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Hops, Crewe

Pub added by Graham Coombs
8 Prince Albert Street
Phone: 01270211100

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Hops

Although branding itself as a Belgian-style café bar, this is also a fine (and award-winning) real ale and cider pub. The exterior gives the appearance of a converted detached house, although the inside has been opened-out and given a comprehensively modern makeover. Yes, there is a good selection of draught and bottled Belgian beers, but my eye was inevitably drawn to the choice from the six handpumps. These included a couple from Cwrw Ial, one each from Mallinson's, Rat and the local Tom's Tap, but I went for the Brewsmith Bitter (which was much lighter than expected, but in fine form).

On 2nd December 2018 - rating: 8
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Will Larter left this review about Hops

An unpromisingly unpublike building from the outside, but once inside this is clearly the best pub in Crewe, as attested by numerous awards and continuing presence in the Good Beer Guide. The lad running the bar had clearly not expected so many Luton Town fans to come looking for good real ale, as he appeared to be on his own. I was quite early and when I had the last drop from a barrel of Trawlerboys Best Bitter (a little cloudy but still in good nick), he had time to start pulling the next beer through before too many thirsty Hatters arrived. When I called back on the way to the ground it was full, but I managed to get served with an excellent half - no make that a pint please - of Titanic Captain Smith. (Other beers can be seen in my photos.) This pub is a good 15 minutes walk from the station, but it would be worthwhile getting off your train, walking up here for a beer or two and then back for the next train an hour later. Believe me, it's the only reason for getting off a train in Crewe.

Date of visit: 25th November 2017

On 7th December 2017 - rating: 8
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Al Bundy left this review about Hops

Excellent pub. Mr Ray has the description below.

On 15th May 2015 - rating: 9
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Hops

Another good pub and well worth a visit, plus it's only a few minutes walk around the corner from the Borough. I didn't know what to expect on approach to this pub, I thought it was going to be an over priced trendy joint, full of the in crowd. It turned out to be quite the opposite, with like minded beer drinkers and the prices were reasonable too. The bar was on the left of the entrance with five ales on and a choice of four ciders and an extensive menu of Belgium and continental beers. There was plenty of seating downstairs, plus a lounge area upstairs and adequate seating out front.
There was a good collection of pump clips up the stair case, with some beer pics around the walls. Beers tried were Howard Town Glotts Hop, Three Tuns XXX, and finishing on a cider named Gwatkin No Bull.

On 22nd April 2014 - rating: 9
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Hops

Belgium cafe bar in the cntre of Crewe, partially hidden behind the main streets and about 20 minute walk from the station.

Chunky light wood kitchen tables and chairs, the walls are decorated with beery items and there are various magazines and books to read.

As the name suggests its a bar for drinking beer, with 5 real ales locally sourced and various Belgium bottled ales.

Nice place for a drink, though the beer temperature was slighlty warm.

On 17th October 2012 - rating: 7
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Kez Challacombe left this review about Hops

Town center Belgium style pub, next to the old church and police station and library, a real treat to visit, 5 great real ales on, mostly locally sauced, many draught Belgium beers on, and a hundred bottled belgium beers. Very friendly and warm welcome. No gimmicks or music.

On 31st August 2011 - rating: 9
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