User name:



Sign in with Facebook

Not already a member?
Join our community and - Rate & review pubs - Upload pictures - Add events JOIN for free NOW

Chat about:
Beer of the Week (w/e 22nd November 2020) with Mobyduck on the Pub Forum

Picture of The Grafton Arms
Image posted by Blackthorn _
Submitted on Friday, 13th September 2019
With picture contributions to 4654 other pubs
View all this pub's pictures (15 more images)
Only members may add pictures, click to receive free membership

The Grafton Arms, Westminster, SW1

2 Strutton Ground
Correct details

Pub Type

Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

Served areas

Reviews of The Grafton Arms (Average Rating: 5 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

E TA left this review about The Grafton Arms

A busy backstreet inn currently operated by GK. It’s a single room bar, quite battered with several broken barstools and bench seats that have seen better days. There are a couple of tv screens which were showing live football and rather dominated the bar. The landlady was pleasant, and there were 2 loud foreign barmaids, one of whom was unnecessarily rude to some of the customers who didn’t quite understand pub etiquette. Six pumps on the bar, the ales on were GK IPA, London Glory, Band of Brewers and Old Speckled Hen. I had Band of Brewers which was fresh and in good condition. Food was the standard GK unappetising ready-made stuff. Fine for a swift pint, and certainly superior to the many modern bars that keep appearing.

On 9th May 2018 - rating: 6
[User has posted 2600 recommendations about 2574 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Malden man left this review about The Grafton Arms

A long and fairly narrow Taylor Walker pub, booths of various sizes on the opposite side to the bar, normal seating to the front, armchairs by the fire at the far end and annoyingly, two high tables plonked directly in front of the bar, making access rather difficult. Some exposed brickwork, penny black stamp patterned wallpaper, a dark wood and mirrored bar back with a feature clock. A side wall had a range of Goon Show framed posters, the pub has just reverted to its previous name as it was when the Goon Show characters frequented the place. There is a commemorative plaque on the front elevation.
Truman's Swift, Doom Bar, Pride, Jenning's Cumberland Ale plus Somerset Snuffler cider, one was unclipped. Service was grumpy and impatient from the solitary barman who's stress levels were visibly rising. He was particularly unhelpful with a foreign tourist who did not know the ropes, just a bit of patience was required.
Two TVs were showing a muted choice of rugby union or the Scottish Cup final (the quality of football was frankly awful).
It's a Central London Taylor Walker pub by numbers, you know what to expect, it was sort of ok for one and to tick it off but I certainly wouldn't make a bee-line back.

On 31st May 2015 - rating: 5
[User has posted 1687 recommendations about 1663 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Rex Rattus left this review about The Grafton Arms

This is now a Taylor Walker branded pub, and had on a predictable ale selection - Truman's Zephyr, London Pride, Doom Bar, and TW 1730 (£2.10 a half undiscounted). However there were also a couple of draught ciders on - Henderson's Spiced Cider, and Somerset Snuffler. The usual Taylor Walker pub grub menu was of course available.

This is much like other Central London Taylor Walker pubs. There are tall tables/tall stools down the centre of the room; normal tables and chairs in alcoves on the right; and a clutch of armchairs in a small area right at the back of the room. Obviously there are a couple of one-armed bandits lighting up the place with their distracting flashing lights, and of course there's a large TV on the wall at the back as well as small TVs in each of the aforementioned alcoves. This place was doing a good trade on Saturday afternoon, leaving me having to sit at a stool at the end of the bar. The seating's quite close together here, making moving about the pub a tortuous affair when it's busy.

For a Taylor Walker pub it's OK, but I never find that this branding's pubs have much traditional pub appeal to me (except for the 10% CAMRA discount), seemingly catering for the mass food market. But they do serve a useful purpose, and must be doing something right as they are clearly very popular.

On 25th May 2015 - rating: 5
[User has posted 2577 recommendations about 2495 pubs]

View more reviews of The Grafton Arms (10)
This pub features in the following crawls:
St James's Park Crawl by Philip Carter
Victoria area by Philip Carter
Victoria to Westminster tube, 11 pubs, 7 of which are in Good Beer Guide 2010 by Danny O'Revey
External web links for The Grafton Arms

Pubs Galore is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Victoria, 0.61 miles, 11 min walk (show)
London Victoria, 0.61 miles, 11 min walk (show)
London Charing Cross, 1.06 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Grafton Arms, SW1
13th Sep 2019, 18:03
Picture submitted by Blackthorn _ approved
13th Sep 2019, 18:03
Picture submitted by Blackthorn _ approved

Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 15 January 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 25 May 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 25 May 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 May 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 25 May 2015 by Rex Rattus
Local pubs

Icon Key: Picture Recommendation Rating Closed