As the newest member of the Pubs of Distinction group, Hack & Hop comes with good pedigree. Its siblings are among the finest craft beer pubs in the capital - the Dean Swift near Tower Bridge and the Old Red Cow by Smithfield Market.
Like its relatives, this City pub - so named for its proximity to one-time hack central Fleet Street - excels on the beer front, with more than 20 split between cask and keg. This spans a number of London and UK favourites - including Beavertown, Kernel and Siren offerings - alongside many you'll likely never have spotted before, from both home and away.
Less immediately apparent is that Hack & Hop also offers a full menu of beer snacks and really rather good British gastropub classics, with its Sunday Roast being a particular source of pride. Let's cut to the chase, the roast at the Hack & Hop is top notch and you should try it.
If you're in a group, the best way to sample it is by opting for the Sunday Sharing Feast, for three to four people. It features confit pork belly (impressively crunchy crackling), beef (served medium-rare and richly-flavoured), chicken (moist-fleshed and rubbed with lemon and thyme), a chorizo scotch egg, four fluffy Yorkshires, sweet potato mash, buttery greens, an abundance of excellent fluffy and crisp roasties, and plenty of rich red wine gravy. There's not a let down among it, and in reality it easily feeds four.
A very decent, and ever-changing selection of starters includes chorizo croquettes, merguez sausages and chicken wings. Puddings are also worth keeping room for. A New York cheesecake has an exemplary buttery biscuit base while orange sponge with lashings of custard is all about school dinners nostalgia, but done well. All in all, Hack & Hop offers some seriously excellent grub - it delivers far more than you'd ever have guessed for somewhere that appears to be all about the beer.