The Tankard Launches

Our new pub, The Tankard (its original 1825 name), was designed especially with a large roof terrace so customers could look over the high wall surrounding the grounds of the notorious Bethlem Insane Asylum (known colloquially as Bedlam) and gawk at the goings on there.

In 1936 the grounds became a park and the asylum moved elsewhere to be replaced by The Imperial War Museum.

The pub, however, abides, and is a place of layered London history.

A young Charlie Chaplin was often dispatched there by his Mother to haul his Pa out of the lounge bar for his supper. Charlie cites the characters he met in Kennington pubs as the great influence which formed his unique brand of maudlin physical comedy. Chaplin Senior was a well-known Actor and Singer who performed often in the music halls of Kennington Road – all sadly now pulled down.

And now the Draft House has arrived.

Lovely Rachel Thomas is in charge and we have made efforts to restore the pub to something close to its original Victorian state. Hopefully with better beer. And a tasteful nod to its music hall / Chaplin past. And there are still some not entirely sane people in the park opposite you can observe from our magnificent roof terrace.

We will have good British cheese, matched with an amazing range of rare bottled beers from the four corners of the globe, and a very, very good Sunday Roast.

I hope to see you at the Bar…

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10 Jul 2017,

We Just Bought Six Pubs

Thrilled to announce that we have bought six magnificent London pubs as part of our acquisition of Grand Union Group.

That means we now have 16 pubs. Scary stuff, I say. But also exciting.

I met with the whole Grand Union team yesterday morning and I can confirm that they are a terrific bunch – our job is to immerse them in the wonderful world of beer and Draft House service as we convert the pubs into Draft Houses. That will happen gradually over the next 4-5 months and in the meantime the Grand Union sites carry on rocking that crazy disco-pub vibe! To book there or check out the new pubs hit up

The first two pubs to be Draft-House-ified are Kennington and Camden.

Kennington, bang next to the Imperial War Museum and with a sensational roof terrace, closed on Monday and reopens on 31st July.

Camden will close in a couple of weeks and reopens end-August.

The other sites will follow in due course, watch this space.

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06 Jul 2017,

We Do Like To Beer Beside The Seaside

All the while we’ve been trying, and eventually succeeding in buying the Grand Union group with its six amazing pubs, we’ve been working on a much more complex, challenging and ultimately way cooler deal.

It involves great beer, incredible music, new and old friends and a seaside town that is getting off its knees to become one of the most beguiling places in these British Isles.

So I am proud to announce that The Draft House is brewing the official beer – with Moshi Moshi Records – for the By The Sea Festival in Margate. That’s myself and Mr Michael McClatchey (above) – he’s one of the co-founders of the Moshi Moshi label and a stand-up Thanet bloke.

We brewed the beer with the Moshi crew and a few waifs and strays (including Al, AKA The Draft House Man) down at Eddie Gadd’s Ramsgate Brewery just down the road from Margate. For those who don’t know Eddie, he is one of the great men and a damned talented brewer to boot.

The beer is called – you guessed it – By The Sea Festival Pale Ale– and is available all summer long at a Draft House near you. It’s a quite ridiculously thirst-slaking golden pale ale, served in 330ml can for your delectation.

And you can get a chance to win tickets to By The Sea (29-30 Sept) by buying five cans. And you get a 6th free. I mean, what is 100% not to like about that? All info is in site and (sorry) Ts & Cs are here.

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13 Jun 2017,

Mum’s The Word

Mum’s don’t just want to drink Prosecco. Some of them love beer. I’d say more should try it, but that just me.

Either way, all Mum’s get a beer on us this Mother’s Day. Click here to book.


PS keep it between us but we do actually sell Prosecco. And great wine. And a glass of either is a valid alternative on this ‘offer’.


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24 Mar 2017, BeerEvents