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Common our garden boozer. Hobgoblin our Jennings Cumberland on. Okay. Busy, but nice in its own way. 6/10 at best. Cumberland okay.
The_evil_doctor - 1 Nov 2016 19:26
Nearest pub to my hotel, so had to be investigated. Two real ales and I went for the unfortunately named Dogs Bollocks. It was pretty decent to be fair.

To continue the story, two girls came in, sat on the next table and started to kiss. Not just a peck on the cheek, but full blooded snogging.

Well I didn't know where to look.

I am from Worcestershire. This doesn't happen here.
Mappiman - 4 Dec 2014 21:39
Grotty one room pub which for some reason is always rammed,slow unfriendly service ,horrid tiny toilets,grumpy bouncers ,4.40 for a pint of warm lager in a dirty glass.
Place is a toilet AVOID
jackbar - 9 Jun 2012 11:52
A smart enough but perhaps somewhat sterile pub once inside, the Northumberland was not targeted because we'd heard it was especially worthwhile; merely it was the most convenient hostelry in the nearby vicinity and didn't know of anywhere necessarily better.

I had a perfectly acceptable though uninspiring ale - two were available on pump - I must say I can't recall which it was although that will say as much about my state at the time as it might about the blandness of range. It wasn't especially busy and we rather suspected the majority of punters were favouring the nearby Court - which didn't look great but was admittedly rammed to its rafters.

I fear this is one of the myriad number of pubs in the capital that presents a traditional and welcoming exterior and suggests character may lurk within, but once inside it falls rather flat and really could be anywhere. I think the expression 'by numbers' applies. However, if just requiring a quickie this will serve well enough.

TWG - 1 Dec 2011 17:56
Two real ale pumps - one unmarked, t'other badged and was eventually the response was "It's finished.".
So, for a fine example of poor availability and service this is a must.
The external canopy was helpful in the rain.
Go to Prince of Wales Feathers in Warren St. as we did *
blooms - 5 Nov 2011 17:21
Turned uo just before going to hospital with my wife (36 weeks pregnant) and needing a soft drink after hot journey on tube, daughter nearly 3yrs old and sat out on the seats in the side street. This was at around 1.00pm on a thurs afternoon and almost empty. Went to the bar and before I even opened my mouth was I informed of managements policy on children and refused service. Is this what puts the GREAT in Great Britain? Come on Landlord, how about making people feel welcome...I wonder if this exclusion extends to other people in society, other than thirsty pregnant women
thepickles - 4 Jun 2010 15:34
Smallish one roomed pub with a small outside seating area (an irrelevancy for an early December visit unless in desperate need of a cigarette). Despite supposedly being a free house ale was limited to Doom Bar. Lighting was a bit dim but the eating was comfortable and as with many pubs in this neck of the woods clientele was varied without being offensive.

Ok if in the area.
murgatroyd - 19 Dec 2009 09:01
Handy for after work drinks if you're in the area - but fairly functional rather than atmospheric....
UrbanGenieThing - 23 Oct 2009 11:31
Being at University around the corner from here, we use this place a lot. One of the better places along this stretch and opens later as well. Always seems to be busy and the staff know us pretty well by now. 9/10 from me.
Bond_Girl - 9 Oct 2009 18:08
Awful. Asked for a half of beer, three eighths of vinegar. Glad I didn't ask for a top up. Barmaid was unfriendly ( but was more unfriendly to the next gentleman she served ).

Maybe I caught it on an off day, but don't think I'll be going back to see if I can catch it on an on day.
nmckenn - 7 Jul 2009 20:49
So so pub really. All stripped floors and wooden tables inside, with a rather large bar on the back wall. Small seating area outside which runs along the side of the pub, but is restricted to about a persons breadth by some railings. Its now been painted all black on the exterior, as opposed to the green in the photo.

Couple of beers on. Had the Pride which was ok. Food selection looked rather pricey, saw someone order a cheese sarnie, which according to menu cost 4.95. When it came up hed have been better off going to Tesco, it was tiny and without any kind of garnish.

Looks to me if they are trying to be gastropubby, without putting any effort in.

Service is quick, if a little miserable.

mrse1 - 3 Jul 2009 14:42
This is a fairly unremarkable pub, although I found the staff to be friendly enough for London anyway. Pride and Landlord were available and another 3 pumps were off.

I doubt that Ill ever go here again as there are better pubs in the area.
Strongers - 15 Dec 2008 13:20
This seems to be a great locals pub but with friendly locals. I came in here for one after work the other night and got chatting to some people and had a great night. Well worth a visit.
Ryan_Mac - 20 Nov 2008 17:24
This pub used to be favorite haunt, but the ghost seems to have deserted it. It's just a drinking parlour. It does a price list, but stranglely in a totally unreadable location in a type face that strains the eyes, behnd some flowers.
mycetes - 18 Oct 2008 23:11
the late licence is this pubs USP. Not the best of best but definetly not the worst, alright for a late un.
theregent - 2 Jun 2008 19:40
Small one bar pub. Only Jennings Cumberland Ale on last night which wasn't impressive. They have tried to brighten it up from how it was before but lost some atmosphere. Plenty of better pubs around.
GuideDogSaint - 31 May 2008 11:29
Mildly above average pub in light of its otherwise ghastly location. Major drawback is the barladies' choice of eardrum-bursting teenage muzak which tends to drown out 75% of any intelligent conversation between Enlightenment Fitrovians in attendance.

TS77 - 29 Feb 2008 15:06
Liked it. Decent, friendly service. Nothing special but the lager was on form and the place had a good laid back feel to it. Will be going again
Wheel154 - 3 Dec 2007 14:48
Nice pub, unpretentious, just clean and tidy and welcoming. Would agree they sometimes need to address the lack of staff.
jonnyboy122 - 24 Nov 2007 14:27
Has the feel of an old pub that they've tried to turn into a trendy bar/bistro but run out of money half way through. It's a bit bare, perhaps they would claim minimalist, but there is a nice big brewery mirror on one wall. Didn't expect much in the real ale line but they had TT Landlord and a rather pleasant Cornish Coaster from Sharps as a guest.

Millay - 2 Jun 2007 10:57
well i went here tonight and ive got to say i wasnt impressed , i visited around 2020 only one barmaid on !!!! for a busy pub this was poxy , but i was served quite quickly , couple of ales on didnt try them , a small range of beers , and a small pub .
together with the loud music and the smoke this wasnt my sort of pub . also the carlsberg was bloody awful , i really hate to rate this pub , in my honest opinon it doesnt deserve a wet fart let alone a number a bloody awful pub, but it gets a 1 due to a very nice blonde girl who i was talking to (the H files maybe ? what the bloody hell is a H file neway ?) oh well im rambling one word sums this pub up
romfordir - 9 Mar 2007 00:36
I recently popped into this pub after some heavy shopping. I found it to be nice and friendly. Good selection on Draught and GREAT wine list. Cheese and Bacon Burger is HUGE and very reasonably priced. Now open til one Thurs, Fri and Sat and Midnighht rest of the week. Will be adding it to my future city visits for sure!!!
Samc - 30 Jan 2007 19:44
Nice place to stop for a pint after the mayhem of Oxford Street, particularly if you're not feeling 'hip' enough to go for a drink in Soho.

Gets packed quickly on Fridays after 6pm, but then it's not exactly huge. Hardly a cosy local but perfectly alright.
Springer - 5 Nov 2006 15:16
nice place, good wine offers - but please bring on the smoking ban ...
sidewinder - 2 Feb 2006 15:36
once past the initial impulse of avoiding tottenham court road at all costs there are much worse places you could end up in than the 'arms. everything here is straightforward & unpretentious: service is fast, food is substantial and good looking cocktails & liqueur coffees keep the girls happy. cant fault it.
proxy - 2 Feb 2006 14:54
Pub has been stripped of charm and character and feels like a Victorian house that's been abandoned partway through a trendy modernisation, leaving the place with a serious identity crisis. Two casks on offer - Spitfire and Pride. The London Pride was in very poor condition without being actually off. I couldn't drink it and returned it to the bar. The barmaid simply shrugged.
SilkTork - 16 Aug 2005 20:57
a recent refurb has vastly improved the ambience of this place. rich plum & grey shades were used for the bar area and warm creams & browns for the sofa area in the back. it is not huge but that adds to its charm, there are cafe-style 'poser' tables with high chairs for a quick pint and more comfortable wooden furniture for a sit down meal. nice for a break from gadget-shopping on tottenham ct rd.
Jet - 3 Mar 2005 11:19
I've visited this pub several times, so have given it a good chance, but its horrible. The area is grim too. It used to be well known for lock ins, but I don't think it even has that to recommend it now. Can't think of a single thing to recommend it.
valbear - 14 Jan 2005 16:51
Popped in, had a small bite to eat of Saturday and a couple of pints. T'was ok butthis place has a bit of a reputation for being unfriendly (or worse).

Some mates of mine booked the place for a private do a few weeks back, paid plenty of money for drinks, food and keeping the place exclusive and when they turned up and the landlord denied all knowledge of it.

After plenty of arguing the landlord admitted, yes, he DID have the cheque and, yes, he WILL provide food and drink but but he would only let them use half the pub, resulting in everyone being crammed into one corner.

A nice looking pub, this bit of London needs decent boozer, but it need new managment.
MrScott - 22 Nov 2004 09:07
I was very suprised that once I had ordered my round the Barman said "Go and sit down and I'll bring them over". Two pints were then presented at our table on top of paper napkins!! Beer was okay. Been to worse pubs in the area.
Simon - 5 Nov 2004 07:40
I agree with Kath 100 percent. After being recommended to go there for a drink we ran out of the rain into the pub only to be stared at by the bartender and when asked about our drinks he then started putting candles out on the tables and left our drinks on the bar until he was finished. Then when our diabetic friend who had to eat some food he desperatly food in a paper shop next door and hadn't quite finished it before runing into the pub out of the rain. He was told very rude by the bartender to "Hurry up and finish that or get out". Being internation visitors to London we were horrified by the way Staff at the Northumberland treated their patrons. Obviously they do not need the busy nor warrent any. Please do yourselves a favour and Leave the Northumberland off your London Pub visits. This occured on the 20th of December 2003 at 4pm in the afternoon.
alladar - 20 Dec 2003 22:42
The"North"as it is called was my local when I worked in London is a cracking pub,you can drink all night,which is handy when you work odd hours and I always found it friendly!!
kidda - tranmereboyz@hotmail,com - 22 Jul 2003 15:15
I was shaking the door trying to get in while the staff blew up baloons. OK it was for a private party, how was I to know... It wouldn't have hurt to let me know instead of letting me persist in my door shaking!
mattleross - 1 Jul 2003 14:58
I couldn't recommend it less. The staff are rude, the beer's awful and it gets very crowded. One of those prominent-location-can't-be-arsed pubs.
Kath - 28 May 2003 16:51
They could do with turning the heating on!
phil - 12 Jan 2003 16:55

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