Meet your new local: with an extensive selection of beers, wines and spirits, and a passion for good grub, The Hop Pole is the gastropub you never knew you needed in your life until now.
Based alongside the River Avon and Bristol to Bath Cycle Path, The Hop Pole is a smart looking pub, marrying a traditional country feel with contemporary furnishings. They’ve also hidden a neat garden terrace out the back, so if you call by on a summer’s day, make sure you secure a bench. Out the back, they’ve hidden a neat garden As Bath Ales flagship venue which means you can expect plenty of their staple beers (ours is Dark Side if you’re offering), alongside some guest ales and a cool craft selection. But if beers aren’t your thing, they’ve got you back with a hand-picked wine selection and mighty stash of spirits.
Then there’s the food. The Hop Pole serves pub classics, but not as you know it Captain: their ham, egg and chips comes with a thick slice of roasted ham glazed with a honey & wholegrain mustard dressing; their fish and chips is made with fresh Haddock from Wings of St. Mawes and battered using Bath Ales Gem; they even serve beer mac and cheese that’s made with mature cheddar, mozzarella, aged gruyere and golden real ale cheese sauce. It’s a contemporary and conscious twist on traditional dishes, putting quality and flavour at the forefront whilst remaining the perfect accompaniment (i.e. not too fancy) to a few pints.
Their kitchen also turns out some absolutely cracking burgers that we reckon are right up there with the best in Bath. Whether its classic beef, the sriracha chicken or vegan burger, there’s plenty of good buns to sink your teeth into.
With such a stellar selection of food and drinks, it’s no surprise to hear that this place gets busy. On Friday and Saturday nights, this place is often full of energy, with locals learning at the bar and large groups enjoying the delights from the kitchen. Get in there early, grab a round and settle in for a good night.