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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Open Mic Night
Open Mic Night
26th September
Open Mic Night

Join us for our weekly Tuesday night open mic night hosted by Living Sounds

Steak night Thursdays
Steak night Thursdays
28th September
Steak night Thursdays

Two steaks + a bottle of wine- £30!!

The Griffin Quiz night
The Griffin Quiz night
28th September
The Griffin Quiz night

Our Thursday night Quiz is world famous in 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 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

Saturday 13 September 2014
12:45 – Arsenal v Man City
17:30 – Liverpool v Aston Villa

Sunday 14 September 2014
16:00 – Man Utd v QPR

Monday 15 September 2014
20:00 – Hull v West Ham

Saturday 20 September 2014
12:45 – QPR v Stoke
17:30 – West Ham v Liverpool

Sunday 21 September 2014
13:30 – Leicester v Man Utd
16:00 – Man City v Chelsea

Saturday 27 September 2014
12:45 – Liverpool v Everton
17:30 – Arsenal v Spurs

Sunday 28 September 2014
16:00 – West Brom v Burnley

Monday 29 September 2014
20:00 – Stoke v Newcastle


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 Griffin
1262 High Road,
London N20 9HH

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