I really love finding new hidden gems. My co-worker had walked by Exmouth Arms (in Euston, not the one in Exmouth), and she commented that people were outside eating delicious looking burgers. Right then and there, we made a pledge to go. Then, when two PhD students in our group had just finished their upgrade (which I guess is the UK equivalent of advancement to candidacy for any of our US readers), we decided a trip to the pub for lunch was a great way to celebrate. Off to Exmouth Arms!
Exmouth Arms is part of the Pub Love group. Honestly, I had no idea such a group existed. Apparently, each of their pubs has a hostel above it. So it’s a great way to get all the young, traveling people visiting London into their pubs. But I don’t plan on needing that service, I just need the service of the pub for food and drink!
I have to say I was really pleased with the beer selection. They had about five different cask ales (and not all hipster IPA either!) and a huge selection of bottles to choose some (which may have included some hipster IPAs). There are also your standard nitrogen tap beers as well (if that’s your thing). I opted for a the Snout Stout. I’m a huge fan of stout, and this one had a smoky bacon flavor to it that really won me over. And it was delicious. If I wasn’t on my lunch break, I may have had a few more pints.
But hey, we were here for lunch, and we were hungry, so I was ready for food. The food is done by Burger Craft, so as you can guess, it’s primarily burgers. But that’s kind of what you want in a pub, isn’t it? They’re fairly social media heavy, so their menu has all their social media names, plus hashtags for all the burgers in case you want to post images of them. Clever. They are definitely pushing toward the younger crowd coming in and the hostel angle. I opted for the Sombrero (#BCsomb), because I love a bit of spice (it has grilled jalapenos and chipotle ketchup), but the Farmyard (#BCyard) was also calling my name (pulled pork? yes, please!). You can get it with either fries or hash brown bites, and I ended up going for the bites because I thought they might be a bit like tater tots. My co-worker got the fish and chips sandwich, and everyone else ordered The Big Cheese.
Now, it definitely wasn’t the best burger I’ve had. It was a bit well-done for my liking, but I know there are silly laws about how well cooked burgers have to be in pubs (or so I’ve been told by pub owners), so I was expecting it. I also would have preferred it to be a bit spicier, because I really like the spice. But the flavor was really good. There was a really great brioche bun as well. And the hash brown bites were amazing. Really crispy on the outside and fluffy and delicious in the middle. While it wasn’t the best burger ever, I do want to come back and try some of the others. My co-worker said the fish and chips sandwich was great, so maybe that might get added to my list as well. And get more of the hash brown bites. I also would love to try some of the hot and dirty fries. (Or even the hot, dirty and loaded fries!) But given I was eating lunch, I thought I should go a little less heavy.
Oh and they do brunch (or what I would call breakfast). So on those days that I’m hung over and heading to work, I could just stop by here for a bacon sandwich and hash brown bites. (Who am I kidding? “Could” really means “will”). Also, with their killer beer selection, I’m definitely going to want to come back in order to have more of the delicious stout (and try many of their other beers as well). Exmouth Arms is now on my list of great pubs to come back to.
And for those of you that like ratings (which I have shamelessly stolen from Andrew):
Food: ★★★☆☆ Service: ★★★★☆ Atmosphere: ★★★★★ Value: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★★☆
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