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Coopers Arms, Chelsea

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Surprisingly good pub given the area, which is inclined towards less accessible, overly gentrified boozers suited to the transient and monnied people of Chelsea. That said, you would be more than happy to bring your mother here or indeed a wealthy uncle. There are a good selection of beers and ales, as well as an English menu (the food seemed a bit pricey, mind). It's classy but not pretentious. Like me.
Richard_ReadingFC - 1 Feb 2017 14:02
Not too bad a makeover by Youngs. Used to be a lot better berfore they purchased it in 1990 than it is now. Food was fine, but the beers were a bit expensive, Youngs Ordinary £3.95 and Sambrookes Wandle £4.25. Chelsea prices i suppose.
rpf1955 - 31 Dec 2014 15:55
A good selection of well kept beers. Friendly staff, nice ambience. I suspect it could get quite busy but it was quiet when we were there. Not cheap but then what is in this area.
WaitorseBoyz - 16 Aug 2013 13:57
What a relief to find a nice, quiet, traditional pub deep in the heart of Chelsea. The staff are very nice and so are the real ales. You can even watch the X-Factor on the TV! (although there's enough space in the pub to get away from it as well).
16jamesdoc - 21 Aug 2011 16:15
The Coopers Arms has just reopened after a refurbishment. The toilets are now all downstairs and brand new. The garden has been redone and has better access. The inside has been cleaned up. There are now 6 handpumps with 2 guest ales (currently Butcombe bitter and Wandle) - all very well kept. Even the moose head has had a clean up!
SteveH - 19 Sep 2010 10:48
Started visiting this pub a couple of months ago to participate in their Tuesday night pub quiz. Since then we've won a few bar tab vouchers which has meant we've returned fairly regularly, always on a Tuesday.

It can get a bit busy, especially around 6-7pm, but quietens down later on in the evening, and is fairly pleasant once the crowds have dispersed.

Youngs bitter is OK, and since I've been going they've had Tribute on as a guest beer, which has been going down very nicely. The food is decent, and for a little while they had a "two dinners and a bottle of wine for 20" offer on, although I'm not sure that's still running.

Without the pub quiz I'm not sure I'd go back regularly, mainly due to the lack of beer choice, but the quiz is pitched at the sort of level that means you stand a chance of winning or coming second, and then you can go back the next week and drink for free! That's a good enough reason for me...
steej - 13 Jan 2010 16:59
This one's not too far off the King's Road and attracts plenty of the local hoorahs who were in fine form on our Friday evening visit. After fighting our way to the bar, we discovered 3 cask beers from the Youngs range - Bitter, Special and Kew Gold and to my surprise, draught Addlestone's cider. Unfortunately this was the only bright spot to our visit. The atmosphere was a little too rowdy. Some of the pictures and decorations on the wall were intriguing. But the makeover of this pub has most likely taken away any charater it once had.
blue_scrumpy - 16 Aug 2009 14:59
Excellent food, great service and outdoor seating!
Quiz night on Tuesday nights too makes for a real quaity local!
Amy_Beery - 9 Aug 2009 22:19
Decent enough, but have to agree with the last reviewer - does lack a certain something. It's a shame it's opened up into one big room as I imagine at some point it had several separate rooms.

Always difficult to tell on a Monday at 4pm I suppose, but can't imagine the place having much atmosphere even when full. Beer was ok though - Young's Special was in good nick.
nmckenn - 7 Jul 2009 20:41
This is typical of a Youngs madeover pub with all the character removed. The Youngs Bitter I had was not particularly good either. Its clean and clinical with typically Chelsea yellow walls. Food centric of course the trouble with fish and chips (that a couple seated near me were eating) is that everybody nearby gets to experience the somewhat overpowering aroma. Ive been to many much worse pubs, but I cant really see any reason to return to this one.
RexRattus - 14 Mar 2009 18:49
Fairly sparse decor, in the modern style, but don't let that put you off, this is a quirky and friendly little local without many of the pretensions that an SW3 postcode implies. They are also quite capable of doing proper coffee.
rainlight - 18 Jun 2008 19:23
after recently moving to the area i was very pleased to discover this little gem of a bar. very friendly management team,lovely staff, and a very well kept pint. food is always very good. looking forward to some hot weather and enjoying summer evenings in the beer garden
1979 - 24 Apr 2008 13:11
Spent a fantastic day on Sunday in the beer garden of the Cooper's Arms. The roast beef was amazing - better than my mum's (sorry mum!). Attentive, friendly staff and the perfect location to recover from a hard day of retail therapy.
jj22 - 1 May 2007 18:58
A really great boozer. Lovely, helpful, smiling staff. Good food. Really nice vibe to the place and great interior. Have had some good times here with my pals. Don't change a winning formula!
ojd - 21 Mar 2007 17:05
I went to this pub as the Phoenix (around the corner)was full. Despite looking slightly grotty from the outside it has clearly been done up inside. The food was excellent (no longer only served on Sunday's) and the beer was kept extremely well. It was great to find somewhere off the KR that didn't have television and was a relaxing place to eat/drink. The staff were very friendly and polite too. I shall certainly go back next time I am looking for some food in that area.
mr_lunch - 2 Oct 2006 13:13
They have finally cleaned this place up and redecorated it. Much improved and cleaner now. The little beer garden at the back is an oasis of tranquility. Beer is still first rate. Current staff very friendly. The menu has changed - more variety and the food looks good (I haven't tried it yet). The scruffy old bear has gone but the moose survives!
SteveH - 14 May 2006 09:18
A real nice laid-back gastropub. No music and no loud annoying telly sounds showing sports, so you can enjoy chatting to your friends...or the locals if you fancy! Friendly attentive bar staff.

Food and beer is really nice. Also it is possible to book tables for lunch or dinner, except Sundays. (They only do lunch on Sundays and it does get busy).

Would recommend strongly (if you're looking to have a meal and relax rather than party hard)!
IvyIvyIvy - 29 Sep 2005 23:10
They now have a small beer garden at the back. The beer is still the best I have tasted in the area and the food is first rate.

It could use a lick of paint however.
SteveH - 11 Jul 2005 11:27
Great pub! Nice and airy feel, really nice bar staff. On our first visit one of the regulars hunted out a few spare chairs for us - how nice!

Food looks/smells good - will have to try it out next time.
lupus - 20 May 2005 08:44
I worked here a few years ago and loved the place. I always had great day working behind that bar.
The locals were generally pretty cool and a good laugh.

Poppaheina - 8 Mar 2005 02:10
I love this pub - its my local. The staff are always really cool, friendly, attentive yet laid back. when i have pals visiting from overseas or out of town, i always bring them here and they equally love this place. If you can get a table, it is a great place to unwind at the end of the week...i want to keep this place a secret...and don't change!
Oliver - 28 Sep 2004 10:52


Love the atmosphere of this pub, feels totally isolated from the crazy world around it! Friendly and relaxed.
Rose Nelson - 8 Apr 2004 09:31
The beer here is excellent - always fresh and beautifully kept. The food is generally good though the menu reads better than it tastes sometimes. A friendly customer-oriented pub - well worth a visit.
Steve - 10 Mar 2004 10:27
A pleasant Youngs pub near to the Kings Road. Good food available most of the time, and the beer's in good condition.
Dave Harley - 9 Jul 2003 18:54

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