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Arch One Bar and Grill, Waterloo - pub details

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Address: 1 Mepham Street, London, SE1 8RL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 27007) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Waterloo (0.1 miles), Lambeth North (0.4 miles), Southwark (0.4 miles)

Nearest train stations London Waterloo (0.1 miles), London Waterloo East (0.2 miles), London Charing Cross (0.6 miles)

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> Current user rating: 3.7/10 (rated by 17 users)
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user reviews of Arch One Bar and Grill, Waterloo

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Do not go here unless you are truly desperate, or really are a bottom feeder with no sense of taste.

Used to go here on a fairly regularly basis for dinner and drinks before catching a train home. Being so close to the station, it is convenient for a late night (early morning?) drink.
Food here used to be quite good actually. Sadly the ex protege of Gordon Ramsey does not manage the kitchen any more (although they would love you to believe differently) and the food is now average at best. Keep that in mind if they still go on about about having a great chef.
Last time I visited I ordered lamb chops to eat. Tough as old boots and literally inedible. Sent it back and got a burger. Burgers here used to be good. Not anymore. Go to Burger King instead. No exaggeration. Food= fail.

Beer on tap is Becks or Staropramen. What a Choice! Way too expensive as well. So fails as a pub. Cocktails are average and expensive. Music is way way too loud. Is this a bar, nightclub, restaurant or what?

Worst of all is service. The most disgustingly rude staff you will ever meet in your life. Manager doesnt know how to manage (one manager in particular I should say) and wait staff look like they are working in a mortuary. Door staff who come in the scene at night are thugs in (cheap) suits.

Arch One tries to be a jack of all trades and fails even at that. Really cant recommend it for anything, especially when there are so many bars/restaurants on the Southbank.

bassmanx - 12 Jan 2011 03:30
Easily the worst pub in London, and certainly the least welcoming.

A glorified waiting room for people hanging around to catch a train from Waterloo, Arch One Bar & Grill is full of baying city boys, ditzy office girls and lost souls with nowhere else to go until their train home pulls in.

Incredibly rude men in cheap suits on the door and clumsy floor staff make this noisy, cramped bar unbearable, and the sort of pub only worth visiting if you're genuinely desperate.
Dr_Blackthorn - 7 Jul 2010 12:21
I booked a work xmas meal here (Dec '09) for 30 people and had a great time.
They were really helpful in booking and I didn't have to preorder food which was a blessing!

Food was average, melba toast not crispy, brussel sprouts rock hard, chocolate pudding a bit over cooked, but nobody really cared as the booze was flowing and the service was good (waitresses nicer than the bar staff by far!).

Music was too loud which we did ask to be turned down (it wasn't very busy at this point - 11pm) and our request was ignored which is why we left.

Overall a fun night but they need to up their game with the food, smile and listen to the customers!
Emi2786 - 10 Dec 2009 11:08
Terrible bar, piss-poor Becks on offer at high prices. Music too loud to talk. Only worth going into when you're gagging for a last drink before the train at 4am.

This place could be so much better.
jrhgreenwich - 24 Feb 2009 07:39
I would never go here as a destination pub, but it's handy for a quick drink before the 0042 train to Kingston, mainly because it's the only pub near the station still open at that time. The music is far far too loud, although getting served quickly has never been a problem and I usually get a friendly nod from the female doorstaff on my way in. It can be quite nice sitting outside late at night when the weather is nice, especially if you want to have a conversation (avoiding the loooooud music).
kingston_toon - 11 Jun 2007 11:20

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