Hoop & Grapes, Farringdon. Archive Image


The Hoop and Grapes was built in 1721 on part of the historic burial grounds of St Bride's Church. As an Inn it gained notoriety as a location for illegitimate Fleet weddings.

In the 90s, it underwent several changes and was eventually closed down and scheduled for demolition. However, as the last surviving pub where Fleet weddings were held, the pub was given a stay of execution and became a Grade II Listed Building.

Shepherd Neame purchased the Hoop & Grapes and reopened it under its original name. During the renovation works the burial remains from St Bride's Church were discovered and many bodies found there were moved into the British Museum. These gruesome discoveries undoubtedly led to numerous stories of the Hoop & Grapes being haunted which continue to this day.

Present Day

November 2007

Mike Stokes FBII arrives as landlord of the Hoop & Grapes.
His Mission, to restore its reputation as one of London's finest pubs and to provide a local that all people of Farringdon can enjoy and be proud of.

December 2007

The Hoop & Grapes opens a games room, making the Hoop a great place to play darts or poker!

March 2008

The Hoop & Grapes becomes the first Shepherd Neame pub to gain Cask Marque accreditation.

August 2008

KDC Theatre Company makes The Hoop its home!

December 2008

The Hoop & Grapes gains Master of Beer status.

Early 2009

The Hoop joins the Pub and Bar Network.

March 2009

The Hoop & Grapes gets a 5-star rating from the Scores on the Doors Food Hygiene Scheme.    

April 2010

We brew our very own beer, which goes on sale under the name 'Mendes Gold'

Summer 2010

The Hoop & Grapes is commended in the City of London Safety Thirst Scheme. 

Spring 2011

The Hoop & Grapes makes the semi final of licensee of the year from BII

Summer 2011

The Hoop & Grapes wins the 'Perfect Pint' award at the Shepherd Neame Awards!


Come down the the Hoop and make history with us! Come let us know how we are doing!