Griffin1262 High Road
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Now run by Laines of Brighton, they often have one of their beers as a guest. Otherwise its the regular 4 beers on offer; their Griffin Ale is Caledonian Edinburgh Castle.
When this famous pub reclaimed its original name (from 'Scruffy Murphys') a few years ago, an effort was made to introduce real ale; they now boast five hand pumps,with an ever-changing range of good ales. Front L shaped bar with plenty of TV screens and quite loud piped music (Friday night). Very large back garden (children welcome) and covered courtyard area with sofas. Quiz Thursdays. Live music Saturdays.
A chunk of the whetstone, which is thought to give the area its name, is located on the pavement outside. Legend has it that soldiers sharpened their swords on it before the Battle of Barnet (1471). While the stone is Grade II listed, the pub is not although Barnet Council approved ACV status in March 2016.