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Hop Inn is a top hot spot

Swindon Advertiser: Jason Putt, the owner of the The Hop Inn, which has been named in the top 200 UK local pubs Jason Putt, the owner of the The Hop Inn, which has been named in the top 200 UK local pubs

AN OLD Town pub is celebrating after being named in a list of the best 200 locals in the country.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) released the list of pubs from all over the country and The Hop Inn has made the cut.

Located on Devizes Road, the pub focuses on cask ales with the aim of introducing customers to something different than they would perhaps have elsewhere.

The owner, Jason Putt, is delighted and says it shows there is a market for real ales.

He said: “It is obviously very pleasing to be named on the list.

“We made it into the Good Beer Guide last year so to be named on the Best Local list having been open for just 18 months is extremely gratifying.

“I opened to really challenge people to drink something different to the regular drinks which are advertised on television and I think we have achieved that.”

Despite only trading for a year and a half, The Hop Inn has already served more than 800 different cask ales to customers.

One of the main reasons for its success is that the pub is a freehold. This means Jason has no link to a brewer and so has the freedom to offer a variety of ales.

He said: “Since we opened people have really embraced the real ales and what we are trying to achieve. I now get people coming in asking me what they should have to drink.

“There is a misconception that the market is entirely about several branded products but this is not the case.

“We are totally free of any form of tie, meaning we have that freedom to bring in beers and showcase lots of different products. I think it is this level of variety which customers find very attractive.”

Hans Hoffbauer, chairman of the Swindon CAMRA branch, said The Hop Inn was one of the bright points in the local pub industry.

He said: “The Hop Inn is a revelation and goes against the current perception that things are very gloomy in the pub industry.

“To be so successful in such a short period of time shows it is possible to make a go of things “Probably its biggest selling point is the marvellous range of beers they have and every time you go in there it is a surprise, which is clearly what the punters want.”

“They do a lot to support local brewers but you can also get beers from much further a field.”

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9:29am Thu 3 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

The Hop is a fantastic pub, already an integral and valued part of Old Town. Just shows what can be done when someone Putts their mind to it.
The Hop is a fantastic pub, already an integral and valued part of Old Town. Just shows what can be done when someone Putts their mind to it. ChannelX
  • Score: 6

9:53am Thu 3 Apr 14

MarksDad says...

Not my favourite place.

Much to small and no real atmosphere. More of a shop than a pub.

Much prefer the far better selection of beers at proper pubs like Carters rest, Wheatsheaf, Plough and Goddards.
Not my favourite place. Much to small and no real atmosphere. More of a shop than a pub. Much prefer the far better selection of beers at proper pubs like Carters rest, Wheatsheaf, Plough and Goddards. MarksDad
  • Score: -7

12:20pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

A better selection of beers at The Plough?

It's been done up nicely, no question of that, but it's severely hamstrung by the 'selection' of beers it's permitted to sell.

The Goddards wouldn't know how to keep real ale even if anyone there had ever attended a course on it.
A better selection of beers at The Plough? It's been done up nicely, no question of that, but it's severely hamstrung by the 'selection' of beers it's permitted to sell. The Goddards wouldn't know how to keep real ale even if anyone there had ever attended a course on it. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

12:26pm Thu 3 Apr 14

PaulD says...

it's a shame the Hop Inn is so small
it's a shame the Hop Inn is so small PaulD
  • Score: 2

12:53pm Thu 3 Apr 14

semitonic says...

Agree it's too small but the beer is good. Can't deny though that the best selection of beers and ciders in any Swindon pub, by a country mile, has got to be the Savoy. Especially right now with the festival on - it's beer-heaven from all corners of the world and only £2 a pint!

Liam the manager has barred all of the idiots and many former Beehivers now regard it as their local, especially since Andy has priced himself out of the market for a lot of people. Shame.
Agree it's too small but the beer is good. Can't deny though that the best selection of beers and ciders in any Swindon pub, by a country mile, has got to be the Savoy. Especially right now with the festival on - it's beer-heaven from all corners of the world and only £2 a pint! Liam the manager has barred all of the idiots and many former Beehivers now regard it as their local, especially since Andy has priced himself out of the market for a lot of people. Shame. semitonic
  • Score: 0

3:01pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Really is this a paid for nomination ie you need to pay to be on the list as with many other "awards".
Its small there is little to no atmosphere the seats are uncomfortable I could go on but I dont think I like it.

Real pubs dont need to paint the atmosphere on the walls it comes from it being a good social location where people want to talk to each other, sadly this is not the case in the hop.
For a choice of beers the savoy has the best selection in the town and people are friendly. Personally I avoid those larger super pubs as much as I can afternoon pint after town savoy is perfect.
Really is this a paid for nomination ie you need to pay to be on the list as with many other "awards". Its small there is little to no atmosphere the seats are uncomfortable I could go on but I dont think I like it. Real pubs dont need to paint the atmosphere on the walls it comes from it being a good social location where people want to talk to each other, sadly this is not the case in the hop. For a choice of beers the savoy has the best selection in the town and people are friendly. Personally I avoid those larger super pubs as much as I can afternoon pint after town savoy is perfect. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -1

4:08pm Thu 3 Apr 14

GrumpyLocal says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
Really is this a paid for nomination ie you need to pay to be on the list as with many other "awards".
Its small there is little to no atmosphere the seats are uncomfortable I could go on but I dont think I like it.

Real pubs dont need to paint the atmosphere on the walls it comes from it being a good social location where people want to talk to each other, sadly this is not the case in the hop.
For a choice of beers the savoy has the best selection in the town and people are friendly. Personally I avoid those larger super pubs as much as I can afternoon pint after town savoy is perfect.
Atmosphere comes from the people that use the venue. A pub can be as pretty as it likes and look the part but without good people it will fail. If by an atmosphere you mean pumping music or sports on huge screens then yes I agree there is no "atmosphere" in the Hop.
The Hop is a small venue that is full of people chatting with friends and having a good time every Friday & Saturday (& probably other nights too) & has an atmosphere of it's own that will of course be different to the national chains like Wetherspoons. The Savoy is huge in comparison and has the additional noise and chatter from those going there to eat.
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: Really is this a paid for nomination ie you need to pay to be on the list as with many other "awards". Its small there is little to no atmosphere the seats are uncomfortable I could go on but I dont think I like it. Real pubs dont need to paint the atmosphere on the walls it comes from it being a good social location where people want to talk to each other, sadly this is not the case in the hop. For a choice of beers the savoy has the best selection in the town and people are friendly. Personally I avoid those larger super pubs as much as I can afternoon pint after town savoy is perfect.[/p][/quote]Atmosphere comes from the people that use the venue. A pub can be as pretty as it likes and look the part but without good people it will fail. If by an atmosphere you mean pumping music or sports on huge screens then yes I agree there is no "atmosphere" in the Hop. The Hop is a small venue that is full of people chatting with friends and having a good time every Friday & Saturday (& probably other nights too) & has an atmosphere of it's own that will of course be different to the national chains like Wetherspoons. The Savoy is huge in comparison and has the additional noise and chatter from those going there to eat. GrumpyLocal
  • Score: 2

6:11pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

GrumpyLocal wrote:
Badgersgetabadname wrote:
Really is this a paid for nomination ie you need to pay to be on the list as with many other "awards".
Its small there is little to no atmosphere the seats are uncomfortable I could go on but I dont think I like it.

Real pubs dont need to paint the atmosphere on the walls it comes from it being a good social location where people want to talk to each other, sadly this is not the case in the hop.
For a choice of beers the savoy has the best selection in the town and people are friendly. Personally I avoid those larger super pubs as much as I can afternoon pint after town savoy is perfect.
Atmosphere comes from the people that use the venue. A pub can be as pretty as it likes and look the part but without good people it will fail. If by an atmosphere you mean pumping music or sports on huge screens then yes I agree there is no "atmosphere" in the Hop.
The Hop is a small venue that is full of people chatting with friends and having a good time every Friday & Saturday (& probably other nights too) & has an atmosphere of it's own that will of course be different to the national chains like Wetherspoons. The Savoy is huge in comparison and has the additional noise and chatter from those going there to eat.
It has been a very long time since I could stand loud music or screaming sports fans in a pub. Personally I like to enjoy a few pints in a nice relaxed environment not sure what your insinuation was?
Live music is a bonus in any proper pub but obviously that isnt every night, most local help local charities as well which also helps the pubs core custom I am sure all of this is already happening at the hop and I hope the business does well so many fail these days.

Great to see extra jobs and positives in the town and glad to see a pub is being used and isnt like one of the bottom of town pubs. I said I didnt like it. Variations in pubs is a great thing giving people a choice of where to enjoy their evening or day depending on your free time.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyLocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: Really is this a paid for nomination ie you need to pay to be on the list as with many other "awards". Its small there is little to no atmosphere the seats are uncomfortable I could go on but I dont think I like it. Real pubs dont need to paint the atmosphere on the walls it comes from it being a good social location where people want to talk to each other, sadly this is not the case in the hop. For a choice of beers the savoy has the best selection in the town and people are friendly. Personally I avoid those larger super pubs as much as I can afternoon pint after town savoy is perfect.[/p][/quote]Atmosphere comes from the people that use the venue. A pub can be as pretty as it likes and look the part but without good people it will fail. If by an atmosphere you mean pumping music or sports on huge screens then yes I agree there is no "atmosphere" in the Hop. The Hop is a small venue that is full of people chatting with friends and having a good time every Friday & Saturday (& probably other nights too) & has an atmosphere of it's own that will of course be different to the national chains like Wetherspoons. The Savoy is huge in comparison and has the additional noise and chatter from those going there to eat.[/p][/quote]It has been a very long time since I could stand loud music or screaming sports fans in a pub. Personally I like to enjoy a few pints in a nice relaxed environment not sure what your insinuation was? Live music is a bonus in any proper pub but obviously that isnt every night, most local help local charities as well which also helps the pubs core custom I am sure all of this is already happening at the hop and I hope the business does well so many fail these days. Great to see extra jobs and positives in the town and glad to see a pub is being used and isnt like one of the bottom of town pubs. I said I didnt like it. Variations in pubs is a great thing giving people a choice of where to enjoy their evening or day depending on your free time. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -1

6:49pm Thu 3 Apr 14

daws says...

Plough is much better pub, just selling mainly Arkells though.Have to agree with earlier posters the Sav is by far the best for atmosphere and greatest value and of choice real ales, even sell a large quantity of continental lagers, how can anyone complain?
Plough is much better pub, just selling mainly Arkells though.Have to agree with earlier posters the Sav is by far the best for atmosphere and greatest value and of choice real ales, even sell a large quantity of continental lagers, how can anyone complain? daws
  • Score: -1

8:48pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

The hop is too small.
You can get more people in my bedroom
The hop is too small. You can get more people in my bedroom Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 0

9:21am Fri 4 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
Really is this a paid for nomination ie you need to pay to be on the list as with many other "awards".
Its small there is little to no atmosphere the seats are uncomfortable I could go on but I dont think I like it.

Real pubs dont need to paint the atmosphere on the walls it comes from it being a good social location where people want to talk to each other, sadly this is not the case in the hop.
For a choice of beers the savoy has the best selection in the town and people are friendly. Personally I avoid those larger super pubs as much as I can afternoon pint after town savoy is perfect.
The Hop is one of the only pubs in town where people quite happily chat to strangers.

To try and claim The Hop has 'no atmosphere' tends to suggest you've not been there very often.

As for The Savoy, no thanks. I already hand over far too much money to those on benefits, I don't really want to have to sit there watching them spend it on booze.
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: Really is this a paid for nomination ie you need to pay to be on the list as with many other "awards". Its small there is little to no atmosphere the seats are uncomfortable I could go on but I dont think I like it. Real pubs dont need to paint the atmosphere on the walls it comes from it being a good social location where people want to talk to each other, sadly this is not the case in the hop. For a choice of beers the savoy has the best selection in the town and people are friendly. Personally I avoid those larger super pubs as much as I can afternoon pint after town savoy is perfect.[/p][/quote]The Hop is one of the only pubs in town where people quite happily chat to strangers. To try and claim The Hop has 'no atmosphere' tends to suggest you've not been there very often. As for The Savoy, no thanks. I already hand over far too much money to those on benefits, I don't really want to have to sit there watching them spend it on booze. ChannelX
  • Score: 0

9:47am Fri 4 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Nice to see some things never change.
Did you read my comments?

No I havent been there very often as I have said I dont like it. (walking you through threads is so tiresome).
Are you suggesting that the owners of weatherspoons are on benefits?
I think you are jumping ahead to the point you want to make rather than anything relevant. Small minded petty little man.

Either keep comments in context rather than your usual anti everything or just keep passive aggressive moronic comments to yourself. A number of other people have said they like the savoy yet you made no comment.
Now please comment and further prove your idiocy.
Nice to see some things never change. Did you read my comments? No I havent been there very often as I have said I dont like it. (walking you through threads is so tiresome). Are you suggesting that the owners of weatherspoons are on benefits? I think you are jumping ahead to the point you want to make rather than anything relevant. Small minded petty little man. Either keep comments in context rather than your usual anti everything or just keep passive aggressive moronic comments to yourself. A number of other people have said they like the savoy yet you made no comment. Now please comment and further prove your idiocy. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

10:39am Fri 4 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

PaulD wrote:
it's a shame the Hop Inn is so small
It's true it does get very busy at times. However, it's quite nice to still have pubs that aren't huge. I'm not sure The Hop's model would work so well as a warehouse pub.
[quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: it's a shame the Hop Inn is so small[/p][/quote]It's true it does get very busy at times. However, it's quite nice to still have pubs that aren't huge. I'm not sure The Hop's model would work so well as a warehouse pub. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

11:52am Fri 4 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

It is a paid for award?????
Surely awards are given for quality or service rather than a land lord, land lady team needing to pay over £700 to be considered..

How many members not in the good guides??? none every paid up member is there.
Great to see jobs and glad people have a pub that some like but an award you paid for is really no award at all.
It is a paid for award????? Surely awards are given for quality or service rather than a land lord, land lady team needing to pay over £700 to be considered.. How many members not in the good guides??? none every paid up member is there. Great to see jobs and glad people have a pub that some like but an award you paid for is really no award at all. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -1

12:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Pubs I would rather be in than the hop in no particular order.

Rudis
moonraker
jolly tar
white heart
the castle
silk on the downs
the glue pot
the rolleston
the savoy
the red lion
It would be easy to keep going but there is allot already on offer in the area.
Pubs I would rather be in than the hop in no particular order. Rudis moonraker jolly tar white heart the castle silk on the downs the glue pot the rolleston the savoy the red lion It would be easy to keep going but there is allot already on offer in the area. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -1

12:46pm Fri 4 Apr 14

semitonic says...

ChannelX :

"As for The Savoy, no thanks. I already hand over far too much money to those on benefits, I don't really want to have to sit there watching them spend it on booze."

Excellent news.

Although you do see a some low-lifes in the Savoy most of the punters are ordinary hard working people (plus a few retirees) who come in for an exemplary range of beer and a chat.

The dossers all smoke (of course) and are quite rightly forced outside.
ChannelX : "As for The Savoy, no thanks. I already hand over far too much money to those on benefits, I don't really want to have to sit there watching them spend it on booze." Excellent news. Although you do see a some low-lifes in the Savoy most of the punters are ordinary hard working people (plus a few retirees) who come in for an exemplary range of beer and a chat. The dossers all smoke (of course) and are quite rightly forced outside. semitonic
  • Score: 0

1:09pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

semitonic wrote:
ChannelX :

"As for The Savoy, no thanks. I already hand over far too much money to those on benefits, I don't really want to have to sit there watching them spend it on booze."

Excellent news.

Although you do see a some low-lifes in the Savoy most of the punters are ordinary hard working people (plus a few retirees) who come in for an exemplary range of beer and a chat.

The dossers all smoke (of course) and are quite rightly forced outside.
One of the best things about the savoy is the retirees some cracking chat and superb local knowledge.
A pint and a "I remember when it was all fields" conversations brilliant.
[quote][p][bold]semitonic[/bold] wrote: ChannelX : "As for The Savoy, no thanks. I already hand over far too much money to those on benefits, I don't really want to have to sit there watching them spend it on booze." Excellent news. Although you do see a some low-lifes in the Savoy most of the punters are ordinary hard working people (plus a few retirees) who come in for an exemplary range of beer and a chat. The dossers all smoke (of course) and are quite rightly forced outside.[/p][/quote]One of the best things about the savoy is the retirees some cracking chat and superb local knowledge. A pint and a "I remember when it was all fields" conversations brilliant. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

1:14pm Fri 4 Apr 14

semitonic says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
semitonic wrote:
ChannelX :

"As for The Savoy, no thanks. I already hand over far too much money to those on benefits, I don't really want to have to sit there watching them spend it on booze."

Excellent news.

Although you do see a some low-lifes in the Savoy most of the punters are ordinary hard working people (plus a few retirees) who come in for an exemplary range of beer and a chat.

The dossers all smoke (of course) and are quite rightly forced outside.
One of the best things about the savoy is the retirees some cracking chat and superb local knowledge.
A pint and a "I remember when it was all fields" conversations brilliant.
Absolutely right, ChannelX isn't local of course so he'd have no interest in that.

Anyone who thinks they are a cut above the clientele in the Savoy would probably be a total bore anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]semitonic[/bold] wrote: ChannelX : "As for The Savoy, no thanks. I already hand over far too much money to those on benefits, I don't really want to have to sit there watching them spend it on booze." Excellent news. Although you do see a some low-lifes in the Savoy most of the punters are ordinary hard working people (plus a few retirees) who come in for an exemplary range of beer and a chat. The dossers all smoke (of course) and are quite rightly forced outside.[/p][/quote]One of the best things about the savoy is the retirees some cracking chat and superb local knowledge. A pint and a "I remember when it was all fields" conversations brilliant.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right, ChannelX isn't local of course so he'd have no interest in that. Anyone who thinks they are a cut above the clientele in the Savoy would probably be a total bore anyway. semitonic
  • Score: 0

1:41pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

semitonic wrote:
Badgersgetabadname wrote:
semitonic wrote:
ChannelX :

"As for The Savoy, no thanks. I already hand over far too much money to those on benefits, I don't really want to have to sit there watching them spend it on booze."

Excellent news.

Although you do see a some low-lifes in the Savoy most of the punters are ordinary hard working people (plus a few retirees) who come in for an exemplary range of beer and a chat.

The dossers all smoke (of course) and are quite rightly forced outside.
One of the best things about the savoy is the retirees some cracking chat and superb local knowledge.
A pint and a "I remember when it was all fields" conversations brilliant.
Absolutely right, ChannelX isn't local of course so he'd have no interest in that.

Anyone who thinks they are a cut above the clientele in the Savoy would probably be a total bore anyway.
Its no so much he is a bore but has that extra few hundred a week to powder his nose so to speak I am glad that he and his kind do not drink anywhere I do.
I dont care if it is a great or awful pub I and others only said they didnt like it so as ever having a different opinion here is something to be jumped on with passive aggressive tripe,,,,,yawn different day same daily mail spoon fed rhetoric no formed opinion just regurgitates the opinion given.

ChanX of course has a wealth of "life experience" to call on some serious delusions of adequacy there I feel (does this cover the lack of any actual education?) oh no I am back to calling him a moron again...well if it fits?

Now ChanX please continue to tell me how my opinion is wrong I am riveted by your excellent points made,,,not in this thread, in this one you are just spouting again but I am sure you have made valid points in your life.
[quote][p][bold]semitonic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]semitonic[/bold] wrote: ChannelX : "As for The Savoy, no thanks. I already hand over far too much money to those on benefits, I don't really want to have to sit there watching them spend it on booze." Excellent news. Although you do see a some low-lifes in the Savoy most of the punters are ordinary hard working people (plus a few retirees) who come in for an exemplary range of beer and a chat. The dossers all smoke (of course) and are quite rightly forced outside.[/p][/quote]One of the best things about the savoy is the retirees some cracking chat and superb local knowledge. A pint and a "I remember when it was all fields" conversations brilliant.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right, ChannelX isn't local of course so he'd have no interest in that. Anyone who thinks they are a cut above the clientele in the Savoy would probably be a total bore anyway.[/p][/quote]Its no so much he is a bore but has that extra few hundred a week to powder his nose so to speak I am glad that he and his kind do not drink anywhere I do. I dont care if it is a great or awful pub I and others only said they didnt like it so as ever having a different opinion here is something to be jumped on with passive aggressive tripe,,,,,yawn different day same daily mail spoon fed rhetoric no formed opinion just regurgitates the opinion given. ChanX of course has a wealth of "life experience" to call on some serious delusions of adequacy there I feel (does this cover the lack of any actual education?) oh no I am back to calling him a moron again...well if it fits? Now ChanX please continue to tell me how my opinion is wrong I am riveted by your excellent points made,,,not in this thread, in this one you are just spouting again but I am sure you have made valid points in your life. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

2:15pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Fleetingly returning to topic its a paid for award.
well done.
Fleetingly returning to topic its a paid for award. well done. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

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