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The once mighty Draft House chain sputtered out during the pandemic, and many of the pieces seem to have been picked up by the even mightier BrewDog brand. It's almost a like-for-like swap, as both chains focus on purveying a large variety of ales, chosen from menus rather than pump handles.
The handover at Chancery Lane hasn't changed much. The decor's been swapped out, but it's still the same function-over-form drinking space. We haven't had chance to update our photos, but it hardly matters... it feels just the same.
This is a part of town with many long-established, traditional pubs (Princess Louise, Cittie of Yorke, The Lamb...), so it's good to see one or two craft-fronted places pulling in the punters too.
Judging from the excitable bustle that fills the place at any decent drinking hour. This branch is perhaps a bit more suity than the outposts in the suburbs, but it still has a laid-back vibe totally different from other venues in the area.
We haven't tried the food, but the menu looks pretty similar to other branches: burgers and hotdogs and that kind of malarky.