A five-minute-walk behind Marble Arch station, the Carpenter’s Arms is a long established venue with a good reputation.
The pub is a compact affair located on a quiet street corner, its exterior rendered particularly attractive by the brightly coloured flowers that border the length of its walls. Inside, there is a very traditional feel to the space, with an old fashioned, oak wood bar in the centre, and a collection of stubby wooden tables and stools scattered around it. There is also some superior booth seating lining the windows, but this is quickly snatched up during the evenings.
In keeping with the venue’s a name, a collection of saws and other tools are nailed haphazardly to the walls, and those who are paying attention will notice that the wall paper is comprised of blown-up lists of instructions on how to construct furniture.
Due to its accessible location and good press, the venue is popular with tourists looking for an ‘authentic’ British pub experience, and this, for once, they will indeed find. The pub is also a favourite haunt for (typically older...) ale drinkers – and is frequently praised within the CAMRA beer guides. Whilst not being the cosiest of venues - its wooden décor rather sparse and basic – it definitely possesses a traditional charm.
The pub does not serve a full menu, but snacks such as ‘Mrs King’s’ pork pies (£3.50) are available, and advertised as good accompaniments to the ales on offer.
There are at least five real ales available at any given time – sourced from a range of breweries including Sambrooks, Marston’s and Harvey’s. There is also small list of wines (with helpful tasting notes), and the usual spirits are stocked.
The Last Word
The Carpenter Arms is a go-to pub in the Marble Arch area, where you will be had pushed to find somewhere more authentic or welcoming. Fans of proper, high quality British beer will not be disappointed.