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.

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

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DJ Christy
DJ Christy
25th April
DJ Christy

Every Friday our very own DJ Christy gets the party going with her own eclectic mix of new and old...............

Jazz at The Griffin - John Etheridge
Jazz at The Griffin - John Etheridge
27th April
Jazz at The Griffin - John Etheridge

The Legendary John Etheridge.............

John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond and has been described by Pat Metheny as, "One of the best guitarists in the world". He is a prodigiously gifted and creative player whose approach to music can only be described as 'eclectic' as he refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. His range is well illustrated by his years of touring and recording with the iconic Stephane Grappelli while simultaneously doing likewise with the legendary jazz-fusion group, The Soft Machine. John is equally at home on acoustic and electric guitar and his willingness to engage with so many styles is matched by his ability to excel in any of them. He has played with John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene, Barney Kessel, Vic Juris and countless others.

Dom Pipkin's New Orlean's Honky Tonk Jam
Dom Pipkin's New Orlean's Honky Tonk Jam
30th April
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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Tap List & Wine

a fine selection of draught keg products:

Beer Mats

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

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SOL VIP Sports Terraces

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This is the ONLY place to watch televised sport in North London. The best screens the best beers and PIES! It’s like being at the game but just a little bit better!

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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Contact

For further information please feel free to get in touch using the details below:

The Griffin
1262 High Road,
Whetstone,
London N20 9HH

For general enquiries please
email us at:
info@thegriffin-whetstone.co.uk