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Address: 29 Ordnance Hill, London, NW8 6PS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 997) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations St. Johns Wood (0.1 miles), Swiss Cottage (0.5 miles), Maida Vale (0.8 miles)

Nearest train stations South Hampstead (0.5 miles), Kilburn High Road (0.9 miles), London Marylebone (1.1 miles)

Brewery: Samuel Smith's

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user reviews of Ordnance Arms, St John's Wood

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Slightly rambling 1960s pub just away from the centre of St John's Wood selling Sam Smith's beers. No real ale but their keg stout is pretty good. We were there on a Sunday lunchtime and the place was heaving with families, but I guess if you go at other times the drinkers would be maturer. friendly Kiwi barmaid, worth a visit if you are in the area.
simontheeditor - 3 Dec 2014 15:27
Great place. Jeff the landlord is a cracking guy as is the staff he employs. Nothing seems to much trouble & considering the area prices are brilliant. Quiet & as is the Samuel Smiths way no music but highly recommended for the atmosphere & general feel of the place. 5 stars

dazza68 - 10 Nov 2011 23:48
I popped in here to quench my thirst on a recent warm Wednesday afternoon. The clientele, reassuringly, were mostly old men reading the newspaper with a pint or two, though there was one unsettling family chain-smoking around their toddler daughter in the outdoor seating area (the lack of foliage precludes it being called a garden).

Drinks are the usual Sam Smith's fare, though I don't recall seeing any hand pumps, which is unfortunate. It is, however, always nice to see a wheat beer and a stout other than Hoegaarden and Guinness available. The prices, as always like the brewery, are pleasingly Northern.

As I was leaving a group of students were stocking up on rum and cokes at the bar. That both the young and the old can enjoy this pub I found reassuring.
Luongo - 9 Apr 2011 23:51
We used to drink here regularly about 5 or 6 years ago and it was always nice enough, not self-concious and with notably friendly staff. A group of us went today for lunch and while the place was similar to before, the atmosphere was dead and food was desperately poor. Yes the menu is cheap as pointed out in previous reviews, but the food was awful. Textbook lame microwave fare.

Pop in for a pint, if you don't mind the Sam Smiths, and it's a matter of convenience. Otherwise I'd recommend finding something better. The pub is definitely a missed opportunity.
returner - 31 Jan 2010 21:24
The interior of Sam Smiths' pubs usually impress. More often than not, it's because they are of significant historic or architectural merit (Princess Louise, Cittie of Yorke, Cheshire Cheese etc.) Here, it's more a matter of design - the pub has a very pleasant, open layout, and the furniture is just right for the kind of place it is. It felt airy and uplifting on the sunny Sunday afternoon I attended with the wife. The banquettes along the front windows are particularly nice. There's also a conservatory area at the back of the pub, and a garden to boot.

Unfortunately, the usual comments about Sam Smiths, that nice pubs are let down by poor drink selection, apply just as strongly as ever here. This one is particularly poor as there isn't any bitter on the pump, just fizzy keg beer on tap from the usual Sam Smiths range. The soft drinks are the usual unbranded nastiness, and my wife pronounced her coffee undrinkable as well. All in all a great pity as this is a lovely pub to sit in in a nice area which lacks decent unpretentious pubs. I didn't try the food but agree with others that it did look good value.
grecian - 9 Mar 2009 10:57

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