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“Classic pub” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms
Ranked #2,030 of 22,202 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, Thai, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: The Kings Arms located in the architecturally wonderful backstreets of Waterloo, a quintessential real ale pub in one of the most historic streets in London. We have nine real ale pumps and a constantly evolving beer list which makes the Kings Arms a unique experience, we have beers from Dark Star, Ringwood, Adnams, Brains to name a few, we source new and inspired brews from local to far afield. Our multi-winning "pub of the year" site is about as traditional as traditional pubs get, but with a Thai twist coming out of its popular kitchen too.
London, United Kingdom
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238 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Classic pub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

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.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great, traditional, London pub in Waterloo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

This is such a great pub...on all levels!

They do amazing, well kept ales, with a very passionate and knowledgeable manager who knows his stuff!

There is a large back area where you can sit and also enjoy some very good quality and reasonably priced Thai food.

There is also a resident cat...'Mao'...such a cutie!

The atmosphere is top quality, the way a good old London pub should be...again...down to the Management. It can get quite busy in the evenings, so go mid afternoon, to guarantee a seat.

So, if you are looking for a pub that says 'London', then head here, worth a visit if in the Waterloo area.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Awesome, awesome and awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

Awesome atmosphere, awesome food, awesome staff and service. We popped in unannounced and were welcomed. The portion sizes are ample. The food is delicious and service is fast, friendly and efficient. Will I oh back? Hell yes!

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Woking, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A real london pub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

First visited this pub after a day out at millwall. The barman, oh sorry landlord!, informed us there was no jukebox, no fruit machine and no bar menu, but what he could offer us was a real Old traditional pub.
He was right.
Second best Landlord in London!!!
"Come on you Lions"

Visited January 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic hidden Thai”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

You walk into a small bar area, with plenty of beers on tap. Very friendly bar staff.

Through a small passageway, a seated restaurant opens up in front of you. Very homely decor, wood fire, wooden tables... with bright fresh daffodils all around the room. Like some sunshine indoors on a cold winters day!

The prices were reasonable - £3.95 for spring rolls, £7-8 for curry or stir fry (with rice) or noodles.

Then the best bit - the Green curry (Geng Keow Waan). Such a fragrant smell wafted as the food was brought to out table. I literally drank the sauce (was I supposed to admit that??).

Highly recommended.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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