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Galvin Hop

Restaurants, Bistros Spitalfields
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A bar-bistro with pimped-up pub grub from the Galvin brothers.

Please note, Galvin Hop has changed to a bistro concept since we reviewed. Time Out London Editors, April 2019.

When is a pub not a pub? When, as is the case with this Galvin Brothers joint, it’s really a dinky bistro, only with an ultra-gastro pub menu. They’re calling it ‘pub deluxe’, but for an area with plenty of good and proper boozers, this description may be pushing it a bit far.

On the site once home to Cafe a Vin, the venue is small and unsurprisingly popular, which means it can become overly loud, but the staff cope well with customers: ‘beer, lads?’, we were asked before we’d removed our coats. ‘Beer’, by the way, is unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell, stored in copper vats above the bar.

Starters come sharpish, the Dorset crab on toast offering a pleasing ratio of flesh to mayonnaise, while Portobello mushrooms with brie and fresh herbs were equally satisfying. Mains aren’t far behind, but we had enough time between courses to observe things we hadn’t ordered as staff squeezed by. Lahmacun looked mouthwatering, the Barnsley chop intimidatingly huge. Our burger came up rare, something staff didn’t communicate to us in advance. But no matter – the real issue is that there are more exciting burgers nearby. Happily, though, sausage and mustard mash was as good as any you’d find in the Square Mile. All of this pub-style grub left little room for dessert though.

The city’s favourite chef siblings have themselves another winner; just be aware it’s not a pub, deluxe or otherwise.

By: Dave Faulkner



Address: 35 Spital Square
E1 6DY
Cross street: entrance on Bishops Square
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
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Being a fan of bottomless brunches and the Galvin chain, this restaurant/ Castro pub was a must for us to try. The weekend bottomless brunch was such good value - £10 for unlimited prosecco, wine or beer, with a minimum of two courses which were priced at £7-£20 (so something for every price range). We went with a group of 20 for my boyfriends birthday, which is now an annual tradition, and Galvin hop could not be more accommodating. We had practically our own area and own waiter, so service was efficient and attentive (perfect for a bottomless brunch 😜).

The food was great and service even better, so there were smiley faces all round. I will definitely be back!


Quite disappointed with Galvin Hop (I tried the nearby Galvin LaChapelle and loved it). It's overprice for what they offer, nothing I can't buy for a cheaper price nearby. 

I also didn't enjoy the service, the waiters were very snob and not nice at all. I like to go to a place and leave with a smile and it didn't happen here. 


I am a big fan of Galvin's restaurant and La Chapelle scores high on my list of top restaurants in London. However I was quite disappointed with Galvin Hop. I took a Royal hotdog with cheese and bacon, one of their signature dishes and although it was a good hot dog indeed, there was nothing much original about it and when came the final bill of almost £25 per person for a pint, a hot dog and a side, I was not as pleased as expected by the price/quality ratio.

Started off okay with cheery drinks waitress (but she didn't seem to know what a shandy was!). Downhill from there with a surly waitress who looked like she hated us and her job. Eventually ordered to be told the pastie took 20 minutes, so we ordered mezzed to share while we waited. Lacklustre and boring mezze with limp soggy crispbread and a few boring offers of things from tasteless mashed beans to vinegary pickled mushooms and artichokes right out of a jar. After 40 minutes! We asked where our food was. The long-awaited seafood pasties contained hardly any discernible fish and a lot of mushy bland potatoe, the crusts were too thick. The other food was no shakes either. When paying the bill we were asked 'how everything was?" When we told the waitress, she looked irritated and called the manager who said we should have told her something was wrong earlier, as though it was out fault! Never going back.


 Sourdough toast with scrambled eggs and ham was absolutely delicious and filling. It was my first time in this restaurant and loved the ambiance and the staff. Would definitely go again to try more of their dishes. I think it is a great restaurant for a first date

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