The Royal Hop Pole
94 Church Street, Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
The Royal Hop Pole Tewkesbury Reviews
Cheap Eats Sep 30, 2016
This place reminded me of a British version of Denny's. The food is just okay but it's cheap (even by U.K. standards). I was drawn in by the cool old building that houses this place. There was also a rather large crowd of locals dining here -- and now I know why! Large portions and low prices.
The restaurant works like a traditional British pub. You go in and select a seat. There are menus on the table. Once you are ready to order, you go up to the bar and place your food order. It's sometimes confusing for Americans and other tourists and it does take some getting used to. Nobody will look at you strange if you just want to eat and don't want a pint (but it would be a shame not to imbibe when in England)!
I loved the atmosphere of the place; it just oozes history from the creaky wooden floors to the cozy fireplaces tucked around the interior. Literary buffs must make a stop here and take some photos (there's a plaque out front) since Charles Dickens mentions The Royal Hop Pole in his first novel, "The Pickwick Papers."
The food was just okay, I made this mistake of ordering off the special paper menu on the table. I didn't know there were more selections on a larger menu that was available on some tables. Oops, lesson learned too late. I got a boring chicken sandwich but the chips and peas were good. It's hard not to love British chips and peas, though.
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