Hop Garden

Mayor: Fin (1) | Taps: 7HP |
Previously the Sportsman, changed name in November 2017.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
dsmith67  (10) , | January 21, 2012
Great beer garden, limited selection of beer but local breweries well represented.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Fin  (1184) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 25, 2017
We visited The Hop Garden, Saturday 9th December 2017. We walked all the way from Moor Street Station heading south east, skirting around Chinatown and then headed down Bath Row before eventually joining the canal (I think it's the Worcester canal?). It was a great walk, amongst the highlights you go under the Edgbaston tunnel. We left the towpath at the Somerset Road bridge and cut back across to Harborne. The Hop Garden is a street back from the High Street near an M&S, however more than close enough to both The White Horse and The Paper Duck to make a trip to Harborne very worthwhile for the pub baggers. From the outside you can tell its a traditional old pub but it has had a modern makeover.

*For those folk keen to get here a.s.a.p. without the faff of a long walk, if you are intending getting here by public transport Bus no: 22 from Moor Street Queensway stop MS12 will get you directly to here in 21 minutes.

Inside this has clearly had a big makeover, it's clean, smart, lots of new wood, 5 handpumps on the bar and 12 keg taps on an exposed brick wall at the rear. A display (digital as I recall) is above the bar. It would appear that there were originally three rooms, to be fair in a sense there still is but the removal of doors and slightly opening things out makes it a bit more open plan. We sat in the room off to the left and immediately bumped into and had a great chat with Roberto Rossi a beery legend from around these parts (Stourbridge?) who appeared to be working here at the moment. Roberto gave us a mini tour, the back garden was particularly extensive for an urban pub.

The beer choice was really decent and had a good focus on local brews, there were also a couple of fridges in the room where we sat with a decent selection. I liked it here, so did the three very friendly CAMRA types in the middle bar. I think with all three of the pubs we've been to offer something a little bit different. My only criticism is that I think that the decor is likely to date and look at bit tatty quite quickly.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
gillhalfpint  (63) , | December 1, 2017
Called into this pub that has opened as a craft and real ale outlet recently and it is going to be a winner. Well served ales and a brilliant selection. 5 real ales and we enjoyed beers from Billericay, Harwich Town, Fixed Wheel and Green Duck. The other was Blackedge brewery, 7 craft beers on tap and we tried beers from Turning Point and Weird Beard. All beers in great condition. They also have 5 ciders plus some foreign beers on tap. All beers displayed on an electronic beer board. The pub has a rustic character at the moment but is comfortable enough with solid tables and chairs. The massive garden with some shelter will be great in the summer. No food at present but no objection to bringing your own in. Easily reached down the alley alongside Marks and Spencers in the High Street served by a variety of buses.There is also a fridge with a good selection of bottled and canned beers.Beer festivals are planned for next year.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
scotthmoore  (10) , England | March 29, 2012
A really unusual pub in that it is just off Harborne High Street and is decorated as though it were one of the trendy pubs on the High Street and yet...it is quiet, inexpensive and clearly a pub for locals.

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