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The Hop Poles, Hammersmith, W6

17-19 King Street
W6
W6 9HR
Phone: 02087481411
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Tris C left this review about The Hop Poles

Dating from 1798 on the site of the Three Hop Poles, two being lost following a rebuild in 1857. Now grade II-listed and on CAMRA’s register of pubs with historically important interiors, this being of Some Regional Importance and better viewed on their website, rather than described in writing.
Some of the remaining historical vestiges of this pub are lovely, especially the quality of the etched and cut-glass mirrors and fibrous plasterwork ceiling. Otherwise, it’s a modernised pub, the remaining work, such as an abundance of shiny, white glazed tiles and games machines aren’t; customers were few in number and younger. Unsurprisingly, there’s free Wi-Fi, but it coms from Lloyd’s bank next door. What little enjoyment there was to be had, was spoiled by a very intoxicated customer (legally or illegally, I couldn’t say), harassing customers for cigarettes or lighters, the staff clearly put out by his behaviour; perhaps a remainder from the days when this place was visited by Roger or Steve, over a decade ago. Either way, his belligerence continued upward, swearing at staff and going over to intimidate them, which coincided with my leaving and not before time either; they should have called the police.
Ales amounted to Pride, Doom and Tribute at a very decent £4.50 a pint and fine.
This pub is very attractive in parts, a real shame that it’s been mucked about with, but the inability to control disruptive customers is reason enough to avoid a return visit to a pub which has a late, then very late licence, Thursday to Saturday; hardly something to attract the more sedate drinker.

On 30th November 2021 - rating: 3
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Hop Poles

A trendified old pub with various decorations obscuring the remaining original features. The layout includes a row of dining tables down one side and a 'cocktail corner' at the rear, with some oversized benches at the front and a café-style area round behind the bar. A roof terrace was signed upstairs but was not visited. Draught ales were TT Landlord, Hobgoblin and Doom Bar: condition just acceptable.

On 30th October 2019 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Hop Poles

Being a Stonegate pub I was not surprised by the uninspiring ale choice of Doom Bar and London Price (£2.15 a half). They also had Lilley's Mulled cider on draught as well. food seems to be mainly pizze (£8.75 upwards) and burgers, with the classic burger at £10. There are a few other pub grub favourites such as cod & chips (£11.50) and beef and Doom Bar ale pie (£12).

The pub is mainly very ordinary with row of tall tables/benches and stools along the front of the pub by the window, and some booths along the right. But the really interesting things about the pub are on the right. A corner here has what looks like original Victorian wood framing cut glass mirrors on the wall, as well as an unused doorway, also with apparently original glazing, which must lead to the rear of the servery. A bit of the bar back, with more woodwork and cut glass, survives although some unattractive shelving has been added.

A pair of doors on the right leads to a large room at the rear, which could possibly have been a billiards room in years past. Immediately to the left of these doors is another glazed door leading to the rear of the servery. On the wall in this back room is more of what looks like original Victorian woodwork and bevelled and cut glass mirrors. This is a four bay piece that has all the appearance of a classic bar back and with what looks like an unused dumb waiter in the centre, now showcasing gin bottles and the like. But there is no counter here and it's not the place where they would have had one. So, maybe it is reclaimed as suggested by Quinno, or maybe as it matches the rest of the glazing in the front room it has been relocated from behind the bar in the front room for some bizarre reason.

As a pub this place is nothing special, but if you're nearby it's definitely worth a peek at the surviving Victorian features.

On 8th March 2019 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by john mcgraw
Kensington (Olympia), 1.05 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Shepherds Bush, 1.14 miles, 22 min walk (show)
West Brompton, 1.78 miles, 34 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - roof terrace - last updated 30 October 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • CAMRA Discount : No - - last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 30 October 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Thursdays 19.00. - last updated 30 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 30 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 30 November 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 October 2016 by Quinno _
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