Hops & Glory

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© Ed Marshall

Forget the anthem ‘Land of Hope and Glory’: this sounds much more appealing. It’s a new name for an old boozer at the Essex end of Essex Road. Until December 2012 it was known as the George Orwell, a tribute to the writer who lived nearby in Canonbury. There’s no record of him actually drinking here, but he did enjoy a pint, so you never know.

Also, it does fulfil several of the requirements for the perfect pub, as laid out in Orwell’s famous ‘Moon Under Water’ essay. It’s two minutes from a bus stop (Ockendon Road), there’s a garden, and the architecture and fittings are ‘uncompromisingly Victorian’. He might not have approved of the piano (though it remained unplayed) and there isn’t a ‘ladies’ bar’.

But plenty of Londoners will approve, as the Hops & Glory is full of the sort of things that make pubs good. Buffed-leather sofas, a big mirror behind the bar, candles. A blackboard lists the current selection of 13 beers on tap and 60 in bottle, and a fine selection it is. London brews get a good look-in, which is always welcome: a pint of the limited-release Camden Cavalier was particularly well received. Hops & Glory joins the Craft Beer Co, the Earl of Essex and the Railway Tavern in what’s becoming a neat little ale trail through Islington.

To eat, there are boards of meat, cheese and pickles, and toasties – but this being Islington, they’re filled with the likes of Spanish jamón and artisan cheddar.

Venue name: Hops & Glory
Address: 382 Essex Road
N1 3PF
Opening hours: Open 4-11pm Mon-Wed; 4pm-midnight Thur; 4pm-2am Fri; noon-2am Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Canonbury rail or bus 38

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Nic Rennison

This is definitely my favourite pub in Islington. Definitely an upgrade from when it was the George Orwell. It's a lovely, friendly place - great staff, good food, excellent selection of beers on tap and even a few of the famous Hawksmoor cocktails on the menu for good measure. The bartenders are really friendly, and you're welcome to take dogs in there. They do tasting evenings, and often have a piano player in there. Board games, beers and good hotdogs! My new favourite local for sure.