Visited: January 13 by GM & JC
You know you’re onto a winner when, lost in a part of London you’ve never been to before, a pissed-up angel from the future emerges from the darkness and says: “You’re on the right track, lads”, and swings a prophetic arm into the night. The Griffin is tucked down a side street about 5-10 minutes from the station, and like us you’ll probably need a local lush to point you in the right direction. It looks very unassuming from the outside. In fact, the picture we saw on the internet prior to our visit made it seem a bit rough: I actually thought their ‘signature burger’ was the work of an internet troll until we stepped through the door.
Small, cozy and very welcoming, the Griffin is one of the best pubs in the area for both beer and food. A fantastic selection of ales and lagers includes a Boozehound favourite Yakima Red, most of which are priced around the five pounds mark. We were a bit disappointed that the toad in the hole was off the menu, but the burger and fish finger sandwich we had instead were both delicious, and great value at under a tenner each.
Sports fans will enjoy the fact there’s a pool table, and before long we were joined by a Kerouac-esque Frenchman named Nicolas who, between gulps of Shiraz, insisted we rate the service highly. No need to fret, monsieur, we completely agree. As well as spending an age trying to fix the outside heater, the lovely staff had no issue with turning up Thin Lizzy’s The Boys are Back in Town at our request.
The Vauxhall Griffin isn’t just a good pub to go to if you happen to be in the area, it’s worth seeking out. We’ll definitely be back.
Do they do food? Yes, and it’s very nice. Try the toad in the hole and let us know how it is.
Are they in the 21st Century? Yup, contactless payment.
Are there dogs? Only Boozehound so far, but strikes us as the sort of place that won’t mind.
I want to smoke: There’s a heater out front to keep you alive until your next beer.
I’m hungover, can I get a Bloody Mary? We think so, yes:
A solid burger, reasonably priced