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Hoop & Grapes, EC4

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80 Farringdon Street
EC4
EC4A 4BL
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Tris C left this review about Hoop & Grapes

3rd August 2017:

A second visit to this pub and found it to be vastly improved. Built on the site of St. Bride's burial ground and dated to 1721, now Grade II Listed. Well described below, furniture is conventional and mixed with some high tables and chairs. Muted music played and TVs were off; this is on balance, quite a conventional, traditional pub and more so than most around here where many are better described as wine bars.
There's a patio garden to the rear and function rooms on high with a separate bar, at least one with a covered, heated patio.
As part of a large group, the staff were friendly and relaxed which was a bonus.
A couple of Neame's beers were on offer, Spitfire naturally, which was ok. Thereafter there were a couple of Neame acquisitions as well as Wadsworth's Dirty Rucker which was a very decent pint (or four) though at around the £4.50-a-pint mark wasn't cheap - this is the City, mind.
All in, a very decent pub in which to while away the hours and a far cry from my first and last visit a year or so ago. I'd definitely come here again if in the area.

Updated:

A few more trips made and quite a change. I've now used the lavs and they really aren't adequate: a tiny room with the cubicle and just one urinal. The pub also has a habit of renting the function room to more than one group - surely this is not a function room but a 'pub'? However, on match days the pub takes on a very different complexion. There are two TVs - medium and large - with the large screen directly behind the bar in this very narrow room. The result is that all the customers crowd in front of the bar, making service very difficult for people trying to get through to buy a drink.
Downgraded accordingly.

On 24th November 2018 - rating: 5
[User has posted 843 recommendations about 830 pubs]


hondo . left this review about Hoop & Grapes

Shepherd Neame pub with a narrow interior. 4 real ales on.

On 27th October 2018 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Hoop & Grapes

Decent little Shepherd Neame pub, lower and much older (1721) than the neighbouring office blocks. Typical dark-wood interior with traditional furniture and decor, with limited seating in the compact bar supplemented by a narrow rear section, plus a covered patio and small courtyard beyond. Also has a quieter first-floor terrace accessible via an external metal staircase if the upstairs room (never visited) is not in use. Four of five handpumps in operation, offering Whitstable Bay Pale, both types of Spitfire (£4.40) and Castle Rock Harvest Pale as a guest.

On 7th October 2017 - rating: 7
[User has posted 5108 recommendations about 5108 pubs]


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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Old Blue
City Thameslink, 0.15 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 0.4 miles, 7 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.71 miles, 52 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Hoop & Grapes, EC4
24th Nov 2018, 19:56
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
21st Nov 2018, 10:53
Picture submitted by Will Larter approved

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 November 2014 by Malden man
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 30 November 2014 by Malden man
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Rear patio and roof terrace. - last updated 24 November 2018 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 50p per pint, 25p per half - last updated 04 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 30 November 2014 by Malden man
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 23 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : Yes last updated 23 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 23 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes - Sharing with other groups. - last updated 04 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 26 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 20 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 20 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 20 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 30 November 2014 by Malden man
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 30 November 2014 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 30 November 2014 by Malden man
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 20 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 August 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 23 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 03 August 2017 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 23 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
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