Hop and Friar (Ruby Red Tap House)
St. Juliens Friar
(01743) 344339.


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Hop and Friar (Ruby Red Tap House)  

Part of the Bank's chain's attempt to cash in on the concept of real ale. These pubs all sell a guest ale and look remarkably similar from city to town to city. Inside they are all wood rather like the old Firkins and attract a similar sort of audience.

This one is set in a narrow side street just off Wyle Cop (road) near the river and a car park (take care here as the river floods in winter and many cars were under water in the morning - but not ours!). The ambience is young with an emphasis on music and trendy colour schemes. Floors are original tiles and wood, plus wood panelled walls half way up. The bar is also wood! Ceiling was of the fake beamed variety, though the exterior is surprisingly plain and can only be original. The bar is 'L' shaped with a raised drinking area furthest away from the door. Tables are a mixture of barrels and ordinary tables/chairs. One alcove has cinema seats, curtain and a large mirror.

Beers were mainly Bank's though the guest on this time was Wychwood's Rugby Special.

Food is served daily, but only at lunchtimes on Saturday despite the sign outside. We were told that it isn't economical to leave the ovens on!!! The food is the usual tap house fayre of good value/quality.

Wheelchair access is 'possible' through the double front doors, though the toilets need negotiating.

No accommodation here.



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