SquareMeal Review of
The Builders Arms
Spruced up and lighter than before, this charmingly rustic, pistachio green-painted backstreet local is justly proud of its roots, mixing urban chic with a touch of English eccentricity. Drinkers are particularly well served with real ales and elite craft beers including the likes of Sharp’s Doom Bar, UBU Purity and Knight of the Garter (brewed by Windsor & Eton), plus a list of accessibly priced global wines. Upstairs, the old overflow lounge is now a tasteful washed-brick and pepper-toned diner served by its own bar: good grub at pub prices includes modish burgers, upmarket bangers with beer-mustard mash or cider and tarragon-battered hake and chips, plus Sunday roasts and comforting puds. Sporting action is shown live, when the scrum for alfresco tables on the narrow terrace is as keenly contested as any during a Calcutta Cup match.