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Masons Arms, Walworth

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These reviews are really, really negative and quite unjustified. Yes, the place is a little dirty, and probably doesn't attract people in the highest of income brackets - but that doesn't warrant such sneering comments. I stumbled in here by accident, and I had a great Sunday afternoon - the people in there were all very friendly, and the bar staff perfectly polite. It is in no way pretentious, it is just an honest friendly place. I didn't think it was woeful at all - i thought it was quite charming, here were people having a drink on a Sunday, after either having been to the market or working on it all day (it was a bitterly cold day in January), relaxing, talking to their friends. It also had a relly good mix of different people in there, from really quite young to a really nice old couple who came in, he for his Guiness and she for her port. The second time I went again I found the same environment - and again, I really don't understand the idea that it is in anyway dark or shady or full of dregs, unless it is just snobbery. It is what a pub should be like - completely unpretentious, just a good, honest place to go and have a drink. AND, the music they played was brilliant; if a little strange, they seemed to have some sort of CD which skipped from Sinatra, to Sinitta, to Dizzee (I know I have spelt that wrong!) Rascal, to Tammy Wynette and then to the Supremes. It really was a great pub, exactly what a pub should be.
mowll - 15 Mar 2010 12:43
I could not agree more.. went here for a laugh as i had read the reviews.... low life are us.... 0/10
hatandscarf - 15 Dec 2009 23:00
By far the worst pub on "the lane". Full of very strange alcoholic people all unemployed but can afford to spend all day in this establishment (great to see our taxes going to a good cause). I got speaking to a grumpy unemployed plumber I think he called himself Delboy, horrible little man had a chip on his shoulder, moaning about getting sacked from the gas board. This is the sort of place that was sorted by the Great Fire of London
anonymous - 7 Jun 2008 13:57
I must agree with the last comments, this place should be closed down, seems to be a hangout for all the lazy types around this area, full of drunks and plenty of c*ke in the bogs.
letmein - 21 Oct 2007 21:07
This place is full of jillses,
avoid at all costs, seems to be
the hang out of all the dregs of
the area.
anonymous - 11 Oct 2007 20:09
This place is woefull, dark and very shady.
anonymous - 10 Sep 2006 11:41
Great pub ... don't get a chance to visit very often but when I do I always have a good time. Good people, good beer, good fun. This is what pubs should be like.
ljfcrahart - 23 Dec 2004 16:09
I accidently came across this Pub one Saturday afternoon with my girlfriend and found the bar very friendly and served some very good beer. I recommend it.
Tom - 15 Nov 2004 21:30
The single worst pub I have ever been in. From the outside it looks dilapidated and has an interior to match. However, it isn't the state of the decoration which makes this such an awful pub, it is the atmosphere in the bar. Aggressive, suspicious and intimidating neatly sums it up. There is one good thing about this pub and that is it is near lots of good pubs. Try Monaghan's on Walworth Road(used to be the Kings Head), The Beehive or The Lord Nelson (off Portland Street).
michael smalls - 5 Nov 2004 15:30
The Mason's Arms is an old Victorian pub built in 1898. Charlie Chaplin believed he was born in East St. in 1889 near where the Mason's Arms stands and is the only building left standing from when he was a child. It's still going strong as a great market pub where Mick the Guv'nor and the friendly staff serve decent beer and a range of filling sandwiches and soups. Will also do a cup of coffee if that's your tipple. Pool table, fruit machine and juke box as well as occasional parties for entertainment. I've had the best Christmas' and New Years ever there!
Es Dubya - 25 May 2004 16:54

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