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Gill Smith left this review about The Hop Pole Inn
How do I follow that last review. We enjoyed our visit yesterday, and the good ales we had were Aylesbury Convergence, Aylesbury Horton and Vale Best Vale IPA. It is possible to see the brewery from the back room which was set for diners, and the bottle shop there with it's 2 beers served by gravity from casks was worth a visit.
On 4th December 2016
- rating: 9
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Hop Pole Inn
Located on a main road leading West out of Aylesbury town centre, the Hop Pole is a well kept pub run by the Vale Brewery, with their off-shoot project – Aylesbury Brewhouse Company (ABC) – located on site. You enter past a decent front patio terrace into a large bare boarded room with a tongue and groove servery opposite on the rear wall. The bar back has been tastefully decorated with various jugs, beer bottles and spirit miniatures along with some intriguing jars full of bar snacks. Two large bay windows on the front wall, filled with standard and tub chair seating under flimsy light shades, are arguably the best spots to grab and were unsurprisingly both occupied on my arrival. There are two fireplaces, facing each other towards the front of the pub, each similarly sized with a plain mirror above. Some nice wing back chairs were arranged in front of one of the fireplaces, but the rest of the room had to make do with standard tables and chairs or some high stools around a large upturned barrel next to a pillar in the centre of the room. Some nice, aged breweriana, mainly in the form of weathered enamel advertisements, covers much of the wall space and a TV screen to the right was showing a muted men’s singles match from Wimbledon. The room extends to the rear past the left hand side of the bar, where you’ll find some high tables and stools next to a lone slot machine, before a step down takes you into a surprisingly large rear restaurant style area with rows of standard tables and chairs in a somewhat more formal setting. Behind the servery, there is a small brewery shop, where three ABC brews were on stilage, offering customers the chance to take cask conditioned ales back home with them. Various bottled beers, including more ABC and Vale brews plus a sizeable selection of Belgian beers, were also up for grabs.
There is plenty enough on the bar to negate the need for take-outs though, with a long row of hand pumps dispensing ABC Valknut and Single Hopped Red Citra, Vale Best, VPA and Gravitas, Hambleton Nightmare, Milestone North Rock, Nottingham Dreadnought and ELB Foundation Bitter. I thought it best to try out one of the beers brewed on site, so tried the Valknut, which was in good condition but seemed to lack balance in its flavour profile. To be fair, the pump clip did state that it was ‘Intensely Hoppy’. The pleasant barman seemed happy that I’d chosen it and I was still able to sup my pint whilst watching the tennis and nosing through the steak and burger based menu.
I really like what Vale have done with what, by all accounts, was once an unloved, run down premises. The place felt relaxed, comfortable and served up some good beers from a brewery whose output I have always very much enjoyed when drinking around Bucks. This is definitely worth the short walk out of town and was the pick of the pubs I encountered during my afternoon in Aylesbury.
On 12th July 2016
- rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Hop Pole Inn
Unremarkable-looking pub located some distance from the centre of town. Partly opened out inside to leave a 'L'-shape bar with a rear room down a couple of steps. Plain wooden furniture throughout, and a selection of breweriana, all in keeping with a proper ale house. Small front terrace. Nine of ten handpumps in use when I visited, with two Vale beers (Best and Gravitas, £3.50) and a fine selection of guest beers in a range of styles. Well worth the walk.
On 11th July 2015
- rating: 8
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- Accommodation : No last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Bar Billiards : No last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Beer Festivals : Yes - November - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
- Beer Garden : Yes last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Child Friendly : No last updated 04 December 2016 by Gill Smith
- Darts : No last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Function Room : Yes last updated 04 December 2016 by Gill Smith
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
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- Live Music : Yes last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Micropub : No last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Pinball : No last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Pool Table : No last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 October 2007 by Quinno _
- Real Cider : Yes last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
- WiFi : No last updated 12 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
Last inspected: July 20th 2016