The Grosvenor is a decent pub, but it seems to be missing a trick. It attracts a mixed crowd, like most run of the mill boozers. Maybe its new comedy nights will help to breath new life into it.
The Grosvenor has long been a favoured drinking spot. Since its recent refurbishment though, it has lost some of its character. It was a bit spit and sawdust, but not grotty, and it was the sort of place you could go happy in the knowledge that you didn’t have to dress up.
It hasn't been transformed into a swanky bar and you still don’t have to dress up, but it's had a facelift, and to be honest, it hasn't done The Grovesnor any favours.
It is a healthy size with a great outside area that attracts plenty of summertime drinkers. It’s not the prettiest of outside areas as it’s right next to the main road, but it is a great spot to sit and watch the world go by.
The biggest problem is finding the toilets (they are a proper trek up the stairs and not at all well signed). It’s all well and good when you are sober, but after a few shandies it seems like an event on the Krypton Factor.
This is one of those places that has no particular demographic. Regulars and occasional customers come in all shapes, sizes and ages and this makes for a nice atmosphere where anyone could happily walk in alone or with a group and feel relaxed.
Things liven up a little on Sunday and Tuesday when they host a good quality pub quiz, and they've also recently signed up to be one of the venues for the Funhouse Comedy Club, with monthly stand-up spots.
The staff are mainly students (with the exception of the cellar man who has completed his second decade here) and they are perfectly pleasant and provide all you need from a good boozer.
It’s so disappointing to walk into pubs and find almost the same menu, and sadly The Grosvenor hasn't broken the mould. The food is of a fair quality with decent prices, but there's no hint of originality, and it really is a crying shame.
There’s such a huge opportunity for places like The Grosvenor to create something away from the norm, but this pub certainly hasn’t stepped up to the mark as yet.
The Grosvenor is yet another pub that has signed up to serve Becks Vier, along with a good selection of other draught beers. There is also something for the bitter drinkers, with Bombardier and London Pride regular fixtures along with a couple of other rotating ales.
The Last Word
The Grosvenor has always been a lovely pub for a drink, but you can’t help but feel that, if it really wanted, it could be so much more.