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Arbiter, Fulham

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Boarded up at present, as is the Wellington (not on BITE) at the other end of Haldane Road.
rainlight - 12 Dec 2015 18:53
I worked in this pub in the early to mid nineties when it was known as the Jolly Brewer. I remember it being an outstanding pub that catered for all 'across the board', the Landlord was a man called Frank, an outstanding man who ran a great ship. Not been in there since but will check it out if in the area
Nick1 - 19 Sep 2012 15:37
Now the Barrow Boy. Good pub and they're trying hard. Probably too far down North End Road to suceed as a gentrified local. Food was good last time I ate there.
bob_nelson_rcn - 3 Apr 2012 09:01
This pub has just reopened under new management. I was walking past the other day and noticed a sign for a quiz on Wednesday night. I am a fan so decided to try it out with my girlfriend. A lot of fun. Being new, it could use a few more teams, but the atmosphere was very laid back, and the quizmaster was loud and funny. The drinks were reasonably priced for the area and served with a smile by the new proprietor, Steve. A good addition to the area.
londonlad2009 - 1 Nov 2009 13:24
Obviously I meant 250ml wine. Feel a bit nervous as previous people seem to get shouted at for posting after 1am. Alas I drive and live far away!!
LSEprof - 4 Oct 2009 02:53
Quite appalling place. Looks lovely, exquisite decor, but the mix of incompetance and arrogance of everyone working there kind of ruins it! Do they know its illegal to only serve 205ml wine, and downright bad manners to to abuse a girl over saying so??
LSEprof - 4 Oct 2009 02:45
Another fulham pub for sale, this is one of about 7 pubs in fulham area for sale.
Is this indicative of the area?
The_Pub_Inspector - 28 Sep 2009 21:23
over hyped, over priced, overly recommended by a mate, we went, we had food, a drink and left. i know this part of town has a few henrys and their whinying chums but this place took the biscuit. i admit thou that food was sound but i had a dirty glass... grim when you only notice as you finish it
thelobster - 24 Oct 2008 16:36
I visited the Arbiter on Wednesday evening with five friends for dinner and drinks. A colleague had recommended the bar and I have to admit, I was impressed. The food is first class and reasonably priced. The girls loved their cocktails and the beer and wine selection kept us happy too. I have not reviewed a bar before but I thought I should as I am planning my next trip on Saturday with the boys for an afternoon of rugby and beer. Great bar, Good Food, Good Times. P.S. Put four burgers aside for us! Ta
dangerousdaveo - 7 Mar 2008 11:52
Dear Broadhurstian,

I was very sorry to read your posting on the Arbiter, May I assure you that, last year, the offending member of staff was fired immediately upon us becoming aware of his attitude toward our guests. I feel I must apologise personally for the obvious taint on your evening with us and hope that you consider us worthy of a chance at redemption. In future may I invite you to open a direct dialogue with me or another member of management so that problems like this can be dealt with as soon as possible as I do not tolerate this kind of behaviour from anyone in my employ.

nickarbiter - 28 Feb 2008 14:18
Went in the at the end of last year with some friends from out of town. I had been there before and thought the place was okay, something a bit different from a standard pub. We'd had a few drinks and decided on a round of shots, so I approached the barman and asked for a round of sambuccas; the barman's response was 'Or I could spit in a glass and serve you that'. I was so taken aback, that I couldn't respond and just walked off. Unlike 'Wandering Alice' below who clearly works here, I would suggest Avoid it at all costs! Stuck up it's own arse and not nearly good enough to justify how highly they clearly rate themselves.
Broadhurstian - 21 Feb 2008 14:23
This pub has had more names than Madonna's had comebacks, but it is a welcome addition to the North End Road and not a bit Dickie (bad pun).
beeronaut - 8 Jul 2007 08:33
Last time I went in it was the Twickenham ale, and sometimes have Landlord on.
Henners - 22 Jun 2007 09:36
Can anybody tell me what real ale, if any, is served here as I like to drink beer in the evening.
GGG - 5 Jun 2007 14:26
I wanted to find somewhere new, different and near home to meet my Fulhamite friends after work so looked on this webiste to find somewhere and after reading the reviews, I thought that I would check The Arbiter out. The North End Road itself is a bit grotty but this pub stands out amoungst the grime. Large windows allow lots of light into the pub. There is comfy seating: sofas, corner seating and wooden chairs. The decor is attractive, the staff helpful and the Swedish Tapas menu is very tempting and very well priced. (Cheese on toast with homemade chutney - 2.00, Smoked Salmon Gravlax - 3.50, Meatballs with Mustard Mash - 6.50) The Arbiter is the perfect place relaxing place for a quiet drink after work and if you are looking for somewhere more lively, it hots up after about 8.30. There is a really good atmosphere. Try it, you will like it!
wandering_alice - 31 May 2007 11:56
Great pub, finally there's somewhere decent on the North End Road. It's not poncey, just nice and relaxed. They have a great range of whiskies and a good looking food menu.
libero - 30 May 2007 16:14
Came in for an ale ,they didnt have any.I Departed,shall give them another chance,maybe.
Henners - 12 Mar 2007 19:58
The Arbeiter has only recently opened so when I visited I was expecting that there'd be a few teething problems. However I found none, the bar staff were very friendly and efficient (why is service so slow in so many London bars?) and the beer was well kept. I didn't eat, but the food that passed the table looked fine and was reasonably priced. Pub itself is quite small with limited seating, I didn't venture upstairs I have to say, and is decorated in an eclectic style which gives it a modern feel. Only issue I can see is its position on the less than salubrious North End Road - so they'll have to be careful to get only the right sort of clients. However, all in all a welcome addition to the area and worth a visit.
Sparky1 - 20 Dec 2006 14:16
Brilliant spot in Fulham.

Decent cocktails from bartenders who know what they're on about and at reasonable prices, and the food is great value for money.

Bit of style and comfort - gotta love it.

Will be back.
MikeSouthgate - 19 Dec 2006 12:18
Lovely place, good drinks (Landlord on tap) and bar staff who know what they're doing!
ewan - 18 Dec 2006 11:13
Stumbled upon this little gem whilst out in Fulham, and was genuinely surprised by the pub's friendly atmosphere as it's not something you find all that often these days.

The bar tenders certainly seemed to know what they were doing - you must try their take on Polish Tatanka, which mixes Zubrowka with apple & rhubard, rather than just apple - fantastic! - and the food was simple, but satisfying.

Definitely a place I'll go back to.

scott_sanders - 18 Dec 2006 10:43
This place is great, just what Fulham needs. Affordable drinks and great cocktails. The food is brilliant as well - the meatballs in particular are outstanding. It's really cosy with big leather sofas and chairs dotted around. Looking forward to spending a relaxed sunday lunch here! I'll definitely be going back.
anonymous - 1 Dec 2006 18:37

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