REVIEW: The Hops & Glory, Islington
Roast potatoes. No one can roast them like your mum can. No one. Except, actually, The Hops & Glory, as we found out when we visited one chilly Bank Holiday Sunday. Sure, the weather’s brightening up but a true Brit is ALWAYS up for an excellent roast dinner after a hard week – and we legitimately think we’ve found the best in London.
A towering Yorkshire pudding taking up half the plate, thick-cut Hampshire pork belly with apple sauce, all the trimmings, and back to those potatoes – cooked in goose fat, they’re laden with crunchy, golden flakes of deliciousness – we raved about them so much, the waitress put a few in a doggy bag for us – and we could have cried with joy.
Aside from the epic roasts, this beautiful pub (with links to the brilliant Pig and Butcher and The Hawksmoor) is artfully rustic, warm and cosy – forever populated by London’s off-duty food industry workers who knew where to find great grub.
Small plates include the likes of Westcombe cheddar Welsh rarebit and toasted sourdough with dripping and gravy, but for something lighter, try the Cornish cod with new potatoes.
The drinks list is unsurprisingly extensive, the space available for beer tastings (and private hire). Wines include a Petit Pont Blanc (Sancerre) and a Chateau Fleur Ursuline Grand Cru hailing from St.Emilion Bordeaux, but for sunny afternoons on the outside tables, an Aperol Spritz is just right. When the sun fails to come out this weekend, don’t despair – two hours in this comfy bolthole and you won’t mind if it never does again.
Address: 382 Essex Rd, London N1 3PF
Amy @ FashionBite xx