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The Hop Pole Inn, Aylesbury - pub details

Hop Pole Inn
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Address: 83 Bicester Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 9AZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 29167) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras


Nearest train stations Aylesbury (0.7 miles), Stoke Mandeville (3.1 miles), Little Kimble (5.2 miles)

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This is most likely Aylesbury's best pub. The Aylesbury Brewing Company is situated just behind the pub and there were plenty of Vale ales too. The selection was Vale Best, Red Kite, Wychert, Philosophy & Black Duck & Aylesbury Brewhouse Company Ceci n'est pas Lager, Binary & The Fall of Icarus. My only grumble would be that this was the 3rd of the 3 Aylesbury pubs in the current Good Beer Guide I had visited and this was the 3rd pub that was supposed to stock real cider. Sadly none of them had any. In fairness, this may have been due to a beer festival that had ended the day before. But it was disappointing. The barmaid was friendly and I was surprised that they had only just opened up their doors at 4pm on Easter Monday. The interior has a nice atmosphere with music played at a decent level. Plenty of old pumpclips can be found on the walls. A good pub, but could do with some guest ales and a cider or two.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Apr 2015 20:17
what an amazing pub.

at least 8 or 10 exciting differnet beers on tap, and loads of varities in the fridges, including one of my favourites 'la chouffe'.

all the beers are well kept, properly poured and the staff know and care about what they are selling.

the building is pleasant enough, its bright and airy, and kept clean, with plenty of space. they also show the sports, but fortunatly not in a over bearing way so you dont have to be subjected to who ever is playing if not interested.

the onsite brewery shop out the back promisis to be good too. it was closed when i visited as there was a beer festival on, but i am keen to get back and have a look.

food available too, but havn't tried yet, nor have i seen any one else try it, but as i said there was a festival on, so not normal service i guess.

only down sides derive from the fact that the pub is in aylesbury, and in a rubbish part of aylesbury at that! the pub has stood for ages, way before town planning turned aylesbury into one large industrial park/council estate. so i imagine it could have been quite charming at one point, but now the view out of the front windows is of a vw garage, and the view out the side is of industiral units. plus a steady flow of chavs, equipped with baseball caps and staffs gawp in at you through the windows as they drift between home and the nearest off licence.

otherwise, it is an excellent place.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 3 Apr 2013 14:07
Called in to see how it is going.
Pub a little quiet, but beer was coming out well.
Barman was showing an interest in the beer and quiet friendly.
Selection many to list, but prices have been increased.
Vale best was 2.75......very good.
New micro brewery and shop out the back........a very nice addition.
Interesting selection of bottled beers.
Maybe time to put back on the radar......
pick_e_tippler - 7 Jan 2012 22:01
Very fine pub including new brewery and recently opened beer shop. 10 ales 8 on when i last visited tried 4 all good. Seems very strange that its not in the good beer guide but one of the other customers said there had been an issue with the cellar and warm beer for a while which has now been sorted. Seems a bit odd that the local camra boys didnt liase with Vale brewery about it or maybe they did.
But as our conversation continued and others joined in we went through the other pubs in the aylesbury wycombe area and since ive been in the area I have been to them all in the last 18 months the general agreement was that the best 4 are The hop pole eight bells long crendon The whip Inn lacey green & The royal standard woburn green (no particular order) We also covered several other pubs from the area which led me to ask if anyone knew why the current pub of the year was the Wheel in naphill which is a good pub but not really a pub of the year. I was amazed to find that if a pub in this area wins it is barred from winning for 5 years so all the best pubs are currently out of contention. How wierd is that Ive been a camra member for years and lived in several areas and often the best pubs win year after year as they should.
Anyway I only started out to comment on the Hop Pole so I shall finish by saying its an excellent pub and top notch in the area.
pubman56 - 30 Dec 2011 11:52
As detailed below the pub is under new management or to be more accurate under old management as the Landlord before Edgar has returned. Beer is now back to a very high standard. Because of the hiatus with the management the pub failed to get into the Good Beer Guide, this is of course rather unfortunate as the pub is better than before with the addition of a superb beer shop stocking wines and beers from around the world with a good emphasis on Belgium. To top it off, the 'Aylesbury Brewhouse', a new brewery is located on site and was opened yesterday (2/12/2011) by Roger Protz the editor of the afore-mentioned Good Beer Guide.
Abteilung - 3 Dec 2011 21:20

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