A pledge chalked up in the corridor of this comfortably trendy spot gives the first names of the bar staff, the promise of good drinks in a friendly atmosphere, and the assurance that your food will arrive in 15 minutes. Sunlight floods the large main bar through picture windows, falling on scuffed wooden tables and mismatched sofas.
The selection of beer taps on the bar counter is impressive: Sierra Nevada, Kozel, Kirin Ichiban, Franziskaner; meanwhile, Spitfire, Sharp’s Doom Bar, Sambrook’s Wandle and Butcombe’s Old Vic Porter are the four handpumped British ales. Behind the bar await many of your favourite Belgian and continental brews by the bottle. As for the food, the Drayton is big on snacks, burgers and Sunday roasts.