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The Hoop, Stock - pub details


Address: 21 High Street, Stock, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9BD [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7070) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Billericay (2.9 miles), Ingatestone (2.9 miles), Wickford (5 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.3/10 (rated by 30 users)
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Ship, West Hanningfield (1.1 miles), White Hart Inn, Margaretting Tye (1.3 miles)

user reviews of the Hoop, Stock

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Went here early on a Sunday afternoon for a few pints and a meal with my wife. The food was superb and I drank the best Broadside I've ever had. It seemed heartier than previous experiences of this beer in other pubs. Our first visit as we had traveled about 15 miles, and we will be back.
DannyBoy2010 - 11 Sep 2013 14:51
I visited this pub recently with friends for a nice, easy relaxing Sunday afternoon meal with drinks. I'm suprised by a few of the negative comments as I found the place to be charming, good ale and plenty of choice, well served (the young barmaid knew what she was talking about), decent food if not excellent and well presented with great service from the staff. No complaints at all, I will go back and I never give 10/10s so this must have been good. Why not try it yourself?
Mcloj - 14 Dec 2012 12:12
Well, what can I say.

I used to go in this pub quite often and loved it. It was quirky with it's outside loos and had a fantastic array of high quality real ales.

I met up with a friend their today for a quick drink as we were looking for a decent pint of beer, we chose the wrong pub.

There was no good real ale, and what they did have was not in great condition, the place has been modernised and expanded but all the character and charm has been lost. The grass in the beer garden was nearly a foot high as well.

It was my last visit to the Hoop.
RealBeer4Me - 10 Oct 2010 18:27
Read the last few reviews about this pub and sympathise. However, my visit was very different and I can only comment on what I experienced. Friend and I stppoed here after cycling 25 miles and had no problem chaining our bikes up in the garden before entering the pub. Friendly welcome, great pint of Oscar Wilde and probably the best ham, egg and chips I've ever had! Did't sense any hostility or negative atmosphere from locals and would certainly visit again if in the area.
davewat - 31 Aug 2010 12:03
It's a shame to be reading what I have suspected for some time given reports I've received from friends who have visited The Hoop in the last year. I have to say that I have not visited for over 18 months having been out of the country but on my last few visits I had noticed a change for the worse.
Some of the natives have always had a reputation for being decidedly unfriendly towards those who are visiting 'their' village from the surrounding towns. They clearly have a truly unwarranted superiority complex. Much of this I could see rubbing off on the licensee and family- God knows why they would consider themselves great or good!
I can sympathise with Fran911 but perhaps this pub is the last place you would risk being 'naughty' (so you only have reserved sympathy Fran).
This used to be a great pub which I have used on occasions for over 30 years. I'll be giving it a visit in the spring but I suspect I'll be disappointed and that it might be my last visit. There are fewer and fewer good pubs around but the truly good will survive, this one, on evidence is no longer good enough.
stropmag - 24 Dec 2009 19:37

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