Hop Pole Inn
78 Birmingham Road
1/2 mile north of centre
Open all day
Hop Pole Inn
You can easily find this pub as it is nearly opposite the football ground.
This is a two roomed pub with a small lounge area 'L' shaped. Not for the disabled as there are steps into the pub which will cause difficulty negotiating.
The first thing to meet your eyes in the green patterned carpet and old fashioned tables which completes the 'cottage' theme of this pub, as do the low ceilings.
There is a small bar in the lounge area which can get very busy in the evenings. The bar in the eating/public area, where there is a tiled floor, is modern brick and stands out. The walls are heavily artexed too. A step down into this area is complimented by another step down into the toilets past the computer games machine (children are not allowed in the pub). Past the toilets is the beer garden with picnic tables and patio sets.
Food is served here though, until 2pm prompt and not on Sunday.
The pub serves up to 4 guests at most times.
This place has lots of atmosphere and in a locals pub, but does attract its fair share of passing trade. Fireplaces in both bars are welcoming in the winter.
Well worth a stopover if you are in the neighbourhood and worth a drive if you are not.
No accommodation here.
The brewery has since been closed down and the pub has returned to it's former role
The Hop Pole Inn has undergone a major refurbishment since the review was written, and is now under ownership of myself and business partner Jeff Kay. For more details, visit www.hop-pole.com (Dave Thornton)
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