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Newman Arms

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Fitzrovia
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A historic Fitzrovia pub, now the first tap house from Truman’s Brewery.

Thought to be the inspiration for the proles’ pub in Orwell’s ‘1984’, and in business since the 1730s, Fitzrovia’s Newman Arms has a whole lot of history (not to mention its days as a brothel). Now it’s making new stories as the first ‘tap house’ to be opened by Truman’s – a brewer that used to keep the whole of London lubricated – since it reformed in 2010. As well as pouring its range from 12 keg and four cask lines, the brewery is honouring its east London roots by serving pies and salt beef bagels.

The ground floor is the best bit, once you’ve passed through the continual cloud from smokers next to Newman Passage. It’s a wood-clad space with a sociable layout designed for perching with pints, and there’s a heating station keeping sausage rolls warm and adding drool-worthy aromas to the room. There’s upstairs for dining, while the basement is a bit ‘Peaky Blinders’ – nicknamed ‘The Prole’s Parlour’ and fitted with low-hanging lights and tan leather furniture. Despite the moody look, it’s a bit bereft of atmosphere, with mismatched disco hits piped in. But getting a sofa in central London deserves some sort of prize, right?

Back on ground level, I sampled a few from the Truman’s range before settling on a sessionable Bow Bells citrus pale ale (£5.50 a pint). Staff were incredibly obliging with tasters, bringing round morsels of salt beef to build appetites. We opted for a ploughman’s board, though, loaded with an average scotch egg, a decent pork pie, cheese, piccalilli and pickled onions. A solid spread, but perhaps not worth writing home about. You can take home a growler, though, filled with something from the Truman’s range.

Although not the cosiest spot for a session, the reimagined Newman Arms is a tasty central stop-off, whether you’re a prole or otherwise.


Address: 23 Rathbone St
Transport: Tube: Goodge St/Tottenham Court Rd
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I'll definitely come back to Newman Arms for a pint.

Brought to you by Truman's Brewery (yes, the people who once brewed in THAT old brewery in the middle of Brick Lane), I struggled to select from the vast selection of craft beers on tap. I'm sure you'd struggle to choose between the 20+ choice offered here. If you must really ask, Bow Bells is my Pale Ale of choice at the Newman Arms.

Snooping around a bit more revealed to me that Newman Arms is spread over 3 floors.  The ground floor is your regular boozer with a hunky bar. The basement is more for speakeasy vibes and chill area with your mates and upstairs is where you can sample some of their delicious grub. The interiors are classically Victorian which is gorgeous.

The deal is in the small details. Heralding from the East-End of London, Newman Arms still preserves that East-End edge. The Salt Beef Bagel pays homage to THAT bagel shop along Brick Lane.

If you're a pie-lover (and let's be honest, who isn't?!) you're in for a treat. Truman Arms is famed for their mouth-watering pies as well as their beautiful golden coloured lagers ales and pale ales. Your Steak & Ale and Chicken & Mushroom are all here so don't you worry, and it's done damn good. No surprises, after all, that's what the Truman Brewery is known for 

You're in good company at the Newman Arms. I don't mean the locals are friendly (which they all are). But the bartenders are a bunch of fun, friendly and chatty people. Get chatting to them. We all know that the people who keep a pub ticking are just as important as the food, drinks and decor itself.

Based in the heart of London Fitzrovia the Newman Arms is a solid choice if you're looking for a proper traditional British pub.

Great tradtional pub thats just had a refurb. The beers are all good quality and the pie room upstairs serves some of the best pies in London. 

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