Hoop and Grapes (Nicholsonís)

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Abijen  (62) ís-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands | May 10, 2016
Visited by accident. Good looking pub. Quite busy. Good food and an average selection. Nothing special.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Bosbouw  (46) Gemonde, Netherlands | May 3, 2016
Good pub with some nice but averige selection of ipa, pale ale. Nice menu, good food. Barman did not now much about beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Fin  (905) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 20, 2015


I visited Hoop and Grapes on Friday 18th December 2015. We actually would have walked right past this place last Saturday but I donít remember even noticing it. But for those searching it out, this place is quite easy to find, itís located on Aldgate High Street and is close to both Aldgate and Aldgate East Tube stations

I was intrigued by the name and looking on the pub website noted that it was originally called the Hops and Grapes to show that it sold both beer and wine. Further research elsewhere showed that it was built around 1593 and survived the Great Fire of London some 70+ years later. Also interesting was the restoration undertaken in the 1980ís as the pubs entire timber frame had to be propped up by a steel frame as the pub itself had sheared sideways by 18 inches it cost £1.2 million back in the 80ís.

I rather liked this pub, it was very popular on my visit, it was rammed, I struggled to get to the bar and so gave up on ordering a drink (I will return here again sometime) so I had a quick look at the interior instead, that is what I could actually see through the masses. It really is a lovely historic place, the bar I visited (tried to visit) was off to the LH side on entry. Beer choice looked quite good, certainly better and more varied than some Nicholsons pubs Iíve been to. The place was full of old timbers, though I guess many of the original ones have now been faithfully replaced during the restoration works. I like this place and will return.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
chriso  (522) London, England | September 3, 2015
Visited several times over the years. Nice historic old building. Now a Nicholsons pub so you should find something worth drinking, although limited scope for the ticker. Merits a peep if in the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Bjarte1  (116) , Norway | November 21, 2012
An old pub not far from Aldgate station. We came here for lunch and were served good food in a pleasant atmosphere. There were quite a few customers in the pub. Pretty good selection of cask ales.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Bryne  (552) Bryne, Norway | November 20, 2012
Claimes to be one of Londonís most historic inns. The building is from 1598. Good food, a decent wine list and of course cask ales. Not the most exciting ales but Sharps Doombar, Woodfordes Wherry and Nicholsons Pale Ale were all decent beers. Nice visit. (Visited November 15th 2012)

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