29 June 2014

The Hop, Saltaire

It's not very often, in my time blogging, that I've come across something exciting  happening in Bradford. Leeds, plenty, but the BD postcode area seems to be distinctly neglected. So I was very excited indeed to be invited to the opening of The Hop on the site of the Old Tramshed in Saltaire.

Opening of the hop at the old tramshed

I'd never actually visited the place in its previous incarnation, so can't really say for sure how the new set up compares but I must say it does look rather spiffy! Simone, my partner in crime for the evening, had been along once or twice and assured me the place had been well scrubbed up -looking classy as well as cosy, with comfy chairs and and snug little seating areas. 

bar from above

The newly named place is owned by Osset Brewery, so as you'd imagine there's a strong emphasis on good beer. And as a pleasant change I'd managed to get out of driving for the evening so managed to 'test out' some of the brewery's offerings. 

Excelsior Beer

Starting from a modest £2.70 for their very drinkable Yorkshire Blonde, to around £3.30 (if memory serves) for for offerings like the strong and tasty Excelsior. 

As well as permanent beers, The Hop promises a wide range of guest beers to suit a range of preferences. If beer's not your thing though there's plenty of other drink options, the bar certainly seemed fully stocked! 

Though the 'drink' aspect is a big draw, I'm definitely a food lover - and I'd heard exciting tales of the gorgeous new wood-burning pizza oven but it wasn't until I got there and had a good look through the food menu that I realised it covered a range on non-pizza food too, including a kids menu and some top sounding desserts!

pizza the hop

We even got to try a few bits of the wares on offer, and everything I tried was fairly incredible! I love pizza (who doesn't!) and really need to get myself back there for a full one as the bits I tried were delicious!

tasty cheese pizza

As well as the food AND the drink, there's an area set up for live music - and I can completely imagine that the 'Showtime' dinner and show events would make a cracking night out! 

It was a great night in a lovely new venue - really busy, showing the enthusiasm for this place in the local area and the excitement about its new facelift!

I'm looking forward to my next visit - and I'm glad that for a change I don't have to go all the way to Leeds to do so! The Hop in Saltaire is open now and I do recommned you call in to check it out, and say hello to them on twitter too! If you can't make it to Saltaire, they also have sites in Leeds, York, Wakefield and Sheffield!


  1. Loved this post - I need to go check this place out as soon as possible! xx

  2. Looks like a lovely place! It's always exciting when there's an event in your own town for a change :)

    Jess xo

  3. I just had lunch and now this made me hungry again!! :)

    Alice|Alice's Beauty Madness

  4. I occasionally like the odd beer so the yorkshire blonde sounds nice! The pizza looked delicious! Sounds like the makeover has done this place well! x

    JustJulie | Beauty Blog

  5. You always go to the most fun and interesting places!

  6. This looks really nice! Cosy and the food looks yum!



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