EAT: Street Food at The Grafton, NW5


A  couple of weeks ago we were heading home from a random Friday night dash around the supermarket, when we realised we’d managed to buy everything we needed for the weekend, except dinner on Friday night. Oopsie. As we drove past The Grafton, debating whether either of us could be bothered to cook a whole entire chicken at 8:30pm on a Friday night, I saw a sign outside the pub.

“Hotdogs, hurrah!!” I squealed.”Dinner?”

“Yes,” said the other half.

Fifteen minutes later, having dropped off the shopping, we were cosily ensconced on one of The Grafton’s little tables for two, hungrily devouring some of the best hotdogs we’d ever eaten, courtsey of Chucks Hot Dog Emporium, washed down with a nice pint of Camden Hells. The concept is simple, every Friday a well-known street food or pop-up expert decamps to The Grafton kitchens and sets up shop for the night. So far we’ve enjoyed the delights of gourmet hot dogs with chips and salt beef from The Bell & Brisket;  there’s Indian, Italian and Japanese treats to come, (see below).

What I loved about this was the beautiful simplicity of the concept, food is ordered at the bar, and collected straight after from the counter upstairs, it’s served in disposable containers, and it costs very little. It’s an easy quick way to get a bite to eat, and a perfect way for a pub, which has become our favourite drinking hole around, not to get overrun with empty tables in their ‘restaurant’ section. This way, the pub is always busy, and people are getting fed. Genius.