It's taken a little time to get going since this pub was bought and refurned by the eponymous Mr Hooper, but we are now at a stage where it has really bedded in and started to become what I rather hoped it would become, a proper community boozer of the old school.
The refurb was definitely of the less is more variety, keeping that wonderful victorian style central bar and many of the old fixtures and fitting including a snug!
The main reason to come (well shouldn't it always be for a pub) is the beer though. Brilliant selection of bottled beers from all over the world and a good turnover of guest ales. Bar staff are friendly and pretty much know most customers by name.
Also a good variety of musical nights, pub quizzes and beer or even cider festivals. For a new kid on the block I must say, top marks.
*ps, not really a DJ, more bar staff piping their iPods, but good taste nevertheless.
Great music venue!
Hoopers is a spacious Victorian pub on the border between Camberwell and East Dulwich, in a quite residential area tucked between two railway lines. Welcoming atmosphere and a strong community feel. Cask Marque accredited with a good selection of cask ales and bottle beers from around the world. And reasonable selection of wines (and whiskeys). Selection of pub food is pretty good (though currently unavailable due to refurbishment).
But the real attraction of Hoopers is the live music. Folk, jazz and blues from the UK and internationally. And entry is usually free!
Planned to visit a couple of other pubs in the area but ended up just staying here. They were having a Winter Ale special and so there were some very interesting drinks to be had, including Voortrekker, a lager quite unlike any other I've had. Only had chance to try these specials but the amazing beer list means I will definately be back! They do serve Stellabut that must be ironic or something.
The food was good too and although it was very quiet it started picking up later in the evening. They have a screen for the football in one section of the pub (so you can watch it or easily avoid it, whichever your preference). The bar staff were really friendly too. Full marks.
Went to see live jazz from these guys - Brandon Allen, Kit Downes, Alan Gibson, Enzo Zirilli - oh and please get a name for your band!
Anyway, was pleasantly surprised by the pub - it was beer festival when we went, so they had 10 guest ales on tap. Also a great selection of lowlands beers [bottled] on the menu.
Only thing that held it back was the walk from Peckham Rye Station to the pub. Calls from the locals Hello white boy. Ho ho ho.
Went here on a wet and miserable Sunday. Place was empty due to a local street party outside but the staff were really friendly and the beer was great. We stayed for a few hours of drinking, and the pub filled out with locals. We left when we kept being bothered about "staying for the show" and "did we still need our seats?". There was a free comedy show on, and it was taking over the entire pub - now I wouldn't mind normally but it was blocking all access to the loos, and most of the pub, and most people coming in for the comedians were not drinking - just sitting down to watch. A table of 3 older chaps who'd had a few pints were asked to move to allow access to the 'show area' and we decided to pop down to the nearby Victoria Inn instead. Lovely pub, great staff but really does need to decided if it's a pub or a venue.
Would've been a four if it hadn't have been for the whole comedy shenanigans.
Probably the best local boozer in south London - and i've been in a few. Really friendly staff, great music nights and quiz, live sports and most importantly; excellent guest ales.
If I could come here every evening i would, but i'd be obscenely overweight and have serious alcohol related problems. Having said that it might just be worth it.
There are very few pubs I go to - even ones I like a lot - where I come away thinking "I wish that was my local". But that's what I was thinking walking away from Hoopers. Made the journey down from SW1 and so glad I did. Nice decor for a start. Only 3 beers on, but that was understandable after a busy weekend. Crucially, the ales that were on were all in nice condition and served well. Had a long chat with the landlord too about things beer-related. All i all a very friendly place I'd heartily recommend to anyone, especially with a beer festival to come in early April. Well worth making a detour to visit.
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