Newman Arms

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There’s been a business located at this gateway to a cobbled alleyway since 1730 – see the red sign outside and etched writing over the bar – but as a pub it had its heyday in the mid 20th century, when George Orwell was a regular and Michael Powell filmed here. Both men get a decorative look-in, the pub’s 101 minutes of movie fame marked by an Italian poster (1960’s L’Occhio che uccide, aka Peeping Tom).

Today, this is the lunchtime and post-work haunt of undemanding chaps laying into the Everard’s Beacon, George Gale Seafarers or Fuller’s Honey Dew, perhaps accompanying a cheese-and-ham toastie (£1.50) or prefacing a shift upstairs from the cosy street-level bar to the pie room. There, the venison-and-mushroom or beef-and-Guinness staples can be followed by treacle sponge or rhubarb crumble.

Venue name: Newman Arms
Address: 23 Rathbone Street
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Fri. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road tube

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:2
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Superstar Donkey Jockey

Top notch little boozer in a back street that isn't frequented so much. As a result it is one of the few pubs in Fitzrovia you can comfortably stand outside. Great, friendly staff. Also the pies are awesome! Everything is home made from scratch. You may have to wait a little while for table as they only have 4 or 5. Just chill downstairs with a decent ale or whatever your tipple is until your table is ready.


Have spent many an evening in past years thoroughly enjoying good company, food and ambience

Noel Privett

Three stars? Are you kidding? An excellent, old fashioned London pub with similarly excellent old fashioned London pies. Undemanding chaps? I demand a lot, and here my demand is satisfied.