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The Draft House was the first of my 8 London pubs on Friday evening. I'd only previously been to the Battersea branch of this chain. As you'd expect given its location, this is full of City types who on the most part appear to be pretty inconsiderate. Trying to see the ale range was difficult in itself with a group of them hogging the bar. With the rugby world cup having started, quite a few were in to watch it on the huge screen. Ales were Windsor & Eton Zinzan's Drop, Old Dairy Gold Top, Sambrooks Wandle, Draft House Session IPA & Dark Star Hophead. The cider was Orchard Pig Philosopher. Service was lacklustre. Whilst the one barman acknowledged me, one barmaid ignored me in favour of drying glasses, whilst being happy to serve somebody who'd just walked up to the bar. CAMRA members are supposedly offered discounts. But none was offered on this occasion. Not somewhere I'd make a beeline for. But ok if in the area.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Sep 2015 21:46
Now reopened as the Draft House. When i visited they had 4 ales on including two from Sambrooks, & one Twickenham ale.

According to the bar man they have a beer of the day at £2.75. It was Sambrooks Lavender Hill when i was there and it was well served.

Excellent selection of lager and bottled beers.

Beer prices apart from the beer of the day based on alcohol strength.

3.9 to 5% I think was £3.50. Which isnt bad in this area.

Seemed happy to give tasters and the food looked nice too.

Great if you work in the area and/or visiting Tower of london.
TheHorsesMouth - 7 Aug 2013 14:43
Hmmm, yeeees...

Went there for an agency do so didn't have to pay UNTIL the tabe ran out, then... woo-hoo! Didn't see much change from 2 Amstel and a rose wine (for the laydee)!

No ceiling baffling meant the noise echoed of the bare plaster and quiet chat was impossible. OK, there were quite a few suits in there but still...

zabadak - 8 Dec 2010 18:16
the most expensive bottle that appears on their website is *only* 200. So you are oh so wrong HTM69. But not by all that much....
dpv - 6 Apr 2009 17:31
You're talking out of your arse! Who sells wine for 250 a bottle except maybe the Mirabelle or Fat Duck?

I've had plenty of great experiences here. The food is excellent, the staff are great and the managers really know how to look after their guests.

Go back to the Liberty Bounds because that's clearly the type of establishment that suits you. Cheap and nasty!
AnnaHaven - 25 Jul 2008 01:49
Being a very occasional frequenter to The Liberty Bounds Wetherspoon, I have surprised myself for, until last Friday (July 4), failing to notice the bar situated literary next door, The Assembly. I decided to take the plunge and popped my head in and in all truthfulness, wish I hadnt bothered. For you see, this is a bar aimed at those who enjoy monotonous music, trendy seating, wood panelled flooring and big modern art prints for dcor. And just what is the point of the open kitchen? Is being able to se the chef cook going to result in better tasting food? Doubt it. The usual euro fizz was on offer (Stella 3.40), though it was pleasing to see a real ale, Adnams Bitter, I believe. The staff were friendly enough and of Polish origin. Taking into account the custom the bar anticipates and primarily caters for, than, I suppose it does the job, though its most certainly not a place youll see this reviewer visit twice - One more thing. You can get wine in here at 250 a bottle.
HTM69 - 9 Jul 2008 21:55
This pub has a ceiling like you would find in a multi storey car park.
The accoustics suffer and as a result everyone has to shout to be heard over the din.
Food is pretty good and you can see the kitchen, so they have nothing to hide.
Beer is normally well kept, though they do suffer from the overseas staff habit of failing to comprehend what constitutes an actual pint. Frequent requests for top ups can get a bit tedious.

Decent enough bar though and I have had many a happy night there.
whileyn - 5 Apr 2008 10:24
Someone told me this was owned by the same company as the Couch on Dean St. Soho. It would make sense. It feels like a school canteen. Dull, bland and a bit awkward and not sure of what they are doing. Can't understand why it is so busy . Ok, apart from that.
anonymous - 4 Aug 2007 14:14
Someone told me this was owned by the same company as the Couch on Dean St. Soho. It would makw sense. It feels like a school canteen. Dull, bland and a bit awkward and not sure of what they are doing. Can't understand why it is so busy . Ok, apart from that.
anonymous - 4 Aug 2007 14:13
Both the Pride and Adnams were on, but hard to tell apart and not well kept. However, good range of lager, Star, Stella and Leffe + bottles, plus lot of wine by the glass or bottle.

Music selection great, with good mix of 70s and 80s classics. Just can be a little loud to shout over by mid evening.

Does do food nibbles later (handy!) which were decent standard.
Al - 24 Sep 2004 17:19
Serves Adnam's and London Pride. On the beer front not great but on every other front this place scores high.

Nice in sunny weather, good ventilation for us nonsmokers, excellent music without being too loud, quick staff (and not bad to look at), above average food. A bit pricey (2.70-2.90 pint) but worth it.

I had a fine time.
J - 23 Jul 2004 14:45
Good bar outside of the festive season. Can be a bit Brokerish Christmas and Fridays. Food is great on a good day and lunch better than evening nibbles but service can be a bit sporadic. Good value for money by City standards.
Andrew - 17 Dec 2003 16:53

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