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Gloucester Arms, Kentish Town

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This pub has been closed down and a planning application has been made to demolish and build new houses on site.
mr.toes.5_ - 27 Oct 2013 22:18
Still plucking up the courage to go in, this pub looks, at least from the outside, like it has a good claim to be 'NW5's Most Scary'.
Oasthouse - 23 Dec 2010 01:48
Pranced into this lovely old boozer a few days back. Had several ambrosial halves of Guinness. Some of the customers looked at me in a funny way, though.
Newton_Lad - 10 Oct 2010 12:06
Was in here Saturday with other gig goers before the Cock Sparrer Gig at the Forum.And a good day was had by all.The Barstaff kept up with the thirsty punters(i reckon over a Hundred). Guinness was still superb

Well done the Bar staff

Anyone attending a gig in the forum,would do well to use this pub,good Beer,Good Service and about 40p cheaper than the other Boozers in the area.
tottenhamsean - 30 Mar 2010 13:29
Under new Management.
Good Boozer,Guuinness superb.
Would defiantly visit again

tottenhamsean - 16 Mar 2010 00:27
This pub featured in the Camden New Journal as result of protests from anti fascist and anti racist groups after the landlord John Coyne agreed to let neo nazis hold meetings there.
The Jobbik Party who have ties to the BNP held a meeting with around 50 skinheads from Jobbik who have 3 MEPs.
Locals have complained about hardcore porn being played on an old TV which could be seen from the street and skinhead music played at full volume until 6 - 7am.
The place is a dump and the walls outside have been daubed with "Close BNP Pub".

camdenantifash - 11 Jan 2010 19:36
This had previously been on my 'too scary to visit' list, but walking past recently I fancied it looked slightly more welcoming - the doors were open, people were sitting at outside tables, and a sign advertised real ales. However, once I got inside I didn't fancy it had changed too much. On the plus side, service was friendly and I didn't get beaten up, but on the negative side this attracts some prettty unreconstructed clientele from the local council estates: it's sad to see people getting pissed up with their three and four year old kids in tow. The jukebox is also ludicrously loud - almost club volume with the sound clearly audible up and down the street. I'm afraid this pub is a bit of a dump and I won't be going back.
grecian - 21 Jul 2009 09:44
Most of the lights were off in here at 19:00 on Friday evening and the only reason I knew it was open was because a woman was standing in the doorway having a cigarette. The barmaid/landlady was nice enough, but there were only 3 other people in and they were all locals.

John Smiths and standard lagers are available and I spotted a couple of plasma screens showing Sky Sports. I didnít stay long enough to have a proper look around as I found the whole experience rather depressing.
Strongers - 8 Dec 2008 10:24
When I last came here they had just changed management so I could forgive them the mess that the pub seemed to be in. A few months later I paid another visit only to find it closed for a much needed refurbishment. I recently paid a third visit to see the results. There were certainly plenty of aesthetic improvements and it all looks a bit tidier and neater. A plasma screen had replaced the old basic telly and the manky old heaters in the fireplaces have now also gone. To the rear, the large room, more geared for functions, has seen a lick of paint and the dart board appears to have been permanently removed along with the tatty and decidedly empty trophy cabinet. There is a separate pool room accessed from the road (or via the Gents loos from inside). None of the improvement can however mask the fact that this remains a pretty basic and unappealing pub with equally unappealing customers of limited vocabulary. There is little on the beer front, just the standard keg beers. I have never seen more than half a dozen punters inside despite being situated in a largely residential area whilst every other pub in Kentish Town is usually bustling every night. I canít really say I blame people too much for staying away.
RogerB - 7 May 2008 14:02
the gloucester arms is a good boozer the new management is brilliant Caroline is a diamond n the guiness is poured with perfection top marks to the pub
gmanhartley - 6 May 2007 11:49
I would kind of agree with onthetoot about the bar staff. When the bar staff are there... I think this is the only pub i have seen where the punters are serving themselves pints and ?pays? when the bar man comes back. How ever, i haven't served myself, the regulars help you with that.
The pub itself is great. Really good seats and tables. The bar has got good features, a bit mixed up from 1930s to 1960s style.
But yes, the clientelle are quite something...
There is a nice beer garden, you get a bit of feeling of council estate as the kids play ball games on concrete in a cage. It's worth a visit!
Maja - 4 Aug 2006 22:13
a really friendly pub
drumandmonkeyfan - 23 Feb 2005 13:54

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