User name:



Sign in with Facebook

Not already a member?
Join our community and - Rate & review pubs - Upload pictures - Add events JOIN for free NOW

Chat about:
Bottled Beer Bargain Alert with ROBCamra on the Pub Forum

The Hop Merchant, Nottingham

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
64 Upper Parliament Street

Return to pub summary

Reviews (Current Rating Average: of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Mark Davey left this review about The Hop Merchant

Decided to try the Hop Merchant again now that things have settled. Only 2 beers on the bar as one was off. Tribute and Lincoln Green. Beer was better than my first visit, the place was very full and still a bit too bright.

Review 02/09/16 original score 5

Following a £400K+ refit, the Turf has re-opened as the Hop Merchant, specialising in keg and real ale.

I decided to pop in last weekend whilst the paint was still fresh.

Three hand pulls on the bar serving Harvest Pale, Tribute and a Ruby IPA, which was cloudy and not well kept. the remainder of the bar is festooned with keg pumps, but nothing special enough to convince me to try.

Nice clean toilets, trendy mushroom paint, a new floor are where the money has gone, maybe they spent on the kitchen too as they are offering food.

Bar staff are very green at the moment, when asked for a Sauvignon Blanc, they asked if that was a Rose wine?

Good effort, but the beer quality has to be better, might return when the place has settled

On 31st October 2016 - rating: 6
[User has posted 292 recommendations about 276 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Alan Winfield left this review about The Hop Merchant

The ex Turf Tavern which has been closed for quite a while has reopened as The Hop Merchant.
This was a former Shipstones tied house that me and the wife went in most weeks.

Once inside the room is still as small as it was,a small square shaped room with two large posts in the middle and the bar faces from the corner entrance,the floor is now bare boarded and all seating is tall tables and chairs and tall bench seating to the front left,there are two TVs either side of the room which were showing the Peterborough v Bury game.
There were three real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Lincoln Green Sherwood which went down well,the other beers were John Smiths Cask and St Austell Tribute.
There is a small oblong shaped room upstairs which is carpeted and has bench seating and normal tables and chairs,though i would not like to sit up there out of the way.
I did not see this as a craft pub,just the Tuft Tavern reopened under a different name.
My only gripe with this pub is the lack of any lower seating on the ground floor level.

Turf Tavern first visited 1980

Hop Merchant visited 8/10/2016

On 9th October 2016 - rating: 7
[User has posted 6113 recommendations about 6113 pubs]

Please Note: This review is over a year old.

Alex Conway left this review about The Hop Merchant

After nearly half a million quid refurbishing the old Turf tavern has been completly re designed and is now a "craft beer" pub but this is not without criticism. positioning itself as a craft beer/real ale pub is in my opinion pulling the wool over peoples eyes as it is actually a pub co (not sure what but imagine something along the Punch taverns type) and so sources all of its "craft" beer from one big portfolio, and not a free of tie setup. What this does is diminish the value of locally sourced craft beer because they only sell macro brews disguised as craft beer with such as offerings from Marstons (Revisionist) Veddet, Caladonian and Belhaven, THIS IS NOT CRAFT BEER, STOP DIMINISHING THE NAME. nothing from local producers which is really bad practice in my opinion.

Ale wise there are only three taps (in a craft beer/real ale specialist pub) with one from the most popular beer in Nottingham that is found in every pub (Harvest Pale) along side Tribute (£3.40) and Ghost ship, the HP and tribute have been on the bar my last three visits so rotation is not exactly fierce either. My Ghost Ship was in a good condition but expensive at £3.50 but i was given a pretty short measure that had to be rectified. Bar staff are all very new and inexperienced, not their fault as they obviously have not been adequately trained but still an annoyance, they had no clue what i meant when I asked by beer to be served with a sparkler.

So many things are wrong with this place which is a great shame as they have have spent so much money doing it up although in a modern style that i find a bid uncomfortable with hard floors and lots of exposed metal but one cant argue that effort has been put inn. If they improve their ale rotation and try and incorporate more local true craft beers to their portfolio I believe this would increase peoples perception immensely.

On 2nd October 2016 - rating: 6
[User has posted 452 recommendations about 452 pubs]