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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

Notes:
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(Place added by: strangefate on 12-07-2006)
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

NYR_Rob, Jan 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

aledawg, May 14, 2014
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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
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4.85/5  rDev +12%

The Hulmeville is my favorite bar in Bucks County. They have about 20 taps, with 15-18 devoted to craft beer. Selection is unbeatable-I've had Russian River(Pliny+), Hill Farmstead, Ballast Point, Cigar City, Deschutes- the list is endless. When you're seated at the bar you're given a full Beer Menu for draft and bottles with descriptions/ABV/glassware for each beer.Prices are pretty consistent at $4.75/pint- can range about a $1 depending on the beer. Mondays are $1.25 off all craft beers.They also do growler fills of almost everything. I've eaten a few times, only tried burger & fry type stuff but food is solid and reasonably priced. Service has always been great. They also have a website that is updated daily with their current tap list, as well as an email list & Twitter account for daily updates. Can't recommend this place enough. One drawback is there is very little parking- often have to park on street or about a block away. Not a big deal but just a heads up.

EDIT: Wanted to update to reflect that as of Oct 2013, the Hulmeville is now smoke-free.

NJR19056, Sep 25, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

I am a smoker so the fact that I can smoke at the bar is a plus for me.

I have been to this place more times than I can remember over the last 10+ years. There's only been a handful of bartenders over the years and they are all very pleasant and knowledgeable. A couple of them are even home brewers with above average of knowledge of craft beers.

I find that Monday nights are sometimes the best nights with their specials on craft beers. Weekends are usually the mix of patrons but don't let that stop you.

I feel their food is above average for a bar. The wings and cheesesteaks are some of the best in the Philly area.

The beer selection at The Hulmeville Inn cannot be summed up in one visit. The taps rotate constantly. If the owner happens to be around, he is usually talking to a patron as if they were a close friend. He loves to talk beer and is always open to suggestions for beer to put on tap. There's almost always some brewery or special beer event planned.

The owner hosts a monthly meeting of the local home brew club as well.

If you don't like the smoke, go for lunch when it's not as crowded.

BulletToothJake, Aug 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

sknorr, Jul 03, 2014
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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
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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
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4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

Great looking bar and I love the beer bottle xmas tree. Enough TV's Nice wood accents. The only drawback is the smoking.

Always friendly service and attentive.

The food is good. But it is basic pub food. Burgers, BLT, Chili, Soup.

The draft beer selection is the best north of Center City. I have had Russian River, Weyebacher 15, Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, Olde School, and Worldwide Stout, etc. Jeff always tries to get the unusual.

Some bottles can be expensive but they are expensive outside the bar.

shamrock1343, Jan 16, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

Good beer selection, whether you are looking for draught or bottle. They have a beer menu available which tells you when the keg was tapped, the name/type and place of origin, alcohol %, and price. The menu is also updated constantly with new arrivals. Food is pretty decent for bar food, especially their sandwich selection. The building has an old colonial look to it, and probably is from that time. I've been there many times and never experienced any "rift raft" causing problems. Definitely a place to check out.

olblueyes1915, Dec 17, 2011
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4.52/5  rDev +4.4%

Kjhunter67, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Sarge3130, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DPCJR, Sep 25, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

This is a great beer bar in a city known for great beer bars so the stakes are high. They have 20 taps that can range from Moylaner IIPA to Russian River Pliney the Elder and Younger. The day I was there they had a great selection of beers from New Holland to Russian River to Yards and Weyerbacher etc. Great selection on the juke box and they had the Phillies game on the large screen TV. They have a great outside patio but it wasn't open yet they have 40+ micro brewer in cans out there so if it's the summer give it a try they also have a separate food menu for the patio. The food is decent bar food the wings are good the Firehouse burger is one of the best I've had. Overall a solid bar the only negative is it's a smoking bar.

shueyy, Apr 09, 2012
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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
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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
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4.33/5  rDev 0%

On a rec from he who Bakes and she who knows, too. Heard about, known about, and have wanted to see but so seldom ever never out this way. Up in the ‘burbs I have to work for a bit. Easy navigation from points to & from points elsewhere, having gotten out early this Saturday, for Philly play...

It’s one of them old inn at an intersection type places. I wonder if they house here, as I’m on the ground floor of something with more than another floor. Enter from the back and find the bar to the far; a backwards ‘J’ with a marbled laminate top, wood lip, panel base, & foot box; seating for 18 on leather topped stools. The first thing that jumped out at me was the black plastic ashtrays every 3 feet along the bar. Oh, I see, they’re not ornamental; no. Well liquor and cooler space bordering three sides around. Bar island piece in the middle there, and stacked glassware and a Jager machine on a cooler housing bottled selections below. Upright racks behind the bar with non pint glassware stacked or dangling, and a rear corner kitchen space where the magic happens.

Reddish square tile floorings, wood slat ceiling and plank overhang tracing Brick walls and some stucco towards the front side. They’ve got, well, they must be fans but they look like roulette wheels out over the floor; haven’t seen that one before. Ping pong ball lamps running the bar overhang, and house growlers a-danglin’ from the top side. Flats above the bar and on every wall everywherewhichway; exciting golf on most of them today. Light brewery tins, pub signs, and an old town map of somewhere called ‘Middletown’ (I think we may be in it). Shwag showcase inlayed below the largest flat, and draft & bottle boards to each side. Juke box over there (me, pointing).

A dozen or so tables about; 2 seat rectangular hightops & shorty low boys for the push together, and bar counter space on the far wall with countered gaming there. Plus the small front side step down room with nearly a ½ dozen tables. And I can see a far side room through the across the bar on the other side, done up with some brewery tins, 2 pool tables, Phil’s golf game, & electronic darts.

20 taps spread across a stainless steel barbell tower of 10, a pair of upright cylinder towers of 4 each, a solo Lindemans handle, and a hand pump. Mix & match PA play (Weyerbacher Heresy, Victory Summer Love, Yuengling Bock & Lager), craft regional (Ommegang Aphrodite, Allagash White), and elsewhereables (Founders All Day IPA & Rubaeus, Leininkugel’s Summer Shandy, Avery White Rascal, Russian River Damnation, Bruery Bois, Firestone Walker Union Jack & Double Jack, Stone Ruination), a few imports (Lindemans Framboise, Guinness), macro wahs (Coors Light, Miller Lite), and a single hand pump (Yards IPA). I drank the Firestone Walker Union Jack due to its inherent goodness & the ‘when in Philly’ cask Yards IPA.

Beer menu lists tap date, brewer, beer, style, ABV, origin, serving size, & price, including that for pitcher & growler fills. And 4 dozen good bottles (Oh, hello Deschutes, Great Lakes, Port, Russian River, Brewer’s Art…), and 2 dozen+ macros, meh imports, maltos, & N/A, which they refer to as ‘everything else’.

Let us not pretend food won’t fix my head; you know it, and I know it. I went with the blackened chicken wrap (cheddar, lettuce, tomato, but hold the ranch, please). It showed up (like) instantly, actually, even before I thought of ordering it; it was that quick. It was warm fresh off the grill and you could tell they made that shit with love, yo. Killler wrap, it had some nice heat but it wasn’t over the top. And thank you pickle spear and chips of crunchy, accompaniment.

The clientele is a mix of old Saturday guys and inked pierced tough guys, or a blend of. It’s good crowd; they’re talking beer. The Bruery Bois came up, I expressed interest and was poured a shorty glass. It’s a 15% beast of a barrel aged old ale. Good grief! A wrap and 2 beers for $17, oh yeah. Hell, my 2 pints ran less than $10. Just like NYC pricing. In the 90’s. Good food & drink. Someone knows what they’re doing here. Like!

slander, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

The wife and I were driving back home to Philadelphia and decided to stop here. It is not too far off from I-95.

The joint looks like one of those grand old Pennsylvania inns from the outside, the kind that serves fancy food and charges hefty money for it, but inside the Hulmeville is just a sports/local bar with a young clientele.

I almost fainted when I saw Angel's Share '12 and Deliverance on the chalkboard menu on the wall thinking they were on draft, but they turned out to be bottles. Still enticing, I got an Angel's Share for $19.

The Southampton Russian Imperial on cask was to die for, and the other taps had stuff from Stone, Pizza Boy, Boulevard, Allagash, Southern Tier and many more. Twenty taps overall.
I got a 4-draft sampler for $5.95, and real pints are $4.75. Good deal!

The food is mostly generic bar grub, lots of fried stuff. We had pierogies (fried) and they were alright.

Service was slightly standoffish but warmed up quickly, and the atmosphere was convivial. Would definitely revisit if I'm nearby.

DoubleSimcoe, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

InspectorBob, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

yarnbomb, Nov 10, 2014
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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
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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
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Hulmeville Inn in Hulmeville, PA
95 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.