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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
Hammerton - N7Excellent1
Kernel - Pale Ale - Green BulletExcellent1
Five Points - PaleExcellent1
Acorn - Old Moor PorterExcellent1
Moor - StoutExcellent1
Siren Craft - YuluExcellent1
Pressure Drop - Street PorterExcellent1
Kernel - India Pale Ale – Centennial, Endeavour, Zeus, Vic Secret Excellent1
Harvey's - Wharf IPAExcellent1
Fuller's - Steam Effort (Fuller's & Friends collaboration with Redemption) Excellent1
Five Points - Railway PorterExcellent1
Moor - Destination FExcellent1
Holler (formerly Holler Boys) - Bro-PeepExcellent1
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast StoutExcellent1
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown AleExcellent2
Adnams - Mosaic Pale AleGood1
Firestone Walker - Easy Jack IPAGood1
Moor - PMA (Pale Modern Ale)Good1
Adnams - FreewheelAcceptable1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterNot Tried0
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Dark MatterNot Tried0
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Paradigm ShiftNot Tried0
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
Hammerton - N1Not Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Moor - Nor'HopNot Tried0
Five Points - XPANot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Dance FirstNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - All the Small ThingsNot Tried0
Holler (formerly Holler Boys) - Cheat ModeNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Slave to the MoneyNot Tried0
Holler (formerly Holler Boys) - Um-BunkoNot Tried0
Acorn - Barnsley GoldNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Yu LuNot Tried0
Five Points - Brick Field BrownNot Tried0
Five Points - Hook Island RedNot Tried0
Hobsons - Champion MildNot Tried0
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Not Tried0
Redemption - Rock the KazbekNot Tried0
Redemption - Red IPANot Tried0
Moor - RawNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - NovaNot Tried0
Picture 1. Waterloo Tap, Waterloo, Central London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

02 Mar 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening on a Saturday and the pub is busy with tourists rather than the commuter crowds I am used to here.
Holler (formerly Holler Boys) - Bro-Peep4.20ExcellentA tasty rye beer.
Kernel - Pale Ale - Green Bullet5.20ExcellentFrom keg dispense. Another superb single-hopper from the Kernel.
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Not Tried
Moor - Raw4.30Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Nova3.80Not Tried
Moor - Stout5.00Not Tried
02 Feb 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Mid evening not as busy as our last visit pre Christmas, we shared a table at the rear of the pub with a chap watching the rugby on his phone.
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10GoodLacking its usual punchiness
Moor - PMA (Pale Modern Ale)5.30GoodTropical fruits with a resinous yeasty aftertaste
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Redemption - Rock the Kazbek4.00Not Tried
Redemption - Red IPA5.00Not TriedA collaboration brew with the Queen's Head - alas I failed in my P&B duties to investigate the provenance of the latter..
08 Dec 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon to mid evening very busy with many folk coming and going, we waitied patiently supping at the bar until a table became available. Once seated we stayed far longer than planned chatting to fellow beer enthusiasts this place attracts.
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout6.50ExcellentI fancied a pint of tarmac after all that tropical citrus so teased by a taster I had a pint 'for the road'. Bitter coffee, toasted grains and brown sugar with a creamy smooth texture - nice!
Five Points - Pale4.40ExcellentCitrus malty and grainy with a dry bitter finish
Siren Craft - Yulu3.60ExcellentAnother light refreshing zesty beer ticked all my boxes thus alternated between the two
Five Points - Hook Island Red6.00Not Tried
Hobsons - Champion Mild3.20Not Tried
15 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentGood in every way
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40Not Tried
Five Points - XPA4.00Not Tried
Siren Craft - Yu Lu3.60Not Tried
Holler (formerly Holler Boys) - Cheat Mode3.80Not Tried
17 Sep 2018 (Stephen Harris)
During the early evening rush.
Acorn - Old Moor Porter4.40ExcellentA proper, black Porter. Really good chocolate, fruit and hop flavours.
Pressure Drop - Street Porter4.50ExcellentFrom key-keg and nowadays brewed to 6.5%. Pretty fine.
Fuller's - Steam Effort (Fuller's & Friends collaboration with Redemption) 4.50ExcellentSeemingly now brewed at Fullers rather than at Redemption. Clear gold in colour. This has a full, almost creamy mouthfeel coupled with bitter hop flavours. Very nice.
Acorn - Barnsley Gold4.30Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Siren Craft - Yu Lu3.60Not Tried
28 Aug 2018 (Stephen Harris)
A busy and noisy early evening session in here.
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown Ale4.80ExcellentA proper Brown Ale.
Five Points - XPA4.00Not Tried
Holler (formerly Holler Boys) - Cheat Mode3.80Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Slave to the Money4.10Not Tried
Holler (formerly Holler Boys) - Um-Bunko4.20Not Tried
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

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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 36 times, seen 126 different beers and tried 67 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 7ES