The Swimmer at The Grafton Arms, Holloway - pub details
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- Quiz night, Jukebox
- Food served, Real ale
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|I really did like this pub until the Landlord refused to serve an old friend of mine. We presume this was based on mistaken identity as this friend had not been there for a year and the alleged offence(???) apparently took place six months ago. The landlord would not listen to me or another friend, and we were obliged to leave two fresh drinks (ten quids worth!!). If this rude landlord apologises or, better still, buggers off, I would once again recommend the place. |
Kropotkin - 6 May 2013 13:53
|The Swimmer is a pub that you may discover by chance or have visited through word of mouth.You will NOT be disappointed. It is located just off Seven Sisters road and isn't your typical Holloway battle cruiser. It serves an eclectic mix of drinks. I recommend taking a closer look at the variety of bottles kept in the fridges if you enjoy strong beers from Belgium.|
The bar staff are always welcoming and helpful. The food is great. The juke box has some classic albums, as well as a funk and soul, 50's rock N roll, and some lesser known artists to wind down to after a busy day or in James Brown's case get on up to. Worth a try.
Bittersweet79 - 26 Apr 2013 11:27
|Top Top boozer. |
Exaggeration from previous commentator who said beer went up twice as much as it in fact did. This irritates me when people can't get the facts right.
As I have finally got my break in the craft beer industry, I am now so proud of businesses such as these that keep historic buildings like this open and the hand pumps still a-pumpin'! Energy costs, transport costs mean that my small business struggles hold down prices or discount as much as we'd like to our best customers, and I'd give my eye teeth to sell our brews here. I'd struggle to get the RRP below what is here anyway!
I'm just glad this place is here with a fun mixed crowd, great staff and not sold off for flats or a costa coffee. Ten pence on my pint is something I wish didn't happen, but I can well see why it ends up there unfortunately.
Save our quality boozers, don't give em gripe for keeping the doors to the beautiful buildings open!
WilliamWard1976 - 17 Apr 2013 19:36
|"A planned 3p rise in beer duty has been scrapped and replaced by a 1p cut in the price of a pint.|
The chancellor said the alcohol duty escalator - which adds inflation plus 2% to the price - would be abolished for beer completely." (Source: BBC)
Unfortunately, the response from the owners of The Swimmer was to increase the price of a pint here by about 20p. The draft ale (London Pride, plus guest Butcombe at a premium) is not great, and with some of the (albeit good) lagers now pushing £5.00 a pint, this pub has now become the preserve of only the wealthy.
Disley - 13 Apr 2013 21:42
|The food looks great but unfortunately I havent got to taste it! I am allergic to cheese which was made very clear to the staff so was disappointed to find cheese in my food. Our waitress could not have made it any clearer that she was in a bad mood. When I complained I was greeted by the very large and not so friendly chef who asked if I can eat pastry, I replied yes but Im allergic to cheese as stated on ordering. There was some huffing and then my food was taken away. Food arrives back to me, I look inside the pie and there is cheese. He had roughly scraped the cheese off the pastry and put the lid back on but there was still cheese all over the inside. Im obviously pretty miffed by this point as its my health on the line should I have eaten the food containing cheese. I went back into the bar and was greeted by "whats the problem now" from the fat horrible chef. Why they let him talk to customers I will never know but then other than one bar maid who is very sweet the service here is appalling. Out pure frustration I made the mistake of using a swear word after trying to talk on a level to the staff about how its not acceptable to keep sending out food that is going to make me sick and that was it, the chef got aggressive jumping on the fact I had said a swear word (not used in a name calling sense) and was very intimidating. The barmaid shoved a tenner in my direction to give my money back for the food. And I left the pub in tears. Now, I understand on a Sunday when there are problems with power ect its stressful, I have done bar work/waitressing before but there was no offer of something else I could eat, the fact he sent it back out a second time containing and ingredient I made very clear makes me sick baffles me. Why not just say sorry, we cant help due to some problems with the power, here is your money back and a drink on the house for your bother, or offer 10% off your next visit just SOMETHING! You do not half scrape off the cheese, send it out again then shout and be rude to the customer once you have been discovered to not have dealt with the food properly. I have never been pushed to tears and intimidated by a massive man after a valid complaint about a meal, shocking really. To make matters worse this is not the first time I have been in this pub and left with an empty stomach due to staff incompetence. I will NEVER set foot in that pub again, I suggest The Landseer up the road, super friendly, great food, great selection of drinks and a really great atmosphere! |
Madams - 8 Apr 2013 11:17
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