Hulmeville Inn

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Hulmeville InnHulmeville Inn
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

29 Reviews
Reviews: 29
Visits: 41
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 70
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 29 | Visits: 41
Photo of f0gg
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

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. (2,004 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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! (1,253 characters)

Photo of MikeRa
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 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. (617 characters)

Photo of gkatsoris
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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 :) (931 characters)

Photo of BigMart42
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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. (665 characters)

Photo of hopbrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (648 characters)

Photo of StoutHearted
3.45/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (1,613 characters)

Photo of PopeDX
3.43/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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. (2,404 characters)

Photo of hopheadz
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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. (1,370 characters)

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Hulmeville Inn in Hulmeville, PA
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