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(formerly Scruffy Murphys)

1262 High Road
N20 9HH

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Opening Times

Monday11.30 am - Midnight
Tuesday11.30 am - Midnight
Wednesday11.30 am - Midnight
Thursday11.30 am - 1.00 am
Friday11.30 am - 1.00 am
Saturday11.30 am - 1.00 am
Sunday11.30 am - 11.30 pm


Star (Heineken UK)

About the Pub

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.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Adnams Ghost Ship
  • St Austell Tribute

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Often Laines from Brighton.

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Griffin, Whetstone


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited
  • RealHeritagePub Heritage Pub

    Interior of Some Regional Importance


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • LiveMusic Live Music


  • Smoking Smoking Area


  • SportsTV Sports TV

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1262 High Road
N20 9HH

Sat Nav Reference

51.630164, -0.174561


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

34, 125, 234, 251, 263, 300, 000

Closest Station (1100m)

Oakleigh Park

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (350m)


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