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Camel & Artichoke, Waterloo

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Perfectly pleasant if you're in the area, but not really a destination pub. As an update to the below, they now sell Doom and Hobgoblin.
Foghorn1 - 2 Feb 2013 16:31
If you enjoy no choice in ales apart from awful Greene King
Pubs that have lost any traditional features
Large screens
Patio heaters warming the amosphere

This is the place fopr you.

I could forgive the second and third, but Greene King really is the beer of the devil.
baggydave - 3 Feb 2012 14:33
Nice pub, but nothing more than that. Only stocks Greene King ale - either IPA, Old Speckled Hen etc. When I asked the barman why only Greene King ales he replied: "Because we sell a lot of them"..... Genius response.

Nice atmosphere and as I say nice pub. Would not make a special trip to it but if in the area and fancied a lager then it would do.
JW1 - 4 Apr 2011 13:50
Nice place with reasonable food - no problems after drinking there!
jayredway - 11 Mar 2011 10:36
Serious problems. After several visits colleagues and friends have repeatedly had stomach pains and headaches the next day from drinking the lager and some ales/ciders. The belief is generally that this place does not rinse its pipes properly after cleaning.

Dazzerman - 10 Jan 2011 21:52
Nice pub, nice upstairs but you have to be a private party to get up there which we did
JimmyNZ - 9 Oct 2010 20:55
A fairly unremarkable boozer on bohemian Lower Marsh, this place had GK IPA and Abbot on cask as well as a guest ale that I didn't recognise. A friend and I chose here to try and avoid the office Christmas party stragglers, although there was a private function going on which made the upstairs bar off limits. It was fine really, though with its limited selection of ales I can't see it becoming a regular spot.
ChrisP87 - 16 Dec 2009 20:02
The Cameltoe and Fartachoke rox da hizzy. Beer garden in back for multiple chokes and all the nobberz you can fire back for dinner! Beer is quality, not many carlings better than one from Da Toe..cya there..peace out bishes
lenny_sidebottom - 15 May 2008 13:52
Smart pub with an atmosphere more like a bar than a pub. Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale on tap. I liked the old skool 90s house playing (e.g. "Don't You Want Me" by Felix) but it seemed out of place at 6pm on a Monday evening!
grecian - 30 Apr 2008 10:14
Friendly staff, good food at a reaonable price and wonderfully comfy sofas upstairs where there is no large screen TV. Excellent pub !
Diomedes - 18 Aug 2007 17:44
A lovely pub - staff friendly and accommodating, the upstairs is even nicer now with the refurb, and three shelves of books to read or take away with you - what more can you ask! (Well, the wonderful steak and onion ciabatta served with chips and salad, I suppose!)
There is no screen in the upstairs area, I'm not sure about the downstairs as I always head for the comfy sofas upstairs. I for one prefer my socialising without a telly to distract from the conversation.
WistfulDragon - 17 Aug 2007 20:33
It's now called The Camel and Artichoke. I like it.
Rob2000 - 22 Jan 2007 11:46
Nice pub to take the Mrs. Not a real drinking pub. Friendly staff and good music though.
monkeyjoe3000 - 13 Dec 2006 12:46
Since the new guy has taken this over it has become a pub again, much improved and well worth a visit
clive_london - 13 Nov 2006 16:14
Erm, yeah, they've got a big screen so it's alright for watching football.

About the only positive thing I can say, really. The 'modern' refurb hasn't done it any favours either, a la the Camel in Victoria.
Nicklaus - 1 Aug 2005 17:34
Pretty awful really. A pub that commits the cardinal sin of serving Fosters. Can there be a worse drink than that muck? It must be crammed full of hangover-inducing chemicals. Take a taxi to the Grouse and Claret in Belgravia.
anonymous - 19 Jul 2005 16:18
Adequate facilities for an antipodean sportsbar, but the staff are barely out of nappies and are rude and totally hopeless. why go here when there are plenty of places on the same street that are much better?
marty71 - 2 Jun 2005 15:33
Went for the Champions League final. Plenty of TV screens showing the game but no sound! Apparently its policy for "soccer" games. Should have gone to RUBY LOUNGE...
jeffcrew - 26 May 2005 17:39
Quite nice for a quiet drink with a few friends.
anonymous - 16 May 2005 13:11
It doesn't really do anything that badly, there's just not much of an atmosphere. It has a bit of a plastic feel to it. Lots of screens though, and certainly not a dive. If you're at a loose end for somewhere to watch the footy this'll do a job but I'd be gutted if I ended up there on a Friday or Saturday night.
joeljenk - 10 Jan 2005 18:41
Wasn't too sure about going to the camel after reading a some bad reviews, however it was a quirky little venue. They had good drink deals, the staff were friendly and the food we had was great. Not the best bar in town, but it had atmosphere, food and beer which are important staples in my diet. I recommend the burger!
susy - 7 Jan 2005 22:17
Not good I'm afraid, staff are at best indifferent and at worst incapable on the subjects of customer service and politeness. Would rather sit with the Tennents Super Gang on Westminster Bridge Road than waste any of my time or money in the Elusive Pony, the only reason this pub got more than a 0/10 is because they do at least (badly)sell beer, credit where credit is due.
SuperJard - 21 Dec 2004 08:35
Worse than useless. Thinks it's a city wine bar with a nice EC1 or WC1 postcode. It's not. It's the Hyancinth Buckett of pubs. Still based in the same street surrounded by the same people, yet with a bit of a polish and a minimalist décor it won't talk to them any more.
I used to drink there a lot, but after the recent refurb and apparent change of management, it's gone down the loo.
Don't go there.
MonkeyMatt - 20 Dec 2004 22:11
Not such a nice place now. Attracts the more aggressive kind of antipodean customer. Stick to bottles!
Roger - 4 Nov 2004 14:13
A dull bar that is not worth more than a pints worth of your time. Grubby and narrow. Go the Ruby Lounge further down the street or the brilliant cubana just past that
Craig - 2 Apr 2004 16:20
Fantastic little place. Great out in the beer garden in the warmer months and a good atmosphere when most sports are on one of the many screens. Friendly staff always willing to help and great drinks specials especially Tues and Thurs.
Richy - 10 Mar 2004 21:37
Looks good from the outside but is rubbish. Staff are rude and proces not the best. Horrible antipodean chain.
Martin - 2 Mar 2004 16:00
gets too busy after work and is impossible to find a seat.
dean - 20 Jan 2004 16:57
It all went downhill when the girls from Cookie left for bigger and better things!
John - 11 Nov 2003 17:39
A right dive, over priced no atmosphere. Worst bar on the street, keep walking past and head for the RUBY LOUNGE.
rich - 8 Jul 2003 14:23
OK beer garden
friendly service
nice for a quick beer after work
Mike - 15 May 2003 10:38
over priced, good place for the under 12s the drink bottle beer, once was a great pub but now they have killed it
jake - 30 Apr 2003 17:39
Had amazing re-furb since this photo. Busiest bar in street, friendly staff, great music, excellent drink specials. Always a crowd for sporting events as has great screens for viewing!! All round thumbs up! 9/10
Shelb's - 17 Oct 2002 15:37
Pool table no longer there. Not the same
Guy - 16 Jul 2002 17:49

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