The London pub is an icon which had sadly lost its way in recent years, but thankfully there are still pubs like The Kings Arms to show what a joyous place the pub can be.
First of all, the setting is amazing!
Roupell Street is an immaculate Georgian terrace behind Waterloo East station. The architecture is like a film setting, and if you come via Waterloo Road or The Cut, the transformation from those busy roads is wonderful. It’s quaint and charming and, thankfully, the pub itself lives up to its surroundings.
There are nine real ale hand pumps and they hold a whole host of guest ales, quite a few of which are locally sourced. The Guinness is also very good.
Did I mention the real roaring fires that are perfect for the winter weather?
It’s cosy. It’s pretty. It’s busy, in fact it can be cramped, but, it’s easily one of the best pubs in the area (not just in the area). As it is well-known it’s always bustling but because it is so close to a major station the turnover of people is quick, so you will get a seat if you are patient. Oh, and, there is another reason to be patient – the food.
Six days a week The Kings Arms serve up really excellent Thai food. I can happily vouch for the Pad Thai washed down with a pint of IPA. On Sunday that changes and they serve up the traditional Sunday Roast.