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Hoop & Grapes (Shepherd Neame)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale Excellent1
Shepherd Neame - Mash Tun No. 1 Excellent2
Clark's (sometimes shown as Westgate Brewery) - Classic BlondeGood1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)Not Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Early BirdNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerNot Tried0
Picture 1. Hoop & Grapes, Farringdon, Central London
Picture 2. Hoop & Grapes, Farringdon, Central London

Visits Details

11 Aug 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. ChrisE had called me earlier to help identify the beer in the gravity pin and this effectively sub-poenaed me to make a visit in his footsteps.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Mash Tun No. 1 6.40GoodOld ale in a gravity dispensed pin. The generous taster was nearly ⅓ of a pint. Flat and slow drinking but I knew I'd had it so a generous 6.4%er. From the Shep's Twitter feed this is a beer primarily intended for this week's GBBF.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Not Tried
Clark's (sometimes shown as Westgate Brewery) - Classic Blonde3.90Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
11 Aug 2014 (ChrisE)
I was passing by and decided to pop in here to see if they had any unusual beers on sale, and they had.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Mash Tun No. 1 6.40ExcellentServed by gravity dispense from a pin (I did not know that Sheps had any pins). A dark old fashioned strong ale.
Clark's (sometimes shown as Westgate Brewery) - Classic Blonde3.90Good
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
10 Mar 2014 (ChrisE)
I last came here in the early 1970s when I met up with some friends who were working nearby for Post Office Telegraphs. The pub does not appear to have changed much since then, except of course that it is now owned by Shepherd Neame instead of Courage. This visit was mid-afternoon and there were very few customers about so I was able to have a good chat with the girl behind the bar about her town of Krakow. CAMRA discount applies here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90ExcellentIn very good condition.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Early Bird4.30Not TriedComing Soon.

About the Hoop & Grapes

The pub sign. Hoop & Grapes, Farringdon, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent2
Good2
Acceptable-
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Farringdon, Central London, EC4A 4BL.

A traditional narrow pub situated in Farringdon Street not far from Ludgate Circus. It boasts a free to hire function room, beer garden and sports lounge. A curry menu is available all day on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Bare boarded ground floor bar has a high counter with 5 handpumps, further back are a number of seated booths in the corridor leading to the garden. The upstairs bar has 2 handpumps only. Price discount on real ale for card carrying CAMRA members.

We have visited this pub 3 times, seen 7 different beers and tried 3 of them.

Map location

Postcode: EC4A 4BL