I ducked in here with some friends to get out of the rains and sort out dinner plans.
I ordered a pot of tea and sat uninterrupted with 2 other people for about an hour.
We really enjoyed it being relaxing mid day.
I went back with my husband a few other nights in a row and arrived with the music so loud I couldn't order from the bar. The place was crawling with people.
I honestly just wanted to order some food from their menu at the bar, eat and duck out.
I would've if the loud music wasn't so bloody awful.
My bottom line- I'll be back to chill another rainy afternoon.
Good drinks, good rum. Speedy service at the bar.
Music played too loud though in the early evening.
Stopped here for an extremely late lunch after a meeting in Camden and ordered a cheeseburger and beer (asked for a Sprite, but the bartender girl looked at me like I was nuts and couldn't find one... ended up with a 1664). The burger was ok and the pub was cozy and reasonably / sorta clean. I can see this place being a typical sweaty packed pub on a Friday night, but on a Thursday afternoon, it was A-OK for a short pitstop. I would go back, but not because the food or service was fantastic, just to meet friends for a beer would probably be my limit.
Random. Random is what last Friday night was, where I moved in a semi-haze from place to place in Camden, and only remembered on Sunday morning that I had checked in here, and I had quite liked it.
The first thing to point out is the decor, particularly the lighting. I'm lately a huge fan of lighting, as a friend and I go back and forth on instagram with an #ilovelamp tag, every time we find cool lamps and fixtures in the city. Grand Union has lots to choose from--with funky lampshades and a full embrace of eclectic electrics.
They tiki bar area where we were sitting was nice, though it was a bit of a bummer that the servers weren't actually serving direct to the tables in the area. It seems like that's what it's set up for, but just wasn't happening.
Music is good, standard drink options, and I saw people dancing, talking, getting silly, and generally enjoying the night. It looks, from just walking around, that this is the kind of place where you can do whatever you like with the night. Including have a deep debate of religious theory, as we did at my table. That's my kind of place.
Grand Union was a cool venue for a recent UYE. Convenient for public transport links for a south Londoner like me while all the local Yelpers struggled with cancelled trains and Tube lines shut for engineering works!
The place reminded me of friends with its sofas, nooks and crannies. A nice Fusball table and an electric organ with some missing keys but nowhere for Phoebe to sing 'Smelly Cat'!
It almost lost a star for being unable to serve quite a few cocktails requested due to not having ginger ale and orange juice but fortunately, the great Yelp company saved them.
Just get some OJ in, dudes.
The Grand Union is a cool eclectic decor with retro booths hidden around the edge of the bar, vintage wallpaper, old style English gentleman styled seating and some gorgeous lamps-i love the interior it's great.
The Grand Union brands itself as a bar and grill and they do do a good burger and chunky chips. When the sun goes down it morphs into a more lively cocktail fuelled environment which is great fun. Their mojitos are great but go ahead and try one of their 40 or so cocktails. They also have a good selection of beers and wines.
It has a welcoming, homely feel with the warm, cosy furniture and friendly staff. The bar definitely has great personality and as it's away from the main busy Camden streets it's never over run with tourists-they have maintained a great local feel to the pub.
With a venue also in Islington I prefer this one. It takes up the corner of Camden Road and Royal College St. far (7 minutes walking distance) from the high street its stripped from the crowds.
Rightly, it is worth mentioning their decor, with so many different things going on, every time you go in you will discover something new, like Japanese fan umbrellas, Chinese lanterns and a Tom Cruise poster from the 'Cocktail' film. Speaking of cocktails, thumbs up on their great selection too many to choose from and they are all good!
Haven't had their food, but their late evening turn into a funky and soul kind of night with live DJ's in the floral booth. Great night out with the girls! Also, the lighting will always make you look good, even tanned in the winter! their chandeliers (not all of them) are bronze and really warm the atmosphere in an instant!
Sometimes it can be hard to find a place in Camden midweek to go have some drinks where you can actually have a conversation with the people you're with and not wish you'd taken that sign language class at the local learning annex. It seems like everywhere we go, it's needlessly loud and kind of makes for an antisocial night, or a voiceless morning. Grand Union is a nice remedy to all this. Yes, there's a dj sometimes, and yes the music is decent but it's not overbearing and it still allows you to be
I love that it's relaxed and friendly, the cocktails are cheap, and there's cushy leather sofas to fall into. I've just recently noticed they have another one by me in Angel which looks tiny from the outside in comparison to this one, but I guess I'll have to make a trip up to check it out.
We tried to come here once on a Saturday and it did get considerably busier than it does midweek and there was even a queue to get in... you be the judge if that's all worth it, but they certainly get my vote for a weekday hangout that won't break the bank.
Grand Union burgers. I'll say it again... GRAND UNION BURGERS.
Boy they're good! My usual Friday lunchtime venue of sin. The chips and fries are just as good as each other and sometimes I'll get both to share with as friend. Yeah, BOTH.
Come evening this place is a delight. It's just off the main Camden drag so it doesn't get too crowded with those wanting to be Camden-ish... mostly locals and those in the know. Friendly and effiient staff and plenty of room with lots of tables and booths.
Probably the perfect spot in Camden for a few cheeky beers before hitting your late night venue of choice. Dooooo it!
What a gorgeous place to drink, I actually fell in love within the first hour of being here and it's fast become one of my favourite drinking holes in Camden town. The lamp shades, sofas, chandeliers and eclectic feel of the place all make it a great place to drink.
These guys also do delicious food as well! The food includes all the usuals - everything from bar food type burgers to salads. I loved the fact they had lots of cool veggie options.
The cocktails are pretty superb too, it really made me think: is there anything this place *doesn't* do well. I highly recommend this place for a group gathering or a casual drinking with a boyfriend / girlfriend. It's an awesome place to hang out!
This is my favourite bar for doing my studying. The décor is warm and there are many nooks and areas to lounge in that give you plenty of privacy. The music isn't invasive and it is easy to concentrate on work or hold a conversation.
The conservatory is a nice area to sit in as you can watch the world outside in comfort.
The food is excellent. I especially recommend the burgers. They are big, tasty and inexpensive. The cocktail list is extensive with forty cocktails to choose from and the bartenders make them well.
The Grand Union is a really nice bar with friendly staff and occasionally house A-list celebrities.
I love this bar for everal reasons: it's in Camden but doesn't have Emo-Goths pouring out of it (I'm looking at you, World's End!), it isn't a sport's bar (Yeah, I called you out Camden Head!), it's an actual bar with the feel of a shabby chic pub. The leather sofas and chairs are my absolute favourites because you can curl up in them while sipping a mojito, laughing with friends (or a date) and be comfy as hell. The bartenders were averagely nice but the decorations and floor layout really sets this place apart.
Also of note, Thursdays and Sundays are BOGO days, which is an excellent excuse to drink on odd days...not like I need further encouragement but you know...
An average pub in Camden with some very good points.
You still have to wait ages to get served but the food is average for a pub that wants to be known for having good food, seen better but seen a lot worse. The burgers were so big that my colleague dropped it about three times.
Its pretty convenient being just outside Camden Road Station and has a tenuously named beer garden, or benches on the pavement. The bar is stocked with al the usual beers and wines. Where do excel is with the cocktails, I had this wonderful grapefruit one which was perfect for the hot day.
Generally pleasant for a group but not a date.
Totally agree with all the reviews of this place- I was desperate to find such a funky bar in Camden and almost lost the hope
until last night:-)
I enjoyed the cocktails very much, the burgers which look and taste great
and staff are very friendly- apparently there is a promotion going on for student (which I hope I am) for two cocktails for the price of one; trying to encourage students to .. stop what they have come in to do
the place is spacious and I can't imagine you walking into it Saturday night without finding a place to sit
it is just a bit dark-maybe replace the bulbs with new ones management of the Grand Union
Surprisingly huge place. We hung out in the front area next to the bar. The dj was playing a weird mix of danceable tunes (we were a few drinks in by the time we arrived though so bear that in mind) on a thursday night.
Nothing too special but better than average.
The girls bathrooms were disgusting. Two of the four toilets were ridiculously clogged with paper and other things but of the few hours that we were there nothing was done about it. Though I don't blame them...I wouldn't go in there either.
The burgers are very good, and it's worth visiting to try them. They aren't the cheapest, but I was ok with this because they were just so darn tasty!
I wish the beer selection was a bit better--then I'd visit more often.
Seems like a comfy place, and the staff are nice. I'd definitely try this place if you're in the area.
Camden is my spiritual home and for those that know me, they are well aware that if I leave the safety of Camden I come out in a rash. Terrible things happen when my friends suggest a night out in Clapham. Anyways it's always great to have a bar that you can rely on, much like you could always rely on your grandparents to press a sweaty £1.00 coin firmly into your hand with the advice, "make sure you buy something for yourself". I would of course always look back with a smile and think to myself "What the squirrel can I buy for a quid?! Come on Gran! Inflation! Are you familiar with it?" But I digress.
The Grand Union is a sexy blend of Camden cool without the fear of getting attacked by a punk hairstyle. Located on the Camden Road, near my old flat in case you were wondering, the bar occupies centre stage and the seating a mixture of tables and soft furnishings surround it. Relaxing during the day, but in the evening this naughty little bar evolves into a hydra of frivolous entertainment and fun-times. They usually have a Dj on a Friday and Saturday night who plays some great songs to perform the running man to. The bar staff are all quality. In my several years of visitation they have always been really good banter. I think they must have a 'don't hire bar staff with crap-chat' policy. Most of them guys and girls and easy on the eye too. I had my 23rd birthday here with the theme of '80's aquatic'. There were lots of wet-suits, spandex and boys in make-up. If you ask nicely I may show you pictures one day.
However, for all its late night awesomeness, and Craig M has beaten me to it, it really is all about the truly epic burgers. You really can't go wrong with the 'Fired Earth' which will set you back about 7 nuggets. If you have a VIEW London card, which apparently my friend Ray did, you can also get 2-4-1 on burgers any time of the week, which was an absolute blessing in disguise. Drinks are standard for central London, but for all sorts of stylish merriment and Jäger-bombs, you really can't wrong with The Grand Union. Good toilets too.
It had been quite a while since I'd ventured in here ( despite it being a 2 minute walk from my house) so when I spied a discount voucher for cocktails, I jumped on it.
The Grand Union was one of the first 'gastro-cool' pubs in this stretch of Camden and I've even spent a drunken New Years Eve here dancing to indie with a my masquerade mask half stangling me.
It's got cool furniture mis-matched from a variery of eras, a large bar in both main rooms, a fuz-ball(?) table and some ironic floral wallpaper to counteract all the black.
Generally quite a cool crowd and more laid-back than the high-street bars, the prices are average and they serve a pretty impressive range of food from burgers and pizzas to stacks, ribs and general pub food.
I had a bit of a misunderstanding originally with my voucher and was told by one of the staff I couldn't use it as I hadn't booked ahead ( despite other staff telling me a few days prior there was no need to book) so left empty-handed. So miffed was I, that I decided to contact the manager to see if there was any way I could still use my £15.00 of pre-paid vouchers. To her credit she sorted it out and was very flexible so my friend and I fronted up again to try 5 drinks from their classic cocktail menu.
The dark and stormy was just that - lime, dark rum and ginger beer making me feel like a need a Caribbean holiday, ditto the Long Island Iced Tea. My favourite was the Lychee Martini - sweet and small enough to sip on, but packs a big alcoholic punch. The drinks were well-made and the regular price of £7.50 each is a good price for such flavoursome drinks.
I think I might try coming in here again soon for food now that I've been re-acquainted.
Another black painted pub in Camden and another one with slightly kooky furniture and decorations and light fittings. Doesn't mean this place isn't most pleasant though. Pretty big and airy and good range of drinks. Unfortunately they will show sport sometimes which takes away from its cool atmosphere somewhat.
I had a really good time here, a friend of mine rented out a few tables for a her birthday and it was really fun. the food is great, we only had finger food like mini burgers and falafels and stuff, but im sure the larger versions are just as good. the drinks aren't very expensive, they do really good cocktails and a few experimental shots. gets really busy though, and the music is loud so its not great for conversation maybe.
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Grand Union Bar & Grill is a chain of casual pub dining establishments with various locations scattered across London. It's probably somewhere I would never have chosen to go to myself, mainly because I'm allergic to pubs (beer. stinky. ehttp://www. ) and I'd normally prefer to eat in a regular restaurant.
Upon entering Grand Union in Camden, I held back a squeal of terror when I thought I'd walked straight into my version of Elm Street ~ a dark, claustrophobic pub. But a desperate glance around revealed that the pub front was merely a decoy, probably to keep out noobs like myself and in reality, there's an expansive back section, colourfully lit in a semi Orient-slash-Euro decor and much more conducive to sitting down and enjoying a meal.
Menu perusal was a five second job. Burger. Blue cheese. Done. Oh, and some sides we settled on the hand cut chips, apparently voted something delicious by Time Out magazine, and the roasted butternut squash & goats cheese salad for an um healthier alternative.
The chips were fantastically fat and mushy on the inside and crispy on the out two thumbs up! The salad was very ordinary but I won't hold that against the venue, they are a burger house afterall.
So moving right along
Given that I'd been told Grand Union burgers were frickin' enormo, and the waitress even suggested we cut out a starter (because me, the eternal glutton had also ordered onion rings), I was expecting some monstrosity that would challenge the size of my entire torso. And maybe because I was expecting something so fantastical, when they brought the burgers out, I was a bit like huh? it's not that big, come on.
It really isn't that big, people. Tall yes, it was as tall as my head, but its girth? And I use girth like we're talking about a tree but anyway, its girth? Not huge. Not at all. I think the thing was twice as tall as it was wide, which presented a whole different challenge in terms of eating with some semblance of dignity, but what the heck a burger's a burger so we ho'ed right in.
Taste wise the Grand Union burgers are actually pretty good. I ordered the blue cheese burger and it epitomised what I expect a burger to be simple - a juicy patty, salad and some oozing cheese. Grand Union delivers all of this albeit in a burger that's as tall as my head. But it keeps to the core of what a burger should be, not what it pretends to be, and in fact I've supported a fellow blogger's pseudo petition to bring In'n'Out burger to London because when we talk about simple tasty burgers, they do it best.
Anyway, at £7-£8 a burger, Grand Union's price point is right up there with the likes of Byron Burger and Ultimate Burger, plus a side of pub atmosphere, so if you fancy a few pints pre and post burger indulgence, then I'd totally recommend Grand Union.
This place has a lot going for it: good location right opposite Camden Rd overground station, lovely interior with mixture of comfy leather seats and sofas and big wooden tables, a foosball table and lots of outdoor tables for when the weather is nice (ha!). It's a far cry from your average Camden Town pub which is a very good thing in my opinion. My only problem is that they can sometimes play truly awful music here (funky house anyone?) particularly on weekend nights. Apart from that, a lovely local which can be a real haven from the maddening crowds of Camden Town.
my first british pub i came to when i got off the plane. it had nice decor and big tables that we could fit our big grpup in. it reminded me of a old english restaurant. I was super juiced to be there =)
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