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Richmond Arms
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Address: 1 Orchardson Street, St Johns Wood, London, NW8 8NL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 37846) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Warwick Avenue (0.4 miles), Edgware Road (0.4 miles), Paddington (0.5 miles)

Nearest train stations London Marylebone (0.6 miles), London Paddington (0.7 miles), Kilburn High Road (1.2 miles)

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officialboozers - 2 Jan 2017 22:21
Laminate-floored now, yet maintaining the Inter-war wood finishing all around, this is another of the Lisson Grove pubs where you'll find no real ale, but likely a character or two, although my early sojourn precluded that. The barmaid seemed to be in charge of the music, and hearing songs being played by Billy Joel, Chas & Dave and Neil Diamond were put into a dichotomy by being followed by 'Because I Got High' by Afroman.
Komakino - 24 Aug 2014 18:18
Absolute dump of a pub. Threadbare carpets and very dirty and dusty. Most of the outside windows taped up from being smashed. Dumped untaxed beaten up old Peugeot right on the door step obstructing the entrance and footpath-NEED i say more!!!....Yes!
Inattentive lazy bar man. Warm Stella on draught, you have to ask to loo roll from the bar staff to prevent it being stolen apparently!
No real ale at all. Settled for a warm Stella served in a filthy looking flower vase.
Freezing cold evening, everyone including lazy bar staff wearing coats as the pub only has one Argos little fan heater for a lazy attempt to keep customers warm. Probably why they were serving warm lager.
All I could here was the other few customers moaning about how cold the pub was and about the warm bad tasting lager. The Turkish bar man hardly spoke much (maybe could not speak English) but he knew how to tell everyone that the warm beer "Is no my problem boss" !
Advice- avoid at all costs. Probably much safer (physically and hygienically) to buy a few beers from the off licence and stay at home, there are no decent pubs within walking distance from Orchardson St. in the 11 years I've lived here.
R.Pomphrey - 19 Nov 2012 12:53
The Richmond Arms is an old fashioned street corner locals pub dating back to the 1920's and is situated in a less than salubrious part of St Johns Wood. It's in an area of unattractive looking council estates just off the Edgware Road.

The pub features in CAMRA's book of London Heritage Pubs - which was why I sought it out - and features some original fireplaces and cushioned fixed seating around the walls of the 3 original rooms, which are now interconnecting. Original bar fittings and counters still remain and the pub is carpeted throughout. However, I'm afraid that the distinct overriding impression is of a rather tatty and run down pub in need of some TLC. It's a former Watney Combe Reid pub and two of the round stag signs can still be seen on the external walls.

My recent Sunday evening visit ( after watching a 20-20 cricket match against Essex at nearby Lords ) was not a particularly memorable or enjoyable visit. The pub had what could only be described as a rather rough and ready council estate pub atmosphere. A good few of the customers were clearly quite a bit the worse for wear and looked as though they had probably been in the pub for most, if not all, of the day. Bad language was rife. It's the type of pub where everybody looks at you as you walk in. After a quick walk round the 3 rooms, I retreated to an unoccupied table on the pavement outside.

There's no real ale and I had to settle for a pint of John Smith's Extra Smooth - 2.70p.

Don't be fooled by the St Johns Wood address - this is a rather unappealing pub with little, if anything, to commend it all to a passing visitor. I wish that I had read Rex's review beforehand
JohnBonser - 18 Jun 2010 12:30
This is a backstreet locals pub just off the Edgware Rd. Its a CAMRA London heritage pub with interior dcor from between the wars, with separate (but connected) bars, and wood panelling, etc. But theres no real ale, just the usual bog standard lagers plus John Smiths. There were some apparent regulars at the bar they must be salt of the earth or rough diamonds judging by the amount of swearing they were doing. Theres not really anything to recommend this pub (as far as I am concerned) and I doubt whether I shall be back.
RexRattus - 3 Jun 2009 22:20

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