The Royal Hop Pole
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The Royal Hop Pole

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4.5
#5 of 7 hotels in Tewkesbury
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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This well-known landmark is an amalgamation of historic buildings dating from the 15th and 18th centuries, known as a number of names, including The Crown during King Henry VIII's reign. However, eventually it was named The Royal Hop Pole when Queen Mary visited in 1937 and gave it the official 'Royal.' Charles Dickens even mentions The Royal Hop Pole in his first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Other interesting information and pictures are located all over the hotel, including information on how the Medieval Banqueting Hall was discovered when the hotel was recently refurbished. The Royal Hop Pole has its own beautiful garden which leads to the banks of The River; there you can see picturesque views of the surrounding countryside and the Malverns. Please note, we do not have a lift and, due to the nature of our historic building, all of our rooms are located up at least one flight of stairs.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Room features
Desk
Housekeeping
Clothes rack
Iron
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quirky Hotels
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English

Location

94 Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5RS England
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Birmingham Intl Airport
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yanto54 wrote a review Mar 2020
Swansea, United Kingdom82 contributions47 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hello this is the shortest review ever. The room we had at the royal hop pole was the best roomiest and cleanest B+B we have ever stayed in it was faultless and at only £49 per night . The hotel is right in the centre of tewkesbury with free parking right behind the hotel .The bar and food was typically Wetherspoons extremely good value for money and the staff so helpfull and polite Well done wetherspoons keep up the good work
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: we had room 206 in the front and we had no problem with road noise
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Charly_murg wrote a review Sept 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom95 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
On arrival we were told that we had the “best room in the hotel...you’ll see why when you open the door” which was very exciting. We hadn’t done any research into the history of the hotel so it was a real surprise when we opened the door and went back in time by several hundred years. I don’t know where else in the country you could essentially sleep in a museum for £50 a night (although I was worried we may have a few uninvited guests from the spirit world...only half joking). Wetherspoons have done a brilliant job of respecting the building and educating their guests about its past. There is plenty of information throughout the public areas which was really enlightening.

Sleep wise the pillows were a little too soft for my liking but that’s personal preference. Really glad to see they had decaf coffee in the rooms too, it’s hard to come by without having to request it so that was appreciated. As others have mentioned there is a lack of natural light in this room but we didn’t really notice because any more than we had would’ve taken away from the ambience of the room.

Felt really safe given the covid situation with hand sanitiser everywhere and a one way system in place. Masks are mandatory in the hotel areas which was very reassuring. The gardens are great for being able to social distance whilst still enjoying the outdoors.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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citybabeWarwickshire wrote a review Aug 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom46 contributions36 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is right in the centre of Tewksbury so is perfect for sight seeing. Being part of the Wetherspoons Group you also get very competitively priced food and drinks. They have a brilliant beer garden overlooking the river which can accommodate a lot of customers, ideal during covid and whilst the weather is good. The Pub is also very large with numerous areas to sit and plenty of social distancing. Hand sanitizers everywhere so we felt quite safe.
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Date of stay: August 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The top floor is quite difficult to access with luggage
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Beryl D wrote a review Apr 2020
London, United Kingdom16 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here overnight. It is on the main high street and a short walk from the Abbey, also near the river. The room we had was small and cramped, but clean. Meals are available. It has a decent garden running down to the river which is popular. The rooms above the outside dining are noisy in the day, but as promised quiet by 10 pm. Parking is by permit from the hotel reception and adjacent to the public car park.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Marian wrote a review Jun 2021
209 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can leave this review feeling very confident as we've returned time and time again, lovely olde worlde original oak beamed coach Inn, very comfortable, very clean! Staff wonderful which to be honest Tim should be very proud of his Tewkesbury location, sorry to mention this but other Wetherspoons have had food scattered all over the floor, dirty tables and that's a few but here at The Royal Hop Pole I can honestly say out of the 10+ times we've stayed NOT one dirty experience in the pub part of the hotel, and that's down to the management so Hats off to them for all their hard work.

Rooms also wonderful, housekeeping must get a mention too!

Your allocated biscuits, water and usual tea/coffee .

Everything you need , iron, hairdryer, plenty of pillows and towels.

Thank you
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Billythefish1 wrote a review Jul 2021
Southport, United Kingdom1,427 contribution469 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are more than a size 10 or more than 5.3 then you won't get a good nights sleep. JDWs rooms seem to just provide a bed as it is a bedroom rather than a place to sleep in comfort. Bed was too small and quite uncomfortable. A double bed at 4'6" is okay for 1 person but for 2 people it isn't.

Free car parking. Food good and plentiful. Good price for beer and food. Good view from room over main st. Central for town and river walks. Central location for the town sights. Quirky building of the period. Mind your head in most doorways

Room was up more stairs than the Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven'. If you have either heavy cases or difficulty in climbing stairs ask for a room on the first floor. No lift in the building as it is 16thC.
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Date of stay: July 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Rooms are good beds are too small. Ask for a room on the first floor if you want to reduce...
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Enjoy33 wrote a review Jan 2020
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom189 contributions176 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely pub in heart of lovely tewkesbury. In the summer the garden seating area is great for views of the river and the malverns.
Friday fish n chips is so tasty and fantastic value, never disappoints.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Anita wrote a review Aug 2022
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom1,459 contribution242 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful historic hotel run by Wetherspoons so is also incredibly well priced.
I love old buildings so my husband specifically booked a feature room requesting "the most interesting feature room available".
On checking in we were advised that there was only 1 feature room, it has a nice view and a larger bed. Indeed it does, as well as a generous en-suite but no medieval features... which was disappointing.
So, I spoke to the lovely lady on reception and explained my expectations and asked if there were any rooms with interesting medieval features available. There was and it seems this is not an uncommon request... every other historical hotel I have stayed in described festure rooms as those with historic architectural features and this initial disappointment and the fzct we paid more for a feature room is the reason it gets 4.
The room we actually stayed in was fabulous, more of a small suite than a room. It had the bed with an alcove at one end and seating and a desk at the other. 2 windows and a small en-suite.
The room had low beams, uneven floors, sloping ceilings and steep stairs. It was also quite warm but this was unsurprising given the weather and fans were provided.
There were also bottles of water, biscuits and hot chocolate with the usual tea and coffee.
This hotel has a medieval hall and lots of rooms with historic features. We stayed in 301 and 107 has medieval wall art.
Even the main bar area is architecturally interesting.
The view in the photos is from the "feature room" and the others from the wonderfully quirky third floor room overlooking the road.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don't book the feature room if you want historic features in your room, just book a standardroom...
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Janice C wrote a review Jul 2022
Taunton, United Kingdom80 contributions39 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
OK this is a slightly mixed review, hence not the full 5 stars.
The staff were without exception helpful, cheerful & an asset to the business. The meals we ate here were all as described, delivered very promptly for such a popular & busy venue & the sirloin steak was the best I have tasted for ages. They also catered for gluten free without fuss, though little choice for breakfast (fruit or one of the cooked options, but no toast, cereals or yoghourt.) Coffee with endless help yourself refills is excellent, as are their drinks & the huge choice thereof.
Our room was at the back over the garden & small, but adequate. There was little clothes storage. The bathroom was an odd shape & a little cramped; it didn't smell too fresh either until we aired it (no natural ventilation). And that is my main gripe; all the windows have restrictors preventing them opening fully. As a competent adult I resent this, but despite pleas the management remained adamant it is a health & safety requirement (which legally it is NOT for a first floor with a sill at chest height & tiny casements anyway). In the recent heat it is insane - hyperthermia is a far greater risk. There are nicer rooms if you know what to ask for & book earlier, which I will know for future.
The building itself is interesting & historic, with the Tudor section a real gem to sit in to eat. The restoration work done on the structure is impressive. It is a busy pub, but we did not by & large find it rowdy, though it was not possible to sleep beyond 7.30am due to conversations & gardeners outside. The abbey clock chimes every quarter of an hour throughout the day & night, but that affects the whole town.
For two nights we enjoyed our stay & it was affordable & bookable at relatively short notice. The free parking just behind (via a permit obtained at check-in) is a godsend.
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Talk to reception by phone & tell them what you like & see what is still available.
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Lottie wrote a review Jul 2021
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom293 contributions77 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Recommend you avoid this hotel at all costs. We were drawn in by the positive reviews on here. First mistake.

Checked in. Within the first 20 minutes of being in our room we discarded of two spiders and spotted several spots of mould. With hindsight, not leaving then was our second mistake.
The rooms are grubby and dingy. The carpet in our room looks one hundred years old and smells grimy.
The mattresses are rock solid, we couldn’t sleep on the bed at all. We overlooked this as we thought we would survive one night. Third mistake.
That was bad enough, but the situation with what this hotel attempts to pass for pillows is something else. They are flimsy things which give you no support whatsoever.

There is no care or consideration given to guests staying here. There is a Premier inn five minutes from this hotel which we really wish we had stayed with. Beds and pillows much nicer and comfortable! Better value for money too!

We were so uncomfortable here we actually left in the early hours of the morning... We told the individual on the desk what was wrong as we left and all they offered as a solution was free breakfast.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Stay at the Premier inn up the road. It’s much nicer!
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Response from The Royal Hop Pole Team, General Manager at The Royal Hop Pole
Responded 8 Jul 2021
Dear LottieRae, Thank you for your review. We appreciate all honest feedback, good and bad. However, when you checked out with our receptionist mid morning, and you were asked if everything was ok with your stay, the only comment made was that the mattress was firm, which is when the complimentary breakfast was offered to you which was declined by yourself. At no point had any complaint been raised with us regarding cleanliness, or any of the other issues you raise in this review, therefore not giving us the opportunity to rectify this at the time. Again, should you have requested extra pillows, as the ones in your room were not to your personal preference, these would have been readily supplied for you by our 24hr reception. We are horrified to hear your allegations regarding our brand new carpets, which are less than 1 year old, and for 6 months of that year have not been used due to being closed for various lockdowns. Thanks again for your review. Kind Regards The Royal Hop Pole Team
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Answer from gap32
United Kingdom716 contributions215 helpful votes
I’d ring the hotel direct,we stayed in the room with the glass panel a few years ago it was very quirky as the floor slopes from one end to the other.
Ian S asked a question Apr 2021
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom116 contributions72 helpful votes
Is the hotel dog friendly
Fiona1918 asked a question May 2018
Castle Douglas, United Kingdom19 contributions9 helpful votes
Good evening. We will be driving north in a van. Is the parking suitable to park a long wheelbase van?
Answer from Elaine D
Horley, United Kingdom45 contributions5 helpful votes
Hi. There is a caravan park behind the abbey which can cater to long wheelbase vehicles which may be suitable for you, it’s only about a 5 minute walk from there to the Hop Poles.
bubbleone asked a question Sept 2017
Manchester, United Kingdom4 contributions
What time is breakfast served from? Thanks
Answer from Royal_Hop_Pole
Gloucester, United Kingdom1 contribution
Good Morning Breakfast is served from 7am - 12 noon every day. Kind Regards The Royal Hop Pole
daveonhols2017 asked a question Aug 2017
Torfaen, United Kingdom21 contributions12 helpful votes
are any of the rooms suitable for wheelchair users as its a very old building
Answer from Royal_Hop_Pole
Gloucester, United Kingdom1 contribution
Good evening, We have one ground floor room which is 228 and also includes a wet room. Originally a twin room it can be turned into superking bed if needed. For any questions it's best to call us directly on 01684 274039 so we are able to give you the correct information you need. Kind regards, The Royal Hop Pole Team.
Anne C wrote a tip Nov 2023
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom108 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Good value breakfast and food. Free parking to the rear"
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CdrMike wrote a tip Jun 2023
Blackpool, United Kingdom244 contributions132 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"In good weather make use off outside spaces"
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Dennis Addey wrote a tip Apr 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 108 recommended! Very quaint and dripping history."
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morgan wrote a tip Apr 2023
Gloucester, United Kingdom3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t eat here"
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stevew186400 wrote a tip Mar 2023
Warwick, United Kingdom27 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Restaurant busy early evening, late morning. Stairs a problem if any mobility issues, but otherwise great."
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£64 - £85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Royal Hop Pole
Which popular attractions are close to The Royal Hop Pole?
Nearby attractions include Tewkesbury Abbey (0.1 miles), John Moore Museum (0.09 miles), and The Severn Ham (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Royal Hop Pole?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Royal Hop Pole?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Royal Hop Pole?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Royal Hop Pole?
Conveniently located restaurants include Balti Palace, Zitto E Mangia, and Caffè e Vino.
Is The Royal Hop Pole located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Tewkesbury.
Are there any historical sites close to The Royal Hop Pole?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tewkesbury Abbey (0.1 miles), Tewkesbury Battlefield Commemorative Sculptures (1.3 miles), and Odda's Chapel (2.2 miles).
Is The Royal Hop Pole accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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