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The Seveney, Canonbury, N1

382 Essex Road
N1 3PF

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Tris C left this review about The Hops & Glory

Originally The Norfolk Arms, this is definitely an improvement over the squalid former The George Orwell. Well described below, oddly the main doors were flung open for air and yet smokers stood virtually in the pub. A clever way of getting around the smoking ban? The barrel chairs mentioned below have gone - at least, we didn't see them.
Friendly bar staff, ales on: a vacant pump, Dark Star's Hophead and American Pale Ale at £3.20 which is incredible value for anywhere in London.

Worth a return visit but not worth a detour.

On 21st April 2016 - rating: 5
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Moby Duck left this review about The Hops & Glory

A single roomed corner pub,wood floor and mixed seating. The bar is along the back wall and at the far end this runs into the open kitchen.There are three handpumps all had beers on from Windsor and Eton in the shape of Windsor Knott,Knights of the Garter and Canberra, whilst these are all OK I would have prefered to see a little variation from a different brewer, I counted 12 craft keg offerings.I quite liked the relaxed feel here,it was worth the visit.

On 5th March 2016 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Hops & Glory

Corner pub featuring some noticeably-large windows, with a mix of furniture and decor that is part-way between alehouse and gastro-pub. Relaxed atmosphere in the early evening. Main focus is on craft keg, with nine of a possible 16 taps on use, but there were two real ales from Franklin's - English Garden (£3.50, but very cloudy, albeit not tasting too bad) and Citra IPA - plus Hogan's Hazy Dazy cider on handpump. Perhaps I was unlucky with the beer quality, but otherwise it is quite an agreeable place.

On 10th May 2015 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Hops & Glory

This is another pub in the Islington mould, being bare-boarded, having several leather armchairs and sofas, some solid wooden settles, a few normal tables and chairs and a couple of barrels doing service as tall tables. A small garden at the back caters for smokers. The wall behind the servery has (modern) red tiles, and the ceiling has a rather nice Lincrusta style surface. There’s not a lot of décor, but near where I was sitting there was a trio of antique sporting artifacts on the wall, comprising old leather football and rugby balls, and an aged cricket bat. I did see a sign that said “children, dogs and bicycles welcome”, which I don’t think I’ve seen in a pub before. There was a table with some books on it which looks nice although probably not used too often, but for me the negative thing was the ever present pop music. It seems the perception is that conversation is not sufficient and customers can’t live without music. But that’s just my personal opinion, and I guess I must be in the minority.

Now on to the important stuff. There were three ales on – Purity Gold (£3.70), Galaxy Brewing Pale Ale (£4), and Windsor & Eton Maracana (£3.70). In a moment of ironic poignancy following England’s premature dismissal from events in Brazil, we went for the Maracana as it’s probably not a beer that we’ll ever see again. It was quite good in fact. A fourth handpump was unused. There wasn’t a lot of choice regarding food on Saturday afternoon. Some “smaller plates” plates were available (olives at £2.50, humous and olives £2.50, and “French fries” at £3). The couple of main courses were the hot dog at 8.5, and Hops & Glory Burger at 9 (or £9 in my language).

Despite some of the pretentious aspects we quite liked this pub. It’s obviously been thoroughly made over as time has passed and no longer has any traditional pub character, but it was reasonably comfortable and friendly when we were in there. This is another one that I would be happy to visit again although I wouldn’t rate it as a destination pub.

On 24th June 2014 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Hops & Glory

Formerly known as the George Orwell, this simple, single room pub has, like so many other pubs in N1, reinvented itself as a Craft Beer bar. The pub’s décor shares some traits with the generic craft beer bar look, with bare floorboards and pastel shaded walls, but overall, I found this place more cosy and comfortable than many pubs in this genre manage to be. Despite large windows on two sides of the pub which no doubt make the place light and airy in the day, my evening time visit found the place lit by dimmed light fittings and candlelight, which created a nice ambiance alongside the dark wood fixtures and furniture. The servery is on the right hand wall and has a partly tiled bar back, somewhat reminiscent of the Southampton Arms or Jolly Butchers. There are some pews under the front windows, standard table and chair arrangements in the mid section of the room and a bank of comfy button backed armchairs and sofas to the rear, including some arranged around a nice fireplace. The walls are lined with a few old pictures and mirrors, plus some blackboards detailing various food and drink options, and in one corner a TV screen was tuned to a Europa League fixture whilst a retro soundtrack played in the background.
When I arrived there was only one hand pump clipped, offering Moor Revival, which I enjoyed a very well kept pint of. However, during my stay, two more beers came on in the shape of Red Willow Feckless and Redemption Big Chief. In addition to this, there are around twelve or so keg taps offering beers from the likes of Meantime, Black Isle, Sierra Nevada and Chimay, plus a cider from Hogan’s. A well stocked set of fridges looked to hold all manner of bottled goodies, but I didn’t spot any bottle menu to help with the decision making process. The bar staff were very friendly and I noticed they were knowledgeable about their beers, helping other customers to make their selection.
I quite enjoyed my stay here and although it’s focused more on craft keg beers, rather than cask ales, they did at least serve up an excellent pint from an interesting, if limited, selection. It’s a bit off the beaten track, although I was able to walk here in around ten minutes or so from the Canonbury over ground station. Perhaps not quite a destination pub, but well worth a look if you’re in the area or as part of a crawl around N1’s growing list of craft beer bars.

On 10th March 2013 - rating: 7
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john gray left this review about The Hops & Glory

Another good reason to visit Islington.Craft beer bar rather than a pub.I was never in it before but it looks like a quick diy conversion..Still its got 4 handpumps about 10 keg beers and lots of bottles .Prices are reasonable for the area.Might be at the wrong end of Essex rd to get really busy.

On 1st February 2013 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The George Orwell

This is a high ceilinged single room corner pub with large windows and a mix of leather armchairs and large wooden tables. It is dimly lit with candles in wine bottles on the tables and there is a collection of board games that can be played. A bit of soul music was playing in the background and a projector screen was rolled up on the wall, but I doubt that this place ever shows any sport. There is an advertised beer garden out the back, but it was closed during my visit. The downstairs toilet was a bit of a mess and there was a collection of toilet rolls on the side ledge that ranged from damp to wet to soaking.

There are a couple of hand pumps on the bar and although one was not being used an ale from Sambrooks was available from the other. The draught was a selection of premium lagers and the Guinness was passable. The barmaid wasn’t the most chirpy, but there was only one other customer in at 22:00 on Thursday night so she was probably bored out of her brains and wondering why the pub has a late license. The opening times are a little erratic as the pub is open from 16:30 until 23:00 Monday to Wednesday, 16:30 until midnight on Thursdays, 16:30 until 02:00 on Saturdays and midday until 22:30 on Sundays.

Maybe this place is good at the weekend when it is busier, but I found it a little pretentious and I do not plan to return.

On 16th September 2010 - rating: 4
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