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Exmouth Arms, Exmouth Market

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user reviews of the Exmouth Arms, Exmouth Market

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Very pretty ex-courage house - with all green external tiling.

Good Beer Guide 2020 entry and unusually for the area, late opening on weekends until after midnight.

This of course meant it was a bit loud for my tastes - all pumping music for the late night crowd.
Mappiman - 1 Mar 2020 12:43
Archetypal student/hip foodery with a couple of ales on (Cascade and Rooster - the cascade was quite nice). Open plan, bare boards, tables - many of which were reserved for the impending arrival of Henry and Jemimah at 1600 hours. Doesn't have a pub feel to it.
Snarling_Mallard - 29 Jun 2019 10:23
It's been many years since I last visited here. So I tried it again on Saturday morning. Its website states that it is open from 11am. But alas at just after 11, there was no sign of it opening any time soon. 0/10 for this visit.
blue_scrumpy - 26 Jan 2015 21:19
This is a great pub, very buzzy, good selection of beer, and a lovely building
rdcherry - 23 Jan 2015 19:25
Pub number 4 and time to venture into Exmouth Market.

The Exmouth Arms is a lovely old fashioned pub that's been rescued from a poor backstreet local and turned this busy, hip, trendy pub that serves quality looking Burgers….I didn’t eat here but the Burgers did look good.

There are open plain glass windows facing the street with stain glass tops above.

Music playing loudly but it fitted and wasn’t a problem to have a conversation or order a drink.

Busy bar area, there are 4 pumps offering 4 different ales but as there were people q’ing for a drink I was unsure what they were. I opted for a bottle from the large bottle fridge. A superb choice of quality beers including a large number of American craft beers. I choose a 750ml bottle of Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut, pricey at £20.00 but worth every mouthful…a real treat to find a beer like this on my Friday night crawl.

Really busy but inside and out and when the rain came down it got busier.

Nicely refurbished toilets in the basement, interesting to note a large number of barrels being stored down there, unsure if they were empty or not.

This was probably the best pub of the night but the Old Fountain runs it very close but they are very different pubs.

Superb but that’s mainly for the beer choice.
lezford - 14 Aug 2014 13:32
Typical London refurb - big tables, food, luvvie customers. The beer was okay though.
djw - 10 Apr 2014 00:19
Four handpumps (only three available), with small breweries from Cornwall seemingly the order of the day. Very good beer but then at over £4 a pint (4.6 ABV) so it should be!
Tries hard to be trendy with a whole host of keg beers available. I expect some people call them craft beers which shows what can be achieved with marketing! If it’s produced like a keg beer and dispensed like a keg beer then it is a keg beer.
Worth a visit if you happen to be passing but there’s better options close by.

Doob - 22 Jan 2014 12:50
Very cosy and attractive pub with as good a selection of real ale and particularly keg beers of all sort as I've seen outside of Manchester (PSBH). The Crate Best from up the road was very tasty, certainly not the tasteless home-brew often passed off for "craft", but the price (£2.10 a half) was a shock. I was paying £1.80 and £1.49 a pint for 5% beers in Spoons over the weekend. The German Rauchbier tempted but was well over £6 too. Save up and go.
mtaylor40 - 12 Nov 2013 19:09
Really liked it when it first opened, but now its caught on with the meeja types you can't move in there any more; 3 deep at the bar last night.

The lack of soft furnishing in now obvious and the noise inside was cacophonous, not helped by a group of advertising exec types screaming at each other.

I'll stick to Saturdays and Mondays, I think.
Planner_21 - 31 Aug 2012 16:38
Was in here on Saturday.Not a bad place, The Camden Town Stout wasn't bad at all ,but i do sort of agree with the bloke below.I remember Exmouth market when it wasnt trendy as well.One of the few survivors from them days is the Pie and mash shop(was in here as well Saturday).
Still, i have seen worse gentrifications of areas.Not sure what my Great dad and his family would of made of the "improvement" to their area though.
tottenhamsean - 14 Aug 2012 18:35
I grew up in the area and over the years have slowly watcehd its gentrification, with mixed feelings I have to admit.
The old Exmouth Arms was a spit and sawdust market pub, back in the days when Exmouth Market was a real spit and sawdust market with shops and stalls selling things that normal working class people might actually want.
Having said that, the refrubishment of the pub is very well done and manages a nice mix of traditional and trendy. The food is nothing special - and expensive too - while the range of beer is certainly impressive (although once again, very expensive).
A few random thoughts then.
1. While I welcome the move towards small, independt craft brewers, a lot of the beers these people are producing are so bland and light that they are not that far removed in character from lager. Think about it.
2. The jug pint glasses are so knowingly retro that, in the context of this pub, they are simply NAFF.
3. Where have all the postmen gones to drink?
Ladhimself - 25 Jul 2012 15:35
As comments below indicate, this is under new management and has been excellently and faithfully refurbished, and so the overall rating (3.5 as I write) should be ignored for the time being. Four handpumps and a very impressive keg and bottled range. Had a pint of Roosters Leghorn on cask which was very well kept.

Food concentrates on sliders (mini burgers) which are very tasty and good value for this area although it should be said that the beer balances this out somewhat (pints and bottles start at 3.80). With this caveat, this is another great beer venue in EC1.
simonk - 28 Mar 2012 18:50
Called in last month as I'd heard the place was under new management and also it's handy to call in on the way to Craft Beer up the road. The pub's looking much better after having had a refurb and the beer, although pricey, was well kept. The old locals seem to have gone replaced by posher, hipper locals - to match the new prices I suppose. It's more in keeping with the rest of 'cool' Exmouth Market now - but I'm not complaining as there's a much better choice of beer. A good choice of bottles too but top up your wallet before you go.
chick - 6 Mar 2012 08:38
Just a word here from the Exmouth Arms. To Clarify this pub is under new management as of 2 months ago. It took 3 months of building work to restore the pub to a state befitting its historical significance( Exmouth Market is named after the pub). We now sell 19 draught craft beers from Weihenstepaner to Brewdog and everything in between as well as four casks from small British ale breweries and 60 bottle beers. We also do food and have no T.V anymore. So in the coming months we hope our rating on this site may improve to reflect the hard work that has been put into this new venture. Please pop in and see for yourself
exmoutharms - 6 Jan 2012 19:23
I cant help but think this pub has been spammed to give it the current low score which is, in my humble opinion undeserved.

Four real ales on during a recent visit from the Magic Rock, Oakham and Camden breweries plus another that escapes me, probably as I tried the three mentioned and they were superb. There was also a good range of lagers as including those from Brew Dog and Camden which Ill try on my next visit.

The pub is tastefully decorated and the food (mini burgers or sliders to give them the proper name) is novel and tasty. The staff also seemed knowledgeable about the beer they were serving which is a bonus.

If youre in the area and come upon the Exmouth Arms, Id recommend venturing in. I will certainly do so again in the future. Definitely worth a 8/10.

Johnny_B - 29 Dec 2011 10:57
Do not be fooled by the previous comments. Newly reopened as a craft beer pub, this is an absolute gem. A great range of beer and the Friday night atmosphere was great. A few too many trendies and hipsters for my liking and who knew the beard had made a non-ironic comeback?
sussexbrews - 19 Nov 2011 21:28
It is such a pity that this Pub was run into the ground. 15 Years ago it was a great night out. The Pub was full of locals. You were always made to feel welcome, and with out a doubt in for a real good night. I feel that it is such a shame that the real English old pubs are now becoming a thing of the past. Give us back the old time Pub we all loved so much.
ploughmans - 22 Aug 2011 18:13
A real shame as the place had cleaned up its act and was doing good before the Scottish guy who was running it well left. Drank in here on and off for years as it's local and late but don't recall it ever being as sloppy run as it is now - and that's saying something. What's with bright light as well? We like our pubs dark not like some kitchen spotlight that serves only to let us see just how manky the pub is. This pub had character and was always good for a few late on but better just to go home and safe a few quid if you pass by now.
Baader - 10 Sep 2009 12:54
News is...
New management thrown out, and patsies put back in. no hope for any quality now, and the word on the street is that the management I talked about in the previous post was only brought in to clean the place up, it was the plan all along by the pubco to chuck them and revert to the bad old ways quickly.
Dimple_mug - 6 Jun 2009 15:57
Ive been disappointed with the beer quality in this pub on both of my visits and frankly it was an unfriendly place that I wanted to get out of as quickly as possible. Hopefully the new management will have changed things so Ill try to get back and see if its for the better.

Millay - 6 Jun 2009 14:42
New management now.
London Pride, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Harvey's Suffolk Best on the pumps all the time, with plans to expand that range. Harvey's in particularly good order. Drinks run pretty expensive, but beer drinkers get significantly better prices than lager drinkers. As it should be.
Afternoons seem to have a relaxed atmosphere. In the evenings it's candles on tables fare.
Dimple_mug - 5 May 2009 12:42
Still an entertaining place for a late night drink....not the usual derelict mob of yore...this time it was a drunken pervy Pole and a wannabee gangster - the staff were still nice though.....
EdgarBriggsMI5 - 1 Feb 2009 21:24
Does this pub not like strangers or does this pub not like strangers? Certainly made us feel as welcome as sand in the picnic. Drinks had two prices to. One for tourists and one for regulars. If you do not know it's there you would not go. They do not light the board up.
tardismechanic - 27 May 2008 00:11
Only stopped in for one, Harveys was pleasant enough, clientele were a little rough around the edges, but nice enough. Pub itself has had one of those half hearted (cheap) attempts to smarten itself up, with a couple of leather sofas and such dotted around. Which to be honest havent really added anything to it I suspect.
Never going to be a favourite pub of mine, but worth a go.

mrse1 - 27 Feb 2008 10:23
A solid default late drink. Clientele are an eclectic mix of the lost, the misguided and the simply plastered. Atmosphere around closing time was reminiscent of a field dressing station during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow. The desperation was palpable....though hope remained in the eyes of a cheery moon-faced little chap I observed delivering a lengthy monologue about a trip to Sun City. Apparently it's not a city. Who'd have thought it?
bustergonad - 10 Dec 2007 10:43
Good late stop on the way back to the crash...Some pratt may have put his fist through the window...but what a great combination of drinkers in there...Posh totty dancing,posh drunken guys drinking,posties on a late drink,drunken northern blokes talking about their teams,lesbian police officers on a bender...For a late drink this is what you want.....
EdgarBriggsMI5 - 17 Mar 2007 04:02
I cannot think of a worse pub in London.

Not that I had much time to judge it, mind you. I popped in with a friend on a Saturday night at around 9pm for a quick drink. The place was not busy, maybe a dozen people, and no-one was waiting to be served at the bar. I went up to the bar to buy some drinks - the barmaid was standing at the other end of the bar chatting to a friend. She looked at me, then continued chatting. I continued to wait. She looked over again, took a few steps in my direction, then started messing around with her iPod. After a minute of being ignored, I decided that ANYWHERE would be better than this, so we left.

Maybe if we had actually managed to have a drink, we might have enjoyed the place. But, to be honest, I doubt it - the clientele was distinctly chavvy, and the atmosphere wasn't up to much either.

DaveyWavey - 18 Jan 2007 08:55
Nice well-lit dartboard. A small table often finds it's way onto the oche, but can usually be moved without causing any inconvenience. Beer not bad.
Dart_Man - 29 Nov 2006 13:56
I go here quite often and am surprised by how bad the reviews here are. A pub with Harveys bitter makes a pleasant change in London and I have found it be be of a generally good quality. The bar staff know how to do their jobs, and prices are more than competitive for the area. A pretty good place to throw darts, though I do suspect the board to be a half-inch too high.

ChrisF - 19 Oct 2006 09:54
Yeah it's rubbish, a Chav dive, full of people who look like they're after a punch up, but keeps them out of all the other good pubs round here. Was a half decent place until it was refurbed.
OldRogue - 31 Aug 2006 13:44
Last review is hilarious - good on you for calling his bluff. Shame a cask of good beer went to waste in the sweaty paws of the swamp donkeys who run this place.

I mus admit I really do have it in for this place. It truly is the worst pub - bar none - for miles around. Since I wrote my review below, I ended up going here for to get a drink (against my better judgement, girlfriend's call). It was during the Exmouth Festival when a live band was rigged up outside, this shitehole was selling beer in plastic glasses for outdoors.

We ordered two pints of Hoegaarden and were charged 8, made worse by the fact that half of it ended up slopped on the ground thanks to the bendy glasses. Before anyone says, I know 4 isn't hugely expensive for Hoegaarden - but this place is so nasty, you'd expect they'd at least have the decency to be CHEAP and nasty.
anonymous - 31 Aug 2006 13:11
I went in the Exmouth last night and saw that they had Harvey's bitter on so I asked the barman for a pint. He said, "it's a bit warm, how about an Ice Cold Lager?". I said that I'd prefer a real ale and he offered to let me sample the Harveys. It was a bit warm but it tasted like Sarsons. I told the barman that it was off and he got quite irate.
"It's not off it's just that we have a heater underneath the lines which warms the beer up a bit, if I were to pour you one straight from the cask it would be fine."
"Great", I said, calling his bluff, "I'll have one straight from the cask", knowing that off-beer is off-beer.
He disappeared into the cellar muttering something under his breath and returned a while later with a pint of Harvey's straight from the cask. As I suspected it tasted like vinegar and I told him that it was off. He still protested that it wasn't, so I took my leave and wandered down to the Betsey Trotwood for a lovely pint of Spitfire (that wasn't off). Rubbish pub, rubbish, rude and aggressive barman
thereminwar - 8 Jun 2006 09:24
Friendly staff and Manager no food served but you can bring your own in!.Good range of beers including a well kept Harveys Sussex Bitter a rare sight in London.This is a real pub and is part of the Pubs 'n' Bars Group which is building up a reputation for running local pubs catering for local markets.Good for a quick drink or a longer session when sport is on the plasma screens.
leggless - 23 Feb 2006 20:47

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