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user reviews of the Hole In The Wall, Waterloo

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Not really improved much since previous visits. A bit run down. the small bar is more pub-like but the larger bar is where to go to watch sports. had a lager here as the ale looed a bit iffy.
Snarling_Mallard - 11 Jun 2019 19:56
air to say that I wouldn't have ventured into this place if it hadn't been in the Good Beer Guide 2019.

But never judge a book by its cover.

Two rooms - with a larger main room exactly what you would expect for a Railway Arch. Setup for sport, with large screen showing Rugby on my visit. Majority of tables occupied, so a perch along the lengthy bar.

Plenty of real ale choices - the Hogsback TEA was perfect condition and served in the branded glass.

Would go back, if in the area.
Mappiman - 8 Nov 2018 12:31
This place seems to get dirtier and dirtier. Service is fairly clueless and what's with the plastic glasses. We only came here because the Waterloo Tap was closed. Ales were Watney's Pale Ale, Truman's Gunboat Smith, Greene King Abbot, Hogs Back Tea, Southwark Bankside Blonde & Harvard, Young's Bitter & Sharp's Doom Bar.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Feb 2018 17:35
There was a crowd of us who popped in after visiting the Christmas market. When we walked in it was pretty empty and dark. The beer were ok but the service for the bar staff was very miserable and the manager I presume (a guy) was very miserable and wouldn't make eye contact with you and basically ignored you and before last orders was clearing up and when asked if the pub was closing he just grunted yes, still not making eye contact, it was like he just didn't want us to be there. I wouldn't recommend wasting my time or money in going back again as there are a lot more happier pubs around who are willing to take time in greeting this customers and actually showing an interest in them rather than just taking their money!
SouthwarkP - 21 Dec 2016 17:06
The last poster didn't have a drink - but opines that it probably is a good beer pub!

Why not try it, and tell us after?
tradervic - 4 Nov 2016 17:45
Walked in but didnt stay for a drink. Looked messy and not inviting. But its probably still a good beer pub if waiting for a train
BeerOnlyMan - 4 Nov 2016 15:56
Hard to know how to rate it now. It's an institution and used to drink here a lot but I tend to agree with AbeC and Beerpilgrim. Think it's crossed the line now in respect of service and generally dinginess/cleanliness.

Will still pop in for a pint if waiting for a train/meeting people for the station, but wouldn't stay beyond a pint now.
mike_s - 27 Jan 2016 15:47
Visited this pub for first time for several years. Beer good and reasonable price but service in small bar very slow, and a general feel of dinginess about the whole place.
Aztecgoat - 14 Nov 2015 21:38
Returned to the Hole in the Wall after a few years' absence yesterday. It's still as dingy as ever, but still has a range of ales - Greene King Abbot & IPA, Youngs Bitter & Special, Oxfordshire Triple B, Hogsback Tea, Nethergate Growler Bitter & Sharps Doom Bar. Although I'm not sure all were available. Rosies Pig was the cider. The first time I've sat in the front bar. This is decorated with many rugby shirts. Had a quick snack too, that did the trick. Very handy for Waterloo. But it's worth the extra effort to go to the Kings Arms.
blue_scrumpy - 18 May 2015 19:58
In view of my last posting, would someone who uses the HITW regularly like to let the manager know about it? Then perhaps something might happen!
beerpilgrim - 3 May 2015 15:27
Agree with the last posting. Went in yesterday. The beer was well kept, BUT:

The front steps, which are cracked, now seem to move dangerously under your feet.
No-one ever seems to serve in the front bar.
The outside area was littered with broken glass.
A lady buying crisps gave the money to a barmaid, who dropped it. Because she couldn't find it on the floor, she asked for it again. Needless to say, the lady declined. The barmaid then went off on one with her colleagues, who told her to get her act together.
I'm sure I recognised the graffiti in the Gents from last year.
The tables are always sticky.

This pub is a local institution, and handy for the station. It would be a shame if this noted decline continued. Please, Mr. (or Mrs. or Ms) Manager, read this, and get the pub back to how it once was. I have been going there since about 1994.

Thank you.

PS. I was only in there for 30 minutes! And all this was noted!
beerpilgrim - 3 May 2015 15:24
Had been a good pub but has crossed a line - there are empties piling up everywhere, uncleared tables, pools of lager on the bars and tables.

It was always slow to get served but now it's very slow, and the staff, always rather under pressure, seem worse now - very uninterested and slow, and they seem to have completely abandoned the front bar - you must now always walk round to the main one.

AbeC - 14 Feb 2015 15:01
Disgusting toilets.
Wazurp - 20 Sep 2014 07:48
Was in there on the 13th January, for a couple.

They had Cottage Brewary on tap, was a very good pint at 4.5%.

damos1uk - 23 Jan 2014 19:19
Two bars and a back yard with noisy trains overhead. Plain tables and a down to earth atmosphere. Seven cask ales. Simple pub grub. Good atmosphere. I like it. Been here several times. Probably the best pub in the area.
SilkTork - 24 Oct 2013 14:38
Good beer and service . Needs painting and decorating.
leon99 - 28 Aug 2013 19:39
Can't remember when I last visited the Hole so a spare 30 minutes at Waterloo gave a good excuse. Glad to see the decor and furniture hasn't changed a bit.

This 2room pub is situated in the Railway Arches next to the main station. The front bar has the feel of a quite snug, the bigger back room is more public bar.

Posh it's not, a romantic setting for a pre theatre drink its not, but what it does do is serve well kept ale in a proper pub atmosphere at a reasonable price for the area. My pint of Oxfordshire was top notch and I clocked at least 7 others.

Even welcomed my well behaved 11 year old.

Note to self. Don't leave it so long next time.
twineyboy - 2 Mar 2013 20:58
A long standing favourite meeting place for Twickenham goers. Caters very well for the large match-going crowds. Haven't been there any other time. In fact i assumed that it doesn't exist any other time!
Tewin - 8 Jan 2013 13:09
Its got a tradional feel to it. Went in late afternoon just before a football match started, then started to get packed. I am personally not a footie fan, but still had decent drink and food service for the couple I stayed for.
Yes the side food section is more like a truckers cafe but it adds to the charm plus it is decent and not over-priced food
Well worth a visit
the_original_rawnsleys - 23 Apr 2012 09:42
A well known boozer from yester-year. Definitely needs a face lift and a damn good clean - wouldn't be too happy eating in here but the ale is good and served well by the able staff apart from the bird with the long hair who has obviously taken a dislike to me and never does even if there's no-one else around. Don't know why as we've never even spoken so haven't offended her in anyway. Maybe me wanted to be served in a half decent fashion offends her in some way. I'll still go in but only if invited, not a place of choice for me.
Mcloj - 29 Mar 2012 15:08
second on our crawl, service was good, sat out the back and most of the group took the chance to eat here as it wasnt too busy, food was more like a 'truckers cafe' but served a purpose and not overly priced. Beers were ok
surrey_hatter - 25 Mar 2012 20:26
Good beer, o.k food,... toilets from Hell !
leon99 - 9 Feb 2012 03:52
Bar staff OK.
Beer OK
Overall cleanliness, suspect.
Toilets - fecking disgusting! Remember that scene in Trainspotters? In the bookies? - THAT!!!
Brianlondon - 9 Nov 2011 00:57
It is said that the pub keeps a good pint, it is a long time since I had one in there as it is very difficult to get served in the front bar, the staff, seem to be in the back bar. Today I waited five minutes without seeing any one serving, I simply gave up and went to the Wellington, where the service is much better. This is not the first time this have happened, as this is not the only pub in London, I am surprised at the lack of service.
plod1234 - 5 Nov 2011 22:54
Not sure about being difficult to find, walk out of Waterloo and there is a great big sign across the road.

Not a bad pub, pretty basic inside, very good selection of beers, had a pint of TEA, one of my mates favourites and he thought it was a very good pint of. Didn't stop for another as was on a crawl but on another day would happily work my way along the bar trying out the selection.

As with a few old pub the toilets left a lot to be desired, the smell certainly cleared the sinuses!!
phill1110 - 24 Oct 2011 13:08
Curious pub hidden in the railway arches behind Waterloo station. Comparatively difficult to find, which can give the place a pleasantly secretive, clubbable feel. Two rooms, the first a small, cosy public bar; the second a larger, spacious room of wooden tables, music and fruit machines. Beer garden not the most pleasant in aspect but the metal canopy, barbed wire and roar of trains overhead brings to mind an air raid shelter, though with real ale and two (silent) TVs.†
Clientele is mixed, and transient, given the proximity of the station.
Decent selection of half a dozen or so real ales; generally those commonly seen, though TEA is always welcome. I enjoyed a very pleasant pint of from the. brewery, sadly pulled by a spectacularly miserable barmaid.†
Overall a fabulous destination, especially late at night, sacrificing the 10pm train for the 11pm on order to have a couple of pints and enjoy the unique location.
Highly recommended 7.5/10
GibTom - 2 Aug 2011 17:06
Rather scruffy but atmospheric pub by the station; reasonable range of about 5 ales slightly more interesting than the normal beer ranges you find in some pubs - had a nice pint of Bank's bitter which was all that mattered really. Yes, the loos are a bit grim.
Booze_Allen - 23 May 2011 18:15
For Christ's sake - clean the ***king toilets. I've typed it in English - clean the f -- k i n g t o i l e t s. Your beer's decent enough, your customers need somewhere clean and fresh to deposit later. Clean the toilets - the small room at the rear of the main room. Try some bleach. £1.50 from Spar. Thank you.
pkrp - 7 May 2011 16:31
Dropped in to meet a mate for a couple of quick ones before catching the train earlier this week. The place looks tired at best (!) and you might not take your girlfriend there, but the Young's was excellent and the atmosphere buzzy for a Tuesday night. Good place to meet up with mates before moving on.
beer_monster_smudge - 14 Apr 2011 12:25
The pub name is very appropriate here - it really doesn't look like much from the outside but through a narrow doorway in quite a hidden little street the place opens out into a sort of subterranean drinking dungeon built underneath the railway arches. If you can find the entrance it's worth a visit. Looks scruffy but the beer choice is good and I seem to remember the food being excellent value. Atmosphere can be a bit so-so though, and quite a transient crowd usually - being so close to the station most people either meet up here and move on after one drink, or kill time before heading off to catch a train.
rob1981 - 24 Mar 2011 20:12
Lives up to it's name in some respects as it kind of smells a bit (not somewhere I'd fancy having something to eat). It's basically a two bar pub in some railway arches opposite Waterloo station with a small bar to the left as you enter and a larger more open bar area to the rear. They had plenty of ales on but the pint of T.E.A. I had wasn't particualarly nice and certainly wouldn't warrant a second pint - in fact it put me off trying a pint of anything else they had and I cleared off elsewhere.
anonymous - 17 Mar 2011 21:42
A welcome oasis of serious beer drinking before you catch your train...oh whoops, there it goes...better catch the next one...better have another pint while I'm waiting, time can pass quite easily in here !
Reverend - 16 Feb 2011 20:37
Went in during a busy period around 6pm. Neverthless got served pretty quickly. 4 barstaff working and about 6 real ales available, (although they were chiefly the "usual suspects",Abbot, Greene King, Speckled Hen etc).
Brisk turnover of clientele and sport on the TV.
A decent place to visit for a couple of drinks but not one to stay in for too long.

outtamehead - 8 Jan 2011 01:52
No frills pub with good beer just across the road from Waterloo station. Good atmosphere with eclectic clientele and interesting knick-knacks including lots of rugby shirts on the walls.
martaddick - 3 Oct 2010 16:40
They also mentioned, 'we're a traditional pub, great food,' we're not like a fancy restaurant or anything.....I think anyone would agree with me here, although i don't expect to be pampered like a snobby customer, it'd be nice to be treated like a human being. Reading other comments I think they need new management.
gustavclarke - 11 Sep 2010 01:04
A great setting, shame about everything else. I've been a few times. But the most rudest managers I've ever known. After ringing 3 times to book, and them saying its fine, 'just come' they said even though I mentioned it'd be after their serving time...on the day I rang in to re-confirm (after speaking them the night before) they told me to p*ss off. Will never reccommend the pub to anyone and hope the managers get sacked or go bust....even a non-pub like all bar one was better than that!!!
gustavclarke - 11 Sep 2010 01:02
last in the pub in 1981. a pub i had always wanted to goback to again found it a great pub the 2nd time around. had a greene king abbot which for central london the price at £3-10 was great will be back next time catching a train from waterloo
forestwood - 31 Aug 2010 20:21
I have been going into the front bar of this pub over the last 5-6 years once or twice a month, on occasions I have been served, within a few seconds mostly I have to wait a minute or so. On a number of occasions after waiting two minutes, I have left without seeing any of the staff. Last Sunday I went in, at around 7pm, there were about 20 people in the front bar, some at tables others at the bar I waited a couple of minutes and walked out. I could only see one member of staff serving in the back bar, more staff are needed.
Richardp123 - 10 Aug 2010 11:05
Echo the previous comments. Maybe I was expecting a bit too much.Then again, were I to walk into a random boozer elsewhere and find seven ales on, regardless of the 'uninspiring' selection (although I'm always good for a pint of Doombar - and a good one I had too), I would be delighted.
duchyjim - 26 May 2010 13:44
Decent pub with good atmosphere next to Waterloo Station. Had 7 real ales on when I last visited. But - the big disappointment is that of these 7, not one was really interesting - 6 usual suspects (GK Abbot, Youngs ordinary etc), plus Hogs Back TEA which is hardly a rarity. This used to be a destination pub for ale drinkers, but not any more. Still OK while waiting for a train.
newbury_drinker - 9 May 2010 10:48
I've been coming here on and off for 15 years or so and I still really can't make my mind up about this pub.

Yes its convenient to Waterloo so easy to arrange for people to meet but in some ways it is too close to Waterloo so it get packed until the commuters head off .....

.... but becuase it's packed you know the beer turns over quickly and you aren't likely to get a bad pint. (always had a good pint).

Was here on a Friday recently and coudln't find a seat at 6:30 but by 7 the crowd had thinned out and was comfortable - then by 9 there was a single large group that almost took over every seat in the place.... but it was still a great atmosphere.

Overall worth a 7 .... the food wasn't bad either
dGriz - 16 Mar 2010 12:00
Visited again recently for the first time in over 20 years! Beer is good, but not a very inspiring choice these days. Is advertised as opening at 11 am, but didn't on the day I visited
Steve45 - 1 Jan 2010 15:20
This is probably the best place to go if you're after 1st pint in London. And where better to go with the noise of the trains rumbling over-head. The rundown atmosphere of the pub just makes it more interesting. How many famous people have visited this watering hole I wonder?
JohnOcean - 23 Dec 2009 13:34
Found this place by accident, I had to go via Waterloo after a crawl as there were problems on other rail lines. About 6 beers on, fairly boring for a beer snob like me, however I did have a very good pint of Hogback's TEA. Very convenient for the station and I'll return no doubt.
Abteilung - 29 Nov 2009 23:51
Decent if not essential pub; bigger than it looks but without the intimacy you might imagine. However, very good pint of Youngs from a good range for the tourist to try.
mtaylor40 - 3 Nov 2009 19:03
A fine institution that was the start and end of many of my European trips by Eurostar from Waterloo, never changing always consistant and full of character, this pub deserves to be a London institution and has been serving quality cask ales and food quietly for years. Long may it continue.
Hodge1 - 4 Oct 2009 12:48
started a saturday pub crawl in here, TEA was spot on and service was fine, sports on the TV's and a good start to the day.
we returned about 9pm at the end of the crawl for one last pint before catching trains home.
The_Pub_Inspector - 4 Oct 2009 11:23
Very useful pub to start a crawl.

Beers are mainly standard fare (Youngs, Fullers, GK, Marstons etc) but they do more often than not have a guest though it's a shame they don't seem to have Twickenham or Battersea bitters now. Still a small quibble and any beer here is well kept.

Hardly the quietest pub around being slap bang outside Waterloo station and the constant rumble of trains overhead to Charing X but it's rare not to get a seat in here. Add Sky Sports on the telly and we have a winning combination of all things considered.
Oakman100 - 21 Sep 2009 17:52
Used this pub for the first time a few days ago at the suggestion of a mate. Very spit and sawdust (my favourite sort) and totally unpretentious with a great atmosphere, suprising for a Central London pub, slap bang outside a mainline terminous. There was a nice range of ales which were all well kept and a smell but pleasant outdoor seating area. My mate and myself had a very enjoyable evening and didn't even think of moving on.
MartyJay - 13 Sep 2009 20:30
In here last night they had Breakspear's Bitter, Doombar, TEA, Hobgoblin,Greene King IPA and Young's ordinary.Had a lovely evening!
Miles007 - 9 Sep 2009 15:17
best in the area , beers are always spot on , good range. Was on TEA last night i was there. nice russian barmaids , easy on the eye. always pop in when in the area.
The_Pub_Inspector - 12 Aug 2009 15:37
This is a wonderful bar - a real change to find something like this in the middle of London. A bar with original character, no pretentiousness, real people, decent prices, great choice. Haven't eaten there but again the choice and value seem good and, significantly, the kitchen seems to be an open (clean) area in which you can watch the chef cook and talk to him about your order. Yeah, the toilets are in need of serious attention but given that I'll only be in there a minute or two I can cope. Go and visit this pub and if it's not your cup of tea then fine........ there's plenty other places in London that will willingly rip you off.
ecksact - 12 Aug 2009 02:27
The best thing about this pub is its location and its ordinariness. Leave Waterloo Station's dreadful plastic bars without a second glance and head out for a decent pint with a good mix of people.
Timyellow - 11 Aug 2009 18:19
Good range of beers, of varied quality. Reasonable service. Shows sports. Quite busy.
IMG1975 - 1 Aug 2009 10:48
Busy and a bit shabby, but with a good selection of beer which was in great condition when I visited. Noisy in the big bar, but there is a quieter bar out the back. Worth a look.
nich52 - 12 Jul 2009 12:09
I attended this pub on Friday for the excellent, if somewhat slightly irregular, Electric Circus music quiz. Again I find myself in a quandary. As always, there were seven ales available, among them Marstons Burton and Pedigree, Sharp's Doombar and Brakspeare's Bitter. I sampled both of the Marstons beers, and the Brakspeare's - none of them were particularly well kept. I find it odd that a pub that sells such a wide choice of ales, doesn't take more care in looking after them. And has been previously noted, the gents toilets are absolutely disgusting. It is clear the pub has no intention of addressing this issue.
If you're in the area and looking for a decent pint, don't bother coming here.

holbornboy - 8 Jun 2009 12:22
The Hole is what it is: an ideal place to meet up for the South Bank or central London, or somewhere to grab a nice pint and something to eat before getting a train. It's scruffy but so what?
I used to use the Hole most Saturdays after football in the 70s and 80s and by god it used to rock! Now I'm older I can't report what Saturday nights are like these days as I'm nursing my cocoa by then...
flashharry1965 - 22 May 2009 11:38
Agree with the last, but you do not go there for the decor. You go there for the ambience, away from the air-conned rip-off placcy pubs on Waterloo Station and to mix with real people. I also went there before the Army and Navy game on Saturday, the doors opened on time with plenty of staff on hand, and the bacon rolls were a quid each and served up in very quick time.
Bargain, where else in central London do you get a bacon roll for £1 and served straight away at any time, let alone Saturdays?
There were in excess of 150 very thirsty servicemen, all served very pronto with no grief and no moans/aggro from any of them. There are not many (any?) pubs that I have seen (in the City/central London) put this amount of thoughtfulness/planning on for other sports, so top marks to the manager, top man! Great venue, get more staff for next years match, we'll be bringing our mates and even thirstier!
harrythebastard - 6 May 2009 23:45
Traditional stopping place for a couple of pints before 'trainig' it to Twickenham for the Army Navy game.
Good service and both the Youngs Special & Hobgoblin in good order. Return call before train home after the match - Guinness in top form.
Decor grim but ambiance excellent.
almost_an_old_git - 6 May 2009 09:27
An oddity of a pub. Busy early on a saturday evening with people watching the rugby yawnion, although I was served very promptly by an efficient barmaid. Sharp's Doombar, the ubiquitous Greene King IPA, Hogs Back TEA, Adnams Broadside and Youngs Bitter available. I decided to re-evaluate my opinion of Doombar and was glad as it was an excellent pint. Sat out in the beer 'garden' which proved strangely tranquil despite the trains overhead and the noise from the telly. You'd have no real reason to go here other than, like me, killing time before catching a train. Nevertheless, you could probably do a lot worse.
ChrisP87 - 14 Mar 2009 21:33
Grotty pub only notable for it's novelty value. Decent pint, but not worth stopping for a second - move on or go and get your train!
sussexred - 3 Mar 2009 15:42
thats 'good' not 'could'
beerandpaperman - 19 Jan 2009 17:33
Got here at last orders only had chance to have TEA which was fine, I will come back to try some of the other ales, but they will have to be pretty damn could to make up for the smell and absolute grottyness of this place.
beerandpaperman - 19 Jan 2009 17:29
This is a strange pub with a depressing bar at the front and a sports type room at the back. There is plenty of ale and standard/premium lager and my pint of Doombar was very nice. There was only one barmaid serving both bars, but It wasnít that busy so I didnít have to wait that long. Itís a little odd at first hearing the trains go overhead, but with the noise in the back bar you canít really hear them.

This place is probably not what youíd expect from the outside, but it is worth popping in if passing.
Strongers - 16 Jan 2009 08:52
front bar has lots of character, thespians as well as decor, both shabby chic? he said tongue in cheek.... Larger barns puts one in mind of a dank sort of antipodean shearing shed? Shocking toilets and miniscule smoking corner. Lunchtime food slow to arrive despite there being few punters on site but well-worth it when it did appear. Well-kept ales. An old Harris Tweed hacking jacket of a boozer that deserves to soldier on unmolested.
threeravensmoor - 15 Jan 2009 13:59
This was a pleasant place to stop, though I think 'isn't particularly inspiring' is unduly generous in relation to the front bar which is plain scruffy. But it gets you away from the TV, if that's what you want. Good ale from a selection of 6, and reasonably priced, no-nonsense food. Well worth a visit.
joegreen - 14 Jan 2009 16:31
I like this place. RogerB describes it very well and I don't have much to add - it's very characterful, very undeveloped, and a good survival in central London, perhaps because of its slightly obscure location. As RogerB says, there's a good number of real ales - I had a pint of Doom Bar and it wasn't brilliant but wasn't awful either. The whole place smells strongly of pub food - that would put off some but as someone who likes pub food I bet it's very tasty here!
grecian - 8 Jan 2009 11:32
The presence of this place is not obvious despite being slap bang opposite the main entrance to Waterloo Station. Tucked behind a large wall, it is built into the arches of the viaduct that carries commuter trains towards Charing Cross. The small front bar isnít particularly inspiring, fairly plain and dated with built in seats, paneled windows and a few bits of sporting memorabilia on display. The bar only carries a couple of Ales so it is easy to overlook the selection that is generally available in the main body of the pub at the rear. The main bar usually stocks 6 Ales; Youngs, Doom Bar, Green King IPA, Abbott, TEA and Adnams on my last trip, quality variable but always drinkable and reasonably priced. There is also a small food bar. Plenty of TVís (big on Sports) and the London rarity of a Pinball machine also. The small triangular courtyard to the rear has its own TV so you wonít miss that important goal if you sneak out for a puff. The overhead trains are initially a bit disconcerting when the walls and pint glasses start rattling but you get used to the frequent rumblings and it becomes part of the ambience. I have always enjoyed the quirky charm and character of the place although I regret that I perhaps donít go there as often as I could or should.
RogerB - 4 Dec 2008 13:39
On our last visit, it appeared that children were being given the run of the place - standing on stools at the bar and playing pinball with their parents. Not something I really expect well into the evening session. Get the little darlings out into the beer 'garden'.

The beer was OK - the Purity was not on but no one had turned the clip round and the Hogs Back TEA was OK. The odd short measure too.

Not my favourite place but needs must - a bit down at heel that could do with a good scrub and on this occasion full of England rugby union fans - a boorish breed full of their own self-importance.
eddierowles - 11 Nov 2008 08:53
smells a bit funny, shakes when trains go overhead but otherwise quite charming
inquintessence - 18 Oct 2008 00:19
Now coming in here is what the centre of London is all about. For anyones first trip to London Waterloo, come in here and you'll feel like its 1950, real character with the sound of trains going overhead too. 8/10 because i'd miss it if it wasnt there.
BestBeerBoffin - 1 Oct 2008 15:37
Lovely drop of Purity Pure Gold at not too bad a price - especially for somewhere so near the station. V handy for a quick stop if your night out in town ends earlier than planned and you've got time for a swift one before the train.

Was tempted by the pinball - but will try that another time. Someone mentions that the gents' are grotty. I can't comment on that, but the ladies' were fine.
Roodeye - 30 Sep 2008 11:22
Nice pint of Doom Bar to couple some tasty nachos. Was quite drunk by the time I arrived here so not much else I can add!
JonW999 - 10 Aug 2008 14:45
Vinnie - thanks re info.

In there the other night(wednesday)for a couple of pints on route home, very busy & okay atmosphere. Long may it continue
riach - 27 Jun 2008 02:06
re ranting and raving,their was a guy last week had a gripe with the land lord and spent the whole day sending message after message accusing him of all sorts,i think he'd forgottrn his medication,his ravings have since been removed
vinnnie - 26 Jun 2008 12:57
Can anyone give a brief description of what I missed? re rant & raving
riach - 25 Jun 2008 02:28
The HITW is a two-room boozer serving six or seven real ales. Recently I have been drinking the Purity "Pure Gold" but the Sharp's "Doom Bar" was going down well last night. Staff attentive.

A major attraction for some is that has a pinball table--a Williams "Medieval Madness" which is in very good setup and condition.
SimonM - 18 Jun 2008 17:31
What happened ? yesterdays rant was fun.Did the Burke guy get in touch has sabi been paid is there life on mars ??
Just being nosey really.
Have only been in this pub once and found no reason to go back.
Beersupper - 18 Jun 2008 12:43
what a shame, i was hoping to see some more ranting and raving from siba, but all yesterdays entries have been removed,this was a no frills what you see is what you get last time i was in,got really pissed on rough cider in hear in the mid 70's when i was about 15
vinnnie - 18 Jun 2008 12:33
Had a truly offensive time in this toxic dump last night. The place wreaks like a geriatric's locker room, the entire length of the bar is crusted with intransigent barrow-boys hell-bent on using their beer-bloated frames to prevent you from getting near enough to order, and the bar staff were happy to serve a Doom Bar that had gone so bad even Oliver Reed would have sent back. The decor put me in mind of an early 1980's working man's club in an abandoned pit town, only without the cheer. Avoid.
xyrion - 18 Jun 2008 10:09
Brilliant, basic boozer.

Never miss a chance to go for a pint there when I'm in London.
Dan137 - 5 Jun 2008 23:28
Have used this pub for many years never any major issues, problem now seems to be loud staff?-loud friends of staff?-loud off duty staff? who seem to use larger bar as their own little club room when it's quieter. So go into the small bar but don't expect to get served too quickly as the staff are usually bonding in larger bar.

If trying it out for the first time go towards the week when there is a good mixture of customer, standards have dropped. All I can say about the gents toilets is don't use the one in the middle unless you want to male bond or you are very very slim
riach - 14 May 2008 00:27
Another one that was visited last weekend. Despite the reviews about lack of atmosphere and being grubby etc, this place still seems to get a thumbs up from the punters. Couldn't fault the lager, and lets face it that's more than half the battle
Wheel154 - 13 May 2008 16:09
A bit of a dive (in a good way), with some decent beer (and not much else, apart from a marked - but welcome - lack or pretension).
rpadam - 17 Apr 2008 23:21
Perennially scruffy boozer under railway arches just outside the front of Waterloo Stn. Trains rattle overhead, causing the place to vibrate however the ales on offer are generally in good nick. Usually 6 or even 7 on offer, with the usual suspects such as GK IPA, Bombardier, Pride Etc represented, but other options, last visit included Dr Okells IPA from the IOM, Sharps Doombar, and Hogs Back TEA.
Always busy as you would expect outside a main station, sports shown on the big screen in the rear bar. Toilets grim.
Maldenman - 15 Mar 2008 09:23
Closed on Saturday night, whats going on?
anonymous - 2 Mar 2008 10:48
Not much in the way of atmosphere. The front bar is OK, but the back bar is positively gloomy with no natural light. Punters here also enjoy regular earthquake effect as trains pass directly overhead. But there are usually 6 real ales on offer, and the Twickenham Original I had was excellent. It also has a decent pinball machine in proper working order, which is becoming something of an endangered species in London. Not the sort of place in which I would want to spend an evening, but OK for a couple of pints and a decent game of pinball. Gets a 7 from me for the excellent ales on offer plus the pinball.
RexRattus - 29 Feb 2008 18:37
This pub is as good a meeting spot as any at Waterloo. Not as packed as the nearby Wellington but from my experience this seems to be just based on the fact that the Wellington is easier found.

Having said that I wouldn't recommend the pub for anything more than a starting point or meeting place as the toilets are pretty awful and it hasn't had a lively atmosphere whenever I've visited.

Good range of beer and spirits though and cheaper than other bars in the immediate area.
Waller - 15 Feb 2008 14:27
Under the arches, traditional pub. Good range of beer including Doom Bar, Tea, Adnams, Greene King IPA and Youngs. Reasonable prices for a pub so close o a mainline station. Some people I was with had food. They were offered a cheese and salad baguette with the conditional added that there was no salad. I am assured that it tasted nice anyway, no surprise as everyone knows that salad actually tastes of nothing. A pungent odour of damps greets one as one walks in. Big screen telly, though not overly obtrusive. Perhaps not a great pub, but are unlikely to find a better traditional style boozer within one hundred yards of the entrance to any other station south of the river. Suggest a Borough crawl starts here...
BitterShurn - 27 Jan 2008 00:24
anonymous - 18 Oct 2007 00:27
This place is truly horrid! Probably why I have been going to it for so long. So much for market forces and that we want all our pubs to be designer gastro chrome and glass! This will probably be the last one of its kind standing. Enjoy.
baggydave - 17 Oct 2007 22:24
Popped in tonight to pass some time during train delays at Waterloo. GK IPA and Abbot, Youngs Ordinary, Hogs Back TEA, Sharp's Doom Bar and Adnams Bitter of which I partook of a reasonable pint. Previous times they have had one or two Twickenham beers but two pumps off tonight. Real ales together with Paulaner Original Munchener and Weisse, Star and Leffe (blonde I assume) make this a place well worth a visit. Revels in its grottiness!
GuideDogSaint - 17 Oct 2007 22:05
It came as a bit of a shock to realise that I have been drinking there for almost 30 years!

It has hardly changed in that time (though I see that the electric heater I installed for them as a temporary measure 25 years ago has now been replaced!)

I still look forward to a visit.

The toilets though really are disgusting. Cleaning the facilities, puting a seat on the WC, and supplying toilet paper cant be that hard! We might even get hot water one day, i believe that it worked in the last century !

Still worth 7/10 despite the toilets.

mikeholt - 6 Sep 2007 18:31
No visit to london is complete without a pint in the hole

I hope this silly smoking ban isnt affecting it
aberjed - 7 Aug 2007 19:40
In agreement with the last 5 or 6 comments, I am a big fan of this place. If you like sanitised, charmless chain pubs then give HITW a wide berth, but you'll struggle to find a decent, old-school 'rough-round-the-edges' boozer serving cheaper beer in the area. My mate's assertion that they're 'the worst oub toilets' he's ever seen may be a little extreme, but I'd have to say that they'd be up there. Then again after a while, who cares? Highly recommended.
man_of_kent - 18 Jul 2007 15:45
I couldn't agree more with rampantwurzel.

This is a proper London boozer. Well kept ale and 'loveable rogue' atmosphere.

I remember coming here after a college field trip and getting smashed when I was 17. When I was at uni I always made a point of coming here for a swift London Pride on my way back from uni.

Anyone who dismisses this pub as a dive knows nothing about the spirit of proper boozers.
fletch - 11 Jul 2007 09:29
The thing is - and as most people have expressed - the Hole in the Wall serves good beer and looks like a delapidated reject from the 1950's when pubs had to be as dark as possible and you weren't allowed to look out of, nor into, the bar area.

Paulaner on draft, a multitiude of other beers to enjoy. Sports on the screen, a chimpanzee eating mash on the wall (in what looks to be a promotional advert for potato from 1973). It's just great that we have these institutions in London where not everything is chain-pub, mass market, full of suits who want to smash beer down their chops while bigging up their 6 figure bonus. I don't want to hang out with these people - I want beer in a seedy environment with a train rolling by......Ignore the smells and grottiness and enjoy an old pub.
rampantwurzel - 20 Jun 2007 16:45
A proper pub in an interesting (if a little noisy) location under the railway arches at Waterloo. Several real ales on handpump. A bit basic in some respects maybe, but you could do a lot worse.
MINTYBOOM - 19 Jun 2007 18:43
Fantastic bar! Fantastic Beer!

Food seems to have gone downhill slightly but it could have been an off day.
DH_PARKY - 21 Mar 2007 15:03
Best pub in the Waterloo area, and so much better than the Wellington around the corner or anything on the station. The front bar is better, if there's room. Always a good range of beers that are well kept.
Bygaspo - 14 Mar 2007 20:20
best pub in the waterloo area, out of the way and a superb haunt for sneaking off from work for a couple of afternoon heart starters. smokey and no frills but the service is good and it shows the sport. it will definatly be used by myself for sneaking off to see the cricket in the next few weeks
westyw9 - 8 Mar 2007 16:30
'Spit & sawdust' pub as others have said. I've been here a few times, on my most recent visit (January) it was very cold inside, kept my jacket on for the duration. The lager & Guinness were both very good to begin with, but then after 2 pints, the lager started coming up very flat. I asked the barman to change one of the flat pints to a different lager, which he did politely, but with the same result: a flat pint with no bubbles. I think the 'gas' had gone & none of the staff seemed to notice/care/know what to do about it. Shame, we were rather enjoying it. We went there for footy, the larger bar has a large flat widescreen TV, pretty good, slightly high up & I prefer projection TVs for watching sport.
razorlaugh - 19 Feb 2007 17:19
A proper pub for proper people that does what it says on the tin. Those of us who remember the halcyon days when pubs were for drinkers ( and not themed identikit places principally serving overpriced poncey foreign food for Piers and Henrietta types ) will love this place.

Well worth missing the odd train or so for.
JohnBonser - 26 Jan 2007 13:36
Really OK place so much nicer than the souless "pubs" on the station itself ....timewarp pun from early 80's....1980's that is !
W980501 - 24 Jan 2007 21:01
The only good place in Waterloo. Not saying much, but it's nice for a quiet pint if you're in the neighbourhood. When I say 'quiet' I mean without loud music. It is under a rather busy railway bridge so it's not actually very quiet, but who am I to complain?
pintofstrongbow - 11 Jan 2007 22:46
If this place was anywhere else than under some railway arches it would be correctly categorised by any sane person as a filthy dump. The standards of hygiene, from beer,to food,toilets,tables,glasses are as low as the standards of customer service;and the customer service makes Aeroflot look good.
But hey, its under some arches: so its full of character because it rumbles when a train passes overhead.Well maybe, but a good pub it is not.
mally - 9 Jan 2007 23:26
Looks like a grotty old boozer - but has a very good selection of beer. Not bad if you want a pint near Waterloo Station.
Crow_Valley - 8 Jan 2007 21:06
Upon entering you have a choice of walking on 40 year old carpet or 40 year old lino. You would never come here for the ambience, and I wouldn't have ventured in had a friend not insisted. But I was very glad I did.

Around 4 or 5 ales were on, Brodside, Bombardier, London Pride and Youngs I think. Broadside very well kept, and the little front room is quite cosy once you get settled and the nice beers makes its way down.

So a surprisingly good bet if you're in the area and well recommended for a pint of ale.
OldRogue - 26 Dec 2006 14:07
Yup - a grubby flea pit of a boozer it is, and it benefits from that. Hasn't changed much over the years, although there are now lots of signs guiding you to it; so let's hope it's not in danger of becoming a parody of itself. Essentially a good place for a few pints before catching that train. Recommend the Battersea Bitter - and by and large the beers are reasonably well kept. Don't bother with the food - they seem to be mostly defrosted instant meals. Was there on a sunday evening and a greasy barman kicked us out early, whining accusingly about the danger of place being descended upon by "the scum o' waterloo" if we didn't leave immediately so he could batten the hatches...
rachaelov - 17 Dec 2006 18:54
A massive improvement on my previous visit, all the handpumps were working and 3 of the 6 we tried were spot-on (although the beer selection was safely mainstream, one special guest would have not been too much to ask).

The toilets were cleaner (though there was a an underlying smell of stale piss) than before.

Still desperately needs a refurb though, the carpet in the front bar is worn down to the threads in places and the paintwork is extremely grubby.

Sort that out and there's a quality pub in the offing.
Quinno - 13 Dec 2006 23:06
It's as if they go out of their way to make this place look bad. I mean really...they've got a framed poster of a chimpanzee drinking beer and eating mash potatoes on the wall for christsake.

This place is a testament to what people will endure for good beer. It's dingy, smoky as hell, has what could be the world's most indifferent jukebox (basically every "Now!" album since the mid-90s), and it looks like they were decorated by Athena.

....but they've got two types of Paulaner on draught and a selection of ales, so it's marginally acceptable in my books.
topdog_andy - 13 Dec 2006 15:02
I used to visit this place thirty years ago. In those days its range of real beers gave it an iconic status among beer lovers. And if you were trying to impress a bird, you'd slink into the 'posh' bar at the front; while a few beers with the boys would see you heading for the roughneck bit at the back.

So, on a recent evening, looking to escape one of the regular bouts of commuting chaos at Waterloo Station, I returned. And oh my goodness...the place was almost identical to thirty years back, preserved in aspic. Beer was decent, and still a reasonably eclectic range. Alas, my taste in pubs has moved on. But if Welfare Club Chic is your thing, you'll love this tatty relic of a glorious past.
norbitonpaul - 17 Nov 2006 09:25
I think they are trying to achieve a 'retro atmospheric vibe' type of thing. Personally I think they are just skimping on the maintenance and cleaning costs. Eeeerrrrrr was my first thought. For practically the first time in my life, I didn't fancy any food.

Its a bit like a grotty student union bar, only not as cheap.

Its not for me.
Miss_Dinner - 2 Nov 2006 16:54
Very small bar in the front so we headed into the back. On cask, I tried the Adnams, a nice twickenham ale, and a tasty offering from Battersea. I found all ales to be in good condition. Atmosphere is funky, they do have a bunch of Shepeards Neame posters as apparently they have this on cask... It was off when we visited and the bartender turned us on to the Twickenham and battersea. Thus the good service rating. Food was average at best. What was amazing was that being under a railway arch, every time a train went over the whole place shook! I'd check it out if you're in the area, and if you don't see anything interesting move along as there are a lot of interesting places within a 15-20 minute walk.

surfadelic23 - 30 Oct 2006 13:05
A rancid flea pit, which had four ales on tonight. The Battersea was well past it's best, and the Adnams Bitter wasn't far behind it.

And as for the toilets - well I may as well have pissed on the floor as it looked and smelt like everyone else had been since opening, and possibly the night before as well. Maybe the drain was linked to the ale pumps?

One point for the novelty value of having trains rumbling over your head. Really, if you think this a good, or even a decent pub, you seriously need to get out more.
Quinno - 29 Oct 2006 00:24
warning - if you go here for a quick pint before catching the train you could end up staying all evening! great choice of beers....a proper pub!
mozzzzzz - 27 Oct 2006 17:24
nice beer but smokey
anonymous - 4 Sep 2006 13:47
Went in last night (21/7) and enjoyed the choice of ales, but it was absolutely boiling in there!!! Mind you, can't be helped in this weather. Nice small bar (didn't visit other bar) and relexing sit down and pint. Lovely Jubbly!
Alexh1982 - 22 Jul 2006 10:20
I've had a couple of birthdays in here. I really like the small front bar. That said have been to see a few footie games in the big back bar. Its pretty scruffy but delivers where it matters. (There was a mouse running about the other night so beware)

I used to be drawn here by proximity to the station and Murphy's stout. Now it s the Battersea Bitter I'm after.

I now live in Waterloo and ironically go there less than when I was a commuter. Its a great asset if you're trains delayed or you're not going to get home in time for last orders.
erik_fuller - 21 Jul 2006 14:46
Been drinking here for over twenty years as there are always good ales in good condition and you can play pinball as well. Yes, it's a grubby sh*thole, but I go for the beer and as the missus hates it, there must be something going for it. Very easy to stay until the last train!
draughtbeer - 17 Jul 2006 19:15
Visited the pub recently with a group of friends. Between us we tried all the Real Ales,7 in all, all of which were spot on, especially the Battersea Bitter.The wine list was pretty good also.
The bar staff are very friendly and the service excellent. We were informed that a new menu had recently been introduced and the friendly Kiwi chef served us excellent meals.
The friendly (Aussie?) manager made sure are meals and drinks were satisfactory, we left very pleased with the evening and will definitely return. A must visit pub,and what seems to be the only original one left in the area.
anonymous - 6 Jul 2006 13:36
I took my missus and she said she wouldn't go again! Bit smelly maybe but has it's own CIU like charm. Fantastic beer and the Battersea Bitter was delightful. I'll be back
mitomighty - 29 May 2006 15:55
Very good product range but for a busy pub not enough staff on so you can wait quite a while to get served but worth visiting.
juzza - 23 Apr 2006 20:02
Unique place, with friendly staff and a good selection on offer. Has Leffe and Hoegaarden (I myself am not an Ale drinker, so I won't comment on those).

The back room is a bit odd, has a disjointed feel to it compared to the front bar, and can feel a bit "youth centre". The toilets aren't great, but if you ignore them (and its easy to do so), the experience is good.

What with the overhead train line, you won't find too many pubs like this one. A good atmosphere and a nice relaxed place. Go there!
teedoubleyou - 10 Apr 2006 12:09
Given the mixed recommendations/criticisms given on this site, I decided I would make a visit. I was a bit taken aback at first - it is, as someone has already noted, a slightly odd place, but I guess that's part of the so-called charm. The staff were friendly enough, and the selection of ales was pretty good. My only gripe with the place, and it's a serious one, is that the ale was not as well kept as I was led to believe. I tried several different pints, and only the Battersea Bitter tasted as it should (or maybe it didn't, it was my 6th). Perhaps I was in there on a bad day, but that shouldn't be an excuse. It's perfectly passable as a stop-off before heading somewhere else, but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink here.
womble54321 - 28 Feb 2006 17:34
one of thos places that you will always find someone who knows it. Took my ex-wife there once thirty years ago - I liked it she did not - hence now ex......... Greta range of ale. Good place to meet before Southbank - or even good place todepart from waterloo from after southbank - cheaper than Southbank too
plumbpudding - 28 Jan 2006 17:13
thought it was dingy, not a place to take the missus (unless you don't like your missus that is)
oliver_penney - 11 Jan 2006 10:55
A classic case of the 'emperor's clothes' seems to apply to this pub : everybody seems to be dazzled by it's undoubted quirkiness into believing that the beer is great. Well it is not, poorly kept and flogged to the last rancid centilitre. They were serving the dregs of the Battersea on Friday afternoon according to my two unfortunate friends. they won't be back & neither will I, the place is a disgrace.
PS While you are waiting for the sloppy service you can watch the odd mouse zipping from kitchen area to bar. Mmmmm
mally - 12 Dec 2005 23:22
A welcome oasis in a swamp of theme bars and lost tourists : 6 ales on tap, though two are from Adnams and I think Youngs Bitter was on too. Didnt see the alleged Battersea Ale, though, on the whole this pub is a good meet up for a couple, before moving to somewhere a bit more youthful. Yes, the constant train noise from above makes this a unique boozin`experience.
darloexile - 11 Dec 2005 12:29
Good range of ales, most of them in good nick. Bit of an experience, generally worth a visit. Seriously mardy landlord when I was there last who virtually through us out on the dot of closing.
deho - 1 Dec 2005 16:06
The noice which goes on like every 30 seconds makes this place off-putting. The bridge overhead that is. They do serve decent ales at least. Weird decorations however, only handy as its close to the station and is probably slightly better than the bars located in the station.. (Havent tried them, so cant be sure)
aleman - 27 Nov 2005 01:44
A bit of a weird place. Walls are decorated with sick-as-hell cartoons by an artist known as Glen Baxter, and there's a mirror to remind you the name of the pub. Seems like a lot of people come here for a drink after work.

Very good for beer, with a wide selection of real ales, including the Young's beers and London Pride, all more-than-drinkable beers. A few I've never heard of, which is all the more reason to try them!

If nothing else, stop here for a pint. You won't regret the experience, esecially if you're an ale fan.

Will2 - 26 Nov 2005 20:04
This is the stuff of legend, no matter where you are in the world somebody knows this pub. I've only used it for 30 years so i am a mere novice.

a seedy but great british institution
aberjed - 4 Nov 2005 16:49
Proper no frills pub for proper people- it does what it says on the tin
I love it to bits and I suspect you will too. The Adnams Broadside is recommended
JohnBonser - 24 Oct 2005 12:59
My fave and i'm a girly ... good priced wine, fab chunky chips and mayo, good mix of punters, and a great team of bar staff who make you feel thoroughly part of the fixtures and fittings. Can't comment on the beer because I can't drink it!
vixen - 20 Oct 2005 13:28
Now this is one top little juicer. Looks like it'd be about on a par with Coopers in the station from the outside but be brave and go in and it's a great place. Trains rumbling overhead, great selection of decent ales (Adnams especially good) - and no b*gger seems to know it's there so it's never too packed. One criticism would be of the tosser (male) student bar staff - regulation food stained t shirts and bum fluff does not make you look cool kids so leave the attitude outside eh? Being served by schoolchildren aside, HitW = thumbs up.
MrLash - 13 Oct 2005 14:13
Yes, its grim. No, there aren't any frills. Yes, the people are a strange mix. But does every London pub have to be a chrome edged presentation case for the 'beautiful people'? I don't think so. I really like this place and when I can convince my mates to go into it we enjoy a good selection of beers in a no nonsense boozer. Great stuff.
Beermeup - 20 Sep 2005 13:10
Nice little pub, which seems to be exactly the way it was 20 years ago. This is a good thing.
hotrods - 23 Aug 2005 14:49
Ideal if you want to get away from All Bar One type blandness (and like listening to trains thundering overhead).
pubcollector - 3 Aug 2005 22:11
Obscured by the vast Waterloo station, this is indeed a charming find. An old style boozer with a great atmosphere, two bars, and a tiny bog. Not the place to bring your stilletoed girlfriend, however. It's a friendly, and sociable place, which belies it's slightly forbidding appearance. Think Charles Dickens and you'll get an idea of it's Victorian ambience.
cider_murray - 24 Jul 2005 00:12
Nice little pub with good beers on tap. Didn't have any food but looks quite a good menu there for your typical pub grub. Toilets are a bit primative are the only downside. Located underneath railway arches out side Waterloo. How many pubs can say they get trains thundering over them???
wezmiester - 15 Apr 2005 21:00
Decor tired and grotty. Smoky atmosphere. Barman particularly unfriendly on last visit, refusing to give us a tester of a guest beer. The Wellington and the Fire Station are both loads better than this place.
oneoverthe8 - 7 Apr 2005 20:16
From the previous comments I was expecting something slightly different to the pub I actually walked into? Breathing was somewhat difficult given the clouds of cigarette smoke (which given my smoker status is saying something!) Toilets were grim - nice damp floor in the mens. Decor is somewhat tired. HOWEVER, this place appears to have something that many other places (especially in this area)
don't have - it seems to be a genuine local pub with all the good connotations that has. So given that, it probably beats an afternoon at All Bar One - unless of course you have the wife with you.
Phil_B - 29 Mar 2005 16:01
Character pub verging on Dickesian seediness. Very handy for Waterloo railway. Wide range of real ales;in fact too many because the quality varies from great to undrinkable depending on how long it has been sitting there. Not a great pub for decent beer.
mally - 25 Mar 2005 12:37
This truly was a great find. Discovered when tired and hungry with aching feet after the rugby parade and got a warm welcome, a cold beer and a very cheap (especially given the location) filling, traditional English meal. Always worth a stop off after a day wandering round town when your feet ache so much you don't think you can quite make it to Waterloo without some refreshment. Well hidden and one of the few open-plan pubs with atmosphere. Pop in for a beer before journeying home.
Cleversaz - 11 Feb 2005 15:32
I absolutely agree, the'Ole is a one off. Nothing much has changed (including some of the customers) in the 25 years I've known it and I suspect little in the 25 years before that.
nickdavies - 3 Feb 2005 10:24
The facade doesn't even begin to hint at the untold pleasures hidden inside. The seating area at the front is incidental. It's not until you get into the bowels of this thing that it really comes alive. Giving a new meaning to the term open plan this pub still manages to feel rather cosey, a result I'm sure of the arched ceiling painted a deeply satisfying terracotta colour. The furniture looks like it's been brought im from a well kept working mans club and yet the feel is almost continental. A true original, ignore all those a give it short shrift. Class.
Good for: First pint after you get off the trian and last before you get back on it.
thenationofjames - 29 Nov 2004 15:29
oasis in chaos of this area,well hidden by buses , beer range varys but excellently kept, always allow an hour extra if traveling to france or the south of england for a couple and a meal here.
stevs - 19 Nov 2004 09:00
Dark and dingy but still quite good. The food is OK and cheap too and there always a wide selection of well kept beers on. One of my favourites for watching football or rugby.
Brian - 25 Oct 2004 18:01
Beer range varies for real ale drinkers. I was able to pick up a beer from the nearby Battersea Brewery. Always worth a stop by just to see what they have got on.
Simon - 15 Sep 2004 08:45
Complete dump inside but don't let that put you off. Worth going in alone for the novelty of having trains going over your head as you have a drink.
Jack Knight - 24 Aug 2004 17:34
discovered this pub by chance when looking for a pub to spend an hour or so in before getting the train . was determined to find a proper pub in this area of corporate offices and luxury flats, was relieved to find this place ( is well hidden ) . is a proper pub which caters for the few indigenous locals left in this re-developed area which is mostly modern offices and few homes . most homes that there are are luxury flats for transient yuppies . the interior isn't beautiful, not at all, but the atmosphere was right . no ponciness, no pretensions, just a local boozer .
dan - 11 Aug 2004 12:42
Good selection of beers on usually and a great pinball table (which is really rare these days). Food is pretty good. All in all better than anything at waterloo QED great place to wait for a train!
Tom - 9 Jul 2004 17:15
Quite a good pub, busy enough and friendly, plus with it being quite hidden tends to have a regular crowd. Not brilliant, but worth a visit and so much better than the pubs in Waterloo Station
Craig - 2 Apr 2004 16:25
Handy pub for metting up with people on an evening.
Food is good - but not been any on the last few times I've been.
Good mix of guest bitters, along with the usual regulars.

Grynster - 5 Mar 2004 17:36
Didn't like it the first time I went, which was a while back, but had a couple here after seeing Ivor Cutler and sat in the back. It's big, dark, scruffy and undeground. I liked it.
MrScott - 23 Feb 2004 12:51
This is a pub? No, really? it's more like a garage with a row of optics and a couple of taps. And although the beer was of reasonable standard the whole atmosphere was one of depression without end.

Can't see myself going back for second helpings.
Rob - 12 Dec 2003 13:56
Food not too bad and great range of real ales. Staff friendly and smart especially Kev (the manager) who is also quite cute. Can relax and unwind and the occassional overhead train soon becomes a hum in the background.
Amy - 8 Dec 2003 10:35
Great place to meet when in Waterloo best in the back room. Seen a few trannies in there. Good for a few beers not all night though
anonymous - 29 Oct 2003 15:28
A great pub. Honestly can't count how many trains i've missed siting there looked at the watch and went god! so i went for another beer instead! the staff are easy going and it'd not all bottled beers. not too posh. hey I see the simple minds fans are here tonight. we won't forget about yous!
Edward Hatcheck - 8 Oct 2003 22:57
Least we all got noticed, put this pub on the map...Right when r we coming again...Alive & Kicking
Kingsley - 8 Oct 2003 19:00
a great little pub- just ideal for"annoying idiots singing Simple Minds songs," yep i was one of those "nerds" lol

we KNOW how to have a lafff;o))

cj - 8 Oct 2003 17:47
I first started frequenting the Hole in the Wall nearly 20 years ago. In those days, it was a proper London drinker. Full of suits early evening, then the average clothing type changed to jeans later on. Used to have a really good juke box. The barstaff were ALL Irish, and a great laugh. Excellent pint of Murphys to be had, and of course the mighty Hacker Pschoor. Have revisited a couple of times in the last year or so, and the place has been given a lick of paint, and some carpet in the back bar - extraordinary! There's also been the addition of a Sky enabled big screen, but the Irish staff have sadly moved on.
I still rate the place though - it still freaks me out when a train goes over, and your pint gets ripples in it on the bar!

James - 18 Aug 2003 14:45
Hacker (Pschorr) sprlling iffy is a proper German Lager definitely not Wheat! 6.5% and only £2.85. It does taste good, shame that the Irish landlord (Chris?) and his ady have left. A good 7
Tim Ca - 2 Aug 2003 10:56
Good for a beer if you can't quite face the Journey home.

Mike - 12 Jun 2003 11:36
A great little pub, oh the memories of a media studies trip to IMAX back in the day. Does London Pride which can only be a good thing AND it's right next to the train station!
Fletch - 6 Jun 2003 19:24
Me & a mate were asked to sling our hooks for taking back a bad pint in 1991!
lad_newton - 28 May 2003 15:42
Always has been a bit of a dive - staff seem better than they used to be, though, and it's a decent place to meet people from Waterloo.
Darryl - 5 May 2003 23:57
Does possibly the best pub food ever.
phil - 17 Apr 2003 12:53
A great pub. Friendly staff, really good choice of well kept beers, good grub and a completely unpretentious atmosphere.

Just don't drink the Hacker or Wieckse Witte on a school night :)
mike - 12 Apr 2003 20:36
Hi, Last time I was there in October it was full of annoying idiots singing Simple Minds songs, but it's still a great place when nerds like them aren't there. I love the colours, great use of terracotta and green. and terrific lighting and food.. Grteat situation for the station of course lol!. Well done folks.
M.J Riker - 8 Mar 2003 03:16
Damn you and your guest beers!
phil - 14 Feb 2003 16:07
Good range of ales. Pub looks tiny from the front until you get in and see the back room. Pinball was a mini sized Star Wars when we visited on Sun 2nd Feb.
Owen - 3 Feb 2003 13:18
I've been waiting for over 20 years for a train to come through the roof but have yet to be rewarded for my persistence. Excellent range of ales and a good post-match meeting place for footy fans heading South and West
johnkn7 - 28 Jan 2003 16:58
Fantastic pub, if you ignore the front room. Back room has more lagers than you could shake a stick at and last time we were there at least 2 guests, including the 7% Hacker(?) which was borderline full-on wheat beer, and was utterly gorgeous. One of my favourite pubs for reasons I can't quite describe, probably the lack of natural daylight and the periodic rumblings of trains heading to & from Charing Cross station. And a pinball machine too. Love it.
dsf - 6 Jan 2003 15:31
Great for real ale lovers - normally at least 6 choices. Large screen, poor quality TV showing sport attracts the local football loving crowd prior to travelling to London matches vis Waterloo. Also popular with train drivers. Quieter, and boring, front lounge bar.
Barry N Evans - 24 Dec 2002 13:03
The food's not too bad - The barman took the piss when we bought halves during our 19-pub crawl....
Phil - [email protected] - 19 Jul 2002 14:10

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