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The Griffin, Shoreditch, EC2

93 Leonard Street
EC2
EC2A 4RD
Phone: 02077396719
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Tris C left this review about The Griffin

After a substantial refurbishment, just completed, the reviews below no longer apply. Gone is the Ind Coope sign but thankfully the Meux's glazed tiling and 'horseshoe' picture windows remain. A first in here, so I don't know what it was like before or how much original detail has been retained or reinstated.
There's very ornate glass to the bar back and rear wall with ornate green and gilt fibrous plasterwork at top. Also displayed are ornate columns; the bar top is metal and displays some rather fine vertical Art Deco uplighters. Also of Art Deco appearance are the sconce lights to the walls which are panelled and painted dark grey or black and there's a panelled ceiling painted pale grey; the floor is rough bare boarded.
Furniture is conventional with black leatherette banquettes to the perimeter, though sadly there are some rather naff tea lights on the tables in red glass containers. Music was far too loud and what appears not to have changed is the impossibly gloomy lighting; too dark to read a newspaper. The pub's best lighting is reserved for the modern retro lavatories.
Unsurprisingly the crowd is young and hipster.
Ales: there's a huge keg selection, thereafter just Harbour Brewing's India Brown Ale and Rooster's Highway Fifty-One at a fairly reasonable £4.20 a pint. Unfortunately it was a bit soapy.
A larger selection of ales and with improved quality along with some more light would get at least an extra point from me. I'd certainly come again, but the above needs to be addressed.

On 16th October 2016 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Griffin

Traditional corner pub with lots of interesting features, but badly underlit (presumably to hid the tatty furniture and moth-eaten flooring). Quite an alternative selection on the jukebox and an upstairs function room for regular live music. Three handpumps - Pride (cheap before 6pm), Wandle (at £3.20) and one with a reversed clip. Curious sort of place, but it certainly has a bit of character.

On 10th March 2010 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Griffin

As the reviews below have described accurately, a old style corner boozer with a dark brown Victorian tiled exterior, inside which is a thoroughly run down interior with everything falling apart or giving the impression that it is just about to. And how the over zealous City health and safety wallas have missed the opportunity to shut this place down, just for the floor alone, is a mystery.
However, I'm not sure what it was, perhaps the dark orange lighting, which really shouldn't go with a green wood interior, or a half-decent pint of Doombar, but I actually found myself beginning to not dislike this place on a cold November evening.
I would even consider visiting again if I was back around Old Street.

On 28th November 2009 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Old Street, 0.32 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Shoreditch High Street, 0.38 miles, 7 min walk (show)
London Liverpool Street, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
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21st Sep 2017, 18:09
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20th Sep 2017, 23:35
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 16 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 16 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 10 March 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 16 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 October 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 October 2016 by Tris C
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