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The Sydney Arms, Chelsea - pub details

Previously called: The Peer

Sydney Arms
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Address: 70 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7340) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations South Kensington (0.5 miles), Sloane Square (0.7 miles), Gloucester Road (0.8 miles)

Nearest train stations West Brompton (1.2 miles), London Victoria (1.2 miles), Battersea Park (1.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 3.5/10 (rated by 22 users)
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user reviews of the Sydney Arms, Chelsea

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Potentially a nice small neighbourly boozer, with 4 handpumps. However if a recent Saturday night was anything to go by, the mindless "music" was perfectly matched by pushy, shouty crowds. They obviously liked it but anyone over 25 might feel different.
16jamesdoc - 20 Oct 2013 14:28
I do like this pub, friendly staff, stylishly decorated interior, good layout, it has a cosy feel and tasty bar food. The Pub has a good range of ales to choose from and I particularly enjoyed the Timothy Taylor, which seems popular with pubs in this part of London. This pub is also good for Sport and I always end up watching a game of Rugby here with my rugby fanatical South African friends. In sum this pub is defiantly worth visiting for anyone living or visiting this part of London
scarr - 24 Jun 2012 11:39
I see that the last review for this pub was last spring, so as I had two meetings in Chelsea that day I thought I'd give it a spin. Not an awful lot has changed since my last visit, other than the vastly improved WC area which have got to be some of the best I've seen in a pub (on par with The Coopers arms nearby !) - An important detail these days, especially with the girls they tell me ! I had some bar snacks, salt and pepper Calamari was top and the Duck egg scotch egg aswell. Other food coming out looked well presented and good value for these parts of town. 4 ales on tap, I had a decent pint Tim Taylor Landlord, but Doom Bar was available along with Harveys sussex best and Black sheep....a nice independent choice, better than the L Pride and Youngs that is almost unavoidable in Chelsea ! Staff all friendly and chatty, all in all a decent Pub and and has to be up there as one of Chelsea's best...!?
tonykell13 - 15 Mar 2011 21:12
I just don't understand what some people are on when they "review" a site. This is a cracking little pub, with a new name (The Sydney arms) in a great location, with friendly staff, great beers and, from what I have sampled, damn decent grub.
It is not up to the owner/owners/landlord to take into account the social implications of the well being of every human being on the planet, if they wanted to do that they would have applied for the latest position at No.10 (who arent that good at doing that either btw..!).
Whoever runs this, has spotted an under performing pub, that clearly no-one ever used to use regularily enough........or otherwise it would have remained as as "the great little local working mans boozer" or aka The Wellesley / The Peer etc.... that it once, apparantly, was.
These people have but their money / necks / reputation on the line to provide a service to those who wish to frequent their Pub......and shock horror....they may actually make some money on the way.....(do I hear gasps from the previous "reviewer"). If these "reviewers and social do-gooders" were REALLY bothered about the social implications of life evolving etc.. etc.. blah, blah, then they would put THEIR hands in THEIR pockets, buy the ailing boozer and invite all their new best friends to ensure that the place closed again in 6 months.....and then what have you got to replace it with.........probably a Costa Coffee or something even worse, which is what I am reliably informed it nearly became when it closed last time.
So good luck to these guys and their freehouse little pub with 4 guest ales on tap, 7 draft beers/ciders, wines of the world, cocktails, breakfast, luch, dinner, and all day bar I need to go on...? Jesus, they gotta pay the rent somehow....! Leave them be....and let them serve you a pint, after all it is just a Pub you know..!!
tonykell13 - 21 Apr 2010 10:48
Regeneration -- the concept presents a veritable dog's breakfast to even the most astute practitioner. The Peer's recent transformation into the newly entitled 'Sydney Arms' provides an engaging illustration of the potential conflict between regeneration and gentrification. On the surface, we see nothing more than an enterprising young businessman pursuing an opportunity to turn a struggling local pub into a thriving (and profitable) brasserie-style venue. But beware a far more sinister danger -- social re-engineering and the destruction of much that our society has come to value.

I for one have already personally enjoyed the benefits of the new venue, finishing a creditable third in their recently initiated regular pub quiz and being rewarded on a somewhat disproportionate scale to say the least. But the reviews herewith stand as a warning that perhaps something has been lost in the transition. Can an innocent pint no longer be snatched amidst post-footy 'steam'? Is the dignified nearby social housing resident doomed never again to sup his chosen drop in a welcoming and wholesome working class environment? One cannot immediately tell with any certainty.

But if I might venture a frank opinion -- and this being a 'review', I fear I might well be expected to do so -- I would suggest that a much more agreeable balance on the spectrum between sincere regeneration and distasteful gentrification has been achieved at the nearby 'Zetland Arms'. You may well come to a similar conclusion at the end of your own personal research endeavours, and I would wholeheartedly implore you to consider the underlying social implications of your choice.
ezzboss - 22 Mar 2010 19:55

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