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Waterloo Tap (Bloomsbury Leisure Group)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Siren Craft - Suspended in MagicExceptional1
Five Points - Baltic PorterExceptional1
Pig & Porter - Smash the ViolinsExcellent1
Moor - Destination FExcellent1
Gun - Project Babylon Pale AleExcellent1
Five Points - Hybrid DIPAExcellent1
Hammerton - CrunchExcellent1
Pressure Drop - Quebec Syrup Heist Excellent1
Hammerton - N7Excellent1
Redchurch - On Skins Blueberry Excellent1
Moor - StoutExcellent1
Redemption - Victorian Mild (collaboration with The Kernel)Excellent1
Shiny - CodebreakerExcellent1
Moor - Nor'HopExcellent1
Kernel - India Pale Ale – Centennial, Endeavour, Zeus, Vic Secret Excellent1
Harvey's - Wharf IPAExcellent1
Kernel - India Pale Ale - Mosaic Citra Amarillo Excellent1
Firestone Walker - Easy Jack IPAGood1
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Speak Easy IPAGood1
Adnams - Arabella SBGood1
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown AleGood1
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Lady LibertyGood1
Adnams - FreewheelAcceptable1
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Half Mast QIPANot Tried0
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
Redemption - Big ChiefNot Tried0
Vocation - Heart & SoulNot Tried0
Kent - Twelfth NightNot Tried0
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingNot Tried0
Adnams - Mosaic Pale AleNot Tried0
Gun - Parabellum Milk StoutNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterNot Tried0
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Dark MatterNot Tried0
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Paradigm ShiftNot Tried0
Hammerton - N1Not Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Five Points - XPANot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Dance FirstNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - All the Small ThingsNot Tried0
Picture 1. Waterloo Tap, Waterloo, Central London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

20 Aug 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. I really do like the pub's Arcoroc pint and half pint straight glasses with rounded bases. Good to see Turners Russet 8% cider on one of the 6 cask taps.
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown Ale4.80Good
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Dance First4.20Not Tried
Pig & Porter - All the Small Things3.70Not Tried
24 Jul 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit at the peak time for customers.
Moor - Destination F5.60ExcellentA cloudy, golden Wheat Beer with a lemony edge.
Adnams - Freewheel3.60AcceptableLightweight Golden Ale with fruity hop flavours not well developed.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Not Tried
Five Points - XPA4.00Not Tried
08 Jul 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening visit after a day trip to Hastings. Pub very quiet at this time on a Sunday.
Hammerton - N75.20ExcellentStrong and full-bodied.
Moor - Stout5.00ExcellentA great Stout. Dry and hoppy, with a touch of fruit.
Kernel - India Pale Ale – Centennial, Endeavour, Zeus, Vic Secret 6.80ExcellentFrom key-keg. The Kernel are still the masters of this kind of thing.
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Hammerton - N14.10Not Tried
11 Jun 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening after work. The new ‘garden’ area at the rear is proving popular tonight.
Siren Craft - Suspended in Magic4.00ExceptionalA cloudy yellow colour. Fab. Ekuanot, Mosaic, Mandarina and Simcoe hops. Lovely.
Harvey's - Wharf IPA4.80ExcellentA very nice addition to Harvey’s cask range. Amber/gold in colour. A nice balance of spicy and citrus hop flavours.
Firestone Walker - Easy Jack IPA4.50GoodA yank import on keg, and it is a bit too fizzy as a consequence. Has all the expected West Coast hop flavours but at a sensible strength.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Dark Matter4.40Not Tried
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Paradigm Shift4.20Not Tried
22 May 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Some increasingly bizarre prices for some of the keg beers.
Redemption - Victorian Mild (collaboration with The Kernel)6.00ExcellentSuperb condition, a chewy meal
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Gun - Parabellum Milk Stout4.10Not Tried
Gun - Project Babylon Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Lady Liberty4.80Not Tried
08 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening although seemingly after peak crowd tonight. Pleased to catch up at last with some of the Five Points Brewery anniversary special beers.
Five Points - Baltic Porter8.40ExceptionalFrom key-keg and exceptionally good. Almost black in colour, Strong. Quite dry, but with an almost creamy mouthfeel. Coffee and nuts.
Five Points - Hybrid DIPA8.70ExcellentFrom key-keg. Obviously strong. Hazy amber in colour. Bags of hops and a hint of brett I thought – it is after all a collaboration with Wild Beer.
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Speak Easy IPA4.60GoodGolden. A very dry IPA.
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Not Tried
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Hammerton - N75.20Not Tried
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster Stout5.30Not Tried
01 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Busy here, as always. Good to meet up with Colin G and to meet Charlie from Hop Locker.
Hammerton - Crunch5.40ExcellentA black, peanut-butter Milk Stout. I’ve been looking out for this and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Shiny - Codebreaker6.70ExcellentA fruity IPA style, with hints of spicy Belgian yeast.
Kernel - India Pale Ale - Mosaic Citra Amarillo 7.00ExcellentFrom key-keg, a superb IPA featuring three of the best hop varieties around.
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Lady Liberty4.80GoodA golden, fruity APA.
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
05 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and rammed, although the crowding did begin to ease.
Pig & Porter - Smash the Violins4.50ExcellentA golden APA.
Adnams - Arabella SB4.50GoodAmber in colour, brewed with East Anglian malt and US east coast hops. Quite soft.
Kent - Twelfth Night7.40Not Tried
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster Stout5.30Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00Not Tried
12 Jul 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11pm close. Barman said it had been the busiest Wednesday for yonks. Unnecessary tinny music meant people were unfortunately raising their voices to speak.
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Excellent
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Not Tried
Vocation - Heart & Soul4.40Not Tried
10 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening after work.
Gun - Project Babylon Pale Ale4.60ExcellentA golden APA. Full-bodied and fruity (peaches and lychees). Dry finish.
Pressure Drop - Quebec Syrup Heist 6.20ExcellentFrom key-keg. Dark brown in colour – a very rich Brown Ale. Has a maple/Demerara sugar sweetness but also a dry finish. Bitter. Complex.
Redchurch - On Skins Blueberry 6.00ExcellentFrom keg or key-keg. A cloudy orange colour. Yummy. Sour. Lots of blueberry.
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Not Tried
Siren Craft - Half Mast QIPA2.80Not Tried

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About the Waterloo Tap

The pub sign. Waterloo Tap, Waterloo, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Waterloo, Central London, SE1 7ES.

A quite small modern bar in Sutton Walk in railway arch 147 on the line to Charing Cross, near Waterloo railway station, which opened on 18th March 2016. There is an extensive selection of 6 cask and 20 keg beers (although there are 22 keg taps) all dispensed from taps mounted on the copper bar back. All cask and keg beers are listed with name, abv and price on a blackboard above the bar back. The cellar and storage is in a structure in an adjoining arch. Handy for BFI IMAX and the Royal Festival Hall.

We have visited this pub 40 times, seen 135 different beers and tried 70 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 7ES