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I went to the toilet in this pub,and there was a lump of shit in the pan-nasty!
bees4evva - 2 Oct 2014 10:03
A really characterful pub which we visited the day Brentford were promoted to the Championship in April 2014. Three or for deep at the bar but the beers, mainly from Fullers, were superb and there is a decent garden to spread out in as well as an upstairs. Only snag were toilets straight out of the Bible - the bit with Noah in unfortunately.
BoehmBawerk - 19 Apr 2014 09:54

As previously mentioned this is a Fullers pub, with well kept beers and a bit of character.

This was the only pub of the 4 on the corners by Griffin Park that I visited and stayed for 2 pints.

4 ales on, being Red Fox, ESB, Pride and Honeydew. The Red Fox I had was decent.

Fairly busy at 10pm on a Wednesday night with a couple of groups sitting and chatting. On my one visit I’m happy to say this is a quality pub that is worth a visit.
lezford - 21 Nov 2013 13:44
Characterful, well-kept Fullers pub thatís a very friendly place to drink before/after a game. I can imagine it would be a great local.
mozzzzzz - 25 Nov 2011 10:51
Have been in here many times, pre and post Brentford games. Always seen a mix of home and away fans, invariably mixing perfectly happilly and chatting about their respective teams. Furthermore, have never heard any 'chanting' of any description, or unruly behaviour aside from a handful of bitter Welshmen a decade ago. For a pub literally across the road from a ground, service is efficient in a practised and admittedly somewhat unsmiling way. Critically, given the location, they haven't had to resort to the dreaded plastic 'glasses' on my visits. Best of the 4 corners by a margin.
LondonWolf - 27 Oct 2011 21:48
after hearing so much about this pub i was very excited to find out that we would get to play brentford at home so that i could visit. i wish i had never bothered. the staff do not have a clue what is going on, they are old and miserable and not welcoming at all, the pub is small and stinks of urine, the landlord seems to only care about the money that goes in his till as he lets all the riff raff in who chant and make you feel uncomfortable as you are sure that a fight will be about to kick off, which explains why there is such a massive police presence outside the pub. to make matters worse i heard to local say to each other the the landlord puts his prices up on football days. and the service and the beer is not all that.
bellabee250 - 16 Oct 2011 13:15
The bar staff did a good job serving the busy crowd of football goers with reasonably kept ale. Overall seemed like a nice place to have a beer.
toorantom - 2 Oct 2011 16:07
On entering the establishment I was greeted by the gentleman behind the bar with a call of "ALWIGHT MATE, WHAT YOU HAVING?"
I asked for a white wine spritzer although it seemed that all the white wine was out of stock, that is if you do not like overly dry types (which I do not!!!). Instead I had a pint of lager, the glass it came in was stained and not nearly as clean as one would have hoped for. I made comment of this to the bar-man who glared at me intimidatingly, I chose not to pursue it and sat down by the entrance to the toilet.
This was a bad decision as there was a distinct aroma of urine filling the air every time the toilet door was swung open. This was happening very frequently as lots of the men were nipping in and out of the loo with alarming regularity.
On top of the urine smell a distinct woft of cannabis passed by, possibly from outside the front of the or maybe the rear garden (I could not tell).
The locals inside are friendly enough although there is proliferate use of the 'c' and 'f' words so maybe best not to take your children with you.

I doubt very much I will be returning to this pub and would urge others to stay clear too! The sort of patron that frequents this place is not of a civil nature and the air of criminality hangs high within the Griffin walls.
Benyaminos - 22 Sep 2011 12:33
Ian72 - 23 Aug 2011 22:18
Visited for the first time after pre season friendly at Griffin Park, definitely worth a visit. Pub was obviously busy but the staff manage to do a great job serving people very quickly under the circumstances. Home fans are very friendly and there's a beer garden out back. Fullers on draught with Fosters, Kronenbourg, Guiness and good selection of bottled ciders and beers. Would return as this place has a really nice feel.
thehonesttruth - 25 Jul 2011 22:14
Good post-game pub.
Bit pricey though.
papamike - 30 Jun 2011 20:02
A well run friendly pub. Good bar staff and the owners are very welcoming to all that visit the pub.

As stated before the beer is more expensive than others locally but it is worth every penny as they know how to look after their beer.

The best pub in Brentford
StrongNoSugar - 8 Jun 2011 12:49
What a delightful traditional Fullers pub, had a few pints of Pride yesterday which was 10/10. This was my first visit, we was made very welcome by the staff, and the locals, will return.
Jonnyboy67 - 18 Apr 2011 21:01
Great Brentford Pub, but rarely go due to the price of beer :(
mrbee - 10 Feb 2011 13:58
Had a couple of pints of Pride there after watching Plymouth lose 2-0. Hit the spot after a disappointing performance, but agree with previous comments about the beer being expensive.
Thought there might have also been more than one choice of ale, being a Fullers pub.
Very close to the away turnstiles, so a good place to drown your sorrow afterwards, and definitely agree about the home fans being a friendly bunch.

duchyjim - 7 Feb 2011 12:31
best of the four pubs at griffin park. friendly locals and staff. on the pricey side though. well worth a visit.
woodfk5 - 1 May 2010 22:27
Looks the part from the outside but a very average kind of Fuller's house within. They only had Pride on which cost £1.35 a pint more and wasn't as good as the New Inn just a short walk away.
anonymous - 21 Apr 2010 18:23
Way to much money for a pint, £3.35 a pint. No thanks
Wanderingbee - 4 Feb 2010 15:27
This pub was the final stop on our 'Brentford Corners' crawl last night. It came the most highly rated by friends and well-wishers, although I was a little disappointed with it.

We went after the game and it was a bit busy, but we still managed to get a seat, and the locals were pretty friendly (a far cry from the ones in the Royal Oak down the road).

We had a quick pint of Pride, which was pretty good (although I usually avoid Pride given the option), although a bit pricey. The atmosphere was good, and it's well set up for a match night, and also looked like it would have been pretty good on a non-match night.

PS. The atmosphere might have been helped slightly by QPR getting thumped 5-0 - the locals seemed to be pleased with that for some reason...

It comes 2nd in my ranking of the four corners, just because I thought the New Inn was a bit more welcoming. However, it's a close second, and I would happily recommend either of those to any fans planning on visiting Brentford any time soon.
steej - 27 Jan 2010 17:35
This took place 28/12/09 before the Brentford/Charlton match.

VERY excited to finally see a Brentford home match AND visit the famous four corner pubs. Was told to hit the Griffin first and we got there around 12:30, pretty empty. Looks great from the outside and inside. We drink perhaps the freshest, best tasting pint of Pride ever Ė or it could be that the brilliant ambiance of the locale has me in its grips. 15 minutes later the place starts to get packed. A couple of locals grab chairs next to us and I humorously berate one who is drinking a bottle of Budweiser. I mention that I flew over 5000 miles to NOT drink something like that. He is apologetic and I feel a bit smug. Anyway, good conversation and nice to see Brentford and Charlton fans drinking together. Would not have left except that we had a match to attend. Bought a burger from an employee who was grilling burgers in the back and it hit the spot.

Game wasn't too special, but the Ealing Terrace rules and I will definitely be back.
NM_Ale_Drinker - 9 Jan 2010 17:34
OK pub but charging £3.30 for a pint of so so Pride is definitely taking the p***
asprilla69 - 19 Nov 2009 23:40
The ber in this pub is excellent as is the service - the football fans in the pub were welcoming and very good crack. A great bar which I would recommend to any away or neutral supporter
dazzadurham - 31 Aug 2009 23:06
I have used this pub as an away supporter and find it friendly enough on match days.does get very crowded though and awkward to get served.typical high ceiling london style pub small toilets though and the prices bit steep i suppose they can get away with it being so close to griffin park i wonder how the trade is on non match days its an ok pub though but may try somewhere else next time we play there.found the local supporters friendly though which bumps my rating up a notch.
mintyfc - 7 Apr 2009 12:43
One of Brentford's numerous football pubs, this place has all the trademarks of a classic footy pub; well-drilled, efficient team of bar staff, big screens for Sky Sports, space at a premium and so on... Unlike a lot of pubs near football grounds, this one seemed like it might be worth a visit on weekdays too.
A good range of Fullers ales were on offer, but as mentioned by pretty much everyone else, they're charging £3.20 for a pint of Pride, which was enough to convince me to try one of the other pubs in the area when I visit next season.
Pubsignman - 28 Mar 2009 22:32

most exspensive pub in brentford does the landlord go on holiday alot ?

B.E - 3 Feb 2009 00:52
As Strongers has pointed out, prices are now high. A pint of Pride was also £3.20 the last time I visited.

The Griffin (and the beer) is good but it's not that good. There's plenty of pubs around the area and indeed along the river towards London where you are not charged such a high price for your beer.

A pity but I'm no longer drinking in the Griffin whilst their prices are so much higher than other places.
danbert - 24 Apr 2008 15:25
It was nice to see all of the flags on display for St Georgeís day in this Fullerís pub, although £3.20 for a pint of Carling is a bit of a piss take. There is a beer garden out the back (although I did not see it) and plenty of benches at the front of the pub.

I also have to agree that this is the best pub out of the 4 corner pubs of Griffin Park. I usually go to the New Inn on match days, but Iíll give this one a try next time.
Strongers - 22 Apr 2008 15:33
Visited this pub pre match last Saturday. Good old traditional place, not over crowded although it was a nice day so there was an overspill on to the pavement. Second pint of Pride good and burger from garden barbecue reasonable. Downsides - unsupervised children in the pub and over proliferation of St George's flags inside.
lyeemoon - 18 Feb 2008 12:07
Had a pre match Pride on Saturday and very nice it was too. Always tastes at its best in here. Pride is the only cask beer available but they had ESB and Honeydew in bottles.

Always packed in here before games and despite only having one beer it's thoroughly recommended.
GuideDogSaint - 19 Nov 2007 22:29
Definitely the best of the 'four pubs of Griffin Park'. Extremely homely and very small and gets cramped very quickly on matchdays. But is well worth a visit. I liked the fact that, when I went in during the summer and there were only a few regulars in, I was mae to feel welcome and not like an outsider, non-local type as some pubs can feel like.
Always have a few guest ales and the London Pride is beautiful.

jim_of_the_bob - 16 Oct 2007 17:53
The best of the four pubs on the corners of Griffin Park. Service is good even when packed on match days and the beer is too. There's also a pretty nice and traditional feel to the place.
C.B - 16 Aug 2007 19:00
Lovely pint of Pride in a friendly, welcoming pub. Having said that, £2.90 seems excessive for a pint from a barrel I could have carried from the brewery!
beerPrincess - 1 Aug 2007 17:45
Great pub, traditonal footy pub, if you are watching the Bees go here rather than the crappy Royal Oak, service far superior and lesss nicotine encrusted
TheGP - 15 Apr 2007 22:20
Best pub in Brentford...atmosphere, friendly, decent pint, decent nosh, dartboard...just dont chuck the beermats around !
anonymous - 2 Feb 2007 09:57
Its mega crowded on match days yes..... but thats because its a decent pub... if it was rubbish it'd be empty!

Ralph and Sue (Owners) are fantastic and the staff are all helpful and friendly...... met some really nice people in there and am glad to call them my closest set of friends......

andyowen - 26 May 2006 16:21
Excellent pub, easily the best of the four on the corners of the ground (what ground? Griffin Park, home of Brentford of course!). Good beer, good food, friendly efficient staff.
jimatgp - 28 Mar 2006 14:00
Popped in on a quiet evening to ask for directions to some road. The staff and locals positioned around the bar were all extremely helpful and actually gave me the right directions. Shall go back at some point to sample the beer, but it was a warm and welcoming place on first impression.
casemore - 20 Oct 2005 16:52
This is a great pub frequented by many Rugby League fans when the London Broncos are at home (Griffin Park). This pub seems to be the only one of the four on each corner to realise that Rugby League matches are being played and bring in enough staff to cope. The one cross-corner over the ground seems to actively discourage any Leaguies from returning by avoiding you.
zagreb - 22 Jun 2005 16:42
This is an excellent pub, as long as Brentford FC aren't playing at home, when it can become quite crowded.
Kollantai - 19 Mar 2005 20:33
Went to the pub on a match day. The beer tasted stale and warm. Not sure what the pub is like on a normal day.
brentford - 6 Feb 2005 22:04
Splendidly traditional and welcoming pub. A must on any pub crawl of Brentford
JohnBonser - 18 Jan 2005 13:02
best local pub you could hope for....friendly locals and relaxed atmosphere
diane - 20 May 2004 16:06
Good pub, but on the day of my visit, a match day, the London Pride tasted a bit old and warm
Pete - 23 Mar 2004 21:57
great pub one of the four pubs that corner Griffin Park.Good beer(london pride) and friendly service. Heaving on match days but worth the perserverence to get to the bar. Kate - 12th December 2003.
Kate - 12 Dec 2003 18:32
Goes against the grain as being a pub which actually seems to benefit from being brightly lit. My local for 2 pleasant years.
Good for: pre/post football match drinks.

thenationofjames - 2 Dec 2003 13:18

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