Set away from the busy streets of Islington you’ll find The Hops & Glory, a local taproom where you can escape and tuck into dishes that take your usual ‘pub grub’ and throw it on its head. From a recent refurb to owner Durham Atkinson’s approach to great ales and food, you’ll find it hard it to keep this one to yourself.

What is it?

The Hops & Glory doesn’t stand still – owner Durham says the menu changes daily with a focus on seasonal and quality ingredients. Interestingly not all are sourced from Britain; some will have been sourced from France, like the roscoff onions. And within this journey for great tasting produce, you’ll find influences from European country cooking, reflected in the simple dishes that celebrate the tastes and textures of these ingredients. 

Lamb Belly

Lamb Belly with Chicory and Crackling Gremolata

What to Eat

Start off with a few of the small plates including the Rye Toast with Dripping and Gravy – oozy and moreish; the Lamb Belly with Chicory and Crackling Gremolata – perfectly balanced in taste and texture; and we loved the kick in the Spicy Fishcakes with Kimchi Mayo. There’s an element of nose to tail with the cooking – you’ll find cuts of meat vary, so try out something different if you can.

Cornish Cod with white beans, saffron and chorizo

Cornish Cod with White Beans, Saffron and Chorizo

There’s a few larger dishes on the menu and we couldn’t fault our serving of the Cornish Cod, Chorizo, White Beans, Saffron and Monk’s Beard. And we think you can’t leave without at least sharing dessert: we tried the Chocolate Delice – a rich concoction between a mousse and a cake, and one that left us fully satisfied.


Try The Hops & Glory Pale Ale

What to Drink

There’s a selection of wines from Borough Wines and a few cocktails to choose from. However beer-lovers should look out for The Hops & Glory’s Pale Ale, brewed below in the basement – it’s a popular one, with a few seasonal variations. There’s also ales, lagers and stouts from a revolving daily selection from different breweries. Having worked previously in cocktail clubs and members clubs, Durham is committed to serving excellent tasting ales and ensuring this matches the quality of the food. We’ll drink to that.


Don’t Miss

The Whiskey vs Brewery Night. This whiskey and food pairing evening puts on a three-course menu, three servings of Woodford Reserve Whiskey, three servings of San Francisco Anchor brewery beer, and incorporates beer in the dishes for an ultimate mash-up. This is a monthly night affair with different breweries taking part. See details below for booking.

Best for….

An indulgent meal and brief escape from the city.

The Hops & Glory | 382 Essex Rd, London N1 3PF

Woodford Reserve vs Anchor vs Hops & Glory | 20 May

Tickets £34 | email to book or call 0207 226 2277

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