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Nov 28, 2007 04:16 AM

Cheapish pub-type food in London Bridge/Waterloo

This year we aren't getting any money from our company for our work christmas party, so we want to go somewhere fairly cheap. We'd be happy with a pub or restaurant that does nice food. We don't particularly want a christmas menu so that's not necessary, but we'd prefer not to have Indian food as one member of the team can' t handle it!
Any suggestions?

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  1. The Fire Station is a really nice place in Waterloo that is not too expensive and very nice food as I recall.
    It is unfortunate that your colleague does not enjoy Indian food... we went to a curry house across the road from Waterloo station about a year ago (Thames Tandoori?), the food was ok (much to my surprise) ... but the atmosphere was incredible and the bill was really acceptable.

    1. i havent been in a while, but one of the few places i liked in that area is the bermondsey kitchen

      sounds like it may be your cup of eggnog.

      1. Try the Peruvian place on Tower bridge road - Fina Estampa.

        Not too expensive or stuffy, great pisco sours and won't be too christmassy

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        1. re: timward

          Fina Estampa's not there any more. A European restaurant called Magdalen has opened up in the same place — judging by my one visit, it's rather good. Maybe not cheap enough for your needs though. It's no good for vegetarians.

          1. re: timward

            Tito's Peruvian is quite good on London Bridge Street. Generous portions and somewhat reasonable prices. Try the fried seafood platter.

          2. Just behind Waterloo station there is an area called The Bite (might be called the spit but it runs between Waterloo and Southwark station) and there is a great fish restaurant there on the South Side of the Street and also a couple of cool pubs.

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            1. re: Withnail42

              Think you mean The Cut. The fish restaurant is the original location of Livebait, and like most fish restaurants these days, it's not cheap. Just up the road is a Turkish place called Tas, might fit the bill.


              1. re: Gav

                Yes, it's the Cut, and Livebait's part of a chain. Mediocre in the extreme. You can have a good do at Mar e Terra in Gambia St - excellent tapas, which makes for sharing, and a decent wine list. We had Xmas there last year and had a good time. EV on Isabella St might be better for a party than Tas (it's part of the same group) - and there are a couple of bars bang next door to it for the serious post-meal drinking. Best pub food in the area's the Anchor and Hope but they don't take bookings and it can be a bit expensive.

                1. re: Gav

                  Actually no I was thinking of a fish and chips place I went to somewhere in the vicinity.

                  1. re: Withnail42

                    could it be the one down the side of the old vic?

                    1. re: loobcom

                      Masters Superfish

                      Now that The Golden Hind has changed hands, arguably the best F&C's in London

                      I have been on the road for the best part of six months and I have been craving their house made pickles.

                      Lunch tomorrow, I think

                      1. re: Simon Majumdar

                        Welcome back. When you get time, a listing of your bestest, favourite meals while away would be fun to see.

                        1. re: zuriga1

                          Thanks. I am only halfway through. I have South East Asia, India, some parts of Africa and Italy & spain to come in the following months before I settle down and finish writing the book. Just back to catch my breath and do some more organising.

                          Highlights so far have included

                          Souvlaki at lamb on Chapel in Melbourne
                          Yakitori in Ebisu in Tokyo
                          Hida beef in Takayama
                          Sichua Hotpot in Chengdu
                          Roast Duck at Li Chun ( and others) in Beijing
                          Roast Horse Rib in Ulan Batar
                          Smoked fish from stalls at the shores of Lake Baikal
                          Elk Carpaccio in Finland
                          The Kebab Cafe in NYC
                          A Philly Cheese steak at Geno's
                          City Market BBQ in Lulling
                          The Po'Boy at Parkway Bakery
                          Tripe taco in guadalajara
                          The Mole at Azul Y Oro in Mexico City
                          The Steak at La Brigada in Buenos Aires
                          The Mocequa in Salvador
                          Thanksgiving in Santa Cruz
                          A Picnic at Hendry Ranch in The Napa

                          I have many more, but to keep this on topic, one of the things I have most craved when I am travelling is decent Fish & Chips.

                          So, if you see a bald man who looks like he may have put on a few lbs at Masters Superfish tomorrow, that will be me

                          1. re: Simon Majumdar

                            And the hot dog at Hot Doug's in Chicago, right? :)

                            1. re: Simon Majumdar

                              That is some list! You crave fish and chips, and I'd kill for a Geno's cheesesteak right now. There's nothing like a hometown comfort food. Did you try a Lee's hoagie when in Phila.? They are the best sandwich of that type - well, as far as I'm concerned. We can all diet together.

                2. I work around there too... there's the restaurant attached to the Young Vic, where we always end up for leaving do things, but I've not had the food. We booked a room upstairs at The Crown, which is way at the end of the Cut, closer to Blackfriars, but quite lovely space and you get your own bar person.