Upon my visit to London for the 2012 Olympic Games I found a little Public House with a secret. I was staying in Farringdon and on evenings I would venture out into the concrete jungle to find places where I could enjoy a pint and some grub at a reasonable price. I discovered a market which was selling exotic food from Jamaica, Algeria and Bangladesh but it was a small pub behind the crowded market that caught my eye.
The Exmouth Arms is a typical old British pub that matches all the stereotypes. Inside is a long bar adjacent to old soft furnishing. Most of the décor is wooden and you can really feel the old London vibe as an old ale is poured.
I ordered a Camden Town stout which was a steep £3.80 before having a gander at the menu. That's when I noticed they sold sliders (mini burgers). Keen to see if I would get my money's worth (3 sliders for around £5) I checked out the different fillings for my burgers. After much debate due to a fairly wide selection I chose a chicken and bacon burger, Aberdeen Angus burger and a fish finger burger with tartare sauce.
While waiting I went to the toilet which led me to wonder down stairs into a wide brick covered corridor I had to follow as it twisted round to a small room which turned out to be the gents. It felt like a proper underground prison which I thought was fantastic. I know earlier this year The Exmouth Arms has had a massive refurbishment so I was pleased to see that under the pub was kept intact creating that eerie London lifestyle.
When the food came I found that all the burgers were just small enough to fit on plate but didn't they pack a punch!
The chicken and bacon burger along with the Aberdeen Angus burger are two very common burgers so there wasn't much excitement when trying them. Don't get me wrong. They were full of flavour but were nothing special. However the highlight of my time here was the fish finger slider.
I used to have fish fingers as a child all the time but this was no child food. A chunk of fresh cod lightly battered and doused with homemade tartare sauce really got the hairs standing on the back of my neck. It was so good I was tempted to order another three of the same burger but due to the price of the drinks I resisted.
Overall the hospitality is friendly and the locals are eager to share a story or two. The food and drink is above par but so are the prices. I would definitely return to The Exmouth Arms just for the three fish finger sliders and to try out more of the local ale and stouts but if doing this I would also need to bring a bigger wallet.