“ Waterloo British Rail Station, London,SE1 8SE.Tel: 0207 928 9556 „
Upon return to Waterloo after our recent trip to London, we thought it might be better to try and get some tea there and keep an eye on when our train back to Portsmouth would be going. We knew that the train went at eight o' clock and we also knew we had to get our bags from the left luggage department which was close to the platform. Being around ten to seven, we thought that we had plenty of time to get a decent dinner before returning back to the Isle of Wight.
After perusing the myriad of burger bars and sandwich sellers, we decided to get a hot dinner from the 'Sloe' bar. The Sloe Bar and Grill is a nicely furnished bar that is above the rest of the shops and has a balcony that overlooks the main platform.
The Sloe Bar had quite a good menu, so we ventured out onto the balcony so that we could keep an eye on the screen to see which platform our train was going from. I ordered our food, Sarah had a pasta salad and I had a pizza with a side order of chips. I had a pint of the fantastic London Pride while Sarah had a glass of water. This was at 7 o'clock.
We waited, and then we waited some more. We started getting fidgety at around 7:30 and Sarah went to investigate the whereabouts of our dinner. The waiter said that the kitchen was busy. Sarah responded by saying something along the lines of 'that's not our problem, we have a train to catch and we have been waiting for over half an hour!' The food eventually appeared at quarter to eight. We had fifteen minutes to chow down our grub. At ten to eight I decided to ask for a pizza box which they promptly gave me and I threw all the food into it along with our cutlery and we rushed off to get our luggage and get the train. We ate the rest of the food on the train home.
So what a sham the Sloe bar was! Sloe by name, slow by nature. You would have thought that being a restaurant in a train station they would make sure that they were on time. We were getting quite annoyed as well, because we knew that we could have just got a sandwich or a Burger King if we had gone downstairs, but The Sloe Bar seemed a better alternative to the processed rubbish that was available.
I would advise not going to the Sloe Bar for any food if your train goes within the hour. The food was good, but the attitude of the staff was poor and unforgiving. It is ill advised that if your purpose to go to Waterloo Station is to get a train, then don't go to the Sloe bar. I don't know why else you might go to Waterloo station otherwise, as its hardly a fantastic tourist attraction.