Grafton Arms in London

This is the last post from our trip to Europe- hopefully one day we’ll get to go back so I can visit more places…three days in London wasn’t nearly long enough. Our first day there we went on a guided tour of the city and saw the majority of all the landmarks you should see…so the last two days we spent a lot of time just wandering around. It was on one of those walks when we were looking for food that we stumbled across a place called Grafton Arms, a pub we hadn’t seen before, so we gave it a try.

It was bigger than most of the pubs we’d visited- although still small compared to what we are used to here at home. We ordered food and beers from the bar and then went to sit at one of the tables. The beer we got was called London Glory- described on their website as ” a rich and fruity brew that combines crystal malt with challenger
and goldings hops.” I thought it was decent; I do prefer darker beers which I didn’t see on tap there, but this one was just fine to have with dinner.

While waiting on our food, I noticed that all of the artwork on the walls were cartoon drawings of something called The Goon Show, which sounded vaguely familiar to me but I couldn’t figure out why. After a quick search of the pub & The Goon Show on my phone, I realized I had stumbled onto a pretty cool place, being the radio geek that I am. This particular pub, according to their website, has an upstairs room which was used by Spike Milligan and other members of the Goons and was where some of the first scripts for the Goon Show were written. (The Goon Show was a British radio comedy program in the 50’s that starred, among others, Milligan and Peter Sellers). So for me, that was just another reason to love this place- plus the artwork was pretty cool and made for a fun atmosphere.

So the food- this was honestly the best food I had while in London. Eric got fish and chips, which we’d had a couple of days before at an outdoor market. And while that was good, the fish and chips here at Grafton Arms was a lot better. (Obviously I took a bite). I ordered the chicken and mushroom pie with mashed potatoes. First of all, if I could eat this kind of food daily, I would. This meal is exactly what I think of when I think of pub food, and it didn’t disappoint. I would highly recommend this place, and I hope one day I get a chance to go back!

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