Gosh, it's windy here, perhaps I should have selected an inland location for today's survey! Anyway, the sun was shining brightly as I started a mopping-up operation in Waterloo. I've been here a few times in recent years but there's still a handful of places overdue for a revisit. I started in the Old Bank:
The interior now is extremely well done in traditional pub style, with lots of dark wood panelling and some glazed partitions. The more I look, the more I think it is all new, in which case they've done a superb job.
Two clips on the pumps, and my pint of Titanic Steerage was excellent. Most of the regulars were watching the horse racing (Cheltenham Festival), and my change came with a sweepstake ticket offering a free pint if my horse won, but it didn't.
The sound in here was lively chatter amongst the cheerful regulars, with racing commentary in the background. What a great pub.
Just two doors down is Wetherspoon's Queens Picture House:
As you would expect in a spoons, the place was busy with a wide spectrum of customers, but not so busy that I couldn't find a comfortable seat.
The quirky decor is rather good in here, I sat in the side room which has bare brick walls and a skylight to let the sunshine in.
My next target was another pub not visited since 2011, the Lion and Unicorn:
No real ale in this one, so I had a pint of Foster's for a change, Australian fizz instead of the usual Canadian. (Yes, I know they're both brewed in England.)
No matter which way I looked there was a screen showing the racing, I couldn't avoid it.
That's the three pubs here overdue for a visit ticked off, what should I do now? I decided to finish in one which has changed its name since my last visit. In 2018 it was Stamps Too, now it's the Waterpudlian:
Only two other customers, which is a shame; this place deserves more. Happily, as soon as I'd written that another one came in, followed moments later by some more.
Time to head home.
Pub of the day: The Old Bank for it's brilliant rebuild.
Miles walked: Only half a mile today.
Maybe coming soon: Thornton and Crosby.