We’re in the running again for the Great British Pub Awards!

21 Aug

We are extremely proud, albeit a tad bashful, to announce that The Great British Pub Awards has once again championed The Grafton as one of Britain’s best pubs! The Grafton has recently been announced as winner of the Best Partnership Pub for the South East and London region.

The award recognises licensees that have successfully worked with their pub company (in our case Enterprise Inns) to develop their pub in the past year. We beat some incredible competition from numerous pubs in the region to win the title, so we’re truly tickled pink.

The awards are organised by leading pub industry magazine, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser. Its editor Rob Willock says: “The award recognises the licensees that have been the best exponent of either the leased, tenanted or franchised model over the past 12 months.

“The Grafton has a real partnership approach with their pub company and Susie and Joel are creative and passionate licensees.”

We will now go forward to the Great British Pub Awards 2014 national final, held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London (SWANKY!), in September. We’ll go head to head with other regional winners for the UK title ‘Best Partnership Pub 2014’ and also have the opportunity to compete for the overall champion of champions title of ‘Great British Pub of the Year 2014’.


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Alma Street Fair 2014

28 Jul

A top day was had by all at this year’s sunny Alma Street Fair! We loved meeting lots of lovely local people and catching up with pub regulars at our Iced Tea Bar. We were even lucky enough to be pitched just a hop, skip and jump away from the main stage, so were treated to some amazing sounds floating on the breeze down to our stall. Special props to the incredible gospel choir that opened the show, not forgetting local legends Michael Kiwanuka and Mr Hudson.

Back at ours the official after party was jumping with an amazing live set from Grafton favourites Grizzly and The Grasshoppers and the Alma Street Fair vibe continued upstairs with official DJ sets.

Congratulations and thanks to organisers Inkerman Area Residents Association and everyone else involved for another cracking year!


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This week : Quiz, NIMBY live band night & The Alma Street Fair Weekender!

21 Jul

As ever our weekly Pub quiz is with us on Tuesday night but there’s even more afoot at The Grafton this week….

NIMBY Presents… Launch Night – Wednesday 23rd, 8pm
A brand new live music night with a monthly residency right here at The Grafton in our upstairs bar, NIMBY aims to bring you the best live acts from London’s underground music scene in a truly DIY manner. This inaugural event is FREE to enter and with a flyer we’ll even treat you to a free shot to get you going. Click the images below for sounds and videos of what to expect.

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ALMA STREET FAIR WEEKENDER – Friday 25th-Sunday 27th, all day
The Alma Street Fair is back with a bang on Sunday 27th July featuring food stalls, bric a brac, crafts, bars and activities. It also features music acts across its two stages. The fair runs from 12 noon to 7 pm and the official after-party will of course be hosted at The Grafton. To celebrate this wonderful event, we’re once again throwing our Alma Street Fair Weekender!

DJ night- authentic Americana, Funk & Soul

Pop-up gin bar outside (daytime)
Chris Gee DJ set (from sundown)

Chris Gee – SoundCloud

Face Painting and Cupcake Decorating for kids
Pop-up gin bar outside (daytime)
Live music from Grizzly and the Grasshoppers
The official after-party with DJ sets from all the acts

Camden Fringe comes to The Grafton with Salon:Collective

7 Jul

the salon:collective began through simple meetings bringing skilled artists of varied backgrounds together. Conversation, debates and the sharing of work was the aim; musicians played, actors read, artists showed their work. A natural progression from drawing room to public forum began to emerge, and they are now roaming around sharing their skills, picking up new artists to collaborate with, and producing events, shows & unique experiences.

Salon:collective regulars Geraldine Brennan and Michael Luke Walsh are hitting Camden Fringe with the solo works they created in salon:lab in summer 2013 where they enjoyed development input from Dominic Kelly and Lizzie Conrad HughesBook here to see their double bill,Public/Private, in the upstairs bar at The Grafton: July 28, 29, 30 & August 4, 5 & 6, 8.15pm, £5

Read Geraldine and Michael’s Countdown to Camden Fringe diaries here.

Wimbledon AND World Cup

24 Jun

Wimbledon matches are showing live every day on our 7 foot hi-definition screen in the Upstairs bar and, in spite of England’s notable absence, World Cup Fever continues.

Want somewhere special to watch the Wimbledon final ? Check out our lovely Boardroom, which can be booked for private viewings.


World Cup Fever at The Grafton

13 Jun

Ah, the great uniter that is The World Cup is finally here! We’re pretty excited over here so we’ve arranged lots of new facilities to make The Grafton the ultimate place to watch the games.

  • All available games shown on the big screen upstairs (7ft hi-def)
  • England games also shown on a big screen and smaller telly downstairs
  • 4-pint pitchers available so you don’t have to keep going back to the bar – lager, pimms etc
  • 1-litre wine and fizzecco carafes available so you don’t have to keep going back to the bar
  • The Boardroom is available to hire for private screenings seating up to 12-14 people
  • Our all-weather roof terrace will remain a footy-free zone all summer for those who want to escape, and remember only England games will be on downstairs
  • Authentic Texan BBQ match fuel available all summer long. In the words of Texas Joe himself- BRANG IT!
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Happy punters enjoying the opening match

Roof Terrace Update

20 May

The builders (bloody lovely chaps) have been hard at work and it’s looking awesome. Don’t forget the launch party will be all weekend long from 12pm on Saturday 31st May!

For now though, whet your appetite with these progress pics…


Levelling out


Bye Bye Blue

And the decking goes down

And the decking goes down

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Bad boy benches

Ooh! French windows!

Ooh! French windows!


Soon to be served at The Grafton!

19 May

Soon to be served at The Grafton!

Roof Terrace Launch – 31st May

13 May

Our eagerly anticipated Roof Terrace will fling open its lovely new doors at 12 noon on Saturday 31st May. Think long lazy summer afternoons and chilled vibes. With space for 50 people, what could be nicer than sipping something ice cold while the sun (hopefully) shines, gazing down at the world below? Image

Alongside our regular line-up, there’s also a premium spirit collection, tasty London craft beers and lots of new wines to sample. Plus, there’s something new on the horizon… wine on tap. Forget that nasty stuff of the 80s and 90s, this is seriously good wine, expertly preserved and dispensed from swanky kit and sold by the glass, 500ml carafe or a full litre to share, or drink on your own if you want, no judgement here. Dangerous though it may be, there’s also a tap flowing with our house ‘Frizecco’ (you can only call it Prosecco once it’s bottled), meaning of course a killer Spritz menu.

Simon from Hawkes Ginger Beer will be making signature Hawkes Cocktails all launch day afternoon.

Texas Joe will be stoking the BBQ all day long. If you’ve never tried his meltingly smoky brisket y’all are in for a treat.

Pushing on with our season of rare grooves, the ever effable Chris Gee from Unwanted Family will be entertaining us upstairs with his special brand of Funk, Boogaloo and Afro-vibes from 6pm until late.

The first 50 people to present a flyer – available at the pub and around Kentish Town from this weekend – at the upstairs bar will be treated to a free glass of fizz on us. Just to say well done for getting up early and thanks for coming.

Sunshine or rain, the whole roof terrace is built for all weathers with a retractable awnings and outdoor heaters. So no worries. To see how we’re doing on arranging the weather for launch day, click here.

As a nod of thanks to all the lovely folks who signed the petition for planning permission, we’re drawing 20 names out of a very large hat and the lucky ones will be invited to a very exclusive sneaky preview party on Friday 30th.

Here’s to an amazing summer!

Kentish Cluster round-up

28 Apr

Kentish Cluster member Daniel Tannenbaum from Wizzcash.com rounds up last Friday’s runaway success. 

The Kentish Cluster – a networking opportunity

Companies from all over Kentish Town joined together for the first Kentish Cluster last Friday night at The Grafton. The networking event aims to bring together the different companies based in NW5, giving people a chance to know their neighbours and strike up business partnerships. There is a strong focus on tech companies, but because technology plays such a vital part in any business today, events are open to all.

Led by James Eder, founder of The Beans Group, also known as Student Beans, he told the 70-strong crowd: “Moving to Kentish Town last November, we discovered a number of award-winning businesses not just in Highgate Studios but in the whole area. We’re becoming a mini-Silicon valley. We thought it was about time that we all introduced ourselves and got together.”

Kentish Cluster

Other Kentish companies present included Mumsnet, wizzcash.com and Softwire. Zoe Cunningham, MD of Development company Softwire explained the synergies of working with partners nearby: “We can form much more meaningful relationships with our neighbours and see them on a regular basis.”

Regular Kentish Cluster networking events will be held at the end of each month – the next one taking place on Thursday 29th May at The Vine. Attendance is free and everyone is invited. For more information, visit the following link: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kentish-cluster-drinks-may-2014-tickets-11442156799




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