A four-square corner local in an area of Victorian terraced housing to the west of the town centre, the Hop Pole is a splendid traditional multi-roomed pub, although a little bit of opening-out, including knocking holes in one of the internal walls, means that it only qualifies for regional rather than national status on CAMRA’s National Inventory. There’s a central bar with glass shutters, no longer actually in use, surrounded by a quarry-tiled public bar on the right, a front pool room and a long lounge at the rear with alcoves of comfortable seating upholstered in a bright tartan pattern.
At the rear is a drinking terrace overlooking the bowling green, now a rare feature in pubs, which in the summer is busy with teams playing in various leagues. There are typically three cask beers available, including on my visit Bradfield Farmers Blonde, Moorhouse’s Pride of Pendle and Weetwood Cheshire Cat. A classic example of a welcoming, characterful community local.