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Grand Junction Arms, Harlesden

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Cant believe this Pub only has a 6.5 out of 10. deserves much more. Such an amazing pub and the beer Garden!!.,wow, well maintained and great to look at. always playing great music, pool tables inside ping pong outside. great selection of beers and the BEST chicken parmigiana in England. staff are friendly( mostly antipodeans) but good for some banter. My new favourite. Friday afternoon meat raffles. CHECK IT OUT
sjcp87 - 24 Mar 2014 01:38
Being located closed to factories and offices means that the pub has a very mixed clientele and is, thankfully, a million miles away from a gastropub. Had a very nice homemade bacon cheeseburger, washed down by a well-kept pint of Young’s London Gold.

On the minus side; there’s a surfeit of sofas and high chairs/tables, at the expense of ‘proper’ tables and chairs, and the jukebox kept playing ten seconds of a song before skipping to something else; making it the pub equivalent of an irritating kid at the back of the bus, fiddling with their phone.
PunkySi - 11 Apr 2012 22:36
Great Pub lovely outdoor area on the canal....Very Friendly staff and the food was lovely......Has had a refurbishment and looks fresh and not tired anymore...Enjoyed every PInt i drank and the atmosphere was brilliant definately be going back in the summer to sit in the huge beer garden.
dcleary88 - 3 Mar 2012 14:16
Reasonable Youngs house with the odd mainstream guest ale. The Young's Bitter was just about palatable though the Christmas brew was better. Has a pool table and canalside area and also a couple of pool tables. Is next door to a biscuit factory.
anonymous - 18 Dec 2011 20:52
New management have turned this pub around 180 degrees. Jazz back on Sundays and the best kept pint of Tribute outside St Austell.
Britbeerisbest - 16 Jul 2010 15:25
Sunday afternoon 2-4pm Jazz reportedly re-starting 30 May 2010, Alex Garnett / Brandon Allen et al., 6 June Art Themen / Colin Oxley et al., and so onwards...
_grobag_ - 2 May 2010 14:11
A Wells and Youngs pub with their usual beers,Youngs Special,Kew Gold and Bombardier all now sadly dull and unimaginative ales.However the pub does carry one guest ale and on our visit this was Iceberg from Titanic.However this beer hadnt been pulled through before opening time,and the first three pints pulled were not up to Iceberg standards.The next few Iceberg pulled were better but lack of basic cellar skills are a negative here.Bar food looked cheap but the interior of the pub is very tired and in need of a clean and upgrade.Large Sky screen in back barn bar,and good outside terrace overlooking canal.
Bucking_Fastard - 22 Oct 2009 12:35
As of 20/12/2008, Sunday afternoon jazz is off again according to Jazz In London's website, late programme changes section...
_grobag_ - 22 Dec 2008 12:38
Jazz is back on Sundays, 2-4pm and the band were excellent yesterday (and the Young's didn't run out although I did my best).
oak_cliff - 24 Nov 2008 20:18
Don't bother - since new owners have taken over:

1. The beer runs out frequently (3 times in the last 5 I've been there)
2. The food has gone downhill - fast
3. The jazz on a Sunday afternoon has been stopped

Staff very sloppy and atmosphere not very nice at all.
Britbeerisbest - 26 Aug 2008 15:17
Not bad pub. As well as the jazz meet on Sunday I've see a chess club meet on a weekday. Ale is fine, and the canal side view is welcomed. Thankfully having 2 bars means you can get away from the noise of the TVs.
thursdaynight - 19 Jul 2008 15:03
What lifts this pub out of the ordinary is the location. Both bars are a bit drab and boring and normally I wouldn't give it a second try, but the canalside seating is lovely. I've spent several wonderful Sunday evenings getting outside a pint of Bombadier watching the boats, and the cyclists and the ducks go by. I'll let others enthuse on the food and the music. I like the water
Royed - 11 Jun 2008 22:47
lovely beer garden 4 the summer and a great "waft" of digestives etc in the air from the mcvities biscuit factory across the river! 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 4 Aug 2007 17:38
Had a great time recently listening to the Sunday jazz session while sitting outside beside the canal.

The atmosphere was great - food was fairly basic but good fare (Sunday roast was faultless) and, with the changes happening in the area, I think this pub can go from strength to strength. Recommended
likestradnonsmokeypubs - 30 Apr 2007 22:20
i really like this pub although it is a shame that
the mangers have just left
anonymous - 21 Mar 2007 01:27
Top quality jazz on Sundays (2pm), Sky Sports (in other bar), good quality Youngs bitter - £2.35 a pint is very reasonable by London standards - it gets my vote and we'll be back.
oak_cliff - 17 Nov 2006 17:06
I found this pub biking home along the canal and have since spend a few enjoyable Sunday afternoons sitting by the canal with a drink having meal. My meals have been tasty and well cooked everytime and I find the service friendly and promt. A great find in a mostly industrial Park Royal!
jesta05 - 16 Sep 2006 12:28
I'll elaborate for you then amber.

First off, any pub offering a menu with 8 types of burger on it (including a "Jamaican" (mango & pineapple), a "Mexican" (chilli & nachos) and a "Thai" - satay peanut sauce?!) needs its head pulling out of its arse. I was a bit unsure as to whether I was looking at a menu or the electoral roll for the United Nations.

I ordered an "American" (or a beefburger with bacon and BBQ sauce in layman's terms) and was sent a cheeseburger with bacon. I don't like cheese so asked if it could be changed. The waitress came back with the same burger and told me it was actually an American. I pointed out the lack of BBQ sauce and the unwanted (and unmentioned on the menu) cheese. She had a bit of a scowl and puttered off back to the kitchen, returning 15 minutes later with the same burger and bun (cheese scraped off) and a dollop of BBQ sauce. They'd taken away the bacon, I reckon to punish me for having the temerity to want to eat what I'd ordered from the menu. Needless to say burger, bun and the accompanying chips / onion rings were stone cold. I'd have complained again but I was in a party of 12 (some of whom were also awaiting their mains) and it was getting a bit embarrassing. Besides, I've worked in pub kitchens and would only ever send something back once before asking for my money back, if you catch my drift...

I normally wouldn't give a toss but for £7 a burger I'd like to eat what I've ordered.
random_ranger - 31 Jul 2006 15:17
i really like this pub i use it every lunch time as i work in the area. Im not quite sure what the previous person is going on about the food here always looks great and tastes just as good the staff a very friendly and the refurbishment is wonderful.Keep up the good work
amber78 - 24 Jul 2006 20:52
I'll echo most of what's written here about the Grand Junction Arms from my two visits - the beer is first class, the canal-side setting is delightful, especially in the summer and for the area (which has its moments) the clientele are remarkably easy-going. Don't expect wonders from the kitchen though - you'll be disappointed.
random_ranger - 24 Jul 2006 13:22
Hmm, Halfway between Harlesden and Park Royal and it's on this site as a Willesden pub - a bit strange! Now to business...having seen this Young's pub on my route to and from the Central Middlesex hospital an unexpected call back to the hospital proved that you can't pass a Young's pub 4 times without going in! 4 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon is a quiet time for most pubs and this was no exception. Got to have a long chat with the soon to be married landlady. Clearly knows her clientele but whilst pandering to the largely lager drinking brigade is keen to serve the Young's ale in the best possible light - 4 beautifully presented clear pints of Special with just the right bitter aftertaste were a testament to that. Didn't get to try the regular bitter - the Special was too good to switch! The pub makes an effort to use the spacious back bar and huge "towpath" garden by staging local tribute bands and holding bi-weekly barbeques/parties. The landlady/landlord partnership have clearly got their heads screwed on and are ambitious for a Young's flagship pub out west - I hope they get it as they certainly have paid attention to the variety of offerings that will satisfy their clientele. The fact that they intend to hold their own wedding reception at the venue is testament to the fact that the pub is well equipped in the right departments. Apparently a refurbishment is planned (certainly the toilets require a "refresh") but I hope the distinctive nature of each bar is maintained and the welcoming feel to the front bar continues.
Martin_R - 26 Jul 2005 18:30
The best pub in the area by a country mile. Lovely and sociable in the back room and a huge beer garden next to the canal make this a must visit.
Mr.Raffles - 6 May 2005 18:21
pub and nightclub
anonymous - 12 Nov 2004 21:37
A good mixed crowed aussies, kiwis and locals. Get there on a saturday night when they have djs playing (phone to make sure wich saturday)its packed full with antipodeans having a great time oh yeh and the bar staff are crazy ( in a good way ) very freindly
carla - 24 Oct 2004 02:14

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