February 2018 Meeting Bramhall U3A Real Ale Group

22nd February 2018 – 2pm

You have almost certainly driven past it, might even have noticed it, might even have thought I wonder what’s that all about?  So far, our adventures have been mainly to the new ‘Micro’ style pubs, apart from of course our lunch in December2017. 2018 is a new year and now for something new, except its old.  Whilst not being medieval it’s one of the older Stockport pubs still left standing and trading. But, The Hope Inn is different, it has its own decent sized brewery on the premises producing award winning ales under the brand name of Fool Hardy Ales. I have tested out several of the beers as have a huge number of better qualified beer drinkers and all have rated them as excellent.  It’s not just the beers that have won awards, the pump clips have as well.  Even if you cannot find a Fool Hardy ale you like the Hope inn offers 5 more cask ales from other independent brewers. Apart from the beers we will be treated to a tour of the on site brewery by the landlord Martin.

It’s easy to get to, 118 Wellington Road North SK4 2LL (right hand side heading for Manchester), less than a mile from Stockport station’s exit and half a mile from Stockport bus terminus. If you want to take a bus to drop you off less than a minutes’ walk to the pub its equidistant from the 192’s stops for Belmont Bridge and Belmont Way.  Belmont Way being the second stop after the one facing Debenhams.

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The Hope Inn was acquired by Martin and Samantha Wood in late 2012 and opened its doors to the public under its new guise in early February 2013.

Both Martin and Samantha have been long time fans of The Hope’s iconic looks, with its ‘Hardys’ Crown Ales’ lettering and brewing history.

Both Martin and Samantha have worked within the pub trade for several years and achieved a fair bit along the way. Martin has over 25 years under his belt winning Camra Pub of The Year 4 times at 3 different venues, and Camra Cider Pub of The Year twice, amongst various other awards. Samantha has over 9 years in the trade, working closely along side Martin, but in parts doing relief work in her own right, as the pair would quite often manage more than one pub at a time.


The general plan for The Hope is not to rewrite history, or reinvent the wheel, just to run a great pub, with a great atmosphere and great beer! We are proud of the Hardys’ Crown Ales history and are pleased to showcase the pubs past, present and future.

The couple are under no illusions that it will be hard work and somewhat of a roller coaster ride at times, but they are more than up for the challenge and invite you to join them on their journey.


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See you there on Thursday 22nd February at 2pm.