Hole in the Wall
Address: 5 Mepham St, London, SE1 8SQ
Telephone: 20 7928 6196
Famous, perhaps legendary, free house under the railway arches at Waterloo Station. There is no way that you’d ever consider this an attractive pub, but it serves its function as a station bar better than some – and certainly better than the Wellesley on the concourse at Waterloo station.
In through the front door of the Hole in the Wall and to the left is the cosy front bar. The seats are upholstered – not something you get in the larger and more spartan back bar. The domed ceiling vibrates and roars with every train that passes overhead on its way into or out of Charing Cross.
There are 8 handpumps on the bar with a mainly mainstream selection of real ales and 1 real cider. The list on my last visit was:
- Grene King – Abbot
- Grene King – Speckled Hen
- Ringwood – Best
- Young’s – Best (Ordinary)
- Hog’s Back – T.E.A.
- Sharp’s – Doom Bar
- Adnams – Bitter
- Bounds – Scrumpy Cider
Unfortunately, the delicious Pure Gold from Purity seems to have disappeaed for good now. The beer quality was average in my view, but the pub is in the Good Beer Guide so someone thinks they’re getting it right. The Hole in the Wall had some history as one of the ‘must visit’ real ale pubs in the 1980s. Unlike some others at that time the beer quality at the Hole was always good.
Food is available but I’ve not eaten here for many years. The meals look good though.
Some might think the music a bit intrusive, but I always like a britpop soundtrack.
Last visited: July 2010
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