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Exmouth Arms, Euston

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Came here on Wednesday lunchtime. It was my first visit for just over 8 years. The Exmouth Arms is now much improved. It even opens early for breakfast now and has survived the construction works around Euston, unlike the Bree Louise. Titanic Plum Porter is a regular ale. Guests were Sambrook's Pale Ale, Twickenham Yakima Valley ABA, Truman's Roll Out The Barrel & Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter. There's normally a real cider on handpull. But sadly the Seacider Blood Orange pumpclip was turned round on my visit. One I will probably return to sooner.
blue_scrumpy - 20 Dec 2019 20:21
Met up with 6 friends here on our way to the Cup Final...had excellent burgers and craft beers...sat outside on a pleasant sunny day..good pub off the beaten track..will return
itchytony - 30 May 2017 17:52
This used to be my favourite pub in central London. Busy, friendly, good beer and once the after work crowd had gone there was the feeling of a genuine local. Sadly it's now been taken over and "improved" Noisy, expensive and full of people who want to be seen to be cool and having a good time. Very tedious and very disappointing. It's still a convenient pub with good beer so I will be going back, but it's far from my favourite now
crispinhj - 17 Jan 2017 12:33
This is the best pub in the area for sunny lunchtime beers. Its position at the end of the road means it isn't in the shadows and unlike the local Bree Louise or the Queens Head and Artichoke that also sit on the sunny side, the road it is on only sees cars once every 5 minutes+ so its ore outside drinking friendly.

Also since it was done up 12months+ ago, the beer, food and service has certainly improved leaps and bounds. Back in 2010 I rated this a 3, now its a healthy 7.
Selly - 22 Dec 2016 19:41
Good selection of bottled beers, they regularly change whats on tap. Serve burgers now, and have a hostel upstairs. Much better than when it was a scuzzy old mans pub.
slinkybeats - 16 Sep 2016 09:29
It's gone gastro and lost all it's scuzzy charm (and fine jukebox). It's more expensive and there are more punters, so I guess it was a good business decision.....
Berboyblue - 1 Jan 2016 16:31
Agree with the last poster.
I used to always go here when in the area.
There was a barmaid called Mandy who was great - could serve about three punters at once.
Sad to say I have made my last visit as £4.10 a pint for Surrey Hill is over the top.
bjbrummiejohn - 16 Apr 2015 15:54
This pub has recently been refurbished (or 'tarted up' as my friend put it) and now it's just like ten thousand other London pubs - clean, airy and bloody expensive.
ShenaniganOFlanaghan - 16 Apr 2015 13:27
The Exmouth Arms is a proper old school boozer which is very rare around this part of London.

Good selection of well kept beers - the last time I was there, Old Speckled Hen, Doombar, Adnams, London Pride and a good IPA was on.

I have had lunch a few times here, traditional pub menu with a home cooked feel about it.

Friendly landlady & staff. All in all, a pub which I highly recommend!
DazGrinch - 17 Jan 2014 10:49
My 1st visit to this old fashioned locals pub last night.

There are 6 pumps, dispensing 5 ales which are GK IPA, GK Old Speckled Hen, Sharp's Doom Bar, Fullers London Pride & Adnams Broadside along side the regular Guinness and lagers.

Me and my partner in crime each had 3 pints of the Doom Bar and all of them were perfect.

Friendly enough pub, fairly quiet in the downstairs bar but the upstairs was rammed as there was a Folk Singer on...I didn't catch he's name but apparently he's well known.

The only thing that spoilt this place slightly was the loud mouth local t**t in the bar who thought he was very amusing shouting things out intermittingly to various people coming in and out of the pub!
lezford - 24 Nov 2013 18:38
Got off the train at Euston last night with my girlfriend, gasping for a pint. Got directed to a nearby pub called the Brie, but upon arrival opted for another pub in view (Exmouth arms), as it looked more suitable for a nice, quiet drink. I really do like proper old school pubs.... I think they are in decline, and need to be cherished. Initial views were all good. Staff were friendly, menu looked good and reasonably priced. Unfortunately, due to a really annoying, shrieking, drunk woman, who really scared my girlfriend, we opted not to eat, and only stayed for the one drink, before moving back to the pub down the road. Nice old school pub.... Real shame!
Russ62 - 14 Nov 2013 11:48
Cannot understand last 2 comments my work colleagues and I love this pub friendly staff well kept beer beautiful new toilets.Pub is always very clean and in the evening has a lovely atmosphere with friendly customers.It is a large pub so never overcrowded when busy plenty of outside seating
Grieg - 1 Nov 2013 17:00
The mad woman Jen was here on our recent visit swearing and pestering all who entered the premises.
So drunk she could hardly speak??
A pub in steady decline sadly due largely to the owner
not being around due to family illness.
Devoid of atmosphere and poorly run.
Avoid
snoopy55 - 9 Jul 2013 08:10
Tucked away in the bowells of Euston. Went in around 10:30pm. No one behind the bar. One of the regulars shouted the barman that there was a punter. Can sit outside. Probably for the best that you do.
Mappiman - 5 Jul 2012 21:53
Three fairly standard real ales (Adnams, London Pride, Spitfire) but very expensive, close to £4 a pint. Went in there because the Bree Louise was full and this was a bit more tucked away round the back. OK but it does have the enviable position of being very close to Drummond Street with its excellent Asian and African food.
rainlight - 9 Jun 2012 00:25
Paid a late evening visit as had seen it from my window at the Ibis. I liked the pub but my mate didn't. Surprisingly sold real ale but was the most expensive we had in London at £3.70 a pint for London Pride. Had a rather good jukebox.
FrankW - 27 Sep 2011 23:47
The mad women was banned and she has now been banned again
Grieg - 9 Jun 2011 11:56
The mad drunk woman called Jen has returned !! Enough to put anyone off their beer.She seemed to disappear for a while but now sits outside and pesters all she can, especially when drunk,which is from 3 ish.horrid!!!!!
snoopy55 - 24 May 2011 14:25
Having visited the Bree Louise many times, I've always wondered what this pub was like. So yesterday after a quick one in the Bree, we wondered into the Exmouth for a swift half. The interior is much more spacious than I had imagined with plenty of old tables around the walls. 4 basic real ales were on offer - Courage Best, Shepherd Neame Spitfire, Adnams Bitter & Fullers London Pride. A drinking partner claimed that things hadn't changed much in the 20 years since he was last here. Although the carpet is new. A black cat seemed quite comfortable asleep on the bar, whilst a couple of uncouth regulars seemed content to shout expletives at one another and at the bar staff and customers. I soon realised why most people were sat outside! Despite a slightly run-down interior, it's probably still slightly better than the Bree Louise. But what the Bree Louise lacks in character, it more than makes up for with its beer and cider selection. With its far superior neighbour just a stones throw away, I doubt we'll be back here (or at least not for another 20 years anyway)!
blue_scrumpy - 10 Apr 2011 11:17
Do not know what Selly is talking about the carpets are all brand new as is the extractor fan in the kitchen
Grieg - 13 Oct 2010 17:06
Not as bad as made out by some recent reviews

4 x real ales available - Adnams was very good as was Spitfire
EricBlair - 26 Sep 2010 21:03
Average but adequate.
topPINT - 8 Sep 2010 12:27
Its an old style pub in serious needing of an update. Im not saying turning it into one of these crappy gastro pubs, just a lick of paint, some new carpet and get move the food preparation area away from the bar. Seems once a month its full and rest of the month just 4 old dears sitting there, not sure what thats about.

Ventilation would be an idea when they are cooking chips up right next to the bar (cafe style food bar is adjacent to the main bar). Couple of times ive been in there and the place stunk of chip fryer oil.

Beer is the regular stuff, nothing special. Had worse had better.

Has potential to be a decent boozer, just needs someone to care...

Selly - 6 Aug 2010 11:55
It was quiet when we dropped in here on a Monday evening (a bit noisier when the jukebox was switched on - shame they felt they needed it on), beer was good though nothing special. Food simple, but fine.
jrguk - 29 Apr 2010 17:21
Returned to visit again after being away pub still excellent with friendly staff understand from manager that shortly they are fitting awnings with heaters and changing menu
Grieg - 14 Mar 2010 21:30
I went there this Saturday, The staff were quick and the service good.

A nice pub with a good atmosphere.
pintlad - 16 Nov 2009 15:26
Had great meal good price large portion very friendly all female staff. A very good old fashioned London pub and the beer is kept very well
Grieg - 13 Nov 2009 12:38
It's fairly basic but good boozer .... and the welcome is friendly, and beers pretty reasonable to very good. The kitchen (and frying) doesn't intrude that much, and there's invariably a table outside. It does get 'rammed' when the tail end of a union meeting is still in, and PFA Kants Cave is about to go up - but that's just one Wednesday a month.
zorrodp - 11 Aug 2009 00:32
A bit of a 'rough and ready' sort of boozer. I echo previous posters in that the smell from the open kitchen can be somewhat off-putting. If you took that away the palce would be a lot better
MINTYBOOM - 9 Mar 2009 12:12
The smoke/smell of chip fat is a real turn off. Staff are ok, nothing special.
Tubeboy - 27 Feb 2009 12:05
A decent locals and commuters pub. Take heed of other posters though - your clothes will stink of chip fat for days after spending an hour in here. If only they could sort this out, this would be an excellent pub.
drib - 17 Feb 2009 17:12
Iím not a fan of open kitchens in pubs and this one is more of an open chip van with at least three deep fat fryers fuming away. Itís a shame as it is a decent pub serving up Spitfire, Adnams and Courage Best alongside plenty of standard lagers. My Spitfire was on good form and the barmaid was friendly enough.

There is a small TV that was showing Sky Sports News during my visit, but I donít think that they have the other sports channels. The pub is a good size and has an L-shaped bar. I suppose that you can escape from the smell if you sit on the other side of the pub and maybe that was why all of the regulars were plotted around there.

Iím not sure that Iíd bother returning.
Strongers - 21 Jan 2009 16:38
It's a brightly light room which serves beer and will leave you stinking of chip fat for weeks.
cardamom - 15 Nov 2008 21:14
Refreshingly English pub in this sea of chain khazis. Worth seeking out.
nickthefish - 20 Oct 2008 07:44
My wife and I had lunch there today. Very pleasant atmosphere and excellent service. Good traditional food at very reasonable price. Kitchen open to the bar is excellent as nothing is hidden and a good standard of hygene can be seen: no problems with fumes today.

Having no music 'played at you' was a pleasant change to most places.

A feature is the beautiful external floral display for which the pub has received prizes.

I am pleased to recommend this pub.
Nosduh - 3 Oct 2008 21:38
Came in for a pint or three last night (actually sat outside among the bright purple and yellow exterior and the masses of flowers). Adnams Bitter, Spitfire and Courage Best, had them all and they were no worse than you would expect. No real reason to come here with the Bree Louise being so close.
GuideDogSaint - 24 Jul 2008 21:17
Nice pub, beer good, food menu looked appealling, but only complant is the open kitchen next to the bar, we sat opposite and came out smelling like chip fat with sore eyes as the steam/smoke etc from the cooking curculates all around the pub.
Will visit again, but will sit outside or well away from the kitchen.
Delly_WhoRU - 16 Jun 2008 14:12
Nice corner pub, with 'bold' exterior colour scheme softened by flowers and foliage all over the place. Inside, the most noticeable feature is the kitchen which is open to the bar so you can see exactly what you are getting. Served a decent enough pint of Spitfire.
rpadam - 21 Apr 2008 20:57
Please disregard all message left by anonymous reviewer. They have obviously have some sort of axe to grind with previous management. The Exmouth is still a cracking, little pub which oozes atmosphere and still serves a mean pint!! See and come for yourself!!!
charliebigpotatos - 9 Sep 2007 20:11
Basic but acceptable pub just round the corner from Euston Station - certainly not the worst pub you'll come across by a long shot. Popped in a couple of weeks ago and as it was a nice day I sat outside with a nice cold pint of Guinness. Bar staff were quite pleasant. Never experienced any bother when I've been in and will comntinue to visit from time to time when I'm in the area.
MINTYBOOM - 19 Jul 2007 00:41
Nice food - good place for a quick lunch. Not much to report on the alcohol front, incredibly standard.

Pleasant seating arrangements outside on the quiet road - spoiled by mother nature bombarding the hanging baskets with many buzzing, angry insects.
TeamSambo - 12 Apr 2006 13:16
Friendly staff, veggie options on menu, but only two real ales.
clissold345 - 10 Mar 2006 00:11
Abusive men? The odd eccentric? You should have seen the place a few years ago when the legendary Con was in charge. On either count, he'd make the present incumbents look like lightweights.
Martinl - 3 Mar 2006 15:19
This place has got a little better now the abusive men behind the bar seem to have retired but the odd eccentric or should I say mad and abusive lady is still there. As for the food, they dont have the usual gastropub food, no, instead they have a menu which includes a slice of bread and butter or failing that what about a stale pie served by a man wearing an old vest.
anonymous - 8 Feb 2006 19:03
Not a bad Pub, with reasonable beer but remarkably quiet on a Saturday night. One reason for the paucity of patrons may have been the Folk club that meet upstairs. Unless you are both tone deaf and enjoy beating yourself with nettles, avoid the club like the plague.
Raimundo - 14 Nov 2005 10:13
Pleasantly surprised to find a cracking little pub tucked away in bowels Of Euston. A fine array of beers on offer, and as far as the food is concerned it was a relief not to find the usual "Gastropub" nonsense, just good old fashioned tasty grub!!! Friendly crowd, with the odd eccentric thrown in for good measure
charliebigpotatos - 18 Feb 2005 15:51
A good traditional London pub. Mixed crowd not dominated by unwelcoming locals like others in the area.
Easy to pop in for a drink and be there at closing.....
baghwan - 17 Feb 2005 19:19
Excellent friendly pub with good atmosphere and great flowers
Grieg - 30 Jan 2005 14:22
A friendly and comfotable pub with a excellent array of flowers perfect for helping you relax in a very tranquill atmosphere.
jeremylacey - 1 Dec 2004 15:41
the best thing about this pub is the cat - Sylvester. Other than that I would never set foot in the place!
Aquabolina - 27 Oct 2004 14:25
This place seems to attract tourists searching for "an authentic pub". If "authentic" means crap service, beer that's off, over-priced and served in dirty glasses, getting called a "poof" for ordering a soft drink for your girlfriend, minging mad women who spend the whole night trying to find an excuse to have an argument with you, and toilets that satan himself wouldn't defaecate in, then this is as authentic as it gets. Seriously now, get yourself 10 minutes up the road to all the great, authentic and brilliant pubs around Fitzrovia, and let this pub die the death it deserves.
Jimmy Almond - [email protected] - 11 Oct 2004 17:31
This is a terrible pub. I have met the strange woman and yes she is quite abusive. I ordered a pint of real ale and had to take it back because it tasted of soap. The one they replaced it with also tasted of soap so I gave up and poured it away. My friends Bacardi Breezer was a year out of date so she took it back. On the plus side they had a nice cat.
Catwasp - 9 Sep 2004 17:36
Smokey but we have nostalgia for when it was a nice spot to meet. Not the best around, but a good place to tune into interesting conversations (can I say that?).
TipTopTommy - 30 Jun 2004 00:42
It's a very expensive place to drink and that's down to it being owned by a muti-millionaire who spends his time jetting around the world and buying racehorses. The stooges behind the bar are just low paid hired help. I would suggest you go to the Head of Steam on Euston station if you reall want a cheap decent pint. Ken (Virgin Rail)
Ken - 6 Nov 2003 10:54
A nice looking pub which seems to be the social club for station workers. It lacks a bit of atmosphere and could do with some decent air conditioning. Plenty of seating outside which is popular with the "shorts below the knee" poser set. Courage Best and Spitfire plus usual lagers.

They need to have a rule which says no vests behind the bar. Is there anything more off putting that the sight of a sweaty armpit as the barman reaches up for your pint glass. There is a small food bar but as the chef turned out to be the unshaven vest wearing barman I decided not to bother.

Not a bad pub but there are better ones in the area, try the Crown & Anchor around the corner for atmosphere or the Head of Steam for great beer

Millay - 9 Aug 2003 10:08
this place is horrible. I too have experienced the abusive woman - but it was the racist skinheads that really put me off.
bob hope - 2 Jul 2003 17:10
I was in the Exmouth only last week and a drunken woman called Jenny was very abusive. We will hold our function elsewhere. Even a man called Mrs Alan - who claimed he owned the pub - was drunk.
Mr Ron Jenkins - 14 Jun 2003 22:24
It used to be a great pub when the Irish man, Con, manged it, since he left 4 years ago just ain't the same
anonymous - 9 Jun 2003 16:02
gotta love the flowers - wins awards year-on-year for 'em
anonymous - 29 May 2003 12:06
Visting London from Texas, I went out walking looking for a decent looking pub with decent prices. This fit the bill. I returned many, many, many times. Good vibes.
Yank - 29 Apr 2003 23:55
the stools had greasy bum prints on them and there was no toilet paper in the gents
peter woodbine - [email protected] - 5 Mar 2003 12:52
It serves Stella.
Two brothers (both called Archie) run the pub.
anonymous - 14 May 2002 13:08

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