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The Hop Pole

#73 of 405 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Gastropub, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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7 Albion Buildings | Upper Bristol Road, Bath BA1 3AR, England
+44 1225 446327
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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84 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten here several times before. But, today, Sunday, was very disappointing. Despite being at the door at opening time .....midday, after ordering our food we had to wait 40 minutes for it in a very noisy bar area where children outnumbered adults. The food was plentiful enough, but otherwise underwhelming in quality. Only one vegetarian option. Butter that... More 

1 Thank oliveruk
James D, General Manager at The Hop Pole, responded to this review

Hi oliveruk, I can only apologise for your experience yesterday, as you'll see from many a glowing review this is not how we like to do things here at the Hop Pole. We do try our best to serve people much quicker than that. The bar area was very busy as we were fully booked in our restaurant also, must... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic food, good range of wines and spirits, friendly welcoming landlord and staff. Good old fashioned pub atmosphere

Thank Angie G
James D, General Manager at The Hop Pole, responded to this review

Hi Angie, Thank you so much for your kind words, you ladies were an absolute delight to meet and serve. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay and that you'll come visit us again soon. James More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Twenty minutes walk each way from our B&B was time well spent. The pub is part of the Bath Ales chain and serves all of its great beers including the seasonal special 'Festivity'. The bar staff were cheerful and obliging and we found a comfortable corner table. My partner ordered the Special from the chalkboard which was Venison steak with... More 

1 Thank Andrew B
James D, General Manager at The Hop Pole, responded to this review

Hi Andrew B, Many thanks for your kind words here sir, was a pleasure serving you. Hope to see you again soon James More 

Worthing, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I went to this pub because we wanted some ordinary food for a good price and it really was far from ordinary. We walked up the the pub and thought it looked really small, but as we walked through it just seemed to get bigger and bigger. There's a pub area at the top and some stairs... More 

1 Thank Frankegga
James D, General Manager at The Hop Pole, responded to this review

Hi Frankegga, Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. Am delighted to hear that you enjoyed yourselves here, it really does make it all worth it. Hopefully we'll see you again soon James More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Hop Pole is a brilliant pub for food & drink. Bath Ales on tap and expertly prepared meals await. Three adults and a child enjoyed a very fine meal: mussels; a burger; a meat pie--pub grub done to perfection. On a previous visit, my wife and I had the fish & chips--probably the best fish & chips we've ever... More 

1 Thank civic466
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19 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dined here on a Monday night two weeks ago. The pub was not busy and there were not too many diners. Ambience was pleasant and I guess on a Friday night the place is buzzing. My wife was not over hungry and merely had a starter with a side of fries. I had a shin beef pie which I can... More 

1 Thank jimbohoughton
James D, General Manager at The Hop Pole, responded to this review

Hi jimbroughton, Thank you for the kind words. It really is a pretty epic pie and really filling too. Be great if you can visit us on a Friday and see, its a lot of fun Thanks once again James More 

Wroxham, United Kingdom
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256 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Had dinner here one evening. We hadn't booked but as it was early in the week the place was not overfull for dining. We ate in the basement area which is very near the kitchen and I enjoyed their duck which was very tasty. Good staff and the wine list is not bad. We had no problems with the quality... More 

Thank JMB50
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

I was looking forward to my visit based on the TripAdvisor score, but was disappointed. Bar staff and beers were good, but food was over priced and a let down. Basic steak pie wasn't presented well. Too much pastry and not enough meat for the price. Veggies were nice. Standard fare.

Thank Stephen M
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went here tonight after work, we've eaten a roast here and really enjoyed it. I had sweet potato gnocchi and my husband had duck. It was really delicious food! The staff we really friendly and welcoming, one lady bought our dog a bowl of water. There is a lovely relaxed atmosphere in this pub and very... More 

1 Thank coolcatcarrie
South West
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Having experienced two previously disappointing visits, I was invited to join friends for lunch so thought I would give it another try. Unfortunately another disappointing meal and possibly the most expensive glass of wine I've had in Bath, £9.40 per glass, I thought they had made a mistake. Having checked they were serving food all day we were further disappointed... More 

Thank CharlotteSouthWest
Mark T, General Manager at The Hop Pole, responded to this review

I'm sorry you were disappointed by your visit here - we certainly don't like feeling like we've let our customers down. For the wine prices, I'm sure you can understand that some bottles of wine are more expensive than others. So when you choose our most premium wine (that we offer by the glass as well as +£25 by the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$18
Bar, Gastropub, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Albion Buildings | Upper Bristol Road, Bath BA1 3AR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Bath
  • Phone Number: +44 1225 446327
The Hop Pole is a comfortable, spacious and friendly pub serving good food and top-notch beer. During summer months and periods of fine weather, the garden comes into its own and is the perfect place for mellow afternoon quaffing.Situated opposite Victoria Park, The Hop Pole is welcoming to all, including well-behaved children and dogs alike. It is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys fine food accompanied by equally enjoyable cask ales, or wine from a selection designed to suit all tastes (and all pockets!).

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?