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The Griffin Belle, SW8

8 Wyvil Road
SW8
SW8 2TH
Phone: 02076220222
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Tris C left this review about The Griffin Belle

This is a mid-19th century pub, originally the Builders Arms, formerly the Vauxhall Griffin, the current name dating from 2018.
The aspidistra no longer flying, this is now part of the small Belle chain and totally changed since the last review, the interior is a bit of a shocker, the black and white chequered floor being the sanest item of note. Thereafter, there are a multitude of mirrors, modern herringbone bevelled mirrors to the bar back, the entire bar front clad with more bevelled mirrors, looking like a fairground attraction. At least one wall and the entire ceiling are completely covered with gaudy plastic flowers and similar vines, the latter also featuring oversized plastic butterflies. Furniture features marble topped tables with tubular steel chairs and a burgundy fluted banquette. Customers amounted to a lost looking family of three, all eating rather than looking at the seven large and one enormous TVs showing random dross with the sound off, so as not to compete with Kylie playing on my arrival.
Cask amounted to just Pride, so it was a half of Neck Oil at a shocking £3.80, served by a nonchalant manager.
Customers aside, with all the plastic flowers, butterflies, Pride, mirrors and Kylie I’ve never been in such a camp pub (though I’d yet to visit their sister pub, the Duchess Belle) and I’d just come from the RVT.

On 26th August 2023 - rating: 3
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Philip Carter left this review about Griffin Belle

Has had a name change, now called Griffin Belle. Undergoing a refurb at the moment, hopefully not going upmarket and losing its character, very tempting as lots of expensive apartments being built in the area. Won't leave a rating as haven't checked out the new look yet. Update: The refurbishment has finished, had a quick look in as wasn't open at the time, the staff were getting used to the place. Looks completely different. Gone are the posters and pictures around the wall. The bar has a bright tiled front to it. Looks like the garden has gone. Brick wall where there used to be fencing and a gate into the garden. The manager (I think that was who it was) told me they will open until 1am on some days and 2am on others. Hope the posh neighbours love the noise. Still has 3 real ale taps. Will give further update, when I actually buy a drink there. OKay, further update. Bright interior, white ceiling, white tiled wall behind the optics and white & yellow tiles on the front of the bar. has 4 real ale taps, Doombar, Broadside, Wainwright & Mad Goose Purity. The garden has gone, but there are more seats outside. Polished wood floor, nice priced menu. Pool table gone and the best bit, the gents has been done up. I thought I wouldn't like it, but I was wrong. best to visit yourself. Rating gone up. See new review.

On 9th February 2019 - rating: 9
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Philip Carter left this review about Griffin Belle

The price of Wainwright ale has gone up to £4.95. Used to like this pub, friendly staff. But it has priced me out of their customers. If there was a zero rating, it would be given so gave it 1 and that is being generous. Not going back in there again.

On 9th February 2019 - rating: 1
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Vauxhall, 0.52 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Vauxhall, 0.52 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Wandsworth Road, 1.1 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Griffin Belle, SW8
26th Aug 2023, 12:02
Review submitted by Tris C
 
11th Aug 2023, 15:12
Web Link submitted by Tris C approved

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  • Accommodation : Yes - Backpackers' hostel. - last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Pride. - last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 August 2023 by Tris C
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