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Submitted on Monday, 23rd February 2009
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john gray left this review about Draft House
The high tables and chairs make it uncomfortable to sit and relax but they have outside seating.Good selection of beers.Rear bar area now seems to be for dining.Couple of handpumps with a very good Dancing Duck beer Dark Drake and I tried a keg from a new brewery Firebrand -Double rye pa.Superb and worth the high price this chain of pubs charges.
On 12th April 2014
- rating: 7
[User has posted 349 recommendations about 346 pubs]
Pub SignMan left this review about Draft House
This is a simple craft beer style bar about halfway down the lively Northcote Road. I'd never really fancied trying the place out as the Draft House chain has a reputation for expensive beer, but I found myself walking past recently with a bit of time on my hands and decided to risk a swift half. The premises has a narrow, shop conversion style layout, with a curved servery running down the right hand side dominating the front part of the pub. This area is bare boarded with some awkward looking high banquette and stool seating under the front windows and a few more high stools along a drinking ledge that runs down the left side of the room. The place certainly isn't built for comfort and I found that I was just as happy propping up the bar as I would have been sat anywhere else. The walls have been decorated with a mix of music and beer themed posters as well as some classic modern art prints such as the impressive Jeff Koons reproduction near the front door. As you move further into the pub, past the end of the servery and the open kitchen, the room opens out into a dining room of sorts with banquette and standard seating filling the well lit, L-shaped space. More posters and modern art on the walls make the place feel quite colourful and there were a few people sat enjoying food from the menu which prices burgers around the £11 mark. Music played quietly in the background throughout my stay and I didn't notice any TV screens nor did I see live sport advertised anywhere.
Only one ale - Purity War Lord Black - was available on my visit, with Sambrooks Wandle having recently been taken off and another hand pump left unclipped. Thankfully this was a pretty decent drink and the half slipped down nice and easy. Ironically, I failed to note how much it cost, so I remain none the wiser as to whether they overcharge for their beer. The keg range seems to be the real focus of their attention and there were some tempting options available including brews from Titanic, Magic Rock, Grain, Beavertown and London Fields as well as their own house lager, Belgian and German favourites and Mortimer Orchard Cider. A well thought out bottled beer range includes plenty of options from local London brewers and some US heavyweights.
I agree with previous reviewers that this isn't a pub you're likely to settle down in (unless you're stopping for food maybe), but I did think it was one of those places that would be worth a look in passing to see if there is anything interesting on the bar. I thought it sat quite well with other pubs and bars in the vicinity and I saw enough to make me consider giving some of the other Draft House pubs around the capital a try.
On 8th December 2013
- rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about Draft House
The Draft House is made up by a small L shaped bar that leads to a seating area and kitchen at the rear. The seating in the bar area consists of two high tables by the front windows and some bar stools that line a shelf that runs along the left hand wall. There are no televisions, but some low background music was playing during my recent Friday evening visit. It wasn’t overly busy inside the pub, but this was due to the nice weather as the seating on the path out front was very busy.
As the name suggests there is a selection of interesting draught products with a leaning towards American beers. The bar also supports three hand pumps that were drawing Sambrook’s Wandle, Magic Rock Brewery’s Curious and Surrey Hills Brewery’s Greensand IPA.
I found it difficult to get comfortable even though it was quiet so I do not plan to return anytime soon.
On 2nd July 2013
- rating: 5
[User has posted 2804 recommendations about 2790 pubs]
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