We Haven’t Had That Spirit Here Since 1969

I am just back from the Swiss Alps where it rained, snowed then cleared up on the last day. We lunched at a truly bizarre and wonderful hotel – the Weisshorn – a large Victorian affair (above) only accessible by walkers and cross-country skiers. The interior – last touched up in 1969 – is a fabulously eccentric time capsule.

A fumoir is an excellent idea.

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09 Apr 2015,

Wings Wednesday!

We launched a new menu last week and some of you were appalled to find that Wings had gone Walkies.

Well, they’re back in a big(ger) way. A Pound of Buffalo Wings £9.90 A boat-load of wings, southern-fried and slathered in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce with Blue Cheese Dip and Celery Sticks Buffalo Wing Poutine £8.90 Our famous poutine (Quebecois fries with gravy and cheese curds) topped with Buffalo Wings


And…every Wednesday both dishes are half-price all day. BOOM!

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08 Apr 2015, Food News

New Menu at the ‘Pie Pubs’

Your wish was our command: we have added some terrific new dishes to our Pie menu at Draft House Birdcage. New delights include Pulled Pork Rolls, Spanikopita and the notorious Holy F*ck Scotch Egg from Pig & Hay (it’s amazing).

Two new sharing dishes – the Levantine Plate (above) and the Perfect Pig Plate – the latter featuring our famous Foot-Long Scratchings and among other porcine items.

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08 Apr 2015, Food NewsCharlotteBirdcageNorthcote

Spring B U M P

Our Spring BUMP Spirit is produced in BUMP Caves with cacao husks from Madagascar, suppleid by Mast Brothers chocolatiers in Shoreditch.

These husks are rapid-infused into grain spirit using nitrogen gas; a techique whch maximises the flavour. After this rapid infusion the spirit is distilled under high pressure with our rotary evaporator at 50 degrees, which ensures no further flavour loss.

The clear cacao distillate is then diluted with filtered water and blended with Diplomatico Blanco, a 4 year Venezuelan charcoal filtered rum, and sweetened.

Enjoy as a shot for £3.90, or for £2.90 with any bottled beer (we recommend a dark one!)

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02 Apr 2015, BeerEventsB U M P

Draft House Hammersmith Opens

I’m a little emotional about (finally!) opening a Draft House westside. Those of you from the old school will remember Woody’s and The Bush Bar & Grill. They’re happy memories for me though I’m not sure I ever want a night on Ben Reed’s half-pint Martinis again.

But let’s concentrate on the here and now. We’ve bought a beautiful Victorian pub just north of Hammersmith Broadway next to the old fire station. It reopens as Draft House Hammersmith on 26th February and will sell the finest London pies, Foot-Long Scratchings and other fab fare, not to forget a truly colossal range of beautifully kept beer.

The pub was originally tucked into the sweaty embrace of the Hammersmith Palais until that great wellspring of teenage memory was torn down two years ago to make way for – you guessed it – flats. We’re reviving the Palais spirit with a rocking playlist and a shed load of memorabilia.

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23 Feb 2015, BeerEventsHammersmith

The Monster Awakes

Yes! It’s that time of year again when the screens that can be seen from outer space once again find their true purpose in the galaxy – the transmission of the Six Nations. The frankly terrifying MONSTER SCREEN (all 4m x 5m of it) is at Seething Lane right by Tower Hill tube. By general consent this is the biggest HD screen in the City.

And the only slightly smaller SON OF MONSTER lurks unsettlingly upstairs in the Barrel Bar at Draft House Westbridge (just south of Battersea Bridge).

But all Draft Houses* are showing this ‘hooligan’s game played by gentlemen’, as Sir Winston described it. And, coincidentally, we’re also serving the finest beers in the galaxy not to mention the all-new Poke Supreme Burger.

So book yourself and friends in now.

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04 Feb 2015, BeerEventsRugbySixNations

Our January Sale

We know that it’s hard to get enthused about going out in January.

That’s why, until January 25th, qwe’re experimenting with dramatically reducing the price of our bigest selling drinks and knocking a fifth (YES – 20%) off the price of all food. 


– All Pints of Cask Ale £2.75
– Pints of Draft House London Pilsner and Hoxton Cider £2.75
– House Wines by the 175ml glass £2.75 


– Our very own VICTORY Gin & Tonic £3.75
– Pints of extraordinary Pilsner Urquell £3.75 (yes, that includes the unpasteurised Tank Beer at Seething Lane)

…wait…finally…BOOM BOOM BOOM!!!


I expect I’ll see you at the bar blowing the froth off a cold one.

Ends January 25th

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04 Jan 2015, BeerEventsHamburgersFood NewsJanuary SaleAlmost Free