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  • 68-70 Whitfield Street
    London W1T 4EY
    Fitzrovia
  • Transit information Circle Hammersmith & City Metropolitan Northern Victoria Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7580 3186
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  • Business website thecarpentersarmsw1.co.uk
  • “Another great 'off the beaten track' pub in Fitzrovia, this pub is mainly frequented by those who work in the area.” in 8 reviews

  • “The first floor has an amazing room where you can get food and sit out on the roof terrace.” in 3 reviews

  • “The incredible roof terrace is another draw - a pint of Peroni or a bottle of Prosecco and your sunny Friday is complete.” in 5 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    4/5/2014

    If you just consider the beer range is quite a good pub compared to the neighborhood - good selection of different beers and some belgian draft (Leffe) plus some good bottle from around the world (Yeah, you can actually have a pint of something different from a lager or - even worse - an english ale).
    Since I work in the same block I got used to the grumpy girl working there - hopefully she's not the only server and the others are more than nice! Food quality is generally of average quality, a bit pricey maybe, but for some reason they serve a very good 28 days aged stake (rib eye) that's just unexpectedly good - If you have one make sure to avoid the optional bernaise  sauce, the chef clearly never tried a real one in France.

    The place itself is OK, has some two or three tables upstairs and very nice tables outside with lamp heater. Overall, a good place for a beer after work (especially for who like me works less than 2 minutes from there)!

  • 1.0 star rating
    11/5/2014

    It's a shame that a quaint place with a fine selection of beers where I've enjoyed drinking in the past is ruined by rude staff who look like they would rather be anywhere else in the world.

    Following a misunderstanding between a shouty arrogant lady (the manager?!) and a member of our party (full disclosure: he was smoking too close to the front door) we found ourselves having to move our group of 12 to a nearby establishment where they were more than happy to serve us. While she was certainly within her right it seemed that with most of us relaxing inside this whole episode could have been handled more professionally without unnecessary attitude and insults purely on a principle.

    I wonder how the owner of the bar feels about £500+ of food and drinks being driven away purely because of someone's ego.

    With so many bars to pick from in the area I'm in no rush to return here

  • 2.0 star rating
    4/5/2014

    I'm a bit torn about this place - the upstairs terrace is great and the food isn't half bad, but the staff was useless.

    Wandered in on a Sunday to an empty pub, the staff sitting around chatting. It was a beautiful day (quite rare in London) and inquired about whether the terrace was open for seating - told that it was.

    After about 10 minutes gave up on seeing an employee and wandered back downstairs to order drinks. Asked the girl behind the bar whether anyone would be coming upstairs to take our food order and she said that she might come up, but probably not.

    Keep in mind we were the only table in the entire place.

    Of course, she didn't come up and I went back down to order. Fine. Then when she brought the food, which was actually pretty decent, I asked for another round of drinks and she hesitated acting like it was just suuuch a hassle to do her job. Give me a break with the attitude.

    Anyways, go for a drink or quick casual bite, but I wouldn't expect much in the way of service. Too bad. It has potential.

  • 3.0 star rating
    29/1/2014

    Another difficult review.
    This time I gave 3/5, but as another place I reviewed in the past (Bottega Prelibato), if you are working in the neighborhood of this place you would give to it 4/5.

    This pub has some very good qualities, first of all beers: beers from different countries, like England (even if I don't usually drink english beers (haters gonna hate)), Italian, American and more overall Belgian (Yes, they have Leffe. That is the most positive thing!). Furthermore, they also have a good selection of bottled beers, coming from all around the world.
    Don't even bother ordering a cocktail, this is not the place where you want to have anything else but a good pint of beer (ah yes they have really shitty wine well overpriced).

    But apart from beer, what else? the interior is just ok, nothing special, you have some tables outside with few heating lamps, food.... well it's not THAT bad, but for that price (more than 10 Pounds for a less-than-average cheeseburger is not something I want to have, even in Zone 1) you should deserve something different!
    Service.. I don't know if it's just me or what else, but I don't think they really understood what they are serving: you are serving good quality pints of beer damn it, put some effort in spilling it! These are the things that make me angry, you have a very good product and you don't give it the treatment it deserve!

    Anyway, in the end... worth a try just because of the beers, and if you work nearby it'll become one of your after-work favourite places, but other than that.......... average average average just average....

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/7/2013
    3 check-ins here

    We stopped in for a lunch one Friday as a substitute for fish Fridays. It's quite a cute little pub and quite old given the two halves of the pub we walked through. (Reminds me of the one in my area of town where there are still two entrances to each side of the pub).

    For lunch we decided to go for the £10 fixed price menu. There are a few starters and mains. I had the Caesar salad and the macaroni and cheese. The salad was pretty fantastic with chopped anchovies on top (as Caesar salads should be). The mac and cheese was kind of boring I have to say and a bit dry. My friends' gammon and eggs looked pretty spectacular though. My other friend ordered the sausage and mash and there were three big sausages on a plate of mash.

    There are also a couple of nice ales on draught which is always a good selling point for me. I imagine we will be back in here for lunch in the future as the food is quite good and the prices on the fixed price menu can't be beat.

  • 2.0 star rating
    15/10/2012

    This is my local work pub and the level it animosity it garners is strong. As a company most here still default to it, it less than 10 metres from our doorstep, but hopefully in time the masses will migrate away.

    As a place it is ok, but the nature of the staff is what detracts. I don't know if it is a hiring policy but they seem forbidden to help. Even when the place is empty it can take an age to be served. Downstairs it has two bars but no common sense seems deployed to staff them on customer flow.

    Promises much but leaves more to be desired. Much better pubs within 3 minutes walk.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/8/2010
    Listed in PUB TIME

    I've been to a few events here, the first held by a colleague of mine - and the second my own because I was so impressed the first time around.

    From the outside it looks surprisingly slick, with a few different entrances and usually a big crowd hanging outside.

    Both times we reserved the upstairs bar (£700 min spend on a Weds, £800 on a Thursday with a £100 deposit to reserve). There's a bar, and you get two bartenders if there's a crowd. Around 60 people came to the event I held for work, and that was probably a bit much. 40 would be a perfect number for that space.

    One of the best things about the areas is upstairs is that it's right next to the stairs that lead to the bathrooms, and it has an outside balcony area.

    The staff are great, and there are nibbles available if you want to eat. We'll be taking our social events back here again, as it's a nice space and is only a short walk up from Tottenham Court Road tube. The only thing is that the bar shuts at 11pm, but maybe that's actually a blessing in disguise...

    • Qype User Sian…
    • London
    • 415 friends
    • 752 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    14/12/2008

    Not a bad pub this. But for some reason, it's completely packed. All the time. I have a failry last finishing time at work so come 6.30 you can't get to the bar. Bugger.

    It's alright, they get brownie points for serving Leffe by the pint (the boys were worried about letting me drink it all on my own)

    As it's so busy, we stood outside, so then, really you could be anywhere. I don't really fancy reviewing the street, but it was fine.

    The pub itself is actually pretty nice. cosy, old fashioned, nice staff. My friend did lose his bag here a while back, but i think that was bad luck as opposed to the pub itself.

    So go early, try and nab a table by the fire and get drunk on pints of Leffe. You could do a lot worse around this area but I'm still not wowed enough to give the place four stars.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/7/2009
    First to Review

    I had a brilliant time here last night at the latest edition of (mostly) monthly London Bloggers Meetups.

    Of course, that certainly wasn't my first time at this Fitzrovia pub near Goodge Street. The central location has made it an optimal pub for meeting friends and attending other networking events.

    It's attractive with a really nice roof terrace. The downstairs area features a little living room section that's fun (but usually occupied).

    Good beer on tap, decent list of wine. There's food but I've never tried any.

    • Qype User mseaso…
    • London
    • 53 friends
    • 47 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/10/2009

    Great place for something as small as an after-work drink or something large as an event. The first floor has an amazing room where you can get food and sit out on the roof terrace. In the fall and winter, they have it heated too!

    Bar staff is always friendly and you never have to wait too long for a drink (apart from Fridays, I suppose - but you get that anywhere).

    Women's toilets are wicked too!

    • Qype User absint…
    • London
    • 81 friends
    • 264 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/8/2011

    Another great 'off the beaten track' pub in Fitzrovia, this pub is mainly frequented by those who work in the area. This means it can get busy on weekdays, but it's a spacious place with split-level floors and a roof terrace, so it's usually possible to get a table.
    The decor here is quite unusual and fun, with a bit of a 'midsummer night's dream' feel about it (think lots of fairy lights and foliage). There's an above-average selection of beers and wines, and best of all, fantastic food. The meal I recently had on a lunch time went way beyond what I was expecting from pub food, and is well worth trying.
    The pub is quieter on weekends, and can be hired out for parties. I've been to a few events here and it's a good choice for medium-to-large groups with loads of space to sit and chat.

    • Qype User sophis…
    • London
    • 58 friends
    • 62 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/8/2008

    This three floor uber pub is a haven of beer and good grub in what sometimes seems like a pub-poor area of London.

    An absolute magnet for local advertising types (total honeypot for Saatchi & Saatchi folk) and students who have strayed just into Fitzrovia from Bloomsbury, this place is welcoming and warm, chock full of period detailing and of the moment flock wallpaper. Staff are super friendly but the actual building of this pub is what gives it its real charm - I'd love to see some promenade theatre here. The incredible roof terrace is another draw - a pint of Peroni or a bottle of Prosecco and your sunny Friday is complete.

    Not sampled the food here, but the menu looks excellent and super reasonable - particularly the burger deal. We'll be back soon.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/10/2013

    My first visit to this pub was within the first week of moving here. Its a pub full of character with various levels which you'll find out if you need the toilet!
    Some great beers on tap and what looked like excellent food although a little beyond my lunch quota.
    Its small but quaint and I should imagine it gets well attended during the evening.
    Certainly worth a visit and definitely visited by the advertising agencies that are close by.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/1/2010
    6 check-ins here

    The Carpenters Arms is great for a pint of bitter and a quick bite to eat.  It can be quite busy weeknights, filled with marketing workers unwinding after a long day.  Weekends it is quiet, offering a good meal and a drink plus a place to sit a read a paper.

    They have a patio upstairs, that can be booked for larger groups.

    • Qype User davidl…
    • London
    • 7 friends
    • 86 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    9/9/2012

    Great little pub close to Warren St tube, selling a good selection of ales and beers from Begium and Brooklyn brewery New York. So worth stopping off to sample the selection.
    Also nice menu of contemporary and traditional fayre.
    Cheers.

  • 3.0 star rating
    25/10/2010
    2 check-ins here

    Good food but woefully understaffed for how packed it was on the Wed night I was there. The few on call were trying their best but just struggling. Ales were great and varied and the chalkboard menu was fine with attention to a couple vegetarian options despite the limited list.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/3/2012

    Serving up a fine selection of beers & cider, this place is small in the bar area, but very nice place to stop at. A draught Frulli at a sensible price. Ignore the 80% margin Belgo sham. Wooden pub style. Good drinks. Food is supposed to be good too. Not tried it though.

    • Qype User melody…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 41 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    26/12/2010

    Great pub. It's always packed, which means it's often tough to get a beer without waiting at least 10 mins. Convenient if you come in early for an after work pint!

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/2/2012

    I've been here once with a group of friends.  It was a wed evening and the place was so packed. All in all-  a nice pub, decent prices and friendly staff!

    • Qype User ghockl…
    • London
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    • 3 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    6/6/2011

    visited on a saturday in the afternoon when only the bottom floor was open. nice place with the outside space plentiful along side the pavement. They serve Fruli here which was the main reason for our visit. It was very nice and one to go back to

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