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Hair of the Dog-The Greyhound

Updated: May 14, 2021

Spring has arrived and the lockdown restrictions are starting to ease, meaning the pubs are now serving that cold pint we've all been waiting for, just in time for the Summer.

To make the Summer of 2021 a bit more exciting, The Greyhound and Fable & King have decided to partner up and serve out some discounts when ordering a drink or T-shirt.

The Exciting Part

If you order from Fable & King, and enter 'HAIROFTHEDOG' at the checkout you will not only receive a 15% discount on your item but also 15% off your total order at The Greyhound, Sydenham.

Due to the easing of COVID restrictions, we thought that this would be a great opportunity to get people out and reunited with friends and family over a pub lunch. To claim your discount, show the coupon code on your receipt to a member of staff for them to take 15% off your total bill.

The Greyhound

The Greyhound pub was refurbished and re-opened back in February 2018 as a stylish, comfortable pub with a strong focus on high-quality food and drinks.

The Greyhound site has had a long history in Sydenham, being around for over 300 years. They're proud that the new management has given the local community a place to eat, drink, meet friends and enjoy relaxed days and nights out in a space that is warm, comfortable, and full of personality.

They're dog-friendly as long as your dog is friendly and welcomes children, with plenty of high chairs and changing facilities available.

The Greyhound was also voted Sydenham's favourite pub of 2019

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Jack ‘Polly’ Pollard, Head Bartender at The Greyhound, Sydenham.

I’ve been working the bar here at The Greyhound ever since they opened back in 2018, after a mammoth redevelopment of the almost derelict site. It’s been so rewarding seeing this pub come back to life and become such a community hub. We really are a pub for all people and there’s nothing pretentious about us. That being said, I do love cocktails (almost as much as a pint of Guinness) and it’s been fantastic being given the freedom to create our own bespoke in-house cocktail list. We’re lucky to have great suppliers and work closely together to stock an interesting and diverse range of spirits to work with, something that isn’t always the case in big chain pubs.

When Fable and King asked me to pick out my favourite cocktail to make, it really wasn’t a hard choice. I love making Manhattans, an absolute classic cocktail, and if made well, cannot be beaten for balance, flavour and downright deliciousness. The Manhattan was created in the late 19th century and is one of the 5 cocktails named after New York City Boroughs (and probably the most famous).

Here’s The Greyhound specs for this legendary drink.

50ml Whiskey (we use Wild Turkey Rye)

25ml Sweet Vermouth (we use Martini Rosso)

3-4 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Stir over block ice (be careful not to over stir otherwise you’ll dilute it too much)

Serve straight up in (ideally) a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

This drink is great as a pre-dinner cocktail, but don’t have too many on an empty stomach as they pack a punch!


If you have read this far and wanted to learn some pub trivia to impress your friends at the pub while you sip a refreshing drink, the term 'Hair of the dog' comes from an old belief that someone bitten by a rabid dog could be cured of rabies by taking a potion containing some of the dog's hair. The correlation suggests that, although alcohol may be to blame for the hangover (as the dog is for the attack), a smaller portion of the same will, paradoxically, act as a cure. We do want to add, there is no scientific evidence that the cure for either a hangover or rabies actually works.

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