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Builders Arms (Bar)

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1 Kensington Court Place, Kensington, London, W8 5BJ
Cuisine: Modern British
Tel: 020 7795 4811 | Transport: High Street Kensington | Write review

Builders Arms Review

Fetch me my pipe and slippers, we’re going to the Butlers Arms (well, ok it’s Builder’s Arms, but considering the area….)

Emerging from the concourse of High Street Kensington’s boutiques, you cast your kill (shopping bags) asunder with immediate respite, from your critical-mass consumer headache, in mind.

The glowing interior of a reasonably priced palette-quencher appears before you. Peopled by pullover-ed pensioners, crossword-crazy philosophers, furtive wealthy gangsta wanabees (innit!), and colossal rugby enthusiasts, but all seem discontented with their chosen companions. Disappointing considering the comfortable wooden lounge decour.

The crest-bearing pub sign might well declare “diligent and faithful” but if they don’t even serve crisps!…. Schoolboy error really. Instead, your choices are pistachios by the handful or olives by the bowl.

If you’re considering doing the Circle Line pub-crawl, it’s not that kind of place, although if you do stumble down here you'll have a choice of Real Ale: Young’s Special and Adnams on rotation with guest beers; and the usual lagers like Staropramen. Food to help you on your way range from a very reasonable £5.90.

Customer Reviews for Builders Arms

Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

The following customer reviews are not endorsed by Fluid London and are simply those of users who wish to publish their independent experiences of Builders Arms.

“Must agree with Gem, the bar system here is terrible. Surely it can't be that hard to take peoples money off them!”
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Dan, London (10 years 6 months 15 days ago)

“Have been a loyal customer to this pub for some time now and it's upsetting to say the following: the wait at the bar was endless & without system; new staff were helpful & enthusiastic but problems arose from their inexperience. They were not assisted by the rude (RUDE!) senior staff - one was wasting his time charging & texting on his blackberry & the other became aggressive when I requested a receipt for my bill. Whilst they cocked up my bill for the 4th time, i was only taken seriously when i picked up the pub's feedback card. I would heartily recommend you take your business elsewhere (Elephant & Castle!)”
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Gem, London (10 years 7 months 16 days ago)

“Crikey, What has happened to my old watering hole in 1975? It was a great social pub. Great people, like the Nortern Irishmen, who frequented the bar in the left hand corner. And the wonderful poms, who had their own engraved pint glasses. And the women.. not only the best sorts that London could throw up in gloomy weather but also ladies who gave a rough aussie even the hint of a chance. It wasn't Earls Court, it was typical London, it was absolutely bloody beaut! ”
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john roberts, sydney australia (15 years 2 months 3 days ago)

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Updated 02/02/2006


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