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Hulmeville Inn

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Hulmeville InnHulmeville Inn
BA SCORE
95
world-class

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 70
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4 Trenton Rd
Hulmeville, Pennsylvania, 19047-5602
United States
phone: (215) 750-6893

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hulmevilleinn

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(Place added by: strangefate on 12-07-2006)
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Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

Hulmeville Inn is a bit of a drive for me, but I had to check this place out. Located somewhere in Bucks county, I don't know. I came on a friday night and the parking was not terrible. This place has a nice country like vibe to it from outside which is nice and a change of pace. I think this place actually has rooms for rent.

From inside, this looks like a BMC bar and the patrons seemed to be drinking mostly that swill. Im cool with it, whatever pays the bills. There is a nice craft vibe here though with all the usual signs, tap handle collection, and a chalkboard type list up on the wall. Seperate rooms from the main bar/room held dining tables and a seperate pool table room

The service was good from what I can tell. As soon as the bartender realized I was not here for the swill, he promptly handed my a draft and bottle list, thanks, one less thing I have to ask for. I did not see any waitresses or the like for table service and this was a friday night, so I don't know about that. The bartender was prompt both times I went up.

Selection was pretty extensive for a bar that is just getting into the craft game. Nothing really OMG from the bottle list, just a few selections from various countries and styles. Great prices on these bottles and the drafts by the way. While I was there I got a Stateside Saison, Bear Republic Apex and a Coronado Idiot IPA off the handpump.

I did not have much food, just some fries, but I could not find a menu, so I don't know what they offer. I'll have to grab a bite here sometime. The bathrooms could use some work, I don't like all that graffiti on the walls. One other small complaint. They have a TV that shows what currently is tapped and it said Flying Fish Exit 16, so I tried to order one, and he said don't pay attention to what the TV said, and to focus on the "chalkboard". Fair enough, but please try to update your list, I got excited there for a second. My friend also ordered a Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree as it said in the menu, and it was the single version, which is great, but it was not what he expected. These are just minor faults from a establishment that I'll be coming back to quickly.

Edit- I LOVE this place, keep up the great work, Jeff. I've been here over 50 times since i started coming only about 6 months ago.

BARFLYB, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Hopheadburke
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Atmosphere: Ranging from younger crowds playing pop on the jukebox --- all the way over to old rednecks slappin knees playin country. So... it's iffy sometimes.

Beer quality has never been in question, lines appear to be cleaned, they even innovate with pumping beer through hops sometimes!

Service is great, Dillon is one of my favorite bartenders.

Selection of Imperial Stouts and Quality IPAs can lack at times, but they have a very diverse selection and the owner is dedicated to keep bringing in new beers.

Food is standard bar food, but it's tasty, made quickly, and inexpensive.

Overall, cheap, quality beer, food, and sometimes, the company can be cheap. Also, sometimes it's hard to get a place to sit!

Hopheadburke, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

This place is great, cool bar with a great selection but they lose so much with service that can't handle the great selection they have. I came in for a victory at sea and when I ordered it the bartender said they didn't have it yet it was on the board and in the menu with todays date so I asked again to make sure he heard me and ordered it by ballast point still no luck. I ordered something else but as I looked around the room I saw what I believed to be the very beer I was seeking. So I sent my girlfriend up to ask and they said sure. Was I not worthy of some of ballast points finest, did the employee not listen to me, or did he just not care? This is the second time the bartenders have not been aware of what they have and didn't seem to care. There's so much great stuff how can you not be excited about the beer. I know I would be dying to work at a place with such a selection. No table service and when we did go to the bar to order food we received it very promptly and it was solid nothing to call mama about but for bar food it was good. Really clean fryer oil and it goes along way to give some great fries out. I then sat with all the empty glasses and empty food trays for as long as I was there, and it was a long time, over an hour before anyone came to clean up and it was dead in there. With some extra effort this place would be a weekly mission bar for me. So reasonable in price and such awesome brews. Just lacking in a few spots. I will keep coming back because I love this place and the selection. Keep up the good work and with a bit of tweaking this place will be world class.

Been back many more times and felt the need to up my review. Service has gotten a lot better and now there seems to be table service. Didn't see any tonight but a few times ago there was a girl crusing around. Bathrooms are all screwed up. Where befor they had been clean enough. Grafiti on the walls, and trash on the floor, but hell its friday night.

Edit-Have to bump them up after another killer night at the hulme. Met jeff himself tonight what a great guy, personable and gratious. He even hooked me up with a little snifter of a very special treat, one I've been looking to try for years. People you must make the trip, its such a cool spot to chill and enjoy some of the best brews on earth. Bye the way dylan is the fucking man keep up the good work dude its always a good night when he's tending.

oglmcdgl, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of joeebbs
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

The Hulmeville Inn is a gem of a beer bar right in between Bensalem and Langhorne. The rotating selection is always great and fresh. They've recently started having weekly Firkin Thursdays which is always a great treat. Plus they have an email list which alerts you do what is on and off tap. This feature allowed me to head over during lunch to grab a PtY. The food is exceptionally good for bar food. If you like spice try the Firehouse Burger.

My complaints are of course the smoking but also the service can be a little slow too during busy times. Usually when I've been there they only have one bartender (who does a good job trying to get to everyone) but it would be nice if they had someone else helping out. Also, the parking is very limited and most times you're parked along the road. But it's a small price to pay for a bar that brings excellent beer to the community.

joeebbs, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of DrKnoskelson
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

One of the reasons why I purchased my current home was its proximity to the Hulmeville Inn. This bar is easily the best beer bar in Bucks County. Amazing selection of bottled beer, first class revolving draught beer, and you can still get a $2.50 Lager. The regular bar tenders are excellent, but sometimes their substitutes are not as versed in beer. New menu is fantastic; I love the Brisket, and the deep-fried green beans. Two pool tables and dart board. My only complaint is that it is a smoking establishment.

DrKnoskelson, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

I found this place in philly beer week.org for the Weyebacher night.I knew about it but never went in. Parking is a little tight we had to park by another building that was closed. You first walk in and it seems a very tight fit. Decent size bar area.A little crowded when we went I guess do to beer - week and the weekend. (Then all of a sudden some big guy stumbles grabs hold of a chair the chair goes down then he stumbles some more trying to regain balance then boom falls flat on his ass). Small room when you walk in to your right with pool table's. If you walk straight there is a dining area that stretches the length of the bar.

Was very impressed with the selection of brew on tap probably right around 15-20 taps. I seen Founder's Breakfast Stout, Dogfish head, Troegs, Weyebacher and free tasting but none of us had any. My first beer was Palo Santo, second was Manage a Frog, Third was an Allaghdash white I believe. All served into the proper glassware which was a plus. A new hot spot for me.

TheFightfan1, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

Old building located at a busy intersection. Very limited parking on premises, and some street parking is also available. The bar area is very old looking with plenty of wood. There is an open kitchen behind the bar which is shaped like a J and sports about 20 stools. Some other table are in the bar area. There were also about 10 very small TVs around the smallish room.

Two boards have draft and bottle listings for easy review. There were 17 taps and about 20+ bottles. Beers ranged from two Sly Fox beers, Founders Dirty Bastard, Anchor Xmas, Walt Wit, Sam Cherry Wheat, Home for the Holidays, Corsendonk Xmas beer, and Russian River Damnation. There is also the standard Yuengling, Miller Lite, Guiness, and Stella Artois.

The food was real low down pub grub. The brisket sandwich was very good, and people were raving about the homemade chili.

Surprising they serve so many good beers since most of the crowd was drinking Bud bottles or Yuengling. This place is a hidden gem.

Gavage, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of f0gg
3.59/5  rDev -17.1%

I located this place looking through beeradvocate one day and thought I would give it a shot. I thought it would be great to have a good beer bar so close to my house, however like the below reviewer my first visit was a rather unpleasant one. The parking lot is very limited but there is parking on the street available as well. The inside area is setup with some table locations to sit down at as well as seating along side the bar area. They also have another area available to shoot pool and darts. There are several TVs setup and two large magnetic boards with the draft and bottled beer selection. I liked the idea of the magnetic boards rather then your usual chalk board style setup. The draft beer selection consisted of about 15-20 taps with only a few of them dedicated to the usual suspects. Their bottle selection is even larger with about 30-40 different beers from several different brewers. As for the service my first visit was almost my last. The bartender was rude from the start of the night. I ordered at least 6 different beers that were up on the bottled list and was told they were out of stock on them. After ordering several beers that the bartender said they were out of stock on I was then told "go look in the refrigerator that is what I have in stock pick one of them" in a aggressive tone like he was aggravated at me for trying to order a beer. How should I know that you don't have them in stock, if you don't have it take the signs down. I did however decide to go back and give this place another shot and was suprised at the different level of service I received. I ordered a beer and it was actually available. One beer I ordered was not in the refrigerator and they actually went to the back to take a look and found one for me. HUGE difference compared to a few nights prior. I would probably visit this place again based on my last visit however if I go there again and the same bartender is working as the first time I visited my stay will probably be very short.

f0gg, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Hulmeville Inn

Drove over on a snowy Tues. afternoon. Only 15-20 minutes from my house and pretty close to Oxford Valley Mall.
Good slightly worn interior with lotsa blue collar guys and older women smoking like chimneys, drinking, and talking about the EAGLES! Pool room off to 1 side and plenty of tables outside the bar area.
Bartender was quick and friendly. I didn't eat but the lady next to me ordered a cheese steak. The food is prepared practically in front of you and the cook was really into making her cheese steak and making wings! Excellent tap list included Rogue- Yellow Snow, Lagunitas- Brown Sugga, Victory- Limited ESB, Pliny the Elder, and Mad Elf, to name a few.

Overall- Comfortable and far from pretentious. Excellent bar to hang out and drink! I'll be back here based on its close proximity and excellent tap selection. Worth seeing out if you're within a 30-40 minute radius!

***re-reviewed***
1/9/09 (Fri.)
Place was packed! 2 beers (Weyerbacher- Charlie & Delta) cost me $4.75 and there was a free buffet (pierogies)! Awesome place.
Chicken Cheese Steaks are delicious here! and half price on football Sundays! Awesome tap selection, Aleiens homebrew club meetings every month, and an owner who really cares about good food!

NJpadreFan, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of MikeRa
5/5  rDev +15.5%

I've been coming to the Hulmeville for a while now (and always pass by it back when it was Marek's Cafe), and I can tell you, there are some great microbrew here. The micros do get changed a lot, so you can get a choice of what is popular in beers nowadays. you also have the standard beers (Miller Lite, Coors Light, Yuengling Lager, Budweiser) as well.

The food is the standard bar food, which makes it even better. The staff also knows everything about the beers that are served.

There is not a whole lot of parking, but that due to the fact of when The Hulmeville was first built, back in 1803 by John Hulme Jr.

MikeRa, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of gkatsoris
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

A: This bar definitely seems to be in transition; from the corner "pop pops" bar, to a craft beer bar. It'll be interesting to see if they go all of the way (I sure hope so, I only live 2 minutes away). Just a little too smokey for my taste, but the draft selection definitely off sets it.

Q: Get there early to find a parking spot. Pretty roomy, and plenty of TV's.

Ser: Great staff. Friendly, helpful, and nice. They were quick to answer any questions, offer suggestions and some were wearing different brewery t-shirts (I thought that was kinda cool). And they filled a growler for me.

Sel: They offer a nice variety, Flying Fish, Troegs, Weyerbacher, DFH, Sly Fox, Stone and Victory.

Food: Yummy!!! Usual bar food, but oh so yummy!

V: Pretty decent.

ASK ABOUT THE DEAD MAN WALKING!!!

On a side note, they have a couple of bottles of Utopias. I've never asked for a glass, but I'm sure if you're paying their pouring :)

gkatsoris, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of BigMart42
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

Chimay White on draft, on Trenton Road ...Are you kidding me?

Not at all! Be aware, The Hulmeville Inn is slowly becoming the best beer-bar in Bucks County. It might not match the quantity of an Isaac Newton’s(yet), but the owner's dedication to beer quality is certainly prevalent.

The latest draft selection is stellar and seems to get better every visit. Weyerbacher House Ale, Stoudts Smooth-Hoperator, Dogfish 60 minute, Brooklyn Abbey Single, just to name a few. Bottle selection isn't too shabby either with beers from the usual suspects; Stone, Victory, Rouge and DogFish Head.

A great city alternative, for the ever growing PhillyBurb Beer-Heads.

BigMart42, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of hopbrew
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

I've watched the Hulmeville Inn slowly, but steadily increase their selection of craft beers over the last few years to the point where they are certainly the best beer bar in the greater Bensalem area. Unlike some other posters, I have consistently found the beers to be spot-on in terms of quality and taste. Moreover, where can you find a Chimay Red for under $5?!

To agree with others, the service is extremely quick and friendly. I always seem to see the same bartenders so it is obvious that they don't have a problem with staff turnover. The food is your standard pub fare but done well and comparable inexpensive to other establishments.

hopbrew, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of StoutHearted
3.45/5  rDev -20.3%

Been here a couple times - there's nothing spectacular, but it's there for when you need it, like when I was near the neighborhood and dying for a burger. The food is standard local pub fare, burgers and cheesesteaks, that taste fantastic. You're allowed to build your burger with two toppings and I downed mine with roasted red peppers and fried onions. The fries are delicious and come crispy without being overcooked. I had some wings here that almost rivaled Union Jack's hot wings, they were that good.
The draft beer is nothing to write much about- I usually get the seasonal Sam Adams, which so far has been the Cherry Wheat. Troegs and Dogfish Head are also on tap. There were a few good bottles sitting in the corner like Duval, which were probably woefully neglected. The regulars were mostly drinking out of bottles. Lest I seem snobby, let me say everyone was friendly and nice there. The service was great, no complaints there.

It's not a bad place to hang out. The bar had plently of TVs with sports games on, and it adjoins another room with pool tables. The interior has a junky, dive look that passes for cozy, like the inside of an antique shop. The kitchen is behind the bar and you can clearly see the cook at work, and food comes out fast if they're not busy. I wish they would have better drafts, but I don't think they quite "get it" yet: When trying to pick a beer, the bartender said helpfully, "We have Stella." I think the good stuff goes untouched - my boyfriend felt his 60 Minute draft was off, and when I tried it, I, an IPA hater, was able to drink that baby like it was water.

StoutHearted, May 24, 2007
Photo of PopeDX
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%

We've been here twice, about three months apart. The second time we were real close and looking for somewhere to eat. As I was pulling in I thought there was a reason I wasn't very impressed the first time I was here. As soon as I took the first sip of my 60 Minute I remembered...

Oh yeah, the beer is way off. My girlfriend could drink it, and she normally hates 60 Minute due to its bitter/hoppiness.

I mean kudos to them for trying to turn this into a beer bar, but it's not working at the moment. Either they aren't cleaning their lines regularly enough, or that beer has been sitting around way too long. There IS a half-decent bottle selection...sitting under bright fluorescent lights (and probably for a while). Selection was basic, but solid...about 7 craft taps and another ~15 bottles. 60 Minute was the most adventurous thing they had...which isn't saying a lot.

Food is real basic pub grub...burgers, wings, fries, cheesesteaks. Not bad, but nothing special...frozen food thrown on a griddle or in a fryer. You can watch them cook it, which is a little nice plus. The hoisin sesame wings were the best thing we had between both visits.

Atmosphere is...well it's your average bar-in-a-really-old-building. The magnet boards with the beers on tap and in bottle are a nice touch. The oldi-ness of the building also adds to the charm. Last time we were there (on a somewhat brisk day in the middle of May) it was cold inside.

Service, however, was fantastic. We had the same bartender both times. She took the time to learn our names and was very prompt and friendly. She even did the little things like refill my water without asking.

Overall this would be a really place if they took better care of their beer...the Bensalem/Bristol area needs a good beer bar. I just don't get the feeling that they're moving the craft stuff fast enough...I saw a lot of BMC being drunk there, and not much else. Maybe some promos and specials to raise awareness among the local clientele would help. And if the lines aren't being cleaned weekly, that would be a good place to start. In addition, the $4.50 pints, while not an unfair price nowadays, probably aren't helping much to get the locals into it either.

Local pubcrawling options are bleak...like I said, this area really needs a good beer bar. Issac Newton's in Newtown is 10-15 minutes away, that's about it as far as I know.

PopeDX, May 20, 2007
Photo of hopheadz
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

I've been coming to this place since I was 5 yrs old, back when it was known as Marek's Cafe. I'm 29 today so that is a lot of years! My father used to play semi-pro fast pitch softball and this bar was thier sponsor. Back then, craft beer was Anchor and that was just about it. Micro consisted of Rolling Rock! My how times have changed!

The atmosphere here is outstanding. There is a main room with some tables and some high tops. Nothing fancy, just somewhere to put your drink. The back room consists of Golden Tee, shuffleboard, darts and 2 pool tables. On a crowded night it is hard to get in on any of the games.

Beer selection has improved tremendously recently. On tap they have Anchor, Dogfish, Chimay, Troeg's, Victory and a few others as well as a few Macros. On one visit I had, what I consider a perfect beer, Troeg's Nugget Nectar. Delicious. I had it from a firkin at The Drafting Room last year and it was the best beer that I ever had.

The staff here is really on top of things. Even when it is 3 or 4 deep at the bar they get to you in a timely manner and usually remember what you were drinking.

Food is minimal and consists of a few pub items. The prices are really good too.

Hats off to the ownership and staff for a job well done.

By the way, I here they have been pouring beers continously here for like 200 years. Impressive.

hopheadz, Mar 16, 2007
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Hulmeville Inn in Hulmeville, PA
95 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.