Auberge is a Continental sort of place, serving, Belgian beers, lagers, wine and a brasserie-style menu. It's part of a small, but growing, chain of bar/restaurants - this one's been here for quite a while - dotted around London. At first sight, it appears reasonable enough, the food's, OK (for the price), the beer is OK, the decor OK and the service polite, friendly and efficient, but it has to be said, the novelty of a Continental brasserie/bar has worn off. Auberge was always a bit of a halfway house - not quite brasserie and not quite pub, but the range and quality of drink on offer was what used to keep us coming back. Unfortunately for Auberge, nowadays it's not uncommon to get any of the fare on offer here in many other pubs, especially noticeable as the range at the Auberge seems to be somewhat reduced compared to past offerings. And this fading novelty might explain the rather sparse clientele on our a last visit - on an evening when many other pubs around here were full almost to bursting point. It's a handy place to meet in, when you're meeting people near Waterloo and it's OK for a quick bite to eat - the steaks are great, but if you're looking for a destination for a good night out, Auberge needs to up the ante and revisit its USP.
1 Sandell Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 8UH
020 7633 0610
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How to find the Auberge pub
Leave Waterloo Station via the Waterloo East bridge and go down the stairs once you've crossed Waterloo Road. When you get to street level turn left and you'll see the place on your left.