The Swimmer At The Grafton Arms
12 Eburne Road, Holloway, London N7 6AR
- Holloway Road Station (0.8 km)
- Arsenal Underground Station (0.9 km)
- Finsbury Park Station (1.1 km)
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020 7281 4632
13-15 Bollo Lane, Chiswick, London W4 5LR
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8 reviews of The Swimmer At The Grafton Arms in English
This pub has a lot of potential, very cosy with lovely decor and a fairly good atmosphere. Unfortunately the bar staff are always unfriendly and have a ‘stuck up’ attitude. Never tried the food as it is horrendously overpriced considering how many other pubs in the area are doing quality cheap food. Drinks also very dear. Disappointing. Also: horrible toilets.
A lovely little pub with heaps of character. It is best visited in summer due to its small size and outdoor seating area, but the staff make up for it in the winter by serving delicious hearty pies and chips.
There is a good quiz here that happens on a Tuesday night.
I wish this was my local, and almost bought a flat within walking distance largely on this basis blush
Great food which is cooked in the open plan kitchen right next to the bar. The only thing about it is that there is a limited amount of seating so you might need to wait before you can eat!
This place isn’t bad. Some people would call it a hidden gem, because of its proximity to the Holloway Road, but it being somewhere you wouldn’t just find in passing. I wouldn’t go that far, particularly as most good pubs round this way are off the beaten track.
This is a foodie pub…I may have to use that awful word Gastro at some point…but it doesn’t fall into the trap of putting the food first. It is still a proper boozer at heart with a good jukebox and a decent selection of ales at 30-40p above the going price (perhaps to keep out the ‘riff raff’). I enjoyed a couple of pints of Butcombe bitter, which was in good shape.
There is a smallish outside area, which is handy for the warmer months. When this is not available due to our wonderful weather then the pub can get a bit too packed.
My old local (I’m still nearby and go every Friday night), is a fantastic, if not slighty expensive, pub. It’s just off Holloway Road / Seven Sisters Road and is a bit of a gem given its location. Its main lager is Litovel Classic or Premium, which is a welcome change, but it has a number of other ales and beers on tap (Butcombe being a new addition).
Before the smoking ban came in to effect, there used to be a temporary, conservatory like awning outside which was brilliant for wet and wintery days, but in recent times this has been replaced with the giant umbrellas so the locals can have a fag.
The food is pricey for pub grub, but it’s also of a much better standard than your usual fare. The steak is always a good cut and cooked perfectly, and they’ve also introduced venison and some more fish dishes.
Definitely worth the visit and probably the best pub in the area (the nearby Landseer come a close second).
This place is also known, confusingly, as The Swimmer and ranks as one of my favourite pubs in London. Set behind Holloway Rd it’s a well-kept secret and is mainly frequented by locals.
It gets absolutely rammed on some nights, Fridays particularly so, but the huge outside area is a nice spot to pack them in.
The food also rises above the usual pub grub and is great value, I’m a veggie but everyone I take there raves about the plate-sized steaks.
Good range of beers there including Czech and Belgian brands.
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