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“Benefit of the doubt”
Review of Hop Pole Inn

Hop Pole Inn
Ranked #137 of 591 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$33
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Under new ownership at time of visit and staff still learning the ropes. Menu was standard pub fayre and took nearly an hour to arrive, food was ok but disappointed that a number of the specials were not available. Lack of other diners made the atmosphere a little stilted. Beer was well kept and some good local ciders. Early days for the new crew when we visited and the pub definitely has potential but the food quality and service needs to step up a gear. Definitely deserves the benefit of the doubt at this early stage.

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Reviewed 6 June 2014

We hadn't visited this pub since last year when it was excellent. However, we walked along the canal from Bath here recently and it was disappointing. This is a lovely old pub but the interior is dreary and shabby. The service was cold and unwelcoming. The menu is sparse with only a few vegetarian options on a blackboard. The food when it arrived was OK, nothing special but good portions and tasty, and fair value for money. We were disappointed overall and felt that this pub could do some much better. We don't know if this pub has changed management, but it wasn't as good as the last time we visited.

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1  Thank Travair
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smc1212jinx, Manager at Hop Pole Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2014

I wish to apologise that your visit to the Hop Pole was not welcoming, we are a very local pub and pride ourselves on a warm welcome and friendly atmosphere. Please can you tell me on which day and time you visited so I can speak to the members of staff working that day. The menu has over 30 items and we will accommodate as best we can any dietary requests, we always have a minimum of four hot vegetarian options on the specials board as this seems reasonable for the footfall of the business. The interior is a little old but goes with the character of the Hop Pole, we are a small business and cannot refurbish the pub, but I will take on board your comments and see what we can spruce up.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

While staying at the Best Western Limpley Stoke, we walked down the road to the Hop Pole Inn. We were looking for a few good pints and some dinner and found a friendly staff that was happy to oblige. The patrons in the pub were very welcoming and helpful in choosing dinner choices. They do have specials each night which are definitely the way to go when ordering. Do not miss the outdoor seating in the back - you might not see it until you go to the toilet (at least the women's one!). A great place for travelers who need a night away from the hotel.

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Reviewed 3 May 2014

My wife and I were halfway through a 15 mile walk along the Kennet and Avon canal when we came upon this lovely old pub. It was a surprise to us, as it was not marked on the OS map. Although in need of a bit of sprucing up, its charm and character along with friendly staff created a welcome atmosphere. We sat in the tranquil garden at the rear of the pub and enjoyed a light lunch. My wife had a more than reasonable cheese board, whilst I had the piping hot freshly cooked calamari and a pint of local ale. My only criticism was that a wedge of lemon would not have gone amiss with my calamari.

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Thank Anthony A
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

A number of more 'senior' canal cruising men visited this lovely old pub for an evening meal. Our welcome was warm, but the staff seem very confused with what was on offer, and the offerings of the 'chef !' were somewhat strange. A list of 'specials' was on the blackboard, but the first item was not available, yet stayed on the board all evening. The meals prepared were perfectly edible , large portions and of a very fair price, but who on earth serves cold salad on a cold plate with a hot curry ?..well I said it was different. In fact all food was served on cold plates, but that aside it was OK. The decor of the establishment gives the feeling that baliffs have recently called. No light shades and bulbs out, but this is a fascinating building and well worth a visit if you are in the area. The staff really do need to be taught how to pull a pint, there was evidently no sparkler used, but the flat beer actually tasted alright. The staff really wanted to please, but you really felt that they had not been given the tools to work with. Any way, give this pub a try, you could end up loving it.

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