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The Hole in the Wall (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hogs Back - T.E.A.Excellent2
Oxfordshire Ales - Pride of OxfordExcellent1
Purity - Pure GoldGood1
G2 - CruxGood1
Triple fff - Comfortably NumbAcceptable1
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)Acceptable1
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Southwark - Harvard APANot Tried0
Sambrook's - Watneys Pale AleNot Tried0
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Sambrook's - Watneys Ray of SunshineNot Tried0
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Banks's - Banks's (aka Original)Not Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)Not Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London GoldNot Tried0
Cottage - GoldrushNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - GB Growler BitterNot Tried0
Triple fff - Rock Lobster (has previously been 4% & 4.5%)Not Tried0
Sambrook's - WandleNot Tried0
Cottage - PacificNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Hole in the Wall, Waterloo, Central London

Visits Details

22 May 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Long wait for service with only one barman serving both bars.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Good
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Southwark - Harvard APA5.50Not Tried
Sambrook's - Watneys Pale Ale4.20Not TriedNo true brewing provenance shown
Sambrook's - Watneys Ray of Sunshine3.80Not TriedNo true brewing provenance shown, ran out
04 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Crowded in the main back bar with the Spurs game on TV, so I sat in the little Public Bar at the front which was almost empty. It had a 1980s feel, complete with ripped upholstery.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Triple fff - Comfortably Numb5.00AcceptableAmber-coloured, sweetish, Strong Bitter.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80Not Tried
Cottage - Pacific4.00Not Tried
07 Dec 2015 (ChrisE)
A bus from Old Street to Waterloo Station dropped me in Mepham Street outside this pub so I decided to pop in and use the facilities rather than pay on the station. I had not been in here for a good number of years and not much has changed except for the fact that the bar staff used to normally have Irish accents, now they have Eastern European ones. Good friendly and efficient service.
BeerABVScoreNotes
G2 - Crux4.80GoodIt would be nice if I could find these G2 beers somewhere in Ashford where they are brewed.
Cottage - Goldrush5.00Not Tried
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
Triple fff - Rock Lobster (has previously been 4% & 4.5%)5.00Not Tried
01 Nov 2013 (Stephen Harris)
My first time in here for many a year. During the early evening rush.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70AcceptableA rather substandard pint unfortunately and lacking in taste.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Cottage - Goldrush5.00Not Tried
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)4.50Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - GB Growler Bitter3.90Not Tried
29 Aug 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Always evokes those memories of Ruddles, Arkell's and other stalwarts of the early real ale revolution. At 2300 the call rang out "10 minutes to drink up guys" - quite unnecessary.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oxfordshire Ales - Pride of Oxford4.20ExcellentIn very good nick - a golden ale no less
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Banks's - Banks's (aka Original)3.50Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)4.50Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Gold4.00Not Tried
21 May 2010 (Flying.geordie)
Early lunchtime and only three people in the back bar. Changed little since last in about 30 years ago.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Excellent
08 Nov 2008 (Dubbel)
Bustling on a Saturday evening with Premier League football being shown on plasma TVs. All tables taken with many punters eating. Staff attentive and service quick and polite.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purity - Pure Gold3.80GoodSmooth and balanced golden ale in top notch form and very moreish. Slight criticism in that it was perhaps served a couple of degrees above ideal temperature.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried

About The Hole in the Wall

The pub sign. The Hole in the Wall, Waterloo, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent2
Good3
Acceptable2
Poor-

The pub is found in Waterloo, Central London, SE1 8SQ.

Old fashioned freehouse outside of Waterloo railway station's main entrance and located within the arches of the Waterloo East to Charing Cross railway viaduct. The whole place rumbles as the trains grind overhead. Basic food is served all day together with an extensive choice of real ales. 4 handpumps in the front bar and 9 in the more spacious rear bar.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 23 different beers and tried 6 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 8SQ