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Calthorpe Arms

252 Grays Inn Road
Bloomsbury
London
WC1X 8JR

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Opening Times

Regular

MondayNoon - 11.30 pm
TuesdayNoon - 11.30 pm
WednesdayNoon - 11.30 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.30 pm
FridayNoon - Midnight
SaturdayNoon - Midnight
SundayNoon - 10.30 pm

Operator

Punch Taverns

About the Pub

May 2022 - our reporter says, "Pub beer range now six real ales. Youngs Original Taylors Landlord seem fixtures. There are three Purity Beers (two coming soon) Ubu, Gold and Mad Goose. Finally there is Snozzle Proper Job. Landlady is struggling for staff(including cellarman and kitchen team). Great friendly pub though and reasonable prices for this bit of London."

There are now three televisions and a juke box. Clearly refurbished on the change of ownership but with the exception of the additional electronic devices the same feel as before. The number of beers on can fluctuate.

Following the sale of the pub to Punch and the retirement of the long-standing licensee before Xmas 2021, it is fair to say that this pub is going though some changes. On a visit in mid-January 2022 only one cask beer was available - London Pride (can't imagine that's a beer ever before seen in this pub!), trade is this area still suffering from Covid restrictions. However at the beginning of April more beers could be found and these are the ones currently listed.

The kitchen is (Feb 2022) closed but it is planned to reopen. The function room is still in use eg the folk club is meeting there.

On the corner with Wren Street, where pavement seating is available, this comfortable, single bar pub is popular with locals and office workers alike. In 1830, it was used as a temporary magistrates' court after the first recorded murder of a policeman on duty. Young’s bought the pub in 1984 but in 2021, as part of a larger sale, it was bought by Punch. TV for sports news coverage, and no music. Three times local CAMRA Pub of the Year while owned by Young's.

Historic Interest

Grade II listing:- End of terrace public house. Early C19. Yellow stock brick. 4 storeys and cellar. 2 windows and 3-window return to Wren Street, plus 2 and single storey, 4-window extension to Wren Street return. C20 wooden public house frontage with Corinthian pilasters carrying entablature with modillion cornice. Plain stucco 1st floor sill band. Gauged brick flat arches to recessed 2-pane sashes. Parapet. Extension with 1st floor 2-light bowed oriel window. INTERIOR: with early C20 grained bar counter and back.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Timothy Taylor Landlord
  • Young's London Original

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 4 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Purity --varies--
  • St Austell Tribute

Up to 4 depending on time of week.

Source: National

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Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available

Facilities

  • Garden Garden

    Outside benches.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Events Events

    Pub quiz Weds.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • SportsTV Sports TV

    Usually sound off.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Calthorpe Arms

252 Grays Inn Road
Bloomsbury
London
WC1X 8JR

Sat Nav Reference

51.524834, -0.116209

Transport

  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

17, 45, 46.

Nearby Station (950m)

Farringdon

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (600m)

Russell Square

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Calthorpe Arms - London

Calthorpe Arms

252 Grays Inn Road
Bloomsbury
London
WC1X 8JR

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Events
  • Function Room
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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