Hop Pole triumphs in Bucks Herald’s Pub of the Year contest

Hayley Reader, left, and Lyndsey McCloy, right, outside the pub. Below, with Bucks Herald editor Roger Hawes
Hayley Reader, left, and Lyndsey McCloy, right, outside the pub. Below, with Bucks Herald editor Roger Hawes

The Hop Pole has won The Bucks Herald’s Pub of the Year competition.

The pub in Bicester Road, Aylesbury, won 31% of readers’ votes, beating runners-up the Queens Head in Temple Street and 10 other finalists who had been nominated by the public.

The Hop Pole in Bicester Road, Aylesbury win The Bucks Herald's Bar of the Year 2014 - pictured are Lynsey McCloy and Hayler Reader - licensees with Herald editor Roger Hawes PNL-150119-161141009

The Hop Pole in Bicester Road, Aylesbury win The Bucks Herald's Bar of the Year 2014 - pictured are Lynsey McCloy and Hayler Reader - licensees with Herald editor Roger Hawes PNL-150119-161141009

It has two landladies, as well as it’s very own micro brewery at the back of the building.

It serves a huge 10 varieties of beer on tap, shows sport on two big screens and holds a quiz every Tuesday night.

Situated in a residential area, close to many businesses, ensures a regular and loyal clientele.

Landladies Lyndsey McCloy and Hayley Reader have been running the pub for just over a year and one of the first things they added was food.

The Hop Pole in Bicester Road, Aylesbury win The Bucks Herald's Bar of the Year 2014 - pictured are Hayley Reader and Lynsey McCloy licensees PNL-150119-161105009

The Hop Pole in Bicester Road, Aylesbury win The Bucks Herald's Bar of the Year 2014 - pictured are Hayley Reader and Lynsey McCloy licensees PNL-150119-161105009

Customers can enjoy tasty meals like gammon, chicken, scampi, fish and pies, with a roast on Sundays (no food is servedon Monday).

Mrs McCloy said: “We were shocked when we heard we had won because of the pubs we were up against, they are very good pubs. So we really want to thank our lovely, loyal customers for voting for us.”

On Monday Bucks Herald editor Roger Hawes presented them with a plaque, which will be displayed in the light, airy bar area where there is a mixture of soft sofas and more traditional wooden tables and chairs. A further area behind the bar provides a more private area for quieter dining.

Behind the pub is the ABC micro brewery and shop which is open to customers on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 6pm. People can go in to buy bottled beers, as well as look around the area where the beer is brewed.

There is evidence of a pub standing on the site for almost 100 years as the ladies have a picture of it from 1926. It was once a vibrant live music venue, but the area used for that is now the micro brewery.

But the tradition of music hasn’t been lost. Twice a month a uke club meets , and every other Monday a vinyl night is held when customers bring in their old vinyl records to play.

Ms Reader said: “It’s a lovely community pub, very friendly with a lot of regulars who know one another.”

Mrs McCloy adds that the welcome is just as warm for perfect strangers.