Big wooden floored bar, with 10 cask pumps and 6keg of which 1 or 2 interesting, small bottle shop round the back of the bar as is more seating. Select is small and mostly Belgian, but decent enough... KID friendly at least during day. But be warned tue-thur seem to shut between 2.30 and 4
Visited on 17th August 2016 (Thanks to DM, my driver!). Large pub with a decent sized bar area and smaller room at the back plus a decent patio out front. Nice wooden decor and traditional feel to the place. Beer range featured Vale and an Aylesbury beer plus a few guests. Bottle range in the fridge looked decent too. Had to send the Hophead from Dark Star back as was off but changed with no fuss. Picked up a couple of new beers here and I think most raters would do the same. Prices and service were good. Like the place and would revisit.
Although there are 10 hand pumps, I always get the impression that the beers are chosen by someone who doesn’t drink beer. I normally stick to Gravitas from the taps. A plus point though are the foreign bottled beers. This is the only pub I’ve found in Aylesbury or surrounding areas that stocks Frank Boon gueuze. This bumps up my overall rating.
Visited on the 4/12-2011, and was the main reason for going to Aylesbury this day :-). We heard they had a beer festival on, and had just started their own brewery. They seems to find beers from lots of smaller microbreweries, they are served in good condition and with a smile. They do food as well, we went for a hotdog though, we were on a mission, tasting beers :-).. For sure worth a revisit..
Ten or more minutes walk from the town centre.
Tap for Vale brwery and now also for its own micro brewery - Aylesbury.
usually a good 10 or so beers on cask, their own plus guests and always in good nick.
Trad pub with patio to the front, main room around the bar as you enter the door, then down the back a smaller narrow overspill room where I often end up.
Service always decent and they are happy to offer samples to you.
On the outer edge of Aylesbury on the old A41, a pretty busy road, we have visited this quite a few times over the years. Now a Vale Brewery tap with its own Micro Brewery it makes it a must visit pub if closeby. A little open and cold perhaps, but the beer is always excellent with a great range. Not the prettiest of places but still worth the effort.
Very nice pub, great selection of real ales, prices a little high but blame the taxman for that one, also great food!!
Fin (1184) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | July 6, 2012
I suppose that I should get around to reviewing this place as I have been coming in here regularly over the last 4-5 years and quite often as much as 1-2 times a week on my way home. The beer selection is impressive with 10 handpumps and a few beers on keg. There is normally 3-4 beers from Aylesbury Brewhouse and Vale Brewery the latter owning this pub and the former is located at the back of this pub and utilises the old brew kit that Vale had at Haddenham before the move to the bigger premises at Brill. I always find something new to try here and the atmosphere and ambience is great. There is a beer shop located at the rear of this pub near to the brewery and this has a decent selection of beers with a decent smattering of Belgian beers amongst those.
A relaxed, ordinary looking local with an extraordinary beer selection.
A sign on the gable end of the Hop Pole proclaims that this is “Aylesbury’s permanent beer festival”, and indeed it is. We last visited in early December on the weekend when the brewery shop was officially opened and the new microbrewery launched. A great range of ales was being served, as on previous festival weekends, from casks set up on trestle tables in the room at the back which is accessed through the shop, now smelling strongly of fresh paint.
The main pub is a basic double fronted building with bay windows and a fireplace on each of the side walls of what would originally have been the two main rooms, now knocked through. There are bare floorboards, wood panelling up to dado level and pump clips around the walls. Pleasingly for me, one was for a beer named Boadicea.
The location, just out of town off the ring road and opposite a large car showroom, is where you’d expect to find a rather ordinary local but the Hope Pole is actually quite special. It has 11 or 12 hand pumps in the main pub and the festival weekends make an excursion well worth the trip. Local and visitors alike rub shoulders quite comfortably and they serve reasonably priced burgers and other meals.
(Last visited 4 December 2011).
Joeh (49) , England | March 16, 2006| Updated April 24, 2006
The location is pretty poor - on a busy main road opposite a car dealership and next to an industrial estate. Inside the look of the pub is hardly authentic; lots of stripped wood (as Chris notes), and the only aged feature is the fireplace which is in a bad state anyway. It was empty when we entered (afternoon), so I cannot really comment on the clientele. The seating and tables are oddly spaced, clumped too closely together around the walls with a large empty space in the middle. The keg lineup is fairly good - Staropramen and Budvar, with a couple of other foreign beers and a keg cider that didn’t seem to be from a national producer. There are ten hand pumps, one was off when I arrived, and another went off when I asked for some. Of the eight remaining there was a single Vale, two Titanics, two Bath and a few others. I sampled Bath Spa, Titanic Black Ice, Titanic Captain Smith and Vale Best, but all were served too warm and not in good condition. The bottled selection looked pretty good, a few standard Belgians (Chimay, etc), Anchor Steam and a few others, all in the display fridges behind the bar, but it was hard to see what there was without there being a list. The food menu looked fairly standard, but I didn’t eat. I will return another time, but it didn’t impress as much as I thought it might.