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The Hope

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118 Wellington Road North
Stockport
SK4 2LL
Phone: 01616376191
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Hope

Still bearing the external signage from its days as a Hardy Crown Ales house, this pub is now home to the onsite Fool Hardy Ales brewery and has, by all accounts, been transformed from an unloved pub into one of the town’s top ale destinations. The pub is split into two roughly equal sections either side of the central servery area and each with their own entrance from the front porch. To the left is a Vault with some decent looking seating options and a nice set of display cabinets full of old bottles. A games room area can be found to the rear and here you can enjoy a few of the rarer pub entertainment staples, such as table football, pinball and retro arcade machines. It’s a pleasant enough area, but this side of the bar doesn’t have the full cask ale selection, which instead you will have to enter the right hand lounge bar to find. This is a large split-level room with decent carpeting and a smart dark wood servery with a tile banded counter and pump clip lined bar back to the left. Fixed bench seating runs around the perimeter of the room and some high quality breweriana fills a lot of the wall space along with some nice paintings and a few information boards. A bookcase in the far corner was full of old paperbacks and I noticed a stack of old Good Beer Guides near the bar as well.
The friendly barmaid explained how she had helped brew a couple of the Fool Hardy beers that were on the bar, so I sampled one of them called Rhidonkulous, which was a decent enough sessionable brew. Other Fool Hardy beers included Oozy Rat in a Sanitary Zoo (it’s a palindrome apparently), Riddle, Rash Dash, Rhum and Risky Blonde, whilst guest options included Bude Neet Light Ale, Salopian Oracle, Outstanding 3.9, Thirst Class Green Bullet Pale Ale and Dark Star Equinox. A decent keg selection can be viewed from the vault and beer menus detail what must be the most comprehensive Belgian beer menu this side of Antwerp.
There was a lot going on here and I didn’t really feel I was able to do this pub any kind of justice as part of a crawl – it’s the sort of place that demands repeat visits and I can easily imagine losing whole days in here. An excellent brewpub and the pick of a very good bunch of pubs around the Heaton Norris area.

On 5th January 2018 - rating: 9
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Hope

Solidly attractive detached pub and micro-brewery, originally built as a Hardys' Crown Ales house (as evidenced by the imposing lettering at the roofline). Once inside, you find it retains a twin-bar layout - a vault to the left of the entrance (with a games room further back) and a larger, busier, slightly split-level lounge to the right. Unfussy, semi-traditional furniture and decor. As the Fool Hardy tap, we found six 'house' beers - from which I went for the Raum coffee stout (£1.65, half) - and a decent selection of guest ales on a total of 11 handpumps. Overall, well worth the walk out from Stockport town centre.

On 27th November 2017 - rating: 8
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Hope

Pub number 9 for me on last week’s PuG crawl of Stockport and a very strong contender for Pub Of The Day, not least because I was so relieved to find such a good pub after climbing up the Wellington Road from St Petersgate.
Well described by previous reviewers for our crawl I noted Riddle, Risky Blond, Rash Dash, Rhidonku, Raum and Oozy Rat Fool Hardy beers on alongside Neet Light Ales, Salopian Oracle, Dark Star Equinox, Thirst Class Ale Green Bullet Pale and Outstanding Brewery 3.9. Apologies to the in-house brewery but as Salopian is one of my favourites I went for the Oracle and very good it was too..
I can only concur with the previous reviewer, if you find yourself in Stockport invest in the shoe leather and make sure you don’t miss this one.

On 22nd November 2017 - rating: 9
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : No last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : No - Pies are available though. - last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : Yes last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 January 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
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