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The Grafton

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Kentish Town
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This popular local is now serving some of the best food in Kentish Town.

The Grafton, a prominent Kentish Town booze-fixture for decades, had a 2013 makeover that made it a gastro-fixture as well. Since then the food has gone through several changes: in-house for a while, visiting Southern-style barbecue (uninspiring) for a while, then salt beef from the heavenly Bell & Brisket for not nearly long enough.

The food policy has reverted to made-on-the-premises. And we hope this is a permanent decision, because The Grafton is currently dishing out some of the best food in Kentish Town.

The menu changes regularly, but certain star dishes seem to be on all the time. Steak, expertly cooked and using exceptionally good beef, comes in three sizes ranging in price from £9 for 225g to £16 for 300g – a clever policy, since people have varying appetites for unadorned red meat. Soup is also a regular and is justly popular. A small plate of ‘tempura broccoli’ (£4.80) was as fine a piece of deep-frying as we’ve come across anywhere in London. Heritage carrot salad (served in two sizes, £6 or a main course for £8) featured a very tasty cardamom-accented dressing. And best of all was a dish of braised short ribs (£14) with carrots and carrot purée. Short ribs are everywhere at the moment, but this version – beautifully tender and with accompaniments simultaneously sharp and soothing – could rub shoulders with the best of them.

Drink prices are easy on the wallet, with wines on tap and by the glass at prices that make some other gastropubs look greedy. The real ale selection changes regularly and is short but well-chosen. Service is attentive and friendly, though we haven’t seen it tested by an over-stuffed room. If the weather’s good, the small roof terrace is the only place to be. Otherwise there’s the huge room downstairs and the smaller one upstairs, which I prefer because it’s quieter.

If you’re a Kentish Towner, The Grafton could be the pub-restaurant of your dreams. It’s a local standout for value, approachability, and quality.

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The Grafton says
We like to think of ourselves as a home away from home for the Kentish Town community. The pub has four distinct areas, beginning downstairs with a traditional Victorian pub wrapped around a huge central bar. Climbing the stairs you’ll reach a small but perfectly formed Boardroom with stylish panelled walls, perfect for meetings. Also on the first floor is a large retro-styled upper bar. Finally an elegant all-weather roof terrace leading from both the Upstairs Bar and Boardroom provides the perfect space to soak up the sun or shelter from the rain. Our menus are always seasonal, showcasing the best of British food.
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By: Richard Ehrlich

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Venue name: The Grafton
Contact:
Address: 20 Prince of Wales Road
London
NW5 3LG
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday : 12pm – 11pm Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 12am Sunday: 12pm – 10.30pm
Transport: Tube: Kentish Town
Price: Meal for two with drinks: around £50.
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Average User Rating

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Great, well thought out pub. They have managed to combine the best parts of an 'old English boozer' with the modern needs of the current generation of punters.

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Lovely food, really special burgers. The beer is beautifully kept and the staff are great. What more do you need from a very special local

tastemaker

Was there recently for a birthday party where they offered us the upstairs area as it was free and then moved people around so we could have an area downstairs to ourselves. The staff are friendly, the music was great and there's quality food/selection of drink. Only taking a star off because I didn't rate their Guinness, particularly due to their claim of serving the best Guinness in Kentish Town! (That's big talk)

Tastemaker

I first visited The Grafton for a private function in the upstairs room and roof terrace and was immediately impressed by their offering, staff are super friendly and helpful, food is top notch and the general ambiance is just what you want from a pub. Therefore it was my first port of call when looking for a venue to hold my friend's leaving do and I wasn't disappointed. From the onset the staff were incredibly helpful and advised which area would be most suitable for the number of people attending, they even went to the effort of calling me to check it was OK that there would be a live band on during our visit (which of course made it even better!). They were awesome for the whole event, they let me stick up balloons and banners and didn't grumble even when we probably were a bit raucous and took over half the pub! Big shout out for the food too, the fish and chips were to die for and honestly the best I've have had in a long time. Highly recommend this pub, particularly for functions, I will certainly be back.


Great food, Really friendly staff. Just an excellent addition to the run of the mill fare in Kentish Town.


Awesome events, amazing food, this place is always a great night! We are proud neighbors, recommend highly!


It has a quality that defies description. It's a good place to be and embodies the best of "pubness"


Staff are always lovely. On a chilly winter evening the mulled wine or mulled cider and mince pies (shhhhh I know we aren't quite there yet! ) are a comfy treat. Cosy, open fire and classic wood decor. Fab, spacious and a roof terrace. Charming NW5 Pub.


Great community pub, with very friendly staff, exciting new menu and cosy atmosphere. If you haven't been here yet, you need to visit.


This place is really consistent and always pushing to do what they do well ! Love love love it !


Runs some super quizzes and themed nights, food is good, wings Wednesday is amazing!


Best after work pint, in fact any time pint pub in London. Friendly hot staff


Until last month The Grafton was 'The Great British Pub of The Year' and well deserved. There's always so much going on there and the staff are just lovely. No hesitation in it getting my vote.

Tastemaker

This place is a great spot for drinks and a bite. Really nice roof terrace with tables and bench seats to enjoy some sun on a nice day, and then indoor seating on two levels, as well as a private room that can be hired for parties. They have a small but good selection of red and white wines, including a house wine on tap. In terms of food, we shared a bunch of small plates between the two of us - the breaded manchego cheese, truffled orzo & cheese, and house slaw were all very tasty. Buttermilk chicken was good but the spicy wings were a bit disappointing. The burger we ordered was nice although the cheese was cold and not melted at all. Total bill came to £68 for two including 3 drinks each. I'd go back!