We’re pleased as punch to be amongst a mere eggcupfull of selected finalists in this year’s Scotch Egg Challenge! Read on for the lowdown and come along to cheer us on on the day – Tuesday 20th October from 7.30pm at The Canonbury, Islington.
Our Chorizo and Black Pudding bad boy
Some of London’s leading chefs take to the kitchens with the aim of elevating the humble bar snack to new heights in a cook-off and blind tasting to find the nation’s best Scotch Egg. Having previously taken place at The Ship in Wandsworth, the Scotch Egg Challenge moves to The Canonbury Tavern in Islington for 2015. A must-see (and taste) event for any posh foodie fan, the competition sees entrants judged on three categories – taste, texture and appearance – and there’s enough scotch eggs for the audience to feed their faces for free. Previous finalists have included the Harwood Arms, Duck and Waffle, The Modern Pantry and Cinnamon Soho, with outlandish combinations including chorizo and fennel, curries smoked haddock and wild boar, heart and liver, black pudding and also vegetarian. With a big screen showing all the action live from the kitchen, this is a truly egg-cellent event.
When Tuesday 20th October 2015, 7.30pm
Our scotch egg aficionado, Joel
“One of the most extraordinary things about our city it its sheer extent and diversity, and all those funny little places that are totally magical,” says Boris Johnson. “So nominate the one that you think is particularly lovely, charming, enchanted in the #LoveLondonAwards.”
We couldn’t agree more. It’s those great little places of – as Boris says – ‘cultural importance’ that make London so flipping wonderful. To celebrate this, Time Out are asking you to vote for the favourites in your area.
The Grafton been nominated in the Pubs & Bars category for Kentish Town & Tufnell Park! We believe the Great British Pub is a true stalwart of cultural importance and we hope that we represent the best of them. If you agree, we’d be tickled pink to receive your vote. Voting is easy peasy:
STEP 1: Visit http://timeout.com/lovelondon
STEP 2: Select ‘Kentish Town & Tufnell Park’
STEP 3: Choose the ‘Pubs & Bars’ Category
STEP 4: Select The Grafton!
If you’re feeling it, you can also vote for your favourites in the Restaurants, Shops, Cafe’s & Coffee Shops categories too. Happy voting folks :)
Blimey, we’re about to reach the ripe old age of 3. As ever, we’ll be celebrating with a weekend-long Beer Festival and this year in honour of Oktoberfest we’re hosting a Bavarian-themed beer hall upstairs, with a plethora of delicious German beers to sample. Entry is free all weekend and, as usual, a host of amusements will appear. Join us!
Now in their 12th year, the Observer Food Monthly Awards reward the best in British food and drink. To be recognised by these awards is a real honour for any Food & Drink establishment not only because it carries a respected title but, crucially, because it’s voted for by the people who really matter- YOU. Vote now.
We very much hope that you all enjoy what we do here at The Grafton, so we’re hoping some of you might put our name forward in a category or two.
Please do vote in as many categories you feel we’re worthy of, but we’ve made a couple of suggestions based on the things we reckon we do well.
BEST CHEAP EATS
With the launch of The Grafton Kitchen back in February this year, we’ve tried hard to ensure we offer choices that are affordable but don’t compromise on taste and quality, such as our smalls and daily specials. We reckon our most notable ‘cheap eat’ would be our permanent Steak, House Butter, Chips and Watercress dish, which starts at just £8.
BEST PLACE TO DRINK
We’re constantly working on making The Grafton a great place to be. It all starts with our team, who we encourage to create a fantastic atmosphere right from the very moment you set foot in the door by being friendly, welcoming and helpful. Next it’s the improvements and additions we continually make to our beautiful building to create inviting, comfortable spaces to be in. And lastly, but by no means least, we do our best to create a food and drinks range that offers something for everybody. We have 8 hand pumps rotating award-winning ales, local craft beers on tap and in bottles, ciders, world wines, house spritzes, a range of soft drinks and teas and coffees.
BEST SUNDAY LUNCH
To us, Sunday lunch means a Roast so that’s all we do on Sundays. Add in some tasty, regularly-changing starters and puddings and a proper roast for veggies (no sloppy mushroom risottos here), we reckon our Sundays are tip top.
After more than two years hosting some of London’s most celebrated street food vendors as pop-ups and residencies, we are tickled pink to finally launch our very own in-house kitchen. Our food is influenced by the best of our street food experiences, but it also brings in some of the classic British pub fare we love, as well as offering options for healthy eaters and dietary needs like veganism and gluten intolerance. We call it Street-Meets-Pub.
We’re so giddy with excitement it appears we’ve actually lost the plot because we’ve knocked a whopping 50% off lunch this week to celebrate, from Monday until Thursday 5th March, 12-3pm. Check out the menus here. Happy eating!
Mrs Grafton is a half-Scot so it’s important to us to celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday in style with our annual Burns Supper and Ceilidh! We’re celebrating a wee bit early this year, on Saturday 24th January (rather than 25th), We’ll be serving up some sexy Haggis-based dishes to ensure your Burns Supper is complete and whiskies will of course flow unreservedly. The Spring Heeled Jacks’ rousing traditional tunes and dance caller will take care of your feet, so get your dancing shoes on and be ready to twirl!
How many boxes can you tick below ? If the answer is more than 5, it’s possible you already know where you’re gonna be this New Year’s Eve. Yes friends, The Grafton’s NYE 90s Party is back.
Open til 2am. We’ll be playing the best of 90’s RnB, Hiphop, Britpop, Pop and Dance and FULL 90s DRESS is best if you wanna impress. You can bag free bubbly, goodies and more if you find a crystal in our Crystal Maze Challenge.
Need another reason to be here? Entry is FREE all day and all night.
Let’s get ready to rumble.
We can hardly believe it- it’s our 2nd Birthday on 27th September! To celebrate, we’re reviving our now annual Weekend Beer Festival on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September.
Last year we celebrated home town brewers but this year, in honour of our resident BBQ maestro Texas Joe’s, we’re throwing an American Beer Festival! More details to follow but you can expect:
FREE ENTRY ALL WEEKEND / A WEALTH OF AMAZING AMERICAN BEERS TO TRY / FREE TEQUILA COCKTAIL MASTERCLASSES / CAMDEN TOWN BREWERY BEER PONG COMPETITIONS / POP-UP HAWKES GINGER COCKTAIL BAR / LIVE BANDS / DJs
Last year’s fun…
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’.
WISH US LUCK FOLKS! x