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Islington's Hops and Glory is a stylish craft beer pub that boasts a comprehensive choice of wheat beer, pale ale, porter and larger. The Hops and Glory also serves a concise selection of gourmet toasted sandwiches, meat platters and cheese boards.

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By R W.

Everything you want in a pub - a great range of interesting, well-kept beers on tap, friendly bar staff who talk you through the choices, good music, decent snacks without the full-on gastropub stuff and a relaxed environment. Can't get beers anywhere like these in the area, so this is my new favourite local!

By Paul S.

Celebrated Australia Day at H & G. These Australians know how to celebrate, and may I say, drink. Full of atmosphere with AC/DC, Cold Chisel, Angels and other terrific Aussie music. Too many beers to count but notable by omission, no Fosters. Didn't make the cut I supppose. Will definitely go again. Very sophisticated, which appears to be a contadiction in terms when thinking Australia.

By James L.

Being a New Yorker, finding myself in a real beer bar, that means no Bud or other weak stuff, had the time of my life. Still recovering from the headache. We beer drinkers of America we need you!!!

By Amber T.

Gave the place a go after reading your review. Spot on, brilliant night out, staff so friendly and helpful in describing the beers, didn't want to leave till I'd tried them all. However I calculated it will take me a month to get through them all, difficult but I'll give it a try.Also must mention no problems with public transport. Amber Tell Pimlico.

By Belinda R.

The craft beer revolution has well and truly gripped London. With over 35 breweries across the capital there are a growing number of specialist craft beer pubs opening to cater for the demand. Hops & Glory is one of such pubs. Boasting 13 beers on keg, three more on rotation on draught plus 60 more in bottles, it’s a beer drinker’s paradise.

The Venue
Located between the 24/7 party people of Dalston and the hustle and bustle of gentrified Angel, Hops & Glory is a great venue but placed in the no man’s land of Essex Road, could easily fall victim to its in-between location. However, that said, it’s well worth the trip. Decked out with cream walls, bare woodwork and maroon red tiles behind the bar, the pub is understated and attractive, low lit with candles on each table, a piano perched beside the bar and large pews to sit on. There’s a small beer garden out the back for the summer months.

The Atmosphere
Effort has been made to make Hops & Glory an accessible, easy-going pub with plenty of charm and character. Despite being emptier earlier in the evening, it fills out as it passes 8pm and the clientele range from mid-twenties to middle-aged drinkers, all clearly fans of the beer. Catering for cosy couples to larger groups, Hops & Glory welcomes all and this, coupled with its incredibly friendly and accommodating staff, make the atmosphere laid-back and pleasant.

The Food
This is not somewhere you’d come and eat but if you are feeling peckish, there is a decent range of nibbles available. The tiny kitchen out the back is not set up to produce meals, so Hops & Glory is making do with what it has and currently provides a simple selection of bar snacks or “Munchies”, which range from lunchtime snacks such as toasties (£5), ploughman’s lunch (£7) and a cheese board (£8) to olives (£3), nuts (£2) and hummus and olive tapenade (£5).

The Drink
The clue’s in the name, so it should come as no surprise that Hops & Glory is all about the beer. With a supreme selection of beers including wheat beers, pale ales, lagers, stouts, porters and Trappist beers from the UK, Europe, USA and Australasia, prices range from about £3.50 right up to £7+. Don’t forget to check the strength – there’s some seriously strong beers available! The exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful staff should be on hand to give you their personal recommendations if you’re unsure, but any of the Kernel range (especially the pale ales), the 12% award-winning Dutch stout Hel & Verdoemenis (which is apparently a rare find in the UK) and the Darkstar Hophead all come recommended. There’s also an alternative to Guinness on draught, which tastes uncannily similar. Of course, if you don’t drink beer then there is a decent selection of wines, whiskies and standard spirits, but really – the beer is where it’s at.

The Last Word
Hops & Glory is a delightful venue with excellent, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and a superior range of beers from across the world, and should be on the to-do list of any craft beer aficionado.

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