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Hack & Hop, Fleet Street, EC4

35 Whitefriars Street
Phone: 02075838117
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Will Larter left this review about Hack & Hop

With a few minutes to kill before my train I caught sight of this pub down a side street after leaving the Olde Cheshire Cheese. This pub couldn't be more different from that one, being a modern version of an old pub but with the appearance of what I would not have been surprised to have been told was a recent shop conversion. On the beer front it is a little different, with a number of craft keg fonts and four hand pumps. The real ales at the time of my visit were Gloucester Gold, Burning Sky Plateau and Animal Brewing Co Peacock, the latter being defined as a California Pale (Animal is an off-the-wall subsidiary of XT Brewery, apparently). (The barman asked me to pay for my half of Plateau before he began to pour it - this is something that has only happened to me before in Wetherspoons, so it must be spreading. Soon everyone will be doing it: curse you, Tim Martin.) The beer was in excellent condition but not really to my taste. This is quite clearly not my sort of pub at all; the fact that almost everyone there was under 30 is confirmation of this. But equally, the fact that the pub was very busy is a sign that they're clearly doing something right.

Date of visit: 21st November 2017

On 28th January 2018 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about Hack & Hop

On my recent midweek lunchtime visit there were just a couple of ales on - Moor Brewing Union Hop and XT Brewing No4 (£4.20 a pint), with a couple more handpumps unclipped. The XT No4 was in great shape. All of the tables, including the trio of tall tables/tall stools near the bar counter, had napkins and cutlery on them, so they clearly expect diners to arrive. But there was no suggestion that I shouldn't sit at one of them to enjoy my pint. There were beer and food menus on all the tables. The beer menu listed mainly bottled "craft" beers. The cheapest main course on the food menu was the steak sandwich at £11.50, with other main courses, such as the burger and chips, at around £13.50. Not cheap, but par for the area I suppose. A board on the wall on the right helpfully listed the available beers, giving the ABV, plus price of pints and halves.

This is now a fairly simple single-room pub. Apart from the aforementioned tall tables/tall stools, there was a bit of banquette seating and normal tables and chairs. All were black upholstered in a minimalist sort of way. From a heritage viewpoint, both the bar counter and the ornately wood carved bar back appear to be original Victorian survivors. The vestibule on the left has some ancient amber banded leaded glazing (Charrington's?) but this may be as the result of inter-war work. An unused door on the right shows that even a pub as relatively small as this would once had been sub-divided.

There's a large TV on one of the walls, but little in the way of decor apart from a bit of Christmas stuff, and some old typewriters plonked (or possibly artfully arranged!) on top of the bar back. There are also pump clips on display around the place.

On the basis of my first visit I'm not sure if this is a drinkers' or diners' pub. I was in at very early doors, and I guess you would have to visit at a busier time to gauge the feel of a pub. Sticking a few napkins and a bit of cutlery on tables doesn't really suggest that they are reserved for diners - to me it just makes it available to those who choose to dine. Anyway, my XT4 (a bit Gerry Anderson perhaps?) was in excellent condition, so I was happy with my visit.

On 11th December 2016 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about Hack & Hop

The current building was rebuilt in 1898 at which time it was known as the Scotch Stores, the name Coach & Horses dating from the 1930s.
As described below, we didn't go upstairs but the ground floor bar has conventional furniture with beer shelves to the columns and high stools. The floor is bare boarded and the colour scheme is resolutely white; brass lanterns provide light which is uncomfortably bright and as mentioned, there's evidence of old Charrington's green leaded banding to some of the windows. There's an ornate bar back but overall the pub didn't seem to be that homely.
A very friendly barman presided over two ales: two unused pumps, thereafter somewhat disappointingly just two from the excellent XT Brewing Company: XT4 and XT3 which was very good and excellent value for the area at just £2.00 a half.
Given the pub's predilection for favouring craft ale over the [lack of] real stuff and the bright lighting, I'm unlikely to come here again.

On 30th September 2016 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Old Blue
City Thameslink, 0.27 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 0.57 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.5 miles, 48 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 19 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 31 December 2015 by moby duck
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 December 2016 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 19 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 31 December 2015 by moby duck
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 December 2016 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs upstairs. - last updated 30 September 2016 by Tris C
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 6pm
Monday11:30am - 10:30pm
Tuesday11:30am - 11pm
Wednesday11:30am - 11pm
Thursday11:30am - 11pm
Friday11:30am - 11pm
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