Hop (Ossett)

Mayor: ManVsBeer (6) | Taps: 9 | Bottles: +20
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Fin  (836) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | November 15, 2015
We visited The Hop on Friday 13th November 2015. We hadnít actually intended visiting here we were looking to see what had happened to the Dark Arches which are the maze of huge arches underneath Leeds railway station. Many years ago these housed lots of one off independent shops selling all manner of stuff, but sadly no longer. There were precious few shops here, in fact on this edge of the Dark Arches all we saw was a coffee shop, this pub and one or two other places but it seemed that the whole area was being cleaned up. It is difficult to explain exactly how to get to the Hop so I wonít try to hard, suffice to say it is below and underneath on the south west edge I guess. The Hop is a good size two-floor pub making maximum use of the huge arches. A good range of cask beer mainly from the Ossett stable is on offer, I had Ratman and Robin Loz had an Abbeydale beer Black Majic as I recall. We sat upstairs, where the decor seemed musically focused with murals depicting past and present musical heroes. In fact the music playing was pretty good, in the time we were here The Clash, Mark Lanegan and some other crackers played out. It was clear that most people in here had nipped in from a nearby place of work to take advantage of a cheap lunch deal and a pint. Btw we took the opportunity to also and had a great pie, with peas and mash all for the princely sum of £3.50 it was a great deal, £5.00 gets you a pint of one of their beers at well, seriously it was a good pie and a decent deal. We sat here for 30-40 mins, I think that I liked it more than Loz, I think Loz was still lamenting the loss of what the Dark Arches used to offer. Btw the pub can only be accessed from the outside side of the arches, as you enter you walk to the other side to access the bar. Access to the stairs and upstairs is sort of bookended either side of the bar. I really liked it here, prices very reasonable, beer was in great nick, food superb value and really good simple nosh at a stunningly cheap price. Btw in this age of Craft Beers I donít recall any Kegs offering anything other than the usual major macro offerings so donít come here looking for Beavertown, Magic Rock, Kernel, Thornbridge etc but do come here for a good cask beer and good cheap food and nice atmosphere (at lunchtime)
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer  (1643) Hebden Bridge, England | April 20, 2014
Twin floored bar making use of the large spaces in the brick arches underneath the main railway station. The entrance includes an outdoor area by the small basin and dry dock at the end of Leeds-Liverpool canal where it is connected to the River Aire that also runs through some of the arches close by. Itís both a funky and popular place that attracts a mostly younger crowd with very little natural light entering the place, although its design is quite durable to withstand the debauchery of an evening that includes live music. Real ale drinkers are very well served and as well as the main Ossett brews thereís guests from the other breweries it owns as well as those it doesnít in both cask and keg form.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
dogbomb  (27) , England | April 1, 2012
On a different day, under different circumstances this could be a better pub. Itís in a wonderful location, quite close to the railway and down a dark, dark tunnel. However, it was a hot Saturday evening and the place was PACKED. That means a bunch of Hen/Stag parties were screaming the place down and the staff seemed to just want to serve and move us on. Good beers, strange atmosphere. Iíll re-rate if I go back on a quieter day.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
superflyguy  (27) Leeds, England | February 27, 2012
i really liked this place. great location and good interior decoration. when you walk in it really feels like an old school boozer, but the further in you wander the more is revealed. The upper floor has plenty of seating and some great wall art. Anyway onto the beer, 5 Ossett beers and 5 other local(ish) brews. decent bottle selection. what I had was excellent. Spent a lovely hour or so here on a Saturday afternoon, Iím sure itís a different beast in the evening with live bands Fri & Sat and Open Mic night in the week.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
finnfb  (12) Brigg, England | August 11, 2010
Nice bar with a bit of a personality conflict. It has a traditional feel to it but at the same time trys to cater for a young íhipí crowd. Situated under a railway arch by the recently developed granary wharf, it has a great outside drinking area by the canal and plush comfy leather wingbacks inside. As its a Ossett brewery pub it has all their main ales, it also has around 5 local ales as well as some european bottled ale. The empty bottles decorating one wall suggest that they get a very good mix of Belgium ales. I didnít try the food but i have been told the pies and jacket potatoes are very good. However I do not like the terrible photoshop style art pictures of local bands that cover all the walls. Overall this is a nice old style pub with real ales in a area you would associated with wine bars
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
Rune  (546) TromsÝ, Norway | July 19, 2010
U-shaped bar, beer hall-like, run by the Ossett brewery. It is located under the railway station and easy to find via steps from the station leading down to Neville Street with The Hop a bit further down to the right. It has got a nice location and outdoor seating by the canal. Seems to attract different kind of people. Nine cask ales, with at least four from Ossett and the rest from, mostly Yorkshire, micro breweries. Rock music upstairs in evenings. OK place for sampling well kept ales, I was, however, not impressed neither by the atmosphere nor the service. Visited early on a Saturday eve, 10.07.2010.

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