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Are the staff here trained to give short measure, because they were all doing it when I popped in last week?? The beers themselves were in OK condition and I had a decent pint of the Rugby World Cup charity beer Wooden Spoon, but had to ask for a top-up.
littledrummerboy - 19 Oct 2015 21:31
Good Youngs house away from the noise of Brixtons main drag.
Blonde on top form, nice garden at back and additional seating out on the front.
pwilkins - 18 May 2015 11:52
Best pub in Brixton.
captainbeer - 26 Jan 2015 01:41
Popped in for my first visit on Friday night on my way to Brixton Academy.

Old fashioned back street pub that has been refurbished and is now a very nice and welcoming Young's tied house

Usual range of Young's ales with the addition of Winter Warmer which at 5.0% was very good.

Busy & pretty trendy not what you would of thought a back street Brixton pub would of been like 10 years ago, now it’s more than norm than not in this area.

Stripped floor boards, books on the shelf, fancy wallpaper, food on offer, large coffee machine and very smart gents toilets…no wonder this pub features in the Good Beer Guide.

All in all a very pleasant pub and just a stone’s throw from Brixton station.
lezford - 24 Nov 2014 14:19
Probably the best pub in the area - I go quite frequently before attending gigs at the Brixton Academy and never been disappointed.

One word of caution: went back for a Sunday roast recently and was deeply underwhelmed with the food. Rubbery mean portions, and tasteless veg.
enfilade - 16 Nov 2014 19:12
Went here last night for GF's birthday drinks and a bite to eat (booked a table ahead).
First impressions, I liked the place. Beer (Youngs Blonde) was good quality, nice qwerky furnishings and surroundings. Nice little secret beer garden at the back, nice atmosphere and good service behind the bar (although some of my friends had different experiences). Back to the beer, its a Youngs pub, so standard Special/Bitter/Golden (replaced by Blonde on this occasion - nice summer pint), not my favourite brewery but still good, although a tad pricey at 3.94 a pint i felt.

Food. Now this is where it goes a bit wonky. If this pub, or the brewery, really want this pub to have any kind of future in serving food, please fire the chef. Buck stops there. Communication between bar and kitchen seems a bit non-existent. Also when taken separate orders from the same table (paying separately) it might make sense to note its from the same table, i.e. maybe the folks want it to come out at the same time? Initially told a half hour wait.

45 mins later mine + GF's food turned up. Cold, portion size a bit mean - basically not real your moneys worth. When I'm paying 75p extra for cheese in a burger, I don't want a frikking plastic cheese slice (that hadn't even melted - almost added on as an afterthought on the service plate).
By the time we'd finished the other guys (4 others) still hadn't got their food (were asked about 20 mins in if it was ok to substitute mash with chips). It took an hour. Pies were not upto scratch (potentially microwaved) and we had to get our money back (which in fairness they did, no quibble).

Problem was it had ruined what was supposed to be a good night out.

Trinity, you've got a lot of potential, but certainly won't be eating again for a while. Don't delay, fire the chef!

thedazzler - 29 May 2014 10:38
I visited on Tuesday night on route to the Academy and must say what a find, it had a great local feel and was quite buzzy with a few eccentric regulars and pre gig diners & drinkers, Meantime's Sundown was the guest & perfectly kept it was too! I must say how impressed I was by the two young ladies running the bar, they were great, friendly & attentive in a quiet and reassuring way.....they just got on with it, customer care was clearly top of their list and it should, we felt well looked after and will definitely return next time we're in Brixton, Well done The Trinity Arms a perfect 10

Redjont - 31 Oct 2012 09:35
What a disapointment. I used to use this pub regularly in the 70's and went there today for the first time sine then. I went with a few old mates for the nostalgia trip and was looking forward to a pint of my favorite tipple. Ordered two pints of Youngs and it ran out after the first pint was pulled. Ordered the Special and this was not on. The London Gold was also not on so ended up with a guest ale, Marshmallow from Oxfordshire Ales. It was OK but to go to a Youngs pub and they didn't have one beer on offer was ridiculous.
The pub is still a gem in the cesspit that is Brixton but I doubt if it will survive given today's experience.
zapsincl - 21 Sep 2012 18:10
Nice little corner pub on a small square in Brixton's residential streets. It's a Youngs pub. So the Bitter, Special & London Gold were the only 3 ales. Although they also stocked Addlestones cider. The interior was very nicely done and the pub cat was quite friendly. Didn't follow the signs to the 'secret garden'. But it sounded intriguing. A very quiet stop in a fairly hectic area.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Sep 2012 20:55
Absolutely superb gem of a pub: properly kept Youngs beer, courteous and on-the-ball staff, and from what I saw, generous portions of reasonably priced food. It's the 2nd time I've stopped off in the Trinity before heading off down the road to a gig at the Academy; last time was before the refurb, which has retained the character whilst achieving a burnish which could compete with any watering hole in London. Returned to see the Secret Garden after the gig ! Will be back for more Ram & Special (no need to ask these staff twice !)
ifyouaskedmeonafriday - 15 Nov 2011 13:34
Great little pub, loved the unfussy refurb. Family friendly (rare in Brixton), great pint of Anniversary Ale. And the Secret Garden - what a find! We'll be back soon
paddypint - 12 Oct 2011 09:48
I used to in there after playing football at Ferndale Road., at least 25 years ago. From the reviews it appears to have changed little. That is a compliment.
Glasgowboy - 28 Mar 2011 08:39
Love this pub, great food and a decent pint of youngs, staff are attentive and friendly, contrary to the last post I have been in here a few times pre gig for drinks and a bit of grub, and the staff are very welcoming
Smartarse - 27 Mar 2011 16:12
A good old fashioned boozer, solid and well run with excellent Youngs beers. It's a quiet place, so not one where Academy gig revellers would be welcomed, but it's the place I like to come to first before a gig, then move on to the Wetherspoons to get in the mood.
SilkTork - 22 Mar 2011 12:12
Decent boozer hidden away on a tranquil square. You wouldn't believe it is only five minutes' walk from Brixton Tube station etc.
Large front and rear gardens, and when I visited on a snowy Friday evening there was a hog roast out the back with some of the money going to charity.
Had a very decent pint of Christmas ale brewed specially for the pub (3.20) and enjoyed the company of the pub cat too.
Will certainly be back next time I'm in the area.

duchyjim - 22 Dec 2010 11:59
I only ever go in this pub on the way to gigs at the Academy. However, I'd love it to be closer to where I live as it's a great pub. The beer, food and service are all excellent and its always a welcoming place. The Youngs Special, Ordinary and London Gold were all really good last night.
Alfnoax - 7 Dec 2010 12:02
This pub has changed little over the years and all the better for it. A nice friendly pub with well kept beer. I would rate this as the best pub in Brixton.
lambethdoylee - 28 Apr 2010 13:54
Situated on a tranquil square off the main Brixton drag I was most surprised to find this spit & sawdust Youngs boozer, utterly unmodernized in comparison with most of its SW London contemporaries. In that respect, it reminded me alot of the Sekforde Arms in Clerkenwell; It filled up swiftly with locals on a saturday lunchtime and revels in its old fashioned ambience. I'm no expert on the immediate vicinity (despite growing up not far away) but I reckon this is probably the best pub in Brixton.
ChrisP87 - 19 Apr 2010 09:46
Excellent Youngs pub, geographically a short distance from the main road through Brixton but in other respects a world away in a quiet little square. Some interesting exterior features, and inside it has been opened out into a horseshoe-shaped bar with high ceilings. Comfortable furniture, and some flowers on each table brighten the interior. Six handpumps (with two doubled-up), giving a choice of Ordinary, Special, London Gold (3.10 and first class) and Bombardier. Reasonably-priced bar food menu too. Well worth seeking out.
rpadam - 29 Mar 2010 22:54
My first post on this site, despite having used its recommendations to dodge dives for many years (so apologies if it goes on some).
I went into Brixton last weekend to see a band and as this was the only pub in the area that we could locate serving proper beer we came here first before going onto the venue (Hootenanny).
Great location, on the corner of a London Square, it could be mistaken for a well known East End soap set. The inside was well looked after and clean, the Bar staff were fantastic, and the Beer was great. We only intended to have a quick few, but after trying the food which was great, we decided not to bother with the support band and stayed for four pints. The London Gold was especially good. Even the locals were chatty, but that could have been down to the fact that there was a rugby match on (volume down low) and there was lots of interest. The pub had a great mix of students and regulars, there were no seats when we first got there but after quarter of an hour we got a seat and it was a bit of a wrench to leave. Roll on the next gig in Brixton I say! :-)

wintermute - 22 Mar 2010 15:54
Reasonable Young's corner pub, food was palatable and it wasn't too crowded, but then it was a Monday night. Beer was Young's Ordinary (or Special) which was ok.
rainlight - 9 Mar 2010 08:09
May well be better than its competition but its not a great pub....!
vintagebentley - 23 Feb 2010 01:52
A good pre Academy gig spot, far from the madding crowd.
Tucked away in a nice little corner, not too far from a caribbean takeway
(very tasty)
rob372 - 28 Jan 2010 20:32
This is a good pub in an area in desperate need of just that. This place would be fairly unremarkable in many other areas of London, however, in the hustle and bustle and desert of decent pubs that Brixton is, this place is a gem. Situated in an attractive square only 2 minutes walk from the tube station, has the usual Young's range (Bitter, Special, Winter Warmer and Bombardier on my visit). Very attractive girls behind the bar certainly help this pubs cause also. A well deserved 7/10 in my book.
Thebman - 8 Dec 2009 12:30
This is an excellent pub - sometimes quiet, sometimes vibrant with all the excitement Brxton can bring - the staff are always attentive and friendly, the food is good and there is a great feel to the place - safe, comfortable and the mangement really do seem to care - a quiet [but sometimes not so quiet] haven for those of us who believe drinking in the company of good friends is one of life's great joys!!!
DavidRees - 15 Nov 2009 22:40
Best job I never had. Shame Young's has gone to pot.
jagsfan - 6 Nov 2009 09:48
You sat in the office for 8 years. Probably worked for 2 of those. The best thing about the Trinity these days is the cat
bongobilly - 4 Nov 2009 12:57
I worked down the road in Brighton Terrace for 8 years in the 1980's, and this was the best pub in the world, let alone Brixton. Can't wait to visit again.
jagsfan - 29 Oct 2009 17:11
This is far and away the best pub in the area. Relaxing in the Trinity Arms garden with a pint after the bustle of Brixton is my idea of how to spend a summer afternoon.
JohnHWilson - 29 Jul 2009 20:16
The Trinity was a fine old boozer - one of the best. The management changed about 18 months back and it has lost much of it's charm. Garden at the back is still nice but it's a bit shabby now, and they still keep the Youngs well but it has become another bland Youngs/Fullers house. It was run as a very tight ship - always clean, plenty of staff, good beer - but that has gone by the wayside. The locals (I was one) have all but deserted the place so has lost a lot of it's character. It's a great shame that it's gone so down hill.
Jimblob - 10 Jul 2009 14:34
Good pub close to Brixton tuve station but hidden away in the back streets. Popped in here before a gig and although packed with Specials fans the service was fairly quick and they had well kept Youngs on draft. Narrow bar area but a reasonable sized beer garden out the front that overlooks a small park (probably a village green many years ago).
Rod_Hariga - 25 May 2009 10:26
A proper local in Brixton, Young's beers (as well as Bombardier), a very popular little place even midweek. No sign of the pub downturn here - a mix of people young and old drinking and eating here. Comforting decor and really very much what a pub should be like, without it being 'forced'.
rainlight - 16 Apr 2009 07:43
A lovely, lovely, lovely wee place in the very heart of dear old Brixton. Clean, pleasant. Encountered the place on Thursday, in the middle of Quiz night; so ventured out side for the enjoyment of a Cigar and pleasant peace. A very nice pint; Youngs of course. Well worth a visit. Enjoy!!
anonymous - 25 Oct 2008 17:10
This is a proper pub - exactly what a local should be. Great place to sit out front or out back in the beer garden on a sunny day (not that there have been many sunny days in recent memory). Staff are friendly and attentive too. Highly recommended.
dogbytes - 19 Aug 2008 17:32
Lovely pint of Young's Bitter in a friendly boozer. Super stuff!
beerPrincess - 28 Jul 2008 12:22
What a really nice pub. Decent beer - Youngs and Caledonian Deuchars IPA, all very well kept.Food was very good - Steak and ale Pie was a proper pie, crust top and bottom! Freindly and helpful bar staff and a mixed range of punters. Perfect for a few pints before stumbling off up to the Academy.
Alfnoax - 3 Apr 2008 10:20
Proper local tucked away in residentia but not too far from the main buzz. This Youngs establishment turned out to be the perfect place for a pre-gig drink and meal: I was very put off by the reports of rip-off Brixton establishments closer to the Academy and beerintheevening came to the rescue ! Brilliant. Usual range of Youngs bitters, and in addition a very acceptable draught Amstel which hit the spot. Would go back any time, fantastic.
ifyouaskedmeonafriday - 27 Mar 2008 13:36
Excellent back street local, long may it remain.
nich52 - 18 Nov 2007 21:39
brixton is safe, and i'll stab up anyone who says otherwise
el_scook - 4 Sep 2007 22:21
cool place for a brew ... on the same chilled vibe as the duke ... u scaredy cats ..
squirejim - 4 May 2007 23:08
Great pub, brill beer run by a good management couple. The Trinity even has its own CCTV system covering the streets from Brixton tube station right up to the pub's front door. Worried about safety in Brixton, don't be its all caught on camera.
BrixtonReporter - 9 Apr 2007 13:50
Probably the best pub in Brixton if you want a quiet drink in a proper pub rather than noisy, fashionable bars.

I agree with those defending Brixton. I lived there for a few years and experienced no trouble at all. People are too quick to buy in to the Evening Standard propaganda about the place.
ChapmanBaxter - 1 Mar 2007 14:33
Not debating your appreciation of the pub, John, just that your opinion of Brixton seems to be that of one who doesn't know the area very well and adheres to the usual prejudice about the place, rather than approaching it with a more open mind. Look, for instance, at the posts below from people who spend a lot of time there and have had no trouble at all.

Incidentally, doesn't relying on what a colleague said about 'being followed' count as hearsay?
anonymous - 27 Feb 2007 17:52
This is my favourite pub in Brixton and I have never encountered any kind of trouble on the way there or back. Going by other comments below, I'm not alone.

Great to see some sensible comments from people who actually know the area, rather than those relying on hearsay.
anonymous - 19 Feb 2007 14:10
Best if we keep the suburban people who are scared of Brixton and insist on getting taxis everywhere out of this pub which is a real gem. I walk the full length of Coldharbour Lane to this pub and never have any problems
trousers - 18 Feb 2007 23:26
This discussion about safety is getting ludicrous. I've visited Brixton many times after dark and it is no more worrying than many other areas of London. Brixton is a relatively safe place and the perception of crime is far greater than the reality. Home Office statistics show that the figures for violence against the person are falling (for Lambeth as a whole) and at a significantly faster rate than the national figures. There are far more important, and real, things to worry about, and to let fear of crime keep you away from the pub after dark is simply ridiculous. The pub is in a residential area, and a fairly expensive one, at that. Just check out the property prices on Trinity Gardens: number 24 sold for 405,000 last summer; even the ex-local authority flats on Trinity Gardens are way out of most people's price range, so that tells you something about how desirable or undesirable the area is. I've never seen any sign of trouble in the pub and it has always had a relaxed and easy-going vibe when I've visited. It'll certainly remain my pub of choice when visiting Brixton.
red - 17 Feb 2007 16:51
Great pub, well worth seeking out, situated in a square that bears an uncanny resemblance to Albert Square in Eastenders.

I'm afraid however that I have to support John Bonser, who is merely being responsible in warning people, particularly those who do not know Inner London, of the undesirability of the area after dark.

When reading dogbear's comments, words such as "head" and "sand" come to mind - after all the crime stats speak for themselves and how far away is Peckham ?
JohnBonser - 8 Feb 2007 12:37
Totally agree, dogbear. Great pub, and Brixton's not nearly as bad as the hype it gets. Although it's mostly the people who don't spend much time there, or have never been, who tend to think it's a lot more dangerous than it is.
anonymous - 30 Jan 2007 12:22
Classic Young's pub (not yet ruined by up-furb!), decent beer, good food and relaxed old style pub atmosphere. Small terrace with tables in front. Sits in the corner of a leafy square. Two minutes from the mayhem of the town centre, you could be in Hampstead!
Terry - 9 Jan 2007 17:03
Love this pub. It's a regular stopping off point, rendez vous and oasis - and not just for narrow-minded people who find Brixton terrifying after 3.45pm. The staff are friendly and efficient, the bar is well laid out and food in the evening and lunchtime adds an extra reason to linger. Guest beers would be a nice addition but Youngs Special will do fine for now (plus the Youngs wine list is ok too).

A little treasure.
dogbear - 30 Dec 2006 21:26
Brixton's not that bad! (see previous post) very good pub with great standard pub things. I, or other female friends have never had an problems or felt unsfae whether leaving at &:15pm, 9pm or 11:30pm
se5live - 17 Dec 2006 12:50
Nice traditional unchanging Youngs local - the problem is, being in Brixton, it's effectively off limits after about 3.45 pm in December because it gets dark so early. Lunchtime only basically

Better off visiting when the days are longer
JohnBonser - 12 Dec 2006 14:04
Great pub, why only 7/10?
baggydave - 16 Nov 2006 12:28
Lovely old fashioned pub, great beer, friendly bar staff. Marvellous.
TheBeerMonkey - 16 Nov 2006 10:58
Nice Pub for a quiet drink in Brixton.
BARREVIEWER - 7 Feb 2006 11:37
Splendidly traditional and welcoming Youngs pub in the more salubrious part of Brixton. The setting - in Trinity Square - is reminiscent of the Queen Vic in Eastenders, although in the Trinity Arms, you're unlikely to get any bovver from the bruvs. Note the Youngs logo tiling outside indicating that, in days of old. it was probably 3 seperate bars - Public, Saloon and Private.
In summary, it's a proper pub for proper people. Long may it remain so !
JohnBonser - 23 Jan 2006 17:39
Brilliant. The beers (the usual Youngs range) are always in top condition. Though Young's bitter is not my favourite, it's always a pleasure in the Trinity. The pub has a good, relaxed feel, and as it's not visible from the high street, it doesn't get too rammed. It's not too loud and I've never been unable to find a seat, so It's the perfect meeting place before heading off to the beer hell that they call the Brixton Academy.
red - 31 Dec 2005 14:21
Great pub that has waylaid me on pretty much every food shopping trip I've ever tried to make in Brixton.
Beermeup - 28 Sep 2005 15:30
Still a reliable option for real beer in Brixton

NB The rear beer garden closes at 9.00 prompt. Chucking out time has to rigorously enforced because of over-sensitive neighbours.
langrabbie - 14 Aug 2005 18:41
If you live around Brixton and the family is visitng, this is the place to take Granny. Nice, clean, friendly pub. Treasured by locals and those not up for 'vibrant' Brixton
redrocket - 10 Aug 2005 17:18
Good Youngs pub (i.e. good beer and rubbish wallpaper) hidden down a street in Brixton. If you're in the area and you don't fancy getting crushed and deafened in a trendy place or sitting little a pleb in a wetherspoons or Goose, then go here.

The vibe was quite gentle when I was there and this is certainly where the richer end of Brixtonians.
MrScott - 13 Dec 2004 12:34
great pub with a great garden
simon - 30 Jul 2004 16:30
Quality youngs booxer, best pub in brixton by far. Our new after football on a thursday pub.
old_empire - 26 Apr 2004 11:59
Really good, genuine local, great beer, good mix of clientele, best avoided on Council meeting nights.
Bernard - 24 Feb 2004 12:03
Good getaway from "happening" Brixton. I agree the management seems to have loosened up - the old "no crisps" rule was madness. To be avoided on the night of full Lambeth council meetings if you don't want your drinking spoiled by the ramblings of ToneClones and Blair babes (i.e. Lambeth Council Labour group)
Lang Rabbie - 7 Sep 2003 13:51
Much improved now that they've stoped trying to chuck people out at 11.00.01.
Justin - 28 Apr 2003 16:19
Neighbours get a bit shirty when outdoors during summer, but a "classic local" which is good for beers when you want to chat and catch up. An oasis in the Brixton maelstrom.
Mango - 5 Jul 2002 12:24
Youngs pub, good beers, has a nice beer garden out the back now (which has to be vacated early due to neighbours). Pub used to be famous for not selling crisps as the packets made a mess outside, but they seem to have rescinded that particular rule.
Tim - 5 Jul 2002 11:24

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