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user reviews of the Hope, Tottenham Court Road

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I was in here a few times over the last 2 weeks and found the service good, the beer (Doombar?) refreshing and the general ambience very pleasant. I was looking for a little bit of peace and was surprised to get it so nearTottenham Court Road , but it was Saturday and Sunday evenings, and noticed it was busier week nights. But enjoyable.
canarly - 16 Feb 2015 16:33
Yes, the Hope is under new management and it is beginning to show ! Like many other regulars, I sort-of liked the tatty incarnation from before, but maybe a make-over is in order. Main differences are that there is always BEER on ! No more walking in on a Saturday and finding 5 dry pumps, and one can actually use the bogs without having to paddle and / or getting dripped-on from above. The lightbulbs have been replaced also ! Can't say on the ales provided as I can't remember (!!) but will probably drop in this afto for the football results and report back.

ThLoneBoozer - 31 Mar 2012 12:01
This pub is in major need of a refurb. The toilets are disgusting and the bar looks really tatty. I hear it's now under new management so I hope they do a much better job than the last one as I don't think he was bothered at all. A shame as this could be a total gem of a pub in the right hands....ah well...
waterloo123 - 22 Feb 2012 15:49
Depending on your point of view this pub is either tatty or lived-in. Not a big place so it got full pretty quickly and there didn't appear to be many chairs either.
For a pub in the GBG I was a little disappointed in the real ale range when I was there. Only 2 of the 4 pumps working, (1 of them had only just run out apparently).
The service was ok and there was a mix of clientele, (ages and gender).
Not a pub I'd go out of my way to visit but worth a couple of pints if I'm in the area.
outtamehead - 26 Oct 2011 12:59
After reading the reviews I was a bit wary, but in the end pleasantly surprised. It's a typical single room street corner boozer, a bit shabby but clean enough in the right places - seats, tables, glasses, toilets.

Wolf Brewery's Straw Dog wheat beer went down well on a warm day and there were another four working handpulls to choose from. It's not one of London's great undiscovered pubs and I wouldn't make a detour to come here but it's not bad at all.
djw - 2 Jul 2011 00:15
Despite the last 2 reviews by members of staff, its still a filthy pit. Bad beer, bad service, no vampires, no blinding artwork, no tattooed staff fighting tesco trucks. Just a painfully well below average pit. Imagine a group of people who like drinking in pubs. They know nothing about how to run them. They buy one. Its The Hope. Can't see it being in business in 6 months.
camraman123 - 5 Mar 2011 01:15
I was there on Tuesday night with a friend, this is a small pub and on Tuesday night it was very quiet but the barstaff and what I assume are the regular patrons make you feel welcome so I will be going back. Recommended
Batman51 - 26 Aug 2010 11:24
this pub is by far the greatest pub i've had the pleasure of visiting in London. the bar staff are friendly, extremely helpful, and one of the young ladies there loves vampire board games that involve swords and axes... need i say more? ok then i will, on football nights there is an atmosphere for which the only word i can think of is awesome! almost like being in a stadium full of supporters of all teams... comparable to Nelson Mandela's South African rainbow nation!

the glasses are now clean.. they never used to be back in June 2010 but now they are, the young lady who likes vampire board games and jellied eels (though she's never had any, someone should bring her some) really recommends the chicken pasta with spicy sauce, which is very very good but not actually on the menu, and i wasn't convinced it was chicken.
what is on the menu is a wide wide wide range of sausages to go with mash, and the brazilians home made gravy which is oh oh oh so good.

the manager is hot, sexy and awesome, the bar staff have tattoos, and the chef fights tesco trucks (as do the rest of the staff)... and there are plenty of free sweets on offer...

the black boards are very informative and quite frankly the art word is blinding, in a positive way, it could be compared to Monet.

the only other thing i will say, and i'll leave you all with this.. the vampire board game loving barmaid from the north, with red knees is ....... drumroll...... Normal

xpepethelittlemule - 24 Aug 2010 21:57
Possibly the dirtiest glasses in the world. Used to like this pub, however I feel that pint glasses should be pretty much see through, so I won't be going back!
camraman123 - 24 Jun 2010 20:00
Grubby small corner boozer. Had Pride and Sharps Doombar on my visit, neither particularly good, in fact the Pride was quite rough.

Atmosphere wasnít the greatest, and I had the feeling I was intruding into someoneís personally space despite sitting on my own in the corner.

Much better pubs in the area.

mrse1 - 14 Jul 2009 14:56
Not a bad pub - I visited with my girl friend recently. Pleasant staff, got acknowledgment as we entered and were promptly served. Like the review said, there were TV's and sport - personally I prefer pubs without them but thats just me. I had a pint of Full Steam Ahead - at least thats what I think it was called. Never seen it before so tried it. Sat upstairs where there was no one else for a quiet chat. Appart from a couple of tramps wandering upstairs looking for somewhere to sleep and getting asked to leave by the landlord, it wasn't bad for a drink. I may pop in again if passing.
Jonnysaint - 5 Dec 2008 18:05
I visited here one evening last week and there were two barmaids on; one was talking to a guy at the bar, and the other was cheerfully but very slowly serving the two blokes in front of me. Whilst at the bar I had plenty of time to note that Pride, Adnams, Landlord and Doombar were all available along with a very limited lager selection. The Landlord was on good form and the barmaid let me try it before I ordered a pint. Iím not sure why, but Iím never one to look a gift horse in the mouth.

The pub also has the ability to show Sky Sports and Setanta on its small plasma screen.

There isnít much wrong with this place, but there are bigger more comfortable pubs nearby so I doubt Iíll bother with here again.
Strongers - 3 Nov 2008 13:51
Fairly drab and joyless pub, Lone barman on Saturday night made no effort to remember who had been waiting longest to be served and it wasnt even that busy. I think there may be a bias towards the mostly charmless regulars / locals. They are welcome to it.
unclebuck - 8 Sep 2008 13:32
A former favourite of mine from some years ago, but I hadn't been in for a while. Six pumps but only two on yesterday, Pride and Wooden Hand Brewery's Cornish Buccaneer. A decent brew but served slighly hazy. This is a smallish street corner bar with a wooden floor, panelled wainscotting with seating around the perimeter of the L shaped bar area. A further room upstairs remains unvisited by myself. A better beer choice would up this a mark as would a good clean and tidy as things are a bit shabby it must be said. I'm not sure what the Jolly Roger flags are for. Stand Up is advertised on Tuesdays at four quid.
Maldenman - 7 Sep 2008 10:50
Has taken a turn for the better, under new managment who have cleaned it up, got rid of the scary big TV with plans to put in new TV's and Sky. Great pint of Landlord and a great choice of sausages
phatbloke - 13 Jan 2008 16:26
Small pub, but I am surprised by the modest user rating. On a busy pre-Christmas night in Fitzrovia, it was full but not crowded, and had a really friendly atmosphere. Nice pint of Adnams Bitter. Recommended for those willing to take a few steps away from Tottenham Court Road or Goodge Street.
rpadam - 19 Dec 2007 20:28
Reasonable little pub, don't know about the upstairs. Pride, 6X and Adnams Bitter were available. Packed on a Friday night so had to go outside. A decent alternative to the Jack Horner for a pre Astoria pint.
GuideDogSaint - 19 Nov 2007 22:25
A great place for a lunchtime pint and a ploughmans, but fat too crowded after work.
surgecommodore - 16 Oct 2007 11:43
Good pub with a pleasant feel to it. Was a bit dead on my visit but I got the feeling that things could really get going here - in a positive sense.
Greshon - 18 Apr 2007 15:26
Cute pub - nice upstairs room - great food - my pal and I play Scabble there occasionally on a Saturday.
anonymous - 13 Feb 2007 17:43
funny little ok pint but the landlord looked as if he'd rather be anywhere else but in his own pub. Quite oldy worldy with a good chippy across the road.
DirtyPanda - 8 Feb 2007 22:48
First of a number pubs I visited on Friday. Very busy by the time I got there at 6pm so ended up drinking outside in the cold. Timothy Taylor Landlord was nice and kept me warm. Ok for a quick pint but unless you get there early and can bag a seat not a place for a session. Just too damn small for a pub in this popular drinking area. Good meeting point as very easy to find.
TheHorsesMouth - 5 Feb 2007 20:46
not a bad place.. and if your one of these people that get turned on while a dog humps your leg. the landlords golden retreiver will gladly oblige... might see it in a gimp mask next time ... who knows
anonymous - 11 Dec 2006 11:35
Head up the stairs, what's this in the corner? Hurrah, a darts cabinet. Open it up, oh dear. There is a round thing which looks like a dartboard but isn't. OK beer at least.
Dart_Man - 29 Nov 2006 13:15
very small boozer, friendly locals, good for a post work heart starter but does get packed quite quickly. In summary, does what it says on the tin.
big_dog - 19 Apr 2006 15:39
mmmmmm sausages!
tomw - 28 Sep 2005 14:56
Small one room corner bar with an upstairs lounge. 6 pumps with four different (standard) ales. Outside seating. Music. Casual, no nonsense and popular (as are most of the pubs in this corner of Fitzrovia). Sausage menu. Next door to Pollocks Toy Museum. The Adnams Bitter was OK but rather dull and lifeless. All in all, it's a pub, and it works, but don't expect anything special.
SilkTork - 6 Sep 2005 22:13
Very busy and a little cramped, but has Landlord on tap! Punters are usually friendly and relaxed. They also have 'Sausage Of The Week'.
katstevens - 24 Aug 2005 11:00
Good Pub, Great real Ale and bottled Belgian beer.
Good atmosphere, although the bar staff are too busy to be friendly.
Biggest problem is that its too busy in the after work session
for the size of pub, usually clears enough by 7.30 though.
timdownie - 15 Apr 2005 12:31
This pub was packed on a Wednesday lunchtime when I dropped by. Had a pint of London Pride which was okay. Food served which appeared to be in good sized portions.Upstairs lounge bar which doubles as extra seating / restaurant was cramp and smoky.
Simon - 5 Nov 2004 07:26
Dire. Extremely dire. I work just across the road and wouldn't dream
of going in there. Fine if you're an old man with a builder's arse, bad if you've got any kind of taste.
keet - 26 Sep 2003 18:24
it's a real dive now. the owners are arrogant b******s and the staff are quite rude. i head now to the prince of wales down wilton road just around the corner. much friendlier and the food's really good.
j_s - 25 Jul 2003 16:00
great atmosphere, best cask ale in london and delicious sausages
andy - 21 Jul 2003 21:20
This pub (aka the Sausage Emporium at one point) was the greatest discovery of our lives. Small, cosy, utterly friendly foreign student staff and lovely owners who sold a myriad of different sausages with bountious portions of mash and lashings of gravy, as well as a good range of ales and pre-requisite lagers. Then it got new owners who took down the sausage emporium sign much to my gay friend's disappointment, and ruined the menu. Any sausages we did order were late or, in group orders, occasionally forgotten about.
I don't go there any more.
Shame really.
Ruby - 15 Jul 2003 11:18
....oh and by the way, they sell Timothy Taylor's Landlord, which usually lasts less than 2 days when its put on !
ian - 11 Jul 2003 13:17
I worked at this pub three years ago and liked it a lot. They have six cask conditioned ales at all times and two guest cask conditioned ales that change.
Andy - [email protected] - 26 Dec 2002 17:06
Small, cozy, traditional english pub with traditional beers and a bloody good atmosphere. Fun staff.
Troy - 21 Dec 2002 14:13
Although a bit tiny, this pub really rocks on a friday and saturday night. The staff are alot of fun and make sure you have a good night out on the piss.
Derek - 21 Dec 2002 14:06
Good, cozy and friendly atmosphere with traditional english bitters. Fun staff, a must on any pub crawl.
Chris - 21 Dec 2002 14:05

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