The Southampton Arms

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1 reviews

139 Highgate Road , London, NW5 1LE

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The sign outside tersely states ‘Ale, Cider, Meat’ – indeed, this singular hostelry makes no bones about its priorities. Tired of chains and generic pubs-by-numbers, the owners set out to provide something more primordial when they reopened a gritty Victorian boozer in 2009. The Southampton Arms is dedicated to showcasing small UK breweries and cider-makers, and the bar staff are an informed bunch who’ll happily wax lyrical while pulling one of 18 ciders and ales on tap: from the esteemed likes of Dark Star, Redemption or Millwhites. ‘Meat’ finds its way into hearty bar snacks: maybe plump Scotch eggs, sausage rolls, or roast joint of pork ready to be sliced into baps. The look is gloriously dressed down and retro, with worn-in stools and a cosy fireplace. It’s the kind of place you could bed in for the evening with friends, not emerging until the early hours.

The Southampton Arms Location

139 Highgate Road , London NW5 1LE

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-12M (Sun -11.30pm)

The Southampton Arms's Reviews


Food & Drink: 10.0


Service: 10.0


Atmosphere: 10.0


Value: 8.0


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

Platinum Reviewer
21 September 2010

I have walked past this pub for the best part of 15 years pretty much every weekend en route to the Heath. I have never once felt like slowing down let alone stopping…until it re-opened a few months ago under new management. What a great job! It says on the sign “Ale House” and that is what you should expect, carefully selected beers and ciders. An interior that probably matches exactly what it was like when it was first opened, now of course very much back in fashion. Great bar food and very good beer, there's a place for it!