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The Hope (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesExceptional1
Fallen - Local MotiveExceptional1
Hastings - Hastings PorterExcellent1
Wimbledon - XXKExcellent1
Magic Rock - Dark ArtsExcellent1
Fyne - Gengy's DropExcellent1
Dark Star - Hophead DryExcellent1
Wantsum - ImperiumExcellent1
Brodie's - Shoreditch SunshineExcellent1
Wylam - 008 MosaicExcellent1
Marble - PintExcellent1
Downlands (previously South Downs) - Root ThirteenExcellent1
Five Points - Railway PorterExcellent1
Kent - Altered StatesExcellent1
Siren Craft - Sound WaveExcellent1
Marble - Earl Grey IPAExcellent1
Siren Craft - Vermont Tea PartyExcellent1
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the GarterExcellent2
Surrey Hills - Shere DropExcellent5
Hastings - Handmade 11Excellent1
Tiny Rebel - Fugg LIfeExcellent1
Kent - PorterExcellent1
Downton - New Forest AleExcellent3
Downlands (previously South Downs) - BramberExcellent1
Redemption - Fellowship PorterExcellent1
Blue Monkey - Right Turn Clyde! Good1
Hastings - Simcoe CentennialGood1
Marble - TuckerlovskyGood1
Magic Rock - RingmasterGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterNot Tried0
Magic Rock - High WireNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London PorterNot Tried0
Brodie's - London Fields Pale AleNot Tried0
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Diggin' Up The KingNot Tried0
Kissingate - Stout Extreme JamaicaNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Brewers GoldNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Beech BlondeNot Tried0
Kent - SimcoeNot Tried0
Blue Monkey - Guerrilla StoutNot Tried0
Triple fff - JabberwockyNot Tried0
Surrey Hills - Gilt ComplexNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
Ascot - Anastasia's StoutNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Kissingate - Six CrowsNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Hope, Carshalton, Greater London

Visits Details

18 Aug 2018 (ChrisE)
Afternoon and evening visit for a friend's 80th birthday party, naturally a very busy event for a popular regular at this splendid pub. Beer was being drunk at an impressive rate and many beers ran out to be replaced on the pumps soon afterwards. An excellent free buffet was provided.
Surrey Hills - Shere Drop4.20Excellent
Downton - New Forest Ale3.80Excellent
Wantsum - Imperium4.00ExcellentThis replaced one of the beers that ran out.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentSuperb, it did not take long for this beer to run out.
Marble - Tuckerlovsky4.70GoodNot to my taste. This replaced the Magic Rock beer when that ran out.
Oakham - Citra4.20Not TriedI think this ran out during the afternoon.
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
Magic Rock - High Wire5.50Not TriedThis ran out.
Kissingate - Six Crows6.60Not Tried
26 Nov 2017 (ChrisE)
Sunday from 12:00 opening until about 17:00ish with a large group of friends from various parts of the country. We took over the room at the back whilst the rest of the pub was full with a good mix of customers. Service was excellent despite the pub being busy.
Siren Craft - Sound Wave5.60Excellent
Downlands (previously South Downs) - Bramber4.50Excellent
Wimbledon - XXK4.80Excellent
Magic Rock - Ringmaster3.90Good
Ascot - Anastasia's Stout5.00Not Tried
Downton - New Forest Ale3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
29 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
This is my thirteenth out of thirteen visits in recent weeks to CAMRA London Region Pubs of the Year, on judging duties. What a mixed bag they are, although this one is a perennial favourite. And there just happens to be a beer festival on tonight, of which I had not been aware. Only the beers I drank are listed.
Fallen - Local Motive3.90ExceptionalWow. This beer really nails the low strength / high hops category.
Tiny Rebel - Fugg LIfe4.20ExcellentGolden IPA brewed with all-UK hops but tasting very modern.
Fyne - Gengy's Drop3.50ExcellentA golden beer, well-hopped with Sorachi Ace, Nelson Sauvin and Citra. Very dry; shockingly so after the beer that had gone before.
Wylam - 008 Mosaic3.90ExcellentYou canít go far wrong with Mosaic, and this is a cracker.
Surrey Hills - Shere Drop4.20GoodA steady, golden beer. Nothing spectacular, but very drinkable.
13 Jul 2016 (ChrisE)
From 12:00 opening for a couple of hours, lunch consisted of one of their excellent filled rolls for £1.50. One of the customers played the piano in the rear bar. In addition to the cask beers listed below we enjoyed some Hopus served in the correct glasses but with shots glasses for the sediment.
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Excellent
Downlands (previously South Downs) - Root Thirteen3.60ExcellentVery good. This beer ran out soon afterwards.
Siren Craft - Vermont Tea Party3.60ExcellentThis replaced the Downland Thirteen when that beer ran out.
Surrey Hills - Gilt Complex4.60Not Tried
Downton - New Forest Ale3.80Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
24 Jan 2016 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime start for a long afternoon session with a large group of friends. The pub was busy all afternoon. I have listed most, but not all the beers that were available.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40ExceptionalA new cask on.
Downton - New Forest Ale3.80Excellent
Kent - Porter5.50Excellent
Dark Star - Hophead Dry3.80Excellent
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Good
Blue Monkey - Right Turn Clyde! 4.30Good
Blue Monkey - Guerrilla Stout4.90Not Tried
Triple fff - Jabberwocky5.00Not Tried
30 Aug 2014 (ChrisE)
17:00 and absolutely packed both inside and in the garden area. There was a beer festival, a hog roast, a 76th birthday party and a good crowd from the Society for the preservation of beer from the wood. I had originally intended asking whether this pub should continue to be shown on this site as Punch Taverns as the locals have taken on a 20 year free of tie lease from Punch and are operating as 48 West Limited. Beers were running out and being changed frequently so I have only listed the one that I drank.
Surrey Hills - Shere Drop4.20Excellent
28 Aug 2014 (HSB)
12:15 Our monthly gathering of old railwaymen. We were joined by the birthday boy mentioned in Chris E's post. Very busy with beers being changed regularly.
Hastings - Hastings Porter4.50ExcellentVery flavoursome
Surrey Hills - Shere Drop4.20Good
Downton - New Forest Ale3.80Good
Hastings - Simcoe Centennial5.50Good
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter5.00Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Beech Blonde4.90Not Tried
Kent - Simcoe4.50Not Tried
01 Jul 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Meaning to come here for some time with all its declared accolades.
Surrey Hills - Shere Drop4.20ExcellentBest beer of the Carshalton evening crawl and all the better for a pub branded lined glass
Downton - New Forest Ale3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter5.00Not Tried
Brodie's - London Fields Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Diggin' Up The King4.90Not Tried
Kissingate - Stout Extreme Jamaica6.00Not Tried
03 May 2014 (thebrewingman)
Saturday lunchtime. Good bunch in.
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Excellent
Magic Rock - Dark Arts6.00Excellent
Brodie's - Shoreditch Sunshine3.80Excellent
Kent - Altered States4.70Excellent
Downton - New Forest Ale3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
Magic Rock - High Wire5.50Not Tried
14 Dec 2013 (thebrewingman)
Early Saturday evening to celebrate a win at Sutton. Busy with drinkers and made very welcome.
Marble - Pint3.90Excellent
Marble - Earl Grey IPA6.00Excellent
Hastings - Handmade 115.40ExcellentA black IPA made with Ella hops.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Not Tried
Downton - New Forest Ale3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried

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About The Hope

The pub sign. The Hope, Carshalton, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Carshalton, Greater London, SM5 2PR.

Town pub in West Street with an island bar surrounded by several distinct drinking areas. Handy for Carshalton Athletic FC. CAMRA Greater London Regional Pub of the Year 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and in 2019 too. Last 4 finalist of the CAMRA National Pub of the Year competition 2013. SPBW London Pub of the Year 2016. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2019. 7 handpumps but with an increasing propensity to sell craft keg beers. Initially run by a share-owning co-operative (32 shareholders) on a 20 year free of all tie lease from Punch Taverns. Reported in June / July 2015 CAMRA London Drinker magazine that the freehold had now been purchased.

We have visited this pub 24 times, seen 94 different beers and tried 74 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SM5 2PR