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Hack & Hop (Portobello Pub Company)

We believe this building is NO LONGER a pub

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ilkley - Mash TonneExceptional1
Ebeltoft Gardbryggeri - Straight Outta Boston Exceptional1
Brewers Brothers - Marina Golden Ale Excellent1
Rooster's - AzaccaExcellent1
Portobello - JPAExcellent1
Five Points - Railway PorterExcellent1
Tiny Rebel - CaliExcellent1
Eight Degrees - Big River Excellent1
RedWillow - FecklessGood1
Waen - TWAGood1
Williams Brothers - BlackGood1
Rooster's - Wild MuleNot Tried0
XT Brewing - No. 1 BlondeNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Redemption - Rock the KazbekNot Tried0
Gloucester - BritanniaNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Windsor KnotNot Tried0
Magic Rock - RaptureNot Tried0
Moor - AmoorNot Tried0
Great Heck - PowermouseNot Tried0
Firebrand - Table PANot Tried0
Ilkley - Mary JaneNot Tried0
Waen - Janners PrideNot Tried0
Rooster's - CreamNot Tried0
Picture 1. Hack & Hop, Blackfriars, Central London
Picture 2. Hack & Hop, Blackfriars, Central London

Visits Details

01 Oct 2019 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, my first visit here and it was most enjoyable.
Portobello - JPA4.20Excellent
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Redemption - Rock the Kazbek4.00Not Tried
Gloucester - Britannia3.90Not Tried
10 Aug 2016 (Stephen Harris)
As part of London Beer City, Simply Hops are here tonight with a ‘Meet the Hop’ event. Around a dozen beers have been selected to showcase various hop varieties from around the world. By the time I arrive, only two of the cask beers are left, but the keg and key-keg range is superb. A good crowd present and I leave much lighter of wallet. Unfortunately, my tasting notes were scribbled on the back of a copy of the Evening Standard, which I then accidentally threw away. So just memory.
Ebeltoft Gardbryggeri - Straight Outta Boston 7.20ExceptionalCloudy pale golden beer in the style of an American Pale Ale. Strong. Superb.
Tiny Rebel - Cali5.60ExcellentThis was juicy fruit all the way. Older readers might remember a kiddies fruit drink called Um Bongo (rumoured to be drunk in the Congo) – it was like that. I think the main hop was Citra.
Eight Degrees - Big River 5.30ExcellentAn Irish brewed IPA, featuring Australian hops and tasting of tangerines.
Brewers Brothers - Marina Golden Ale 5.50ExcellentSpanish brewed.
RedWillow - Feckless4.10GoodA good, dark, malty Bitter – no doubt with Fuggles and/or Goldings. Tasty, but not in the same league as some of the other beers tried tonight.
XT Brewing - No. 1 Blonde4.20Not Tried
08 Apr 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Busy here at 8pm, with a private party upstairs and loads of City lawyer types in the ground floor bar and on the pavement. Roosters are the ‘Brewery of the Month’.
Rooster's - Azacca4.30ExcellentTasty.
Rooster's - Cream4.70Not Tried
Rooster's - Wild Mule3.90Not Tried
07 May 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Our pub crawl numbers peak at around 20 in here, and we pretty much fill the ground floor bar. We have arrived too late for a ‘Meet the Brewer’ session with Ilkley Brewery – but at least get to try the new Ilkley beer.
Ilkley - Mash Tonne5.40ExceptionalA marvellous, dark brew – a brown ale with blackberry juice and tea amongst the ingredients. I loved it.
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50Not TriedThis ran out soon after we arrived.
Waen - Janners Pride4.60Not Tried
17 Apr 2014 (HSB)
15:00 Another visit to show a different group of pub enthusiasts the magnificent bar back.
Williams Brothers - Black4.20Good
Great Heck - Powermouse3.60Not Tried
Firebrand - Table PA3.60Not Tried
13 Feb 2014 (HSB)
2nd Heritage pub of the tour. The feature of interest being the magnificent Victorian bar back, although it is thought that it was moved from another pub in the 1960s.
Waen - TWA3.70Good
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
Moor - Amoor4.50Not Tried
21 Jan 2014 (Stephen Harris)
My first visit here since the re-launch, and I have to say it is a massive improvement on the old Greene King place.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentSmooth, thick, oily Porter – the chocolate tastes quite subdued today.
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
Magic Rock - Rapture4.60Not Tried

About the Hack & Hop

The pub sign. Hack & Hop, Blackfriars, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Blackfriars, Central London, EC4Y 8BH.

This pub in Whitefriars Street was founded as the Scotch Stores in around 1850 and rebuilt in its present form for the Lion Brewery in 1898. By the 1970s it was a Charrington’s pub and had been renamed the Coach & Horses, the Victorian interior having been opened out into a single, quite small bar area. The pub was acquired by Greene King in 1999. It passed to Pubs of Distinction in 2013 and was renamed (again) the Hack & Hop. There is a small, quite elegant ground floor bar and a first floor restaurant. Four handpumps form the centrepiece to the bar, flanked by banks of keg taps. In 2019 leased to Portobello Pub Co.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 24 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: EC4Y 8BH