#EalingFeeling - loving The Drayton

First things first. The Drayton Court  is massive.

It is a behemoth of a place.

It's a pub, it's a restaurant, it is a childs play area, it is a hotel and it is one of London's best comedy venues.

Being so multifaceted could result in a confused and disorderly experience, but for whatever reason (think the new refurb helps) it totally works.

We went for the pub / dining bit of what they offer and had a mixture of drinks and some pub grub.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter me on twitter you will know I am partial to a glass of fizz (and generally I'm not fussy - as long as it is dry, sparkling and alcoholic I'm happy), so a real test of how much I like a pub is if they serve something like prosecco by the glass and HURRAH they do!

Obviously it isn't just about me (FYI, it is), so there has to be something on offer for him too. 

As it is a Fullers pub, it wasn't too taxing to find something to keep him quiet.

We checked out the menu, pretty standard pub offerings but it did have a specials menu and you got the impression at least that the food was fresh - to be fair, we didn't order anything that really gave them the opportunity to impress with the freshness so next time I will put this to the test.

While we were waiting for the food I had a bit of a wonder around and the building is pretty spectacular - they have recently had a facelift and the results are impressive. There are more formal areas as well as the spruced up (very large) gardens along with a homely feel - overall very good vibes.

I took some pics but they're a bit crap and don't do the place justice, however they should give you a flavour (marble stairs anyone?)

This will most certainly be a sunshine destination for me this summer as the garden is so vast - apparently it is the biggest beer garden in London? Also the pub grub we had was pretty good too - he had the Pie of the Day, Steak & Kidney and I had the Jerk Chicken burger.

The pie was a bit of a mush on the plate, but tasted spot on, and the jerk didn't have any kick to it, but was flavoured well. Not a threat to the top of the burger league table but good value for money.

What I am really excited about though is the bit downstairs.

They have a function area downstairs that it home to many public and private events, but the one I'm really excited about is the No 5 Club - as comedy nights goes, it is up there with the best in the UK.

I've added the link to their site above so you can see what's on, but I will save my review until we've been to the Richard Herring / Lucy Porter double bill on 27th June which I'm really looking forward to.

It's places like this that prove what an important area Ealing is while also making me feel totally smug and happy that I live here!

Have you got the #EalingFeeling?


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