The Newman Arms is situated at No. 23 Rathbone Street and was built in 1730. This building has had many functions since that year from housing a tallow chandler, an ironmonger, a picture framers and finally became a brothel. In 1860, the tavern was established and, for the first 100 years, it only possessed a beer licence which explains perfectly the impressive reputation the Newman Arms has for great beer, still firmly intact to this day.
The pub has always attracted interesting and colourful characters who enjoyed drinking in the area. George Orwell and Dylan Thomas among other literary masters were regular visitors to the Newman Arms. Here, they pondered over pints and soaked up the authentic pub atmosphere. The pub has also appeared in many films and television productions such as, ‘Peeping Tom’, Minder, The Bill, Alas Smith and Jones and the Ali G show.
The Newman Arms is very unique to Fitzrovia being the only family run hostelry in the area. Quite often, there are three generations of the Bird family working side by side.
The focus of ground floor bar is excellent beer and pleasant conversation while the first floor restaurant serves up award-winning pies and a variety of complimentary wines.
Many of our valued customers have been coming to the Newman Arms for more than 20 years which continues to add to the growing history and ambience of the pub. These remarkable characters along with our newer customers come from all walks of life but the one thing they all share is the love of our luxurious home-baked pies and the extensive range of beers we provide.