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Hops & Glory (CLOSED)

  • Bars and pubs
  • Canonbury
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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.

Written by
Danielle Goldstein


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