"Craft beer and full english breakfasts at Victoria station..."Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
Picture the scene; you’ve just missed your train, the next one’s not for 30 minutes and you’ve had a long day. What do you do? If you’re in Victoria Station then what you do is you skip down to the eastern concourse and stop in at The Beer House where you’ll find that even station pubs have swapped the old Fosters and fruit machines image in favour of something a little more up to date. That’s right, this is a ‘craft beer pub’ and that 30-minute wait you were worried about? Well, why not miss the next few trains and make a night of it, right? Well, not quite.
As a pastiche The Beer House works well. The bar features the bare plaster walls and dangling Edison light bulbs you recognize from, duh, everywhere, and the beers on draught and by the bottle are of the American style pale ale variety. Great. While there is no doubting that this is still very much a station pub – it’s in a station after all – the Beer House deserves high marks for changing the habits of the waiting station dweller. Who wouldn’t rather sink a Sierra Nevada or a Brew Dog Punk IPA than a stinky Carling while waiting for the 19:02 to Denmark Hill? Don’t worry, you can still buy wine, spirits and the likes of dirty burgers, nachos and full English breakfasts so if anything, the Beer House is giving you the best of both worlds. Forget Upper Crust, come here and have a Goose Island and a bacon sandwich before you board your train, happy, satisfied and a little tipsy.
T.A.O reviewed The Beer House on Wed 21 Oct 2015Review disclosure: reviewed anonymously