The Griffin

A Sustainable Local Pub...

Step into a world of great food, drink and entertainment.

Whether you want to kick back and relax to the sounds of the finest jazz in North London with a large glass of Argentinean Malbec or watch the big match on our dedicated VIP sports terrace sipping on a super chilled Heineken, you’ll find it here.

In the summer you can while away the hours in our lost garden (don’t tell anyone though it’s a secret and quite possibly the best pub garden for miles) and in our dining room why not enjoy something from our delicious seasonal menu? Whatever it is you are looking for in a local pub we will try to bring it to you in the best way you’ve ever experienced. Our friendly staff is always welcoming. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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We look forward to seeing you soon.

What's On

"The landlord behind the bar wearing a pork pie hat. A little rescue piano tucked away in front of him..."

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Jazz at The Griffin
24th August
The Griffin Whetstone

The Groove at the Griffin Summer Festival
The Groove at the Griffin Summer Festival
24th August
The Groove at the Griffin Summer Festival

In aid of NSPCC & Sunny Days childrens charities the Griffin presents and afternoon of fun and entertainment for ALL the family. There will be the most astounding line-up of bands and musicians that north London has ever seen (well in a pub garden anyway!!) Our famous homemade burgers and other tasty treats will be grilled to perfection on the BBQ, Face Painting and giant jenga for the kids. We will ask only a fiver of your hard earned cash in return and EVERY SINGLE PENNY of it will be given to our two charites. Look our for performances from VIX Tobi Earnshaw, Sam & Andy, Andrew Docherty and the Caped Crusaders, Living Sounds and our very own all star groove collective Featuring Steve Pearce, Jeremy Stacey, Andy Caine, Adam Phillips, Simon Carter and the might HAMISH STUART. It's gonna be groovier than a groovy gravy boat.........

Open Mic with Living Sounds
Open Mic with Living Sounds
26th August
Open Mic with Living Sounds

We are loving the Jam at the Griffin. So many talented friends and musicians at The Griffin in Whetstone EVERY Tuesday.

The Griffin has been making a name for itself recently with regards to Music. We have decided to join in as it’s a great venue for music and wue have a fantastic history with them.

Every Tuesday we will be giving you the chance to come and bless the ‘LS’ Stage the Griffin. We start at 8pm and go on till late. FREE ENTRY for all!! So come join in the fun.

'Living Sounds' Ltd:
Plus Two Different artists Booked to play a set each Tuesday evening we are there.

We'll have
Plus a house band for those that Love Company on stage

With fantastic musical heritage that the Griffin already has, we know that it's going to be awsome. We already have some of the best artists in North London supporting us but we need all the help we can get. Come join us for some memorable Musical times. Big Love :) x

So Come Join us every Tuesday

If you are a musicain and want to grace the 'LS' Stage please contact Derane on: 07957458890

Dom Pipkin's New Orlean's Honky Tonk Jam
Dom Pipkin's New Orlean's Honky Tonk Jam
27th August
Dom Pipkin's New Orlean's Honky Tonk Jam

Dom Pipkin is the UK's foremost NOLA style piano man. Come and sit in the comfort of our bar and listen to the styles of Professor Longhair, James Booker and many more.

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Jazz at The Griffin
31st August
The Griffin Whetstone

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Tap List & Wine

a fine selection of draught keg products:

Beer Mats

We always carry five cask ales, regularly changing. On the bar today...



Heineken Sports Terrace


Probably the best place to watch the match
in North London

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Saturday 23 August 2014
12:45 - Aston Villa v Newcastle
17:30 - Everton v Arsenal

Sunday 24 August 2014
13:30 - Hull v Stoke
16:00 - Sunderland v Man Utd

Monday 25 August 2014
20:00 - Man City v Liverpool

Saturday 30 August 2014
12:45 - Burnley v Man Utd
17:30 - Everton v Chelsea

Sunday 31 August 2014
13:30 - Spurs v Liverpool
16:00 - Leicester v Arsenal


Friday 5th September 2014
19:45 - Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby

Saturday 6th September 2014
14:00 – Saracens v Wasps
16:30 - London Irish v Harlequins

Sunday 7th September 2014
14:00 - London Welsh v Exeter Chiefs

Friday 12th Septempber 2014
19:45 - Harlequins v Saracens

Saturday 13th Septempber 2014
15:15 - Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers

Sunday 14th Septempber 2014
14:00 - Wasps v Northampton Saints

Friday 19th September 2014
19:45 - Gloucester Rugby v Exeter Chiefs

Saturday 20th Septempber 2014
15:15 - Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers

Sunday 21st Septempber 2014
14:00 - Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints

Friday 26th Septempber 2014
19:45 - London Welsh v Gloucester Rugby

Saturday 27th Septempber 2014
15:15 - Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby

Sunday 28th September 2014
14:00 - Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins

Friday 3rd October 2014
19:45 - Bath Rugby v Saracens

Saturday 4th October 2014
15:15 - Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers

Sun 5th Oct 14
14:00 - Sale Sharks v Wasps

Friday 10th October 2014
19:45 - Leicester Tigers v Harlequins

Saturday 11th October 2014
15:15 - Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks

Sunday 12th October 2014
14:00 – Wasps v Bath Rugby

The History of The Whetstone

Whetstone originated in medieval times. It was an important staging post for stagecoaches going north from London. There has been an inn on the site of the present griffin pub for centuries, though the present building dates from 1928. The buildings to the left of the pub (viewed from the high road) are late 15th century.

It is thought that whetstone was named after the whetstone used to sharpen knives and other tools, a chunk of which is located on the high road, on the pavement outside the griffin pub, some question this and suggest the stone was placed there as a mounting block for climbing on to horses as the griffin was a coaching inn. It is also said that the name whetstone is merely a corruption of an old Anglo-Saxon name. Legend has it that it was used by soldiers about to fight in the battle of Barnet.

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The Team

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Matt, Blanca, Dani & Piotr head up the team the Griffin. Doing their level best to give you great service, great food and drink and above all a great time!

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The Griffin
1262 High Road,
London N20 9HH

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