Regulars saved The Hope from closure – now, it’s thriving (Picture: hopecarshalton.co.uk)
From a no-frills boozer, to a chic gastropub that brews it’s own craft beer, the UK does a pub pretty well.
So when it comes to crowning London’s best watering hole, there’s some stiff competition.
And of course, the capital is home to many a famous pub.
History buffs can visit the George Inn in London Bridge, the only surviving 17th century galleried inn. Or for true crime fans, the Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields is the last place Jack The Ripper’s final victim was seen quenching her thirst. There’s also the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street which counted Mark Twain and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as it’s regulars.
But when it came to naming the Campaign for Real Ale’s Greater London’s Regional Pub of the Year, it was The Hope in Carshalton, South London that claimed the title.
It’s the sixth time in 12 years that The Hope has won best boozer – but just over 10 years ago, the pub almost closed down for good.
To save their local, regulars clubbed together and created a company and took it over.
So what’s so great about The Hope? Well, it’s a traditional community-led pub, with prices that won’t break the bank. It also regularly hosts events for ale enthusiasts.
Want to see what all the fuss is about? Head down to The Hope at 48 West Street, Carshalton, SM5 2PR.
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