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Hobgoblin, Bedford

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now it's a new pub/bar called 'The Standard'.
IMG1975 - 30 Oct 2013 22:16
Now closed, around a year after it re-opened.
IMG1975 - 16 Sep 2012 13:53
Apparently this pub has re-opened, although I've not been there yet.
IMG1975 - 3 Jul 2011 09:07
Has this place closed down or is it having a refurbishment?
IMG1975 - 18 Apr 2010 11:30
Completely deserted on a Sunday night, just a very bored-looking barman looking at his watch. Only one handpump working, serving an OK pint of Butcombe Bitter. Almost made the Litten Tree across the road look a better bet - it was that bad - and thus doomed, I should imagine...
rpadam - 29 Sep 2008 21:03
what has happened?
where is "The Hob" as we all knew and loved?
the place now is a dirty,chav filled tomb!
i remember having to que up to get in the place at the weekends,now they have to pay people to go and if you do venture in, its like being at a toddlers teaparty!
the staff are rude sulky little brats who cant even dress themselves!
bring back the old crew, with the sexy barstaff that actually treated you as a human being and not a old aged teacher.
this place should either be burnt down and laid to rest, or it needs a very big shake up.
a reburb wouldnt hurt, and get back the old staff who were the best staff in the world, bring back the real ales and food, and bring back THE OLD HOB!!
please for the sake of mankind and over 30 people who dont wanna feel old but want to act it!!
noz - 6 Apr 2008 23:41
This pub has gone way downhill since I last commented. The majority of the new staff are complete posers, the atmosphere has died...and what's up with the jukebox which plays dance and indie?! It's meant to be a rock pub! What happened to the decent MP3 selection? What happened to the live music?

It's a shame as I can tell the landlord is investing money into it. The mounted fans are an excellent idea, as were the tea lights on the table (which seem to have disappeared). He needs to revert back to the same music, atmosphere and bar staff he used over a year ago or face losing even more clients.
blooboo - 26 Mar 2008 16:27
Foul Guinness.
piejunkie - 11 Feb 2008 00:08
saturday daytime trade is non existant (this pub in in the high street) - other pubs seem to do well, complacent managment perhaps ? poor choice of beers maybe..
moclips2002 - 1 Dec 2007 17:19
I went to this pub when i was a student at bedford college, it was the most student friendly pub and at the time it was run by steve and alex. The music has always been a big attraction of this pub but the main selling point has got to be the clientel. Very rarely is there any trouble in the Hob and it has got to be the only pub on the high street that is not infested with chav scum. Although I do not believe the daytime trade is as good as it once was the Hobgoblin is still one of the best nightspots in town.
mikkistinge - 9 Jun 2007 19:37
since the new landlord has taken over, the place has gained a brilliant atmosphere, great barstaff, and i've heard recently that every thursday sees a band or two play. not too keen on the doorstaff, but it's nice to know that bedford finally has a real rock pub.
blooboo - 6 Mar 2007 15:09
GREAT PUB. NEVER REMEMBER LEAVING
madmatty - 16 Sep 2006 07:46
the only free house in town.................what can i say......brilliant pub!!
pubguru - 4 Aug 2006 01:19
Much improved - great selection of real ales, good music and friendly staff. The new management really have turned this place around. Well done.
anonymous - 29 Jul 2006 22:45
this is a great little pub in the cultural backwater of bedford high street. great range of beers from all over the world ( i think about 30 different ones!!}. its really friendly and the music is great. i love it here because its a chav free zone and only the upper end of the "townie" brigade frequent the place. keep up the great work guys!!
pubguru - 18 Jul 2006 12:45
great pub. lots of good music.some live bands at the weekend. they do snake bite and black which is unusual for a high street pub.no food but there is a chicken cottage across the road and they let you bring it in.
anonymous - 6 May 2006 11:48
A new management team had certainly shaked the place up.Not only have they cleaned the place thoroughly, but also given the pub a new lick of paint, changed the drink selections and started to sell old traditional Hobgoblinn ales.
All draft is now served ice cold and in clean new glasses. Spirits and mixers are offered not only in a "Slim Jim" glass, but with ice and lemon. If they started to do lunch food again, that would be the icing on the cake.
Highly recommend this public house to those young at heart.
anonymous - 21 Apr 2006 09:39
i love this place. Every week there is something new happening. The staff make you welcome and the music is great, even if it is just off the jukebox.Massive selction on drinks, they had 5 different types of vodka!!!!
Not a pub full of young people with attitude...not a hoodie in sight!
Highly recommend to any "old skool" rock heads!!!
anonymous - 20 Apr 2006 08:58
wot at totally cool pub.
excellent live music.
new bottled beers, and loads of choice on shots.
and all the bar staff are cute.
anonymous - 20 Apr 2006 08:54
a totally great pub.
new bottled beers in, a whole weekend of live bands, some a bit bad but some who will go somewhere and would be great to see again.
pub clean, friendly and fun.
GREAT BEERS>>>GREAT ATMOSPHERE>>>>A GREAT PUB!!!!!
will tell all my mates.. but beware they are extra hot on under age drinkers, on the door and at the bar. it is an 18 plus only place but well worth it.
GREAT PLACE TO BE
anonymous - 18 Apr 2006 01:49
New landlord, big changes in there. You might not recognise the place now with the several layers of grime removed :o)
anonymous - 5 Apr 2006 22:01
huge changes. a proper rock pub. live music. good drinks. excellent staff.
clean and friendly. a proper hobgoblin.
anonymous - 27 Mar 2006 18:17
Not a great pub, smokey again full of rowdy students, avoid on friday and saturday nights not as bad as the Litten Tree though.
Carl1982 - 18 Oct 2005 21:55
used to be a great pub but the tradition of hobgoblins has diminished over the last year or so. the staff are cool and you do get served quickly but all this is let down by the lack of cleaning that obviously doesnt happen and the manager who is never seen without a pint in his hand,(to put it politely). oh, and the brewers of hobgoblin ale are no longer (and havent been for quite some time) part of the hobgoblin chain of pubs!
anonymous - 11 Aug 2005 14:46
Always a great atmosphere here - brilliant staff & good beers. (They do regularly have Hobgoblin ales!)
pwh - 28 Jun 2005 10:21
Lively and friendly place only let down by the limited range of beers and the fact they have no Hobgoblin ales despite Hobgoblin owning the place.
Eamonn - 8 Jun 2004 18:51
It Rocks and all the staff are sexy! but your photos suck.
flash - 20 May 2004 14:41

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