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Hope Inn, Stockport

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Stockport's Wellington Road looks like a good road for a pub crawl. If doing that, the Hope is as good a place to start as any. This 2 room pub is home to the Fool Hardy brewery. Ales from them were Reckless, Roushou, Random, Risky & Rannygazou. The latter was a plum porter and it was also my favourite beer of the day. Guest ales were Grafton Zombie Heart, Elgood's Puff & Salopian False Flag. The cider was Broadoak Moonshine. Another 8/10 from me for this pub.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Oct 2018 21:26
This pub has a lounge-public bar type split. Ironically the door which says lounge is more of the public bar side (but then again, the other door says "Vault", not public bar). I sat in both sides and I preferred the lounge bar much more as it had a cosier atmosphere whereas the vault felt a bit colder and more sterile. I believe they were serving about 11 real ales when I was in, there keg selection is also not the standard selection. This pub also has a microbrewery in their cellar, and at least half of the beers they sell are from tbe microbrewery, called 'Fool Hardy' brewery. I had a pint of the Fool Hardy Ragging, a porter with a bourbon taste to it, it was quite nice and the bourbon flavour wasn't too strong or over powering. I really rated this place, the magnet doesn't have as cosy a feel to it as this does. I'd probably say it's a toss up between this, The Crown and The Railway on Avenue Street, opposite the Peel Centre, for best pub in the town.
Wezzielad - 20 Jan 2018 14:03
Excellent pub, comfortable with a good selection of well kept real ales. Good service and good prices recommended.
bellevueace - 28 May 2017 18:45
A toss up between the magnet and this pub for best pub in the Stockport area. Great range of real ales all in house beers. A must starting point in Stockport.
T.Jones - 16 Aug 2015 11:53
The first pub I visited (out of 4 on my list) on the main road to Manchester – and the furthest from the centre. The first thing to note that it is at the top of a steep hill, so you’ll need a drink by the time you get there ! Substantial brick building advertising “Hardy’s Ales” – which I assume is their own Fool Hardy brewery. The main entranceway immediately leads to two doors. To the left is the “continental beer bar” and to the right the “real ale bar”. Be careful which you choose – there is no way to get between the two without coming outside again ! [ For those desperate, the gents is easier to reach via the real ale bar ! ]

Both rooms are open plan, with various types of seating. The actual bar in the real ale room features ceramic tiles set into its wooden structure.

There were 9 or 10 beers available, of which 4 were their own. For some reason all their beers begin with “R” – they also seemed very much alike from the descriptions given. I tried the Ravenous Romp, which was reasonable, but nothing special.

7/10 – worth the walk, but only just.

Martinsh - 8 Feb 2015 19:08
Excellent choice of ales including their own Foolhardy ales plus guests. A decent sized pub with outdoor seating at the rear. Well worth a visit.
alexw - 25 Jul 2014 22:53
11 ales on. about 4 of their own, 2 from Outstanding and the rest are guests. another quality establishment in Stockport. they also do quality pork pies. I think they need to do up the ale room (turn right) slightly to match the continentals room (turn left) but other than that, this place is a must
juninhocrunch - 23 Jul 2014 10:10
The latest gem in Stockport borough is a classic-looking all-rounder serving its own beers (Fool Hardy) and several small brewery guest. I reckon a few too many beers on , and my dark mild was impressive but a tad watery. Very friendly, and my pint was £2.40.
mtaylor40 - 21 Apr 2014 17:31

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