Page Updated:- Monday, 18 September, 2023.


26 May 1993

Bankers Draft

Open 2023+

80 Eltham High Street


020 8294 2578

Bankers Draft 2016

Above photo 2016.

Bankers Draft 2022

Above photo 2022.

Bankers Draft sign 2023

Above sign 2023.


The name of this Wetherspoon pub recalls its former use as a branch of Martins Bank. Originally the Bank of Liverpool, founded in 1836, it merged with Barclays in 1968.

The "Banker’s Draft" in Eltham is extremely small by the normal cavernous standards of Wetherspoons.


From the By PubSpy, 5th August 2016.

PubSpy reviews The Banker’s Draft, Eltham.

That feeling when you watch a film or TV show and you can’t quite work out when it’s set, that’s what you get in the Banker’s Draft.

It’s like a game of spot the difference to determine what era you’re in once you have walked off the High Street and in through the doors.

The wood panelling, tired carpet and flashes of royal blue paintwork and remaining decor are no help, either.

While ‘trendier’ gastropubs attract a young, vibrant crowd of men and women, the Banker’s Draft was patronised almost exclusively by ageing blokes when I visited.

For the most part they seemed like proper geezers chatting away about daybreaks to east Kent, reading newspapers (in the 21st century?) and one wheeler dealer even appeared to be flogging cigarettes, not that I can fathom why and I’m sure the pub’s staff were unaware.

All things you don’t tend to come across in a number of boozers these days. Is that a good or a bad thing, you be the judge.

But I can say it is popular. Virtually every one of the pub’s dozen or so tables was occupied during the weekday lunchtime I popped in.

The Banker’s Draft is the kind of place you expect to see through a fog of smoke, though of course thankfully in this day and age you don’t.

The prices were reassuringly low too, though in this instance it was because this is a Wetherspoon’s pub and not because we were in a time lock.

Being a Spoons it also had a decent range of beers, including Phoenix’s Wobbly Bob.

Elsewhere it didn’t feel much like one of the chain’s pubs, not least with its relatively underwhelming food offering.

How it rated:

Atmosphere *** Good if you’re an older gent

Décor ** Drab

Drink **** Nice selection

Staff *** Decent enough

Price **** Good old Wetherspoons

Food ** I’ve had worse


Closed for a week in August 2023 before reopening under a new operator having been sold by Wetherspoon and had been its smallest in the country having opened on the 26th May 1993 in a former Barclays Bank at a busy road junction.

New operator re-opened the venue on Saturday 26th August 2023.




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