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Too many blonde beers that look and taste the same .
ALBEERT - 23 Aug 2019 19:12
Always has about 8 ales on. Three Ossetts, a Rat and then guests. Has recently decided to be a vape friendly pub which may be of interest to some people. They have plenty of gig and comedy nights, and other areas that open at the weekends. Beer is always very good, a few too many bearded trendies hang out here for me to gush too much about the place though. 9/10 Nonetheless.
CaptainDrunk - 6 Jan 2015 12:45
Due to BITE simply not responding to anything this is the only place I can point out that there is a Hop in Leeds which should have its own entry. Part of the same small Osset chain.

Sorry if this is deemed to be abuse but the Hop Leeds is now two years old, and despite two recommendations the owners simply won't add it, thus doing the beer drinking public a great disservice.

Same applies to the Port Street Beer House in Manchester, but that's another story.
Cell - 15 Apr 2012 16:31
Hard to fault this place; brilliant beer and friendly staff
monty73 - 28 Apr 2011 16:07
Very very good
W980501 - 26 Nov 2009 13:21
Difficult to add to the two excellent reviews below this one! Letís surmise:

-Two floors, with live music and comedy well-advertised

-A super selection of ale (9 I recall, including the sublime Rutland Panther on my visit) which was served well, along with some Ossett brews.

-Also good continental beers available

-Friendly bar staff

-Perhaps more a bar than a pub, but don't let that pub you off.

-Paved area out the front for an al fresco pint

A most worthwhile visit, definitely put it on the 'to do' list if in town. I shall be back at some point.
Quinno - 3 Aug 2009 21:23
A great place just off Westgate, out of reach of the regular Westgate runners. A nice, stylish environment with a great selection of ales. Resident beers are from Ossett Brewery with a good half dozen guest ales, all immaculately maintained. Also have a good range of draft and bottled Continental beers (especially Belgian, and I'm not talking about carbonated effluent like Stella, though they may actually have this too!) Lovely courtyard (if we ever get any decent weather), and lots of live music. On Friday (and maybe Saturday?) nights they have competent local acts acts doing covers downstairs, plus an open mic on Monday nights. They also have a larger venue upstairs for bigger acts, which I haven't had the pleasure of just yet. Also host a comedy night monthly (one of only 2 regular comedy shows I'm aware of in Wakey).
Has a fairly mixed clientelle on busy nights, though can be a bit crowded. Also a pleasant place to visit for a jar or two on Saturday afternoon after a spot of shopping. Have a good selection of piped music when there isn't a band on (not a juke box though!).
An asset to the Wakefield nightlife scene, further enhancing the great little area around there off Westgate with Harry's Bar, plus some good restaurants away from the madding (emphasis on the "mad") crowd of Westgate

Woodie09 - 22 Jul 2009 15:29
A new addition to the Wakefield drinking scene, The Hop is a joint venture between Ossett Brewery and Embrace drummer Mike Heaton. Itís a multi-purpose venue on two floors, featuring regular music and comedy nights and a soon to be opened dance studio. (Original promotional features also suggested The Hop was going to house a fish and chip restaurant! Fortunately, that seems to have died a death). Most important of all, itís also a fine addition to the local real ale trail.

Situated down a side street, just off Westgate, itís a fine old nineteenth century brick building that has been renovated and refurbished to a high standard, as one has come to expect from Ossett. The bar area is quite narrow, with a small raised stage at one end. It does feel as though it needs more seating, but I guess standing room is deemed more important when bands are playing regularly. The room behind the bar is all exposed brickwork, art-deco prints and a huge ornate mirror above the fireplace. It has a relaxing feel to it, but doesnít quite work as a quiet alternative to the bar.

There are nine real ales on the go, usually four Ossett / Fernandes beers and five guests. Beer quality is excellent, as in all the Ossett pubs Iíve been to. However, with the place being run by Ian ĎFishí Fisher, who did a sterling job at Harryís Bar for several years, high standards are virtually guaranteed.

Staff are predominantly female, young and friendly. It makes such a difference when you get a welcoming smile on entering a bar.

Iíve visited several times now and The Hop always has a good atmosphere. It seems to attract an older, more mature crowd and Hallelujah to that. Long may it stay undiscovered by projectile-vomiting seventeen year olds doing the Westgate run.

The standard of the music acts seems high, from those Iíve seen.
For outdoor drinking there is a paved area in front of the entrance and a more enclosed area, with tables, to the side.

I really like The Hop and will undoubtedly become a regular visitor. Recommended.

aleandhearty - 11 May 2009 12:29

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