deep with customers for almost the whole evening. Around the exterior walls are small tables, it can get very cosy. The bar supports standard and premium keg alongside four hand pumps down the left of the bar counter and five down the right. It was too busy to make notes, but I did have a few nice pints of Adnams Southwold. Unfortunately, I was unaware of the additional five hand pumps along the right until we were leaving. At the rear some steps lead down to an open plan seating area and Kanchana’s Kitchen, which is a Thai restaurant. There are also two function rooms available for hire. Even though busy, the service was polite and I will make a point of revisiting when I’m next in the area at a quieter time.

On 19th March 2023 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Kings Arms

ORIGINAL REVIEW March 2015

Very little needs to be added to Rex's excellent review.The interior was certainly busy ,even afterwork on the Monday of my visit,so I went into the rear room looking for a seat.This space now splits into two functional areas with high tables and stool running down the far wall for drinkers,while diners occupy some normal sized wooden tables or share a very long refectory table down the middle of the room.There is a wood burner at the far end.Decoration includes photos of actors that have apperared at the Old Vic,maybe cast members pop in here after a performance.
The food is thai,at very reasonable prices with many dishes below £10 from a fairly short menu but including some popular dishes.Not haute cuisine,but a good place for a quick bite to eat.If you want a drink with your meal you have to buy it from the bar,the two operations seem seperate but share the premises.
On my trip there were 8 real ales to choose from including a MILD (Hobsons) and a stout (Wild Weather Mud Slinger,good nick) together with Brockley Brewers Red Ale,Thornbridge Jaipur IPA,Adnams Southwold Bitter,Southwark Bermondsey Best,Caledonian Flying Scotsman and Golden XPA. The eclectic choice of rotating ales with a good mix of styles would tempt me back for another visit to see what delights were on offer,full details up to date on their twitter feed.Rightly in the 2015 GBG,a proper ale house with several Locales.
A very charming pub retaining a lot of authenticity and a fine example of a London street corner pub ,shame that so few are left in as good state of this one.

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Still very charming but let down by an unimaginative ale line up on my Friday afterwork visit.The choice was from Adnams Southwold,Sharps Cornish Coaster,Sambrooks Wandle ,something from Portobello,GK Abbot (why?),Milestone APA (NBSS 3),Goffs Lancer (best option ,NBSS 3.5) and Titanic Plum Porter which immediately ran out not to be replaced.Lots of very similar low ABV brews,little style range from mostly undistinguished brewers.It's in the GBG but maybe on the basis of quantity over quality.We pushed off to The Hole in the Wall somewhat disappointed.

On 25th February 2023 - rating: 7
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Brainy Pool left this review about The Kings Arms

Best ale range I found in London, with 9 pulls again on the go. Lovely unspoilt interior, in keeping with the unspoilt appearance of the street. Miserable service from one of the chaps behind the bar but the others were friendly enough. didn’t quite warm to it really, maybe next time.

On 27th September 2022 - rating: 7
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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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22nd Aug 2023, 21:44
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22nd Aug 2023, 19:19
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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 - x2. - last updated 05 October 2023 by Tris C
  • 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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