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Hops & Glory (CLOSED)

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Canonbury
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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A gastropub in a quiet corner of Islington, serving hearty British grub.

Please note, Hops & Glory is now closed. Time Out Editors, February 2018.

Given Britain’s propensity for cold weather, this wood-clad watering hole, flushed with amber lighting, makes for an inviting prospect. But even in warmer weeks, with its glass double-doors thrown open and beautiful brass fans spinning from the burgundy ceiling, there should be a pleasing breeze.

The offer of homely winter warmers – think beef dripping, chips and Welsh rarebit – would do for most evenings. Watch out for the crust on that rarebit though, mine was tough and difficult to chew.

The menu promises ‘British country-style cooking,’ which evidently means meat-centric mains, with grouse, beef and only one option for fish-fanciers or veggies. My wild bream fillet was great, the flesh tender beneath a crisped skin, its saltiness superbly complemented by sweet red peppers and a lumpy (in a good way) Cypriot potato mash.

It may be perched on the edge of busy Essex Road, but The Hops & Glory brings an enjoyable slice of country pub living to Zone One.

Details

Address: 382 Essex Road
London
N1 3PF
Transport: Canonbury rail or bus 38
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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