PubSpy reviews The Hop and Rye, Bromley

PubSpy reviews The Hop and Rye, Bromley

PubSpy reviews The Hop and Rye, Bromley

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It’s a funny thing, architecture. The Hop and Rye in Bromley, for example, is recognisably a pub but it doesn’t look much like a pub.

Its position lends itself more to a tyre fitting garage, or maybe a bathroom showroom.

The building itself has more of a feeling of a clubhouse.

And inside it feels a little bit like a hotel bar, maybe a Travelodge.

It’s all quite clean, with plenty of space and tables but not much in the way of character.

The walls have a heavy floral print, the carpet has a heavy floral print, the chairs have heavy floral print: it’s like being trapped in a nightmare designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Where the place does resemble a pub, however, is where it matters.

The bar has a decent range of drinks and they are reasonably priced.

As well as all the regulars, there were also three decent ales on tap.

I opted for a Knots of May Light Mild. I’d never heard of it but it was, as the name suggested, light and mild. It only cost £3.14 a pint.

A decent mob of older gents congregated socially in the middle of the room and, for a moment, it felt like I had wandered into a three-score club as they nodded along to My Ding-a-Ling on the sound system.

They were a friendly bunch and just the kind pubs thrive on, and normal service was resumed musically once they’d had their fun.

While older folk dominated the afternoon I visited, I expect The Hop and Rye tends towards a younger crowd. There’s a pool table and a full schedule of football lined-up for the big screens.

I also noticed promotions on bottles of WKD; not such a draw for the grey brigade.

The Hop and Rye, London Road, Bromley

How it rated:

Atmosphere *** Friendly enough
Staff ** Surly but efficient
Decor ** Fine, but not to my taste
Price **** No complaints
Drink **** Unusual ales a plus

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10:52am Wed 28 May 14

Voulvoir says...

It's a shame Pubspy didn't check out the history of the "Beech Tree" as it was once called. The present nondescript building was put up after the last war to replace the Victorian pub destroyed by two high-explosive bombs in one night.
It's a shame Pubspy didn't check out the history of the "Beech Tree" as it was once called. The present nondescript building was put up after the last war to replace the Victorian pub destroyed by two high-explosive bombs in one night. Voulvoir
  • Score: 4

11:53pm Wed 28 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Voulvoir wrote:
It's a shame Pubspy didn't check out the history of the "Beech Tree" as it was once called. The present nondescript building was put up after the last war to replace the Victorian pub destroyed by two high-explosive bombs in one night.
Spot on. The Beech Tree was a nice pub in the eighties, if the yobbo crap that got in there in the nineties have gone then so much the better.
[quote][p][bold]Voulvoir[/bold] wrote: It's a shame Pubspy didn't check out the history of the "Beech Tree" as it was once called. The present nondescript building was put up after the last war to replace the Victorian pub destroyed by two high-explosive bombs in one night.[/p][/quote]Spot on. The Beech Tree was a nice pub in the eighties, if the yobbo crap that got in there in the nineties have gone then so much the better. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 1

12:36am Thu 29 May 14

Hyper-Deactive says...

Used to drink in the Beech Tree back in the 80's and the Farwig.

Bromley is seriously in danger of losing the old pubs that we all used to use by replacing them with loud and brightly coloured so called pubs that are just full of idiots.

Bromley needs to start saving pubs before there are none left at all.
Used to drink in the Beech Tree back in the 80's and the Farwig. Bromley is seriously in danger of losing the old pubs that we all used to use by replacing them with loud and brightly coloured so called pubs that are just full of idiots. Bromley needs to start saving pubs before there are none left at all. Hyper-Deactive
  • Score: 1

12:22am Wed 4 Jun 14

dd2006 says...

Has a member of staff of the beech tree it weren't that bad it had its issues but was always happy place to be!
Has a member of staff of the beech tree it weren't that bad it had its issues but was always happy place to be! dd2006
  • Score: 0

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