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Southampton Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Marble - PintExceptional1
Dark Star - RevelationExceptional1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Exceptional1
Gipsy Hill - BeatnikExcellent1
Redemption - Big ChiefExcellent1
Truefitt - Ironopolis StoutExcellent1
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla MildExcellent1
Gyle 59 - Elderbeery StoutExcellent1
Elephant School (sub-brand of Brentwood) - Wipeout Excellent1
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - DubbelExcellent1
Hobsons - Champion MildExcellent1
Blackjack - Double BluffExcellent1
East London (ELB) - Quadrant Oatmeal StoutExcellent1
London Fields - Hackney HopsterExcellent1
Siren Craft - DriftwoodExcellent1
London Fields - Shoreditch Triangle IPAExcellent1
Summer Wine (SWB) - MosaicExcellent1
Kent - PaleExcellent1
Firebrand - RedGood1
Cornish Crown - One Hop GrainGood1
Otley - A.P.A.Good1
Boggart - Dark MildGood1
Buxton - American RyeGood1
Late Knights - Old Red EyesAcceptable1
Tring - Mansion MildNot Tried0
Kent - Twelfth NightNot Tried0
RedWillow - FecklessNot Tried0
Pitfield's - Hewitt's Red MenisNot Tried0
Hackney - Best BitterNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Session Wit IPANot Tried0
Dark Star - Espresso StoutNot Tried0
Dark Star - Critical MassNot Tried0
Dark Star - Summer MeltdownNot Tried0
Dark Star - Victorian Ruby MildNot Tried0
Redemption - Pale AleNot Tried0
Brodie's - London Fields Pale AleNot Tried0
RedWillow - FathomlessNot Tried0
Ha'Penny - Hewitt's 'arf WIT Wheat IPANot Tried0
Dark Star - HopheadNot Tried0
Fyne - HighlanderNot Tried0
Brodie's - CitraNot Tried0
Tyne Bank - Monument BitterNot Tried0
Otley - O12 Thai-BoNot Tried0
Triple fff - JabberwockyNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - American Light AleNot Tried0
Buxton - Jacob's LadderNot Tried0
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - RedneckNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hylder BlondeNot Tried0
Rother Valley - EbulemNot Tried0
Dark Star - Vice BeerNot Tried0
Big Rabbit - Black anti stoutNot Tried0
Hobsons - Best BitterNot Tried0
Stewart - Edinburgh No. 3Not Tried0
Ledbury Real Ales - Ledbury GoldNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Half Mast QIPANot Tried0
Triple fff - Pressed Rat & WarthogNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - One Inch PunchNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - XLPANot Tried0
Gipsy Hill - SouthpawNot Tried0
Hackney - Oatmeal Chocolate PorterNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - 12 month Brett infused cask aged Dirty Stop OutNot Tried0
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Cloister Abbaye EnkelNot Tried0
Dorset Brewing Company - Steam BeerNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - A Good RogeringNot Tried0
Marble - Lagonda IPANot Tried0
Magic Rock - High WireNot Tried0
Magic Rock - Dark ArtsNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Ruby Red Dinner Ale Not Tried0
Picture 1. Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak, Greater London
Picture 2. Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak, Greater London

Visits Details

09 Apr 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Just a quick one in here along with a handful of fellow Leyton Orient supporters, recently traumatised by an unfortunate match at Barnet.
Gipsy Hill - Beatnik3.80ExcellentA really good Pale Ale, that went a tiny step towards restoring my mood.
Marble - Lagonda IPA5.00Not Tried
Magic Rock - High Wire5.50Not Tried
Magic Rock - Dark Arts6.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Ruby Red Dinner Ale 5.00Not Tried
15 Feb 2015 (Archie14)
Busy session in this wonderful pub.
Marble - Pint3.90ExceptionalDelicious
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Excellent
Siren Craft - Driftwood4.30Excellent
Dorset Brewing Company - Steam Beer4.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Critical Mass7.80Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - A Good Rogering5.80Not Tried
18 Dec 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Late afternoon into early evening. Place was buzzing and all encounters were friendly. Difficult to leave!
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Excellent
Gyle 59 - Elderbeery Stout7.00ExcellentSlow drinking flavour bomb
Triple fff - Pressed Rat & Warthog3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - One Inch Punch3.90Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - XLPA4.20Not Tried
Gipsy Hill - Southpaw4.20Not Tried
Hackney - Oatmeal Chocolate Porter4.80Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - 12 month Brett infused cask aged Dirty Stop Out5.00Not Tried
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Cloister Abbaye Enkel4.40Not Tried
21 Oct 2014 (Jason)
Late afternoon fairly busy, I was disappointed not to find doom bar on sale here!
Dark Star - Revelation5.70ExceptionalHoppy bitter finish with a strong alcohol kick
East London (ELB) - Quadrant Oatmeal Stout5.80ExcellentMarmite in a glass
Summer Wine (SWB) - Mosaic4.00ExcellentLabelled as hazy but didn't distract from the zesty hit
Hobsons - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Stewart - Edinburgh No. 34.30Not Tried
Ledbury Real Ales - Ledbury Gold4.00Not Tried
Siren Craft - Half Mast QIPA2.80Not Tried
30 Sep 2014 (Archie14)
Very close on becoming on one of my favourite pubs in London. Very busy and a great atmosphere in this back to basics pub. Just my kind of boozer.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80ExceptionalStunning! Served in top condition with a delicious smooth finish.
Kent - Pale4.00Excellent
Firebrand - Red4.50Good
Cornish Crown - One Hop Grain4.10Good
Dark Star - Hylder Blonde4.20Not Tried
Rother Valley - Ebulem4.50Not Tried
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not Tried
Dark Star - Vice Beer4.50Not Tried
Big Rabbit - Black anti stout4.50Not Tried
10 Sep 2013 (Judy G Garland)
Lunch Time Session
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Dubbel7.60ExcellentBelgian Nourishment Ale, Styrian Goldings on Keg
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Fyne - Highlander4.80Not Tried
Brodie's - Citra3.10Not Tried
Tyne Bank - Monument Bitter4.10Not Tried
Otley - O12 Thai-Bo4.60Not Tried
Triple fff - Jabberwocky5.00Not Tried
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - American Light Ale4.20Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla Mild3.60Not Tried
Buxton - Jacob's Ladder2.70Not Tried
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Redneck4.80Not Tried
21 Jun 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Just a transit stop on the way home from Barnet, but always nice to pop in here however briefly.
Otley - A.P.A.4.30GoodOtley Brewery seems to have gone through a bit of a wobble lately, butthis was good stuff. Golden, dry and hoppy.
Dark Star - Espresso Stout4.20Not Tried
Dark Star - Critical Mass7.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Summer Meltdown4.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Victorian Ruby Mild6.00Not Tried
Redemption - Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Brodie's - London Fields Pale Ale4.00Not TriedRan out whilst I was awaiting my turn at the bar.
RedWillow - Fathomless5.20Not Tried
Ha'Penny - Hewitt's 'arf WIT Wheat IPA4.60Not Tried
04 Feb 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Not so busy that we could not get seats in the early evening. Always a nice atmosphere here.
Truefitt - Ironopolis Stout4.70ExcellentBlack in colour. A very chocolaty stout, with a bit of roast and some hops.
Elephant School (sub-brand of Brentwood) - Wipeout 5.00ExcellentA Black IPA. Bursting with hop flavours on a dark malt background.
Tring - Mansion Mild3.70Not Tried
Kent - Twelfth Night7.40Not Tried
RedWillow - Feckless4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Pitfield's - Hewitt's Red Menis3.80Not TriedNow brewed at Ha'penny brewery.
Hackney - Best Bitter4.40Not Tried
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Session Wit IPA3.80Not Tried
03 Jan 2013 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with a visit by the Thursday evening mild drinkers.
Blackjack - Double Bluff4.80ExcellentPale strong bitter with a good hop character of tropical fruit and gooseberry suggesting use of Nelson Sauvin hop. My score 16/20.
London Fields - Shoreditch Triangle IPA6.00ExcellentStrong pale IPA style beer with a good citrus hop character and a smooth malt base. My score 16/20.
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla Mild3.60ExcellentDark brown/ruby mild with a good dose of vanilla to give a sweetish edge to the chocolate malt base. Full bodied for its strength. My score 16/20.
Boggart - Dark Mild4.00GoodDark ruby/black mild with moderate roast malt bitterness and a little fruit in the finish. My score 15/20.
Late Knights - Old Red Eyes4.50AcceptableStill brewed at Truefitt brewery before they find a London base, this was a red ale with rather an over balance of crystal malt giving a rather cloying and sweet taste to the beer. Dryish, bitter finish. My score 14/20.
07 Aug 2012 (ChrisE)
First stop on the way home from the GBBF taking advantage of the direct and crowded trains from Olympia to Gospel Oak. A really great atmosphere in here tonight. I have not listed all the beers that were available.
London Fields - Hackney Hopster4.20ExcellentMagnificent. Probably the most grapefruity beer that I have ever tried.
Buxton - American Rye4.30Good

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About the Southampton Arms

The pub sign. Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Gospel Oak, Greater London, NW5 1LE.

Reopened as a traditional freehouse, this pub has a very retro feel about it, with tungsten lighting, bare boards and minimal decoration. Lots of handpumps dispense local microbrewers' products and there are several real ciders on handpump too. 12 handpumps, vinyl music played and renowned pies, savouries and hot rolls all play their part in making this a very successful and well patronised pub.

We have visited this pub 26 times, seen 128 different beers and tried 56 of them.

Map location

Postcode: NW5 1LE