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.
|Venue name:||Hops & Glory||Contact:|
382 Essex Road
|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|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80.|
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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.