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The Hope, Heaton Norris, Stockport

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118 Wellington Road North
Phone: 01616376191
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Gill Smith left this review about The Hope

Enjoyed our visit to this Fool Hardy brewery pub with its massive ale selection with 11 to choose from. Around half from their own brewery plus guests. The downside for us was coming here after a big pub crawl of many good ale houses, but we still enjoyed Fool Hardy Rhidonkolous and Crafty Monkey Sunset Now. There are keg tap choices too plus foreign beers.

On 20th January 2019 - rating: 9
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Hope

Doesn't look much from the outside but the inside is a different story if you are a real ale lover. As others have said, the room to the right is where the cask ale is and I think there were 10 or 11 pumps, which may have included a cider. A fair few of these are from their own Fool Hardy brewery and their Renowned Ginger was very pleasant with a prominent ginger kick. Overwhelmed by choice we stayed for a second drink, this time I went for the Duck Dastardly by Green Duck Beer Co, which was a dandelion and burdock stout - pleasant and unusual in equal measure, and in great condition. My drinking accomplice had the Russian Roulette (by Fool Hardy) and I had a little sip and this was also a decent ale. This pub obviously has no problem in keeping its real ale in good nick despite the quantity it has on offer. This is a large pub with a traditional feel inside, and a great selection of real ale. Pricing was middle of the road - not outrageously expensive and not suspiciously cheap. I would be more than happy to come back again!

On 3rd April 2018 - rating: 9
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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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Stockport, 0.84 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Heaton Chapel, 0.96 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Reddish South, 1.76 miles, 33 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Hope, Stockport
20th Jan 2019, 16:43
Review submitted by Gill Smith
3rd Apr 2018, 17:02
Review submitted by Rob Hunter

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
  • 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 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10p per pint Monday - Thursday. Includes real cider - last updated 02 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : Yes last updated 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
  • 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
  • Jukebox : No last updated 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : Yes last updated 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11pm
Monday12noon - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - 11pm
Wednesday12noon - 11pm
Thursday12noon - 11pm
Friday12noon - Midnight
Saturday12noon - Midnight
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Last inspected: October 25th 2016
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