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user reviews of the Hope, West Norwood

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Friendly service and good beer. I am a fan of Youngs (even since it moved) and a light and bitter or a ram and special if you're feeling kamikaze on a school night, are a pleasure.

Only downside on the visit was the obvious use of marching powder in the Gents by some of the more bulging eyed, enthusiastic patrons.

Which is a shame as this otherwise is a very good pub.
terenced - 3 Aug 2018 12:53
Another South East London that failed to hit the spot. It's a Youngs house. So that's probably why. Only Ordinary and Special were available. The pub is smaller inside than you would first believe and the interior is quite cosy. Football was being shown on two TVs at either end of the bar, making it the centre of attention, whether you like it or not. Unlike the previous reviewer who had also visited the Railway Bell on the same day, I would have to say that I much preferred the Railway Bell.
blue_scrumpy - 10 Nov 2013 13:57
Got to be the best pub in area , even open Christmas Day for a few hours . Very well kept pub. Good beer for a Youngs pub.
leon99 - 28 Aug 2013 18:43
2nd South East London tick for me on the same day I did the Railway Bell, Gypsy Hill...both Young"s pub but couldn't be more different.

This is a proper pub, friendly talkative bar maid, decent beer and good prices.

Again another Youngs pub that looks a bit tired but this is a cracker of a pub which is obviously very much a locals joint.

Food was displayed but no-one was ordering, though at £3.50 for scampi, chips and salad I was seriously tempted.

Unsure I will ever visit again but it's a cracking pub so get yourself down here and see for yourself.
lezford - 2 May 2013 13:46
Cosy, friendly boozer which I enjoyed more than Youngs more upmarket pubs to the West. Offered a very good Wandle Junction. Nice place.
mtaylor40 - 5 Aug 2011 20:51
Lovely pub! The garden is looking fabulous. The landlord is friendly and welcoming and so are the staff. The only downside is a few dogs running around in the outside area but I won't let it put me off when I'm in the area.
2rachel - 28 Jul 2010 10:06
This is a good honest pub. Very friendly service, great selection of real ale and lager. Nice relaxing garden with a free BBQ during the summer months (A small donation to charity is asked).
th4tch - 27 Jul 2010 13:07
The staff are very friendly and the prices reasonable. The pub has undergone some refurbishments but could use some more work (the ladies has some strange DIY features).

The Hope has a nice and cosy beer garden.
PintyPinter - 20 Oct 2009 16:01
An unremarkable but classic boozer with good beer, there isn’t enough of these places around.
Trinker - 18 Sep 2008 21:27
Essentially unchanged for the last 40 or so years to my knowledge. This is one of my favourite unpretentious Young’s houses. Superb pint of Special at lunchtime the other day. Shame it doesn’t do any food though – I would have thought doing something to eat at lunchtime, even if it is only a basic sandwich, would generate some additional custom. In fact when I was in there at lunchtime I did not stay for a second pint because I needed to get something to eat. Unfortunately the only other two pubs in central West Norwood (only 3 left out of the 8 that were there when I lived there!!!) did not have any real ale on so had to move on. But the Hope is still a good local and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates the old-fashioned boozer.
RexRattus - 10 May 2008 00:18
Have been revisiting as of late. Has been very nicely refurbished and still is - wait for it - a pub!! This as opposed to becoming or attempting to become "Gastro" as such is the case in my neck of the woods (Herne Hill). Well worth a visit.
drum2000 - 3 May 2008 01:16
it's like somone's living room...err...the publican's, very nice
johnpublic - 5 Dec 2007 12:55
Decent Young's pub - if you've been to a few of these you'll know what to expect. Staff were very friendly; they gave me a free whisky but I'm not sure this is extended to all visitors. Worth a visit if you're in the area.
pubcollector - 7 Jan 2007 19:49
As a Young's pub has good beers on tap. Pleasant enough little beer garden.

Friendly enough.
terenced - 3 Aug 2006 08:58
Relatively cosy little pub if not rather plain. Staff are friendly and on each visit I've never had a bad pint of special. A good little place to visit with a few friends, drink some Young's beer and shoot the breeze.
drum2000 - 12 Mar 2006 13:59
Refurbished since I last did this one - has now lost that warm cosy, pubby feel to a certain extent. Seems rather uninspiring to me now, despite it being a Youngs pub
JohnBonser - 5 Aug 2005 13:23
A friendly local pub which has recently been redecorated. Warm and cosy looking from the outside if a little smoky and polluted on the inside. For a Young's pub it is not too bad at pretending it is a quaint old fashioned free house.
Nikki - 9 Dec 2003 17:36
Lovely, friendly, old-fashioned south London pub recently under new management.
Neil Roberts - 27 May 2003 14:27

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