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Northumberland Arms, Kings Cross, WC1

141 Kings Cross Road
WC1
WC1X 9BJ
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Tris C left this review about Northumberland Arms

This pub dates back to at least the 1820s, but must have been rebuilt in the 19th century. It has some fine Watney’s scrollwork brewery regalia and can be seen in the film The Lady Killers; that’s the good news.
Otherwise, the previous revies sum this place up very well and sadly, still apply. Apart from the two barmaids, this is very much an old blokes’ pub, with some cackling old men and slightly younger types playing pool, many of the drinkers staring witlessly at the TVs.
Unsurprisingly there’s no real ale, so a half of Neck Oil set me back £3.10, served by the sprightlier of the two women.
This is a very depressing pub, not just the worst in WC1 but probably in the whole of the borough of Camden; I wasn’t expecting it to be much good, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this bad.

On 24th March 2022 - rating: 3
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Northumberland Arms

The Kings Cross area has always struck me as a bit of a ‘good beer’ wilderness between Euston and Islington, and although a few decent ale houses can be found in the area, there are still plenty of old school boozers, like this place, where lager rules supreme. The pub is split level, with the interior opened out to form one large room. The servery is to the left, with a white bar counter and gantry supported by simple pillars and a mirrored bar back with the beer prices listed to one side. High tables and stools fill most of the space opposite the bar whilst standard tables and chairs predominate in the raised section to the right of the entrance. A pool table occupies the final section of the pub – a space to the rear right where a juke box and slot machines can also be found. There is a dartboard on the back wall and a number of TV screens were showing live football, with almost everyone in attendance sat watching it. Walls are half panelled with a neutral paint scheme above and a series of amusing beer signs have been dotted around the room. Elsewhere, there was a shelf with numerous leaflets for local events, quite a few potted plants and a very fluffy pub cat. The pub was pretty busy on my mid-week evening visit, with no room left to sit, and it was very notable that, with the exception of the two barmaids, it was an entirely male turn out.
As mentioned above, cask ale doesn’t seem to be of interest to these regulars, so I had a choice between Guinness and a number of mainstream lagers, with very little else of interest available. I ended up with a nondescript pint of lager which was every bit as bland and unsatisfying as I’d expected.
Whilst this place didn’t really do a lot for me, it was good to see a strong crowd in on a cold, midweek evening. This place clearly serves up the right combination of drinks, atmosphere and entertainment for a certain demographic and it’s hard to begrudge them this.

On 9th December 2015 - rating: 4
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hondo . left this review about The Northumberland Arms

Not as bad as previously described but still a pretty basic pub with a split level interior. Standard draught selection.

On 29th October 2015 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Kings Cross, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.65 miles, 12 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.65 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Northumberland Arms, WC1
3rd May 2022, 12:48
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3rd May 2022, 12:48
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 June 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Sky Sports/BT Sport. - last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 29 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 24 January 2008 by hondo .
  • WiFi : No last updated 24 March 2022 by Tris C
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