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Artillery Arms, Old Street

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user reviews of the Artillery Arms, Old Street

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Small, popular boozer overlooking a graveyard... so you'd never think you were in the heart of the City. Good range of Fullers - and guest - Ales, kept well and served promptly (by someone who can add up in their head, too!).

By far the best in the Old Street area.
Torqueback - 11 Mar 2015 15:31
The last pub on my Friday evening crawl, pub number 6 and by now I was pretty tired and had a few decent beers inside me.

A short walk from the old fountain and you arrive at this Fullers pub which is opposite the cemetery.

4 fullers beers on offer, I opted for the Seafarers. A decent pint but I couldn’t finish it.

Good traditional boozer with half wooden floors half carpets, a full wooden bar

Friendly bar man and staff, not that busy by the time I was here but extremely pleasant and probably requires another visit when I’m not at the end of the evening.

If you like Military memorabilia it’s worth taking a look at the Military prints on the rear wall aswell as the framed collection of cigarette cards

lezford - 14 Aug 2014 13:53
Been to this pub a few times now and love it. Proper London boozer! Also, we've had football do's in the function room and the landlady and staff were very helpful and made us feel welcome. Beer's always been good for me when i've been there plus the pies are great! Highly recommended.
061_Jon - 9 Dec 2013 15:17
Still a very nice looking little pub etc.

On our last visit all the beer we had was brown dishwater with no taste or condition. Even the keg cider was flat! I've come to expect this from most Fullers pubs around the country and I think their beer is best from the bottle. Problem is any bottles sold in their pubs are 330ml and stupidly expensive.

Also the toilets smelled. To be honest I was glad when we left.
Green_0nions - 30 Nov 2013 15:45
Good. A real pub, proper landlady, good beers.
catbert - 28 May 2013 01:46
A traditional, busy pub which some might find a bit noisy. However it's like this for a reason; besides the Fullers, the guest beers supplied for the festival were good.
16jamesdoc - 17 Oct 2012 10:13
Very nice little pub with the usual Fullers range.

Went to the 'beer festival' recently, only two beers on(!) with the promise of more to come "when the others are finished". Ho-Hum...
Green_0nions - 8 Oct 2012 20:20
Small Fullers with upstairs function room. I've visited only rarely because it's mostly full/busy but the service was prompt and the beer has always been in good condition although as stated it's Fullers so given that and the area, tending to the pricy side. (There is however a 'Spoons a couple of hundred yards up the road).

Reportedly a 2 week beer festival started 28 September 2012, check before travelling if from afar:
Week 1: London breweries.
Week 2: other British beers.


_grobag_ - 29 Sep 2012 12:21
the lower bar was packed out by about 5.30, fish and chips very good as was the sticky toffee pudding, sample the castle rock preservation ale, very good and fullers esb. Only slight whinge is the beer price, but this is London for you. staff extremely friendly and helpful and a good atmosphere with mix of after work drinkers and locals.
maryandjohnw - 1 Mar 2012 18:23
The perfect pub. Great beer, service, locals, ambience and food. Had their lovely sunday roast this week and it was great. And a real fire ready for the winter. Looking forward to going back
Texas68 - 6 Dec 2011 10:23
Friendly, warm and welcomling this pub is deffinatly a shining star in the area. The food is top notch and the manager always has a friendly smile. don't think there is anything left to say...
sheepinthecity - 19 Oct 2011 11:44
Good functional Fullers pub, open at weekends when the Old Fountain isn't.

Was showing sport when I last visited.
TiaMariaJim - 21 Apr 2011 11:21
Mr walsh is you hurry along they are selling Porter at the moment and its very nice indeed....
bigbadjon - 15 Dec 2010 14:35
Nice Fuller's pub to escape the charmless glass-and-steel wine bars that dominate the area.
Was there in July and found a plastic bag containing a copy of Razzle, a tin of corned beer and what I assume was a monkey's placenta in clingfilm.
xyrion - 26 Nov 2010 15:33
Very nice, went in after a look at William Blakes grave over in Bunhill Cemetery across the street - Peroni and a few lagers on tap, its a Fullers pub but sadly yet another Fullers place that doesnt sell their Porter!!
adamwalsh - 21 Nov 2010 20:56
I once got drunk in this pub, which my legal team tell me is called the Artillery Arms. In my drunken state I left behind a carrier bag containing a copy of Razzle, a tin of corned beef and my spleen, the latter wrapped in clingfilm. That was back in July and I still miss all three items very much.
Oh, the pub is cracking!
Ladhimself - 10 Nov 2010 16:12
Was in the pub in the picture (coincidentally called the Artillery Arms) and found all to be in good order. Service prompt, beer well kept, as is the furniture. Nothing to moan about. All in all a good place for a pint of beer.
eastkent - 11 Mar 2010 18:13
Re previous strange post. No it isn't, the picture is of The Artillery Arms.
Maldenman - 2 Feb 2010 20:40
A nice old traditional street corner pub, now one space on the ground floor with a small fairly ornate island bar. Wooden boarded floors, some exposed brickwork, covered in a variety of mirrors, stained glass screens. Other decor is a mix of old photographs, portraits etc, seating is pretty traditional plus some stools at drinking shelves at the front window. A TV over the corner entrance was showing some rugby highlights show. A friendly welcome and I liked the feel of the place.
Clientele at lunch was a mix of suits and locals, but its probably far enough from The City to avoid its worst aspects.
Further seating upstairs was not visited by myself.
Good quality Fullers Ales, I had the Chiswick, but there were Pride, ESB, Discovery and Porter on too.
Bunhill Fields Cemetery opposite is worth a wander around too.
Maldenman - 18 Jan 2010 18:09
Fine little corner pub, with an interesting interior and about the smallest island bar that I have ever seen. Full range of Fuller's ales, and although it is perhaps not quite the season for Discovery this beer was on top form. Well worth seeking out.
rpadam - 31 Oct 2009 22:25
Decided to try this place out as I was in the area and very glad I did. Its a very decent, albeit smallish corner pub which is a sight for sore eyes when you emerge from the path through the Burnhill Cemetery from City Road. Full range of well kept Fullers ales and despite being fairly busy on my evening visit had no problem getting served. So agree with several other posters, The Artillery Arms scores well as a decent pub in the Old Street area.
Gann - 27 Oct 2009 15:22
Another classic pub on the fringe of the City. The Artillery Arms is very popular with dozens of people drinking outside on either side of Bunhill Row when I arrived in the early evening. Inside it's a very small square central bar with slightly shabby chairs and tables around. The clientele is a little different to most pubs in the area as the suits are complemented by a fair number of students from the adjacent Cass Business School.

The small bar is a bit of an issue as the popularity of the pub meant that people were two or three deep around the bar. It's also a bit of a problem for the bar staff - there were 4 on duty and whilst it was fine for the number of patrons it meant they kept getting in each other's way.

This is a small gripe though and there is a full range of Fullers beers to give heart to the ale drinker. In addition to Grolsch and Guiness there is also Kronenbourg for the lager drinker.

This is a very good pub and worth seeking out particularly compared to some of the dumps at Moorgate and Old St.
murgatroyd - 24 Sep 2009 23:08
This is a pub for fullers ale fans as almost their full range was available during my visit. I wouldnt bother if ale isnt your cup of tea as the only other draught available was Guinness and Grolsch.

It is a very small and popular pub making it difficult to get to the bar, but thankfully the staff seemed to be on the ball with spotting people who are waiting, even if they are stuck behind a fat bearded man wearing sandals.

I liked it here and would return again.
Strongers - 28 Aug 2009 21:08
It's a great pleasure of mine to stumble, by chance, upon a pub you've heard good things about, and predictably I was unable to resist the lure of popping into the Artillery Arms for a quick visit. I found a pretty decent Fuller's house: well-appointed and traditional interior, six handpumps dispensing most of the Fuller's draught range (although no guests) and a lively clientele seemingly well-balanced between local residents and local office workers. All told, I very much liked it. My only criticism is of what I take from Larry's below review to be the "proprietor": I've never seen someone try so hard to avoid having to serve me in a pub - not sure what I'd done wrong, and eventually he did serve me, but I wasn't impressed. I knock it down a mark for that.
grecian - 18 Jun 2009 10:08
Good all round pub, but beware: this place turns seriously fruity around 10pm when the proprietor and his young side kicks come out to play...

Otherwise would have been an eight.
Larry_E - 22 Mar 2009 18:11
Very good pub. Floorboards, decent and rickety chairs, prime location, Fullers range and a square bar in the middle so it retains some level of compartmentalisation. I'm so impressed I've even made up a word for this review. See if you can guess which one it is... I had two pints of Explorer which hit the spot after a 15 minute walk on a broken ankle. Unobtrusive television at the front. Long may it remain unobtrusive but on for watching whilst ordering.
BitterShurn - 31 Jan 2009 22:23
Top drawer; just a short walk from The Windmill, but in another universe. Efficiently run, excellent beer and great food.
THE_SWAN - 1 Nov 2008 22:40
As you would expect, they had the full range of Fullers ales on but no guests (I had hoped they might have an Ossetts ale or two on). This is an excellent, comfortable, honest pub with no pretensions or gastrification; I had a doorstep cheese and pickle sarny with chips (not fries). A real pub highly recommended.
RexRattus - 23 Aug 2008 23:29
Not bad for a Fullers Pub, Would of been nice to see at least one guest ale though.

Not a touch on the Wenlock but nice all the same.
sethbreaker - 20 Aug 2008 08:56
This is my favourite local pub and for good reason ....great beer, peaceful, friendly bar staff (whatever other reviewers have said). I have made lots of friends from this pub and from different walks of life. This is what a good local pub should be, a great social club and somewhere to have a few pints and relax in away from the stresses and strains of life in the city. best pub in ec1 area.
bigbadjon - 5 Aug 2008 14:43
This is a great pub with good Fullers ales, good staff and a tv showing the cricket. What more can you ask for?
topcat455 - 11 Jul 2008 14:12
What a little gem! Decided to make this the meeting point for a friend and I prior to a dinner at the HAC. Both of us drank the Swing Low which was in excellent nick. Cosy, friendly pub with decent clientele and I'll definitely be back in the future.
roobs52 - 29 Feb 2008 11:08
Very nice Fuller's pub. Had good pint of Mr Harry in the upstairs seating area and the whole pub had a really good vibe to it. Will happily return to.
JonW999 - 25 Oct 2007 10:52
Close to Bunhill Fields, the final resting place of William Blake and Daniel Defoe, this pub is a brilliant traditional option close to the fashionable excesses of nearby Hoxton. The variegated light on a summer's evening helps the pub bask in a warm glow indeed.
BoehmBawerk - 13 Aug 2007 22:06
Good pint of ESB. Landlord a bit of an arse (no loud beer chatting!). Must have changed the bar staff as the serving mong was fairly capable but then it wasn't hugely crowded. Adequate supply of crisps. En route to the tube/station if you are fleeing the ants' nest. Frequented by suits and lawyers. Plenty of famous stiffs in the next door boneyard.
cptrelentless - 25 Jul 2007 10:26
Traditional Fullers pub opposite Bunhill cemetery. In many respects this is an unremarkable pub, but my pint of Pride was spot on yesterday evening and perhaps cheaper than expected for the area at only 2.70p.

I don't know too many decent pubs in this neck of the woods and I always try to pop in if in the area
JohnBonser - 15 Jun 2007 12:40
Went here on a weekday evening. Servered quickly and efficiently. Had two good pints of IPA. Good atmosphere. If in the area worth a visit...and not much else around!
ChrisM62 - 26 Apr 2007 18:58
Good Fullers pub. Try the fish finger sarnies if you're there at lunchtime.
Bar staff can be a bit hit and miss and does get crowded due to small size. Also sometimes a bit of a smell.
anonymous - 20 Dec 2006 15:21
Lively pub after work and good for spilling onto the streets from. But the service is very unfriendly and often slow. Beer pretty good though and no major complaints.
n10_n17 - 26 Sep 2006 15:33
Good Fullers but nothing special. Better than a lot in the area though. If you're passing call in but don't go out of your way!
writtleman - 19 Sep 2006 09:35
It's an above average pub for the area - and I would be more than happy to use it if I worked close by. Fullers is always in good nick. But yes, I have to agree, it does not merit being in the top 10
JohnBonser - 11 Aug 2006 12:15
No Doubt, the high rating is due to one particular office right next door! you know who you are; these people think this place is the bee's knee's! I do not; the atmosphere is less than to be desired for; it is small and drab but what gets me the msot is the foul stench that just never seems to go. A dull old man's pub; good for those who want to get wrecked after work and too lazy to walk!
anonymous - 11 Aug 2006 11:56
Decent beers & good service. But why such a high ranking? If I go into a bar I demand decent beers and service as a minimum or I just walk on to the next. The Arti Arms is just another run of the mill decent boozer, providing the basic requirements to its clients. Sure I would be happy with it as my local, but I wouldnt move home just to make it so. Wheres the string of 50 decent beers and ales?? wheres the atmosphere? what makes this place stand out from the other 20,000 pubs in the country, in my opinion nothing... 4/10 average rating for an average pub.
Selly - 31 Jul 2006 16:13
I've always found the Artillery a friendly establishment with a good mix of people. Importantly, it's got well-kept beer, particularly the Chiswick. However, it's a good pub, not a great one, and I'm not sure it should be in the top 10 in Britain on the basis of users' ratings, unless someone's being a bit generous.... Perhaps between 6 & 7 rather than 7 & 8.
shropspy - 24 Jul 2006 14:27
Clissold, you obviously don't know a good pub when you see one. Back of the class.
anonymous - 20 Jul 2006 11:13
It's a pleasant well-run Fullers pub but there's nothing memorable about it. I don't understand why it's got such a high rating (curently 7.7/10).
clissold345 - 19 Jul 2006 23:55
Dunno what a "rinky dink" pub (below) is, or a rinky dink anything. Sounds a bit kinky.
But anyway, the Artillery is a REAL pub with good beers and good service. Just what you need after a day in the office. Or during it!
anonymous - 7 Jul 2006 17:18
Whooooooooooooooa, lets slow down people! Its ok, but its only ok in comparison to the competition,..(ABO, Hog shed, P & P etc), basically,.. its a rinky dink boozer, a rinky dink boozer, everybody loves a boozer thats,.........I havent thought this through,.. but you get my point. Small and ok'ish.....
kmcs - 5 Jul 2006 16:41
Great pub, what a find! Really mixed crowd, plenty of space and great service. Recommended
sallycinnamon - 20 Jun 2006 16:25
Haven't been for a few years but this was a favourite when working in Old Street, glad to see beer is still top notch. A good pub with a mix of suits & locals after work & at lunchtimes.
Harlap - 2 Jun 2006 13:52
Excellent, found "by accident" one sunny Friday lunchtime after a business meeting. Could have stayed all day!!
Clintster - 23 May 2006 16:31
Just been here for a post-lunchtime pint pint of Festival Mild. Lovely as always. The are repainting the railings of the cemetery opposite to the original late victorian colour scheme (red with gilding) which is going to make summer pints in here even nicer.
anonymous - 11 May 2006 15:21
Seving London Porter on cask at the mo. Excellent stuff.
anonymous - 28 Mar 2006 13:56
Busy pub, but diverse crowd in there - students, mediatypes, suits - all mixed up quite nicely. Plenty of places to sit, but was very full. Good service behind the small bar - done up since I was last there. Guinness was spot on and plenty of beers to choose from too.
adamsant - 16 Jan 2006 16:58
Traditional pub. Good Chiswick. Good Pride, and E. S. B. A useful upstairs room for functions, etc.
Phucough - 10 Jan 2006 01:55
Have had many after-work drinks in here over the years. Lots of 'suits', but not at all cliquey. Good beers and friendly service.
timkholman - 1 Jan 2006 18:28
Nice pub where people speak to you. ESB in good form usually. Gets crowded some nights and in the summer drinkers spill out into the street. Worth making a special detour for, and when no food is on in the Artillery, there's a Weth.......s over the road.
jamie.nakin - 20 Dec 2005 18:18
Wonderful, wonderful little gem of a pub. Great if you work where I do as you can nip here of a lunchtime or after work and feel you have fully escaped the city! It is situated overlooking the a lovely leafy cemetery, resting place of William Blake and Daniel Defoe. Great in summer when you can stand outside in the quiet street.

Does a good range of Fullers beers (Chiswick, Pride, ESB) plus seasonals and the wonderful 8.5% Golden Pride in bottles in the fridge. Beers are a decent price for the area. Good mix of people - office workers mix with locals nicely. Good craic when it is busy, which it normally is.

The food seems fairly decent too, though at lunchtime its tough to find somewhere to sit.
anonymous - 15 Dec 2005 15:02
here's a secret, the function room is free of charge!
deraf - 11 Sep 2005 08:32
Always good for an after work beverage. Beers good. Food not so good, but on the cheap side. Well you don't expect Gordon Ramsay do you?

Extra seating upstairs, which is a very good thing as it gets extremely busy Thurs/Fridays 5-7. After that it's pretty quiet!
anonymous - 9 Jul 2005 18:43
Lovely Fullers' Beer. Food a cholesterol time bomb. Good for work (Next door!)
anonymous - 2 Jun 2005 12:33
Excellent pub - highly recommended. London Pride in fine fettle. Welcoming, friendly and traditional
JohnBonser - 9 Feb 2005 13:04
Pleasant local with central bar and several rooms around it. Well kept ale. Chiswick good as an opener before the Pride and Winter Warmer. Was in there mid evening on Friday but it didn't seem overly busy - peresumubly between the early and late crowds or did we mingle into them as we had a few.
lout_from_the_lane - 7 Feb 2005 13:15
Fantastic pub! Down to earth with the best pint of london pride I have ever tasted.

As Dan "Mr. Work" knows, beware the exploding ketchup!

I like walking between this and the st. pauls tavern. Deuchars IPA is good in there...
Spel_Unca - 22 Dec 2004 16:26
Like most pubs around there it can get very crowded in the early evening, especially as it's quite small. Nothing to write home about but fine for a quick pint or two after work.
Stevo - 7 Jan 2004 08:17
Awful - small and boring. Old man's pub!
Grubby - 11 Jul 2003 10:36
Good pub with mainly well-kept Fullers Chiswick, Pride & ESB on handpump. Mainly City workers until 9.30pm then pub takes on a rather more "local" atmosphere. I used to be the piano-player there so if any readers see a pub with a piano that wants playing e-mail me!
lad_newton - 27 Feb 2003 17:04

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