Leighton (641) London, England | July 23, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Really nice ambiance. Big windows look out on to a fairly busy street. Four casks, none of which were really that interesting on my visit, if you want to know the truth. Just basic bitters and goldens. Average prices. A few decent kegs (Sierra Nevada pale, for example). Really good music, very friendly bartender. Itís not a beer geekís pub, but itís a nice place to sit and have a drink.
jackl (455) Charlottesville, Virginia | January 15, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
The Drayton Arms is part of the Capital Pub Company, a group of 10 or so linked upscale pubs in West London owned by Mitchell & Butler (The Windsor Castle in Kensingtonís also part of the group). This isnít your idealized, comfy classic English pub - the decorís kitschy, the clientele aspirational (we are in South Ken, after all!). Despite this, the beer options are actually OK - 4 interesting cask ales, further options on keg (think íclassily-marketedí macros like Franziskaner, Kozel, Amstel). The bottle selection is good for the neighborhood (Chimay, Duvel, White Shield, Kriek Boon). The foodís actually decent and pretty well priced. The service is fine. Seating options aplenty. This isnít a pub that Iíd advise you to travel to, but if youíre in the area itís worth a look. Of course, if youíre thirsty you might as well hop on the tube and head to the White Horse...