Few minutes walk from Waterloo Station (and few steps from Waterloo East) this is currently a very fashionable pub - mainly because it's rather good. Two bars - one has to go out into the street and in again to get from one to the other - and a restaurant area to the rear, it was extremely busy on a mid-week evening. However, unlike many places, they employ enough staff to cope, and service at the bar was pretty swift.
The food is Thai, with service starting from 6.30 in the evening. All the scrubbed wood tables in the restaurant were sporting 'reserved' signs when we arrived shortly before 6.00 p.m. However a quick chat with a waitress revealed that she would squeeze us in if we could guarantee to vacate within an hour. As due to be at Old Vic for 7.30 this offer suited us fine. We went for a Kwatiew Pad Keemow and a Khow Paht Keemow. Both dishes flavoursome and tasty, though we begged to differ with the menu warning of "spicy" against them both, and asked for a bowl of chilli sauce to give them some more fire. More 'pub Thai' than classic (as might be expected, it's a pub); portions were good, and the price not unreasonable.
The drinking part of the King's Arms is in traditional British pub style. There are around 10 real ales on, and a real cider, with prices in the £4+ a pint range. The beers tried were excellently kept.
All in all, impressed on what was our first visit, and will definitely use this pub again when in the area.
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