CREWE – WOT NO HOP POLE !?

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Don’t worry, that’s not my IndyMan snap.

You left me on Crewe High Street on Wednesday evening (see how quickly I fall behind on this blog), marvelling at the Beer Dock’s craft.

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Still time to call it quits, get the Chinese takeaway, and watch repeats of Reith lectures back at the Travelodge. When you’ve paid Ā£3 for 24 hours WiFi you need to use it.

But it was only 18:29.

Surely you’re going to the Hop Pole ?” said Pub Curmudgeon.

Surely you’re going to the Hop Pole ?” said Stafford’s Paul Mudge.

No, I headed for Hops. Somewhere near the church, I think.

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Round here somewhere
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Looks like a house, and indeed it is

It’s a decade since I was last in here, a suitable gap to allow reappraisal, I told myself.

Better than ever, I thought. What I’d remembered as a Belgian beer bar felt very community free house, much in the style of the Cambridge Blue.

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Civilised pub life

It was bustling and buzzy, with family groups upstairs with their well-behaved parents.

My faculties were waning. I read the WhatPub blurb about Orval ambassadorship.

“Do you have Orval ?”

“Yes we do “

“I’ll have the Tom’s then please”

Golly, it was lovely.

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NBSS 3.5+

Now I headed back to the comfort of Travelodge and noodles via the A532.

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Classic

Well, how could you walk past the Borough Arms at dusk ?

Only if you were saving it till last, with the lure of Tom’s Taphouse winking at me at the end of the alley.

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Oh good, more keg taps

Yes, I know I’m not normally a fan of industrial estate units with big screens listing keg beers with long names.

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Wot no Bass

But Tom’s have made an effort, as in those Halesowen places, to make it homely, even nicking The Scream from the Louvre to brighten the place up.

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Random gin bottles

And the lady, possibly not Tom, was fantastically friendly.

Would you like to see the brewery ?

Perhaps my “Nooooo” was a little overdone.

Their fig stout was rich, silky and vinous. (I nicked that off Duncan’s blog).

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But is it real ale
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Beers for the brewery tour

A more attentive blogger would have recorded the music and told you whether any of this was KeyKeg. I am not that blogger. Instead I recorded the loos.

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Great idea

Inevitably, I couldn’t walk past the Borough.

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Subliminal advertising of Erdinger

They had some fantastic cask ale on, they really did. So why did I go for this ?

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I think you know why.

4 thoughts on “CREWE – WOT NO HOP POLE !?

  1. One of my earliest memories is of my father, having laid a concrete garden path, then drawing the tip of his trowel across it in a random manner, to give the impression of crazy paving, or otherwise make the surface less featureless. It must have been about 1955.

    I estimate that the forecourt of Hops was done around the same time.

    Fashion, eh?

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