Hopbine

Mayor: Fin (1) | Taps: 7+ casks |
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Fin  (1146) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | September 10, 2016


We visited The Hopbine, on Monday 5th August 2016. This is a very nice pub just off Christ’s Piece about 4-5 minutes from centre of town, in an area of lovely terraced residential properties which I am guessing are much sought after and therefore I suspect will be pretty expensive.

As you enter the bar is straight ahead, it is likely that the pub would have been split off into a lounge and a bar room years ago (I’m guessing) but today it wraps around the bar with a pool table off to the LH side, we sat off to the RH side area. There was parquet flooring throughout this area and I was surprised to see how far the pub went back, it looked like there was quite a lot of dining tables at the rear.

Beer choice was about 6 cask offerings but only four available on our visit, these were from Tring, Red Squirrel, Brewsters and one other that I forget. I had the Tring Tea Kettle Stout and Loz the Brewsters Marquis both were in very good condition. Prices very reasonable particularly after my £7.60 half in the Pint Shop paying £3.50 or whatever it was for two halves was very good and 10% off for CAMRA members. We liked this pub, beer choice could be better but it had a nice atmosphere albeit it was rather quiet today.



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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
chriso  (715) London, England | November 9, 2015
Only visited here once and probably didn’t get the best impression. We’d already had a session at Cambridge Winter Ales Festival so I wasn’t perhaps as observant as I might have been. And the guy behind the bar was a bit snotty because he thought we were taking too long to decide what to have - checking which beers were new for us etc. The beer range seemed solid, with a few ticks - I think I counted seven cask beers. I’ve flagged this place up for a further visit but, on subsequent trips to Cambridge, I’ve run out of time so haven’t followed through on that. Fuller review to follow in due course. Definitely worth a visit though.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
jjsint  (599) Cambridge, England | April 9, 2014
Open plan pub with ephemeral pop music played slightly too loud. 7 real ales on when I visited, mostly from East Anglia. A couple of half-decent beers on tap but otherwise concentrates on cask for its craft. It’s a bit identikit but the beer is good. Reasonable food and the promotion of special events (such as an upcoming rum festival) make this pub stand out a bit.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
andy1907  (3) cambridge, England | November 12, 2013
Good selection of well kept cask ales. Good value food.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
Brugmansia  (635) Jylland, Denmark | February 11, 2013
Visited this pub 19/1-2013. Large cornerpub, with the bar just inside the doors, not very crowded. Lots of small table. Beers in good condition. In the back of the pub there are an eating area, unfortunately the smell of food were all over the pub...
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Leighton  (1032) London, England | February 10, 2013
Good spot. Nice cask range. Average prices. They had a small festival running when I visited (about six gravity casks in addition to their normal handpump offerings), which was nice to see. Plenty of seating in this place. Friendly bartender. They have board games and books to keep you occupied. I could kill a lot of time in here.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil  (621) Tallinn, Estonia | January 25, 2012| Updated February 20, 2017
New on my radar - this used not to be a free house, but is certainly well worth visiting now it is. I only saw 4 real ales here, I don’t know how many of the "taps" tally was fizzy muck which I don’t even consider worth mentioning when you’ve got real ales available. Range of breweries was good. Quality was good too. Special bonus staff score for the voluntary cellar run which was offered even though I had asserted "I will come back for the Oakham". Does ale festivals every so often it seems. Lovely looking place, half boozer, half pub, half restaurant. Will definitely try to come here when I’m in Cambridge.
2017 update: Yeah, I come here every time I come to Cambridge, and I always get ticks, and they’re always on form - definitely a worthy place.

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