Address: 25 Roupell Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8TB
Telephone: 020 7207 0784
Deceptively large backstreet pub close to Waterloo mainline and tube stations and Southwark tube station. The Kings Arms sits in an attractive terrace street and its appearance is completely in keeping with the adjacent houses.
Once through the front door you initially appear to be in a cosy two-roomed pub laid out around a central bar. Walk further back through the pub though and you find yourself in a larger back room with many more tables. There’s even a garden out at the back. The surprising different areas reminded me of my first visit to the Water Poet near Liverpool Street station.
There are hand pumps serving different beers on both faces of the bar so it can be hard to build up a true picture of the wide selection of real ales available. A few Marston’s choices are present including Jennings Cumberland and a superb Banks’s Mild on a previous visit. I’ve heard that Dark Star beers are a favourite here and I can see why as the quality of the Hophead would rival that of the Harp just over the river in Charing Cross.
Food is available at lunchtimes and in the evenings but I’ve not eaten here.
The Kings Arms effortlessly moves into the ‘Best pub in Waterloo’ slot. And it’s conveniently close to the stations as well. How did I ever miss it before?
Last visited: January 2017
Good Beer, Good Pubs rating:
Other Pubs in the Waterloo Area
Like to Subscribe?
If you'd like to receive email updates from Good Beer, Good Pubs whenever a new post or review is published then head over to the Subscribe page. Just enter your email address and it'll all be taken care of. We will not use your email address for anything else without your permission.