Friday 20th December 1996
It is time once once more for HASSRALE's celebration of the festive season (the second occasion this week), in the form of the customary evening pre-Christmas trip. (As in previous years if anyone wishes to arrange anything even closer to the 25th, then feel free). To save any confusion we shall adopt the same route as last year i.e. along The Cut then up towards Waterloo station. We start off at its junction with Blackfriars Road. Approximate leaving times are shown in [ ].
1. The Ring - 72 Blackfriars Road SE 1 [18.30]
Ind Coope Burton; Tetley Bitter; Wild s Wild Rover (5%).
Famous one-bar pub built on the site of the former boxing venue destroyed during the Blitz. Opposite is the site of the new Southwark Jubilee line tube station. Festooned with photographs of former boxers. Hopefully one of the less busy pubs in the area. On leaving, turn left along The Cut crossing where appropriate to ...
2. The Anchor and Hope - 36 The Cut [19.15]
Charles Wells Bombardier, Eagle.
Reasonable two-bar hostelry with slightly more life(?!) in the leftmost bar. Handy for The Young Vic, but I'll stick to the Bombardier (bitter). Continue along until you come to ...
3. The Windmill - 86 The Cut [19.45]
Courage Director's and Best.
Another two-bar pub handy for the theatres. Recently refurbished, seats outside (just joking). Can become busy when the shows finish and presumably at Christmas! Turn right down Windmill Walk, cross Wootton Gardens under the railway viaduct, then over Brad St. On the left at the corner is ...
4. The Kings Arms - 25 Roupell Street [20.30]
Marstons Pedigree; Tetley Bitter; Adnams Bitter and Ruddles Best.
Decidedly popular two-bar pub with a further covered garden-bar area at the back that used to be available for summer use only. Be prepared for standing room only. Continue straight ahead i.e. across Roupell St. then left along Whittlesey St. On the far corner is ...
5. The White Hart - 29 Cornwall Road [21.00]
Bass; Fullers London Pride + guest beers.
Two interconnecting bars of somewhat different character. The lefthand bar is brightly lit with gaming machines and a pool table, while the other bar is much plusher. Both are inclined to be busy, but the lounge bar is fairly comfortable. Turn left down Cornwall Rd. past the building works for the Jubilee line extension and immediately right down Sandell St (now a no-through road for cars). At the junction with Waterloo Road is ...
6. The Wellington Tavern - 81 Waterloo Road [see text]
Various, but should include Adnams Broadside and Bitter; King & Barnes; Youngs Special & Ordinary.
Sister pub to the next one, they are both Burke's Free Houses and can be fairly busy anyway. As the Hole in the Wall is now difficult to access it may be less busy in which case we may not hang around here, hence make up your own times for arrival/leaving etc. It has undergone its second refurbishment in a year. Has probably had yet another refurbishment since last year, but still no sign of the elusive skittle alley (ask JC!).
Now pay attention, pub number 7 is on Mepham Street, but this is blocked off halfway along so cross Waterloo Rd then walk up towards the roundabout and take the turning under the railway arch into the top of Mepham St. then left down by the construction works is ...
7. The Hole in the Wall - 5 Mepham Street [anytime]
Range similar to the last pub + Bass; London Pride; Everards Tiger.
Not many made it this far last year anyway, but just in case you're one of the few people never to have visited it, this is a large two-bar pub right under the railway viaduct and overlooking Waterloo Station's Victory Arch. Beer always in good condition, the rear bar has a loud juke-box and several machines while the front bar is more "civilised".
Hopefully I'll see you on the trip and anyway ...
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