The Draft House crosses the river to Fitzrovia
10 May 2012
Charlie McVeigh’s Draft House has finally crossed the river, securing a fifth site on the smoking hot corner of Charlotte Street & Goodge Street. The former Northumberland Arms, at 43 Goodge Street W1, has been watering Fitzrovians since the early 1800s.
The Draft House will open in July and aims to continue that tradition, dispensing the very finest cask and keg beers, accompanied by established Draft House classics such as foot-long scratchings and hamburger specials The Yolk, The Smoke and The Poke.
Charlie says: “We have been working on this site since June of last year so there was some relief when we nailed it before the anniversary. At times the negotiations felt like the making of Apocalypse Now but we’re in now and very excited. There’s going to be a bigger emphasis on cask ale with beers from all our buddies at Camden, Kernel, Windsor & Eton and Sambrook’s – this tiny site will be a pocket-sized expression of London’s exploding beer and food culture.”
The opening of The Draft House in Fitzrovia continues the area’s tradition of great pubs. The neighbourhood even takes its name from one of its most venerable drinking dens - the Fitzroy Tavern – and, during the heady years between the world wars, Fitzrovia’s pubs were famous as the centre of London’s bohemian community. With the opening of the Draft House Fitzrovia, a new generation of bon vivants and bohemians will find their home.
About The Draft House:
The Draft House, founded by Charlie McVeigh in 2007, is a small, independent collective of pubs specialising in the finest draught and bottled beers from Britain and around the world. The Fitzrovia site will be the fifth in the group to open, with pubs located at Tower Bridge, on Battersea Bridge Road, on the Northcote Road in Clapham and on Lordship Lane, East Dulwich. All Draft House pubs also serve good, simple food which goes well with beer. The Draft House was named ‘Best Pub’ by Time Out in 2010.
The Draft House Fitzrovia – opening July 2012
43 Goodge Street