Friday’s Grafton launch was a packed affair with punters (and the odd celebrity) crammed around either the elegantly restored horseshoe bar, now shinily tiled, or tables lit by flickering candles in the various wood-panelled saloons. Not to mention dozens of outdoor revellers filling the pavements. And the joint was cleaned out of scotch eggs and prosecco quicker than you could say complimentary. The crowd? Duly representative of NW5’s diverse community, it spanned curious locals and hipsters to traditional ale lovers.
Sadly a fault with co-owner Susie’s guitar pickup meant neither she nor Rich Thomas (from Brother and Bones) could perform after all (we eagerly await the display of her talents another time). But ChaiWallah DJ Rackabeat played the evening to a close and, say our spies, ‘seemed to go down a treat’ (several pints in, we had to do a runner to soak all the Pale Ale up with some streetfood from the Brewery).
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Photography: Philip J Mitchell
The Grafton is now open at 20 Prince Of Wales Road. £7 lunch specials are served daily; they’re working on an evening menu. Don’t forget that Kentish Town artist Steve Williams is exhibiting his ‘Ulysses’series in the upstairs room too.