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Food's ok too, and there are plenty of TVs for sport.
OneselfAlone - 17 May 2017 16:39
Can't find any connection with "You Jane, me Tarzan" and all that, but there's a nice pint to be had here.
OneselfAlone - 15 May 2017 15:57
Very smart looking pub with a wide range of well kept ales. Gives the impression of been a well run establishment offering pretty much all you could want in a local. Good place.
strangetorpor - 27 Mar 2017 17:10
Still very much a locals pub, but OK to while away an hour with a fair pint and a reasonable bite to eat.

Oh, too many TVs for my liking, but not for some it seems.
eddybeer - 25 Aug 2016 22:06
The pub is looking really good these days. Fitted out well. Plenty of tvs to watch sport.
Range of beers is OK but the food is outstanding.
Worth going just for a meal.
Oh, and to see the lovely dark haired barmaid with tattoos on her feet!
papamike - 17 Aug 2014 09:39
i worked in the greystoke for the owners back in 1984 to 1986 as their nanny. The lanlord was Bill Worthington and his wife Carrie. Ihave lots of good memories of the pub. Have even just read a message posted in2005 by a barman that i knew..
pubnanny - 16 Apr 2013 00:36
Busy pub next to North Ealing tube. This is a John Barras pub and appeared to family friendly and had a cheap food menu. It's a large open-plan pub with plenty of tables. Many were taken on our Friday evening visit. There is a pool table at one end of the bar with TVs also scattered around. Beers were Ghost Ship, Doom Bar & London Pride.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Feb 2013 20:43
Fair pint of pride. Very much a locals pub.
eddybeer - 5 Feb 2013 14:06
I dont like this pub, the staff can go behind your back very easily and get you barred for doing nothing, watch out for the essex slapper she would hang you
formworker123 - 20 May 2012 12:01
Fantastic pub these days, only get a chance to go in once a week and i must say it really is a highlight. They have kept the pub looking traditional despite the decorating they have done there. Friendly staff and a good quality & fairly priced pint of pride wins me over everyday. 10/10
polakdave - 16 Nov 2011 18:17
DOWN HILL, LETS SAY NO MORE . WHO EVER IT OWNS IT GET A GRIP.
leekitts - 21 Jul 2010 22:39
leejobmod, whilst some of what you say i totaly agree with why dont you grow some nuts and tell him to his face. only one TW*T and its you,
leekitt - 19 May 2009 12:13
Where to begin - this pub could has so much potential yet it is ruined by poor management, a lack of creative ideas, and a penchant for showing no respect for regular punters.

The current manager spends 99% of his time upstairs often leaving one bar person to do all the work on a busy night. It would be 100% but he does come down near last orders to salivate over the days takings. The punters are then treated to what can be only described as a tw*t on a motorised hairdryer (his moped) which he drives twenty feet into the pub before he locks the doors.

His attitude towards the punters is quite amicable but i remember on several occasions regular punters have gone outside for a fag etc and came back after ten minutes to find their drinks had been taken. Fine but there were not offered new drinks - bad management policy in my book.

The bar staff seem very friendly if a little overworked not helped by the disappearance of Tom (the people's choice) who should have been manager - all the best mate if you are reading this.

As for entertainment there is a quiz night every Thursday - with the most boring quiz master ever - haven't entered myself but seems good natured, and sometimes there are live acts - normally a singer with backing track (rock on). The Greystoke generally has a friendly atmosphere and the beer is very cheap but it could be so much better

All in all 4.1/10
leejobmod - 30 Apr 2009 20:05
This is a nice local-ish pub. Nice beer and reasonable food.

Some funny (aka drunk) characters come in here and will try and chat with everyone. They aren't menacing or anything but if you're a bit prissy about that kind of thing you might get a fright!!
squizita - 21 Feb 2009 17:10
The Greystoke has rather grown on me. When I first tried it, I wasn't impressed, but it so happens that the other half comes into North Ealing tube on Friday nights so it's an ideal place to have a beer before wandering home and I've come to like it. It's comfortable althought not "cosy"; the Pride is usually good and sometimes they have a guest ale (although the ginger flavoured "Sly Fox" a while back was diabolical) I've never known it get too crowded or noisy and there's outside seating. Definitely on the good side of OK,
Royed - 7 Dec 2008 19:36
I like the pub, good beer, show the sport and a decent atmosphere, it's not the most exciting but it's fine if you want a quiet drink. My one complaint would be that I did once have something to eat, it was disgusting but at least it was cheap enough to not mind too much!
Argylefan - 4 Sep 2008 20:04
And of course Tom, the new assistant manager. I knew I'd forget somebody! :-(
Gostevie - 21 Jun 2008 15:59
Just to reiterate my previous post, Lee has not only made this a great pub again but he has assembled a great team. Kate, Brenda, James, Karah and the others are fantastic. (Oops! I'm bound to have peed somebody off by forgetting them.)

I should add for the sake of balance that I only use "The Greystoke" in the afternoon, so I don't know what it's like in the evening but I haven't heard of any trouble.

If it's excitement you want from a pub then I suggest you go to Ealing Broadway where there are several 'exciting' pubs. If you want to relax with a beer or three in convivial surroundings then you couldn't do better than "The Greystoke", just over the road from North Ealing Station on the Piccadilly Line.

Oh, and there is a bookies next door as well if that's your thing.

Gostevie
Gostevie - 21 Jun 2008 15:49
Further to me previous review, I would just like to say that Lee has improved enormously. Perhaps I was being unfair. This is a great pub again.
Gostevie - 19 May 2008 09:14
I'm sorry to say that I agree with those posters who have said that this once superb pub has gone downhill since the new manager, Lee, took over.

Admittedly Mark was exceptional, but Lee just doesn't seem interested and appears to view customers as an inconvenience. At times he is just plain rude.

Such a shame.
Gostevie - 29 Feb 2008 13:24
Spacious and bland pub. Food is average to poor. Prices here are fairly cheap but they are obscure amounts that always leave me with a pocket full of small change. The old manager gave the place some much needed character. However the new guy doesn't seem interested and has let standards of service and cleanliness slip.

drinker_x - 23 Feb 2008 18:10
I live close by and have visited regularly, that is, until tonight. A group of friends and I visited the pub quiz for the first time and it was a let down with little atmoshphere and haphazard organisation. We also found the bar staff rude and unhelpful. I will be looking for a new local.
Amy80 - 17 Jan 2008 23:56
The new manager really does not have a clue and has let the place go, big time.
anonymous - 15 Jan 2008 23:28
Great pub, it's pretty quiet when there's no sport on but a good atmosphere when there is and not too busy that you won't be able to see the match properly. The food is o.k but benefits from being inexpensive and the pub quiz on Thursday is the best I've been too.
Normal_seasoned_drinker - 2 Oct 2007 14:11
Poor range of beers, but definitely improving slowly.
anonymous - 31 Aug 2007 19:01
They have now got a lot more tables outside (and a lot less parking spaces) to come in line with the upcoming smoking ban.
mitsy - 12 Apr 2007 14:38
A group of us meet in this pub once a month or so. It's great for mid-week after-work drinks as the food is good and reasonably priced and the beer is good & cheap. They have a decent selection of wines including a not-too bad chardonnay for under 6 a bottle! Most of the bar staff are lovely and Mark the manager is really great. There are a few tables outside (sadly no garden though) which are great to sit at in the summer. Weekends can get busy but the pub is big enough to accommodate lots of people without feeling crowded. Good atmosphere when the football or rugby is on. Ten out of ten in my book!
misslainy - 11 Feb 2007 13:37
I was back in here for a quick bite the other afternoon, my boyfriend and I both had the steak and we could not get over how yummy it was, we were stuffed as we had polished off the lot but as their desserts are to die for we had to share one of those too. We were served by a lovely new barmaid, their was a good crowd in, the vodkas,soda and limes are cheap and we got hooked on the quiz game. Hence we never got back from finishing our lunch break and spent the rest of the evening here. Oh well the house can be done up another day, I am sure we will get to live there eventually. Opps
mitsy - 3 Jan 2007 12:43
I was back in here for a quick bite the other afternoon, my boyfriend and I both had the steak and we could not get over how yummy it was, we were stuffed as we had polished off the lot but as their desserts are to die for we had to share one of those too. We were served by a lovely new barmaid, their was a good crowd in, the vodkas,soda and limes are cheap and we got hooked on the quiz game. Hence we never got back from finishing our lunch break and spent the rest of the evening here. Oh well the house can be done up another day, I am sure we will get to live there eventually. Opps
mitsy - 3 Jan 2007 12:43
Hmm, Got more than a sneaky feeling that a lot of theses reviews are written by regulars or dare I say it staff, Shock Horror!!

Having said that it's the only pub around for two or more miles and is miles better than it's previous incarnation, The Grange, with it's weekly fifteen rounds on a Friday night...

The food's reasonably priced and there's a good selection and the Guinness is kept well but the ales are frequently off and it can get very noisy and hugely packed on a footie night.

To sum up - Captive Market, it does what it does reasonably well but as my old school teacher used to say, "Could do better!"
Phantom_Raspberry - 7 Sep 2006 20:46
I know!! WHYYY did they refurb the Grange??!? Never been back. Some people just don't respect history. Are the new owners foreigners or somethink?
lucynzsky - 13 Aug 2006 00:39
I agree with bub, this pub's great. Who is that dippy guy who ALWAYS tries to charge more?
mitsy - 27 Feb 2006 17:50
Had a few pints in here last night with a mate who recently moved back to the area, nice atmosphere, reasonably priced drinks and I'm guessing good for watching the football.

I'll be back sometime.
brodie_bruce - 4 Dec 2005 19:19
This is a truly great pub, drinks are reasonably cheap, ditto for the food and it tastes good too, but the best thing is the comfortable welcoming atmosphere. Since they have refurbed the Grange and the North Star (WHY) this has been my haven. Watch out though for the dippy young barman who charges at least 1.50 a round more than anyone else.
bub - 7 Oct 2005 08:55
My name is Tarryn and i worked in the greystoke last year. It was the best experience of my life. I was a 19 year old South African in a foreign country and Mark and all the staff made me feel like i was at home.It is definately a great pub.Miss you all.
Amber69 - 1 Aug 2005 18:43
Lovely boozer. Clean, friendly and best of all nice a great pint.
realalesnob - 9 Jun 2005 14:45
Great pub, just a pity its not very easy journey for me to get there or I would be use it a lot, sood beer, good atmos and great for live sport, cant recommend it high enough !!!!
ChelseaLes - 3 Mar 2005 11:16
I worked there as a Kiwi barman in 1985 from about June through October. Remember Scottish gay barman (no name), barmaid Liz, nanny Lorna (!), and can picture the manager/manageress and the assistant mgr/mgress but no name. Mgr had glasses, side-swiped a car when we picked up some beer in a van one day. Ray Wilson that lived down Madeley Rd, the off-site nanny that first exposed me to the Young Ones, met Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones courtesy of John, the jazz drummer. Pint was 90p, Sunday afternoon dinner was awesome.
Good times!
neilpaku - 3 Mar 2005 01:34
Recently started using this pub on a Sunday lunchtime and have been well impressed. It's smart, clean and tidy, the staff are brilliant and really friendly, and the beer is very reasonably priced and very well kept. They even show Test Match cricket on the tv! What more could anybody want? (A Bangladeshi/Indian restaurant a few doors away doing a Sunday buffet perhaps? No problem...)
Gostevie - 22 Dec 2004 11:48
Worked as a Kiwi barman here in 1988. Place was crazy at times...mind you so was I. Lunch time was pandemonium with food and bev served right up to 3pm. Hours were crazy back in those days. I lived-in with some other staff mainly Aussies. The guys were great to work with though the girls were dodgy...Friday and Saturday nights were pretty ragy. Highlight of working at Greystoke - meeting a really spunky English model patron who I had only ever dreamt about back in New Zealand! Nickname of pub - The Straypoke.
Leighton - 17 Nov 2004 03:52
IF IT WAS ENTERED FOR THE PUB OF THE YEAR,IT WOULD WIN.GREAT BEERS AND GREAT STAFF.ESPECIALY THE GOVENOR MARK.ALWAYS SMILING AND TIME TO HAVE A WORD.EVERYTHING A PUB SHOULD BE.
alfie morrison - 15 Oct 2004 12:34

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