Hops & Glory

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Islington
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Hops & Glory

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

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.

By: Danielle Goldstein


Venue name: Hops & Glory
Address: 382 Essex Road
N1 3PF
Transport: Canonbury rail or bus 38
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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Ian M

Great cosy pub with an excellent beer and spirit selection. Their roast dinners are also hard to beat, so far I've had the pork and beef and looking forward to the next vist to try the rest.

Milly E

This is a lovely little pub located far enough down Islington's Essex road to escape some of the Upper Street hubbub. 

They have an extensive collection of craft beers, for all you ale enthusiasts out there. I'm not one of them so I can't preach on about their selection too much but i'm assure by my mates that its pretty good. 

My favourite thing about the Hops and Glory has to be their pub quiz. Hands down one of the best in North London. The last round always has you tackling some bizarre challenge such as getting dressed in a santa suit, eating a carrot downing some brandy and slurping milk. Fastest to the finish wins. 

Great venue for fun nights out or a cosy Sunday.


As someone who is biased towards favouring the East London drinking scene, I’m tragically unacquainted with Islington’s star venues. The Hops and Glory is such a pub, proffering 15 taps of an expertly curated beer list alongside a worthy selection of over 100 beers in bottle. Unsurprisingly, they’re microbrewing in the basement and also offer a curated beer tasting sessions. These are conducted by their resident expert, Durham Atkinson, who incidentally owns the bar and is responsible for its focus on offering an unassailable range of beer.

We were booked in for a tutored tasting session, including samples of 6 beers, three grazing plates and a tour of their basement brewing space, for a Saturday afternoon. A short walk from the Canonbury Overground station, the pub is situated on a quiet, leafy neighbourhood corner. Taking a contemporary incarnation on rustic charm, the interior incorporates handsome wooden features, a blend of plush booth seating with cozy tables and some industrial touches. Think hunting lodge meets urban living and you get the idea.

There was a good range of local beer on tap, including IPA OK from Long Arm Brewing Co and other examples from British breweries, such as Siren and Oakham, alongside a hefeweizen from German brewery Paulaner Gruppe. More comfortable offerings included Brooklyn and Camden and on cask, Darkstar was represented. However, where Hops and Glory really excels is its bottle collection, which features atypical Trappist and wheat styles in addition to a global range of everything from lager to stout.

Sitting down for our tasting, we were introduced to Durham and he launched into the basics- first, the ingredients used to make beer, then the history of brewing and even an explanation of purity laws and how these have influenced some styles. The evolution of certain beers was discussed and Durham comfortably chatted about some London breweries and the pub itself. The selection of tasters included a generic pilsner from the bar to start. From here, we worked through an Anchor Steam Beer, a Five Points Pale, a farmhouse saison from St-Feuillien, Lagunitas IPA and a Lindemans Kriek Cherry Lambic.

As we progressed through the beers, which were generously poured between two of us, our small plates arrived as they were ready- although we were engaged in deep conversation about the beer, which steered our attention away from the food, each dish was appetising and surprisingly tasty. We enjoyed a piece of gooey Welsh rarebit, a rich chicken pâté with gerkins and toast and golden goujons with creamy centres.

Following our tasting, Durham led us downstairs to the microbrewery, a makeshift use of the cavernous space beneath the pub. Brewing on a small kit, they currently have their in-house pale ale, which wasn’t on tap that afternoon, but we were offered a sample from the tank. They’re hoping to experiment with different styles and make their pale ale more widely available soon- they were scheduled to brew a new batch the following day.

We had a wonderful afternoon discovering The Hops and Glory and their expansive beer collection with Durham- the tutored beer tasting session was intimate and informative and Durham was a first-rate guide. The quality of food paired with the beer impressed us both and the pub itself had undeniable charm. We’ll hopefully revisit soon, especially for the excuse to leave our comfortable confines of Hackney Wick.

Lucy Loo

We tried Hops & Glory last week when they were offering a 50% off food offer to launch their new menu. It was great. Definitely the sort of pub you'd love to have as your local. Traditional but classy decor. Good, upmarket pub grub. My friend had a steak, I had halibut with samphire, and we shared a chocolate dessert which were all top notch. We'll definitely be back to try the Sunday roast which sounds delicious.

I'm not a big beer drinker but they specialise in craft beer, and have a microbrewery on site so if that's your thing, then that's another reason to go! 

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.