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Submitted on Monday, 23rd February 2009
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Malden man left this review about Draft House
Two rooms inside this fairly small corner pub, the rear looked to be purely for those eating, the front section has the bar to one side, boarded flooring, basic and non-too-comfortable seating solely at high lime green wooden stools set at the bar, a side shelf and a high table in the front window. Décor includes various music related items, album covers, old NME front pages, strange statements, "Yolk, Smoke, Poke", "Stamp out Bald Peaches"......I have no idea.
Despite the brad, the beer range, particularly the cask range, was rather low key, just three handpumps served Sambrook's Wandle, King's Brighton Blonde, and the firkin-noon offer, Welton's Pride and Joy. The offer is such that at noon each day a firkin is tapped and sold until gone at £2.75. Sounds good? This beer is 2.8%, so probably priced about right tax wise in my opinion. There are more keg options and an impressive fridge selection at the top end of the bar, out of curiosity I enquired about a 7.2% beer from Marble on keg but was put off by a price tag just short of £5+ for a half, stuff that.
No TV in here as far as I could see, some indiscernible music played, drowned by the loud conversation in a hard surfaced environment.
Outdoor café style pavement seating provides an overflow and probably a more comfortable seating option.
I felt it promised much but didn't really deliver, especially on the cask ale front. The location is on a rather pretentious trendy South London street, so this may be what the Bright Young Things want, but it wasn't my cuppa. There are obviously worse pubs but I felt a little let down.
On 15th October 2014
- rating: 5
[User has posted 1092 recommendations about 1079 pubs]
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 385 recommendations about 381 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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