The Hope in Carshalton is officially one of the best four pubs in the country

This Is Local London: Rodger Molyneux at the bar in the Hope Rodger Molyneux at the bar in the Hope

A Carshalton boozer has been named as one of the best four pubs in the whole of the UK.

The Hope was one of the four finalists in the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) pub of the year competition but just missed out on the top prize.

The organisation commended it for it atmosphere and service as well as the quality of its beers, ciders and perries.

Rodger Molyneux, the Hope's licensee and director, said: "This is great news and a bit of a surprise.

"It’s testament to the hard work put in by all of our team and will mean a great deal to the 34 shareholders who have invested in the future of this pub." 

The Hope was facing closure and plans to convert it into an Indian restaurant until a group of locals clubbed together to purchase the lease on the pub and keep it open in 2010.

The other finalists were the Old Spot in Dursley, The Horse and Jockey in Stapleford, and The Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton – which was named the overall winner.

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6:18pm Wed 12 Feb 14

ResidentTony says...

Great - well deserved.
Great - well deserved. ResidentTony
  • Score: 10

6:32pm Wed 12 Feb 14

al the taxi says...

having been to the hope Carshalton and the old spot in dursley,both are great pubs and deserve the awards .saying that the best pub ever is the grapes in Sutton.
having been to the hope Carshalton and the old spot in dursley,both are great pubs and deserve the awards .saying that the best pub ever is the grapes in Sutton. al the taxi
  • Score: 3

9:44pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Niki R says...

Wonderful and well deserved!
Wonderful and well deserved! Niki R
  • Score: 10

9:52pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Brakesadick says...

It stinks and as a visiter your made to feel about as welcome as a **** in a space suit how on earth did it even get considered
It stinks and as a visiter your made to feel about as welcome as a **** in a space suit how on earth did it even get considered Brakesadick
  • Score: -10

2:35am Sat 15 Feb 14

ResidentTony says...

Brakesadick wrote:
It stinks and as a visiter your made to feel about as welcome as a **** in a space suit how on earth did it even get considered
What planet are you in your space suit? This is a wonderful watering hole, and the highly impressive accolade is richly deserved.
[quote][p][bold]Brakesadick[/bold] wrote: It stinks and as a visiter your made to feel about as welcome as a **** in a space suit how on earth did it even get considered[/p][/quote]What planet are you in your space suit? This is a wonderful watering hole, and the highly impressive accolade is richly deserved. ResidentTony
  • Score: 4

8:29am Tue 18 Feb 14

sfocata says...

I don't live close enough to visit regularly, so I mostly go for the numerous themes beer festivals, and I've never had anything but a warm welcome.

It's a shame The Hope didn't win the final stage (and blimey, I really want to try the Lancashire pub that did win) but it's get that they've had some well-deserved publicity. It's a rare example of a pub successfully covering both traditional cask ale and craft beer (and completely avoiding plastic InBev fake beer) proving to certain purists that there doesn't have to be a distinction. They do proper cider and decent food too... what's not to like?
I don't live close enough to visit regularly, so I mostly go for the numerous themes beer festivals, and I've never had anything but a warm welcome. It's a shame The Hope didn't win the final stage (and blimey, I really want to try the Lancashire pub that did win) but it's get that they've had some well-deserved publicity. It's a rare example of a pub successfully covering both traditional cask ale and craft beer (and completely avoiding plastic InBev fake beer) proving to certain purists that there doesn't have to be a distinction. They do proper cider and decent food too... what's not to like? sfocata
  • Score: 0

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