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The Gladstone Arms, Borough, SE1

64 Lant Street
Phone: 02074073962
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Tris C left this review about The Gladstone Arms

Dating from the 19th century but rebuilt in the ‘20s, I had assumed from a couple of the reviews, that this was some sort of ‘left-wing’-themed pub, with a ‘Greetings Comrade’ from the staff and perhaps some suitable décor: an autographed copy of Mao’s Little Red Book, Tony Benn’s teapot, Harold Wilson’s pipe, Michael Foot’s donkey jacket and stick, or perhaps a jar containing Tony Blair’s conscience, but no.
It is as mentioned, a bit Boho hip, seemingly Indian run, judging by some of the staff, Anglo-Indian food and a depiction of Ganesh printed on a sheet, a bit like a Hindu version of the Turin Shroud, the only thing missing being cosmic smells from ethnic candles; George Harrison would have felt right at home here. I did get a few strange looks (don’t I always), but had my phone out with The Guardian app on standby.
An unused pump sat next to a solitary active one, dispensing Innis & Gunn’s Gunpowder IPA, missed as it was obscured, me plumping for a half of Hammerton’s Pentonville oyster stout at £3.00 a half and interesting, not having had this type of beer before.
With Simon the Tanner, the Roebuck and Libertine for starters, this makes for a good crawl; the Gladstone’s definitely my bag!

On 27th November 2021 - rating: 7
[User has posted 1500 recommendations about 1479 pubs]

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Steve of N21 left this review about The Gladstone Arms

The ‘Glad’ as it likes to be known, has gone through a bit of an up and down time since the last review, or to be precise down and now up. Late in 2015 it was in serious danger of being bulldozed and replaced by more faceless blocks of flats, but thankfully a vigorous campaign by the locals, both residents and CAMRA saved it and got it listed as an Asset of Community Value. It then shut for an internal refurb to open in April last year with a more contemporary décor and beer choice which if my experience from last night was anything to go by is certainly attracting the millennial audience.
It’s so long since I was last in this one that I cannot really remember what it was like, but the single room downstairs bar seems a lot lighter (perhaps due to a light blue and white paint job) and the bar is still a small affair tucked away on the left as you enter the main Lant Street entrance. And the upstairs lounge appears more posh and comfortable from what I remember also. There is still a focus on music with a small stage section opposite the bar in the downstairs room but now it’s more aligned to the Millennial craft and gin drinking audience instead of aging beer swilling rockers and there was a very good acoustic two piece going through several blues renditions last night. I believe there are regular live music sessions on Thursday Friday and Saturday.
On the beer front there are still three real ale pumps on the front of the bar but what is different is the back of the bar which now has a craft tap wall of 10 beer taps and shelves of spirits including several artisan gins. On the craft front the majority seemed to be from London brewers in the shape of Meantime, Hammerton Brewery, Brixton Brewery, Gipsy Hill Brewery and the London Beer Factory. The three ales were Hippo Pale Ale from Animal Brewing (the microbrewery of XT), West Berkshire Breweries Maharaja IPA and Oakham’s Once to Yourself and the Oakham golden ale was so good we stayed on it whilst we were here.
The pub was being well utilised on this Thursday evening with a decent crowd outside and inside in both the main bar and upstairs lounge. And a few had even made it up to the very small roof terrace.
With a lot of pubs on the way down and disappearing it was really good to find the Glad clearly on the way up.

On 20th July 2018 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Gladstone Arms

The Gladstone Arms a decent looking side street pub that is close to Borough tube station.
Once inside there is a smallish single room with the bar on the left side,the room is bare boarded,the seating two pew seats and normal tables and chairs,there is also a piano to the rear right.
There were four real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Adnams bitter which was a nice drink,the other beers were Dark Star Pale Ale,St Austell Tribute and Doom Bar.
Background music was playing,food was also available with one customer having a nice looking meal.
I quite liked the laid back feel of this pub,one i could stay in for a few.

Pub visited 26/5/2015

On 26th May 2015 - rating: 7
[User has posted 6113 recommendations about 6113 pubs]

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Map location corrected by Steve C
Elephant & Castle, 0.66 miles, 12 min walk (show)
London Bridge, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
London Bridge, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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27th Nov 2021, 19:24
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
14th Nov 2021, 19:37
Review submitted by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 14 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 14 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 14 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes - Anglo-Indian. - last updated 14 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 14 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 14 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 14 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays. - last updated 14 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No - Addlestones - not real - last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 14 November 2021 by Tris C
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