About Us

The Griffin Craft Beer Gastropub is Martin Jakoby and Thomas Hughes’ latest venture. The first of its kind in Johannesburg, The Griffin pays homage to the best beer and wine from home and abroad, while offering beautiful, fresh, seasonal food in the coolest surroundings.

Childhood friends Thom and Martin founded The Loft in Melville in 2006 and The Attic in Parkhurst in 2008 — both of which they have subsequently sold. The hugely popular bar The Office in Greenside, is another of their projects, established in 2010.

Martin, a qualified veterinary surgeon-turned entrepreneur and Thom, a chef with 16 years of local and international  experience, arrived home from London in 2005 with the simple dream of creating the kind of place people fall in love with. Before leaving London, Thom won the acclaimed Evening Standard Pub of the Year award for the Settle Inn in Battersea and was also Head Chef of the famous White Horse (AKA Sloaney Pony) in Parson’s Green.


Armed with Thom’s superb skills in the kitchen, a natural sense of style, flair for detail and quality service, the help of a solid team and the sheer will to succeed, they have made a name for themselves in the competitive South African bar and restaurant market.

The Attic was awarded Best New Restaurant in Gauteng in 2008 and was listed in the Top 10 restaurants in Gauteng. All three venues have been featured in leading magazines such as Taste, Food and Home, Elle Decor and Cosmopolitan.

And now, having fallen in love with all things craft and thinking that it’s high time that South Africa enjoyed the gastropub trend, they’ve created The Griffin – the ultimate place for friends to meet, eat, drink and be merry.