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Drayton Arms, Highbury

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An away friendly pub but now a victim of it's own success. Absolutely rammed full, plastic glasses and doormen now the norm. On the plus side the service is always very efficient.
TREFONEN - 9 Dec 2013 19:24
A bit scruffy but still traditional pub, NO ALE, expensive boring lager, full to the brim with away fans on matchday. I will say it is friendly on a non-matchday with the regulars but otherwise needs improving I'm afraid.
Richard_ReadingFC - 7 Feb 2012 11:44
Called in on a match day. Was busy but ok for away fans, looking very tired but you could do worse if you're paying a visit to The Emirates. Wouldn't rush back but efficientky run when very busy.
thehonesttruth - 27 Oct 2011 22:16
Brilliant pub, great beer.
ryan1582 - 5 Aug 2010 14:21
Pub for football fans, away fan friendly, crowded on match days ok but would nt go in there any other time, basic facilities catering for 300 fans!
steviewonder - 16 Nov 2009 17:13
well what can i say, i've used the pub for many years and its changed alot, in recent years its got alot quiter but with the new homes being built all around it its got massive potential!
the pub its self is an old stlye working mans pub, always has been but might not be for much longer as there is talk that it will be re-furbished some time soon. on match days it is both a home or away pub, it has a large beer garden which used to have amazing bbq's during the summer, the beer is of a good standered and is improving even more.
the customers are 90% locals who after a while will welcome any one that comes in on a reguler bases, over all its not the best pub in the world but it does have caricture, some thing many of they new gastro pubs can never get, thats simply down to good people and staff.
if you want a pint it does the job!
zardra - 16 May 2009 11:45
Okay, let's be clear, this place is for the football crowd but remains a local. Sadly it has no ale and unless it's you are a local or meeting up before kick off it really is not worth a visit.
Harlap - 8 Jun 2007 11:30
Does anybody have a number for this pub please? If not does anybody know if it's still an away fans pub or not? thanks
Stuee6899 - 17 Jan 2007 14:28
Came here last night (2 Jan) for some drinks before watching Charlton's 4 nil defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Mainly full of smug Arsenal fans with their replica shirts on, although this pub is opposite the entrance for away supporters. You could drink outside which is what we did.

2 Magners and a half a pint of Fosters (for the laydee!) came to £7.30, so make what you want from that about the drink prices if anything. The Magners, however, came in 330 ml bottles as opposed to the usual 568 ml ones.

Jovial atmosphere outside the pub considering the juxtaposition of Arsenal and Charlton supporters, with the tv screens inside showing the excellent Sky Sports News (which darkened my evening by informing me that Thierry Henry was starting for the Gunners, thereby crushing any notion of Charlton getting at least a point from the game). Shut after kick-off, but a decent enough boozer for a pre match drink when visiting the Emirates. Given Charlton's plight, this could be my last visit here for a while…

Searching_for_H_Files - 3 Jan 2007 12:59
Moved in around the corner back in mid-April and from first glance it looked like the biggest chav pub going. Garish colours on the outside, bright lights and hooded youth inside. But after a few visits I like it. The lady who served me the other day when England vs. some south american country was on the telly is very friendly and we utilised the pool table and dartboard over a few Guinnesses. It's by no means classy or trying to be anything it's not, just an honest working-mans pub. Wandering in the lounge bar with a suit on will draw some looks though...
owenontour - 16 Jun 2005 14:00
Just across the road from the rapidly growing Ashburton Grove , puts the pub in a prime position for the coming years of Arsenal glory !
JMascis666 - 7 Jan 2005 20:05
as an away footy fan, this is the best pub i've ever been in before a game for both atmosphere and the tolerance and friendliness of the owners! Certainly seemed a lot more welcoming than 'The Gunners' just down the road!
nick longford - 19 Jul 2004 16:52
It is a pub that does not do food and to be avoided on match days. Apart from that Mark the owner is a really nice guy and if you get him talking you can learn a thing or two about a lot of things.Beer is mainly Lager and Guinness.
Maria Calo - 10 May 2004 17:15
BEING SO CLOSE TO HIGHBURY, THE DRAYTON IS USUALY AN AWAY FANS PUB FOR MATCHDAYS AT ARSENAL.
THE CURRENT OWNERS HAVE OWNED THE PUB FOR OVER 20 YEARS.
IT HAS A POOL TABLE, A DART BOARD AND A QUIZ NIGHT EVERY MONDAY.
DANNY - 13 Oct 2003 12:10

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