Bristol pub for afternoon boozing

Discussion in 'Bristol and South West' started by Hollis, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    Meeting a few old cronies for a Saturday afternoon in a couple weeks time. We're meeting at Temple Meads... ideally looking for a quietish boozer with decent ales, and not silly distance/travel from the station... any recommendations? (other than the pub at the station.. which is where we could end up.. :rolleyes: :facepalm:)
  2. kalidarkone

    kalidarkone Bringing YOU round.....

  3. xenon

    xenon A move in any direction

    Never been to the first one but heard it's alright. I don't think this is the one near there with all union flags, which I have been to once and didn't seem dodgey but makes you wonder.

    Both these about 5 - 10 minute walk from Temple Meeds.

    The Cornubia
    The Cornubia | Bars and pubs in Bristol

    Seven Stars

    Course there's a Spoons just behind the station and The Sidings over the road. Used to be the Wreckless Engineer. I can't vouch for their ale. Shakespeare on Victoria street, office workers in the week.

    King St, which I think is sign posted as the Harbour Side. :rolleyes: about 15 - 20 minute walk has a few ale pubs. Royal Navel Volunteer, alright if a bit wanky / hipstery… Hopstery? Small Bar. King William, a Sam Smiths. Old Duke for probably blues on a sat afternoon. Not been there that time for yonks. Don't think much ale choice there though.
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  4. kalidarkone

    kalidarkone Bringing YOU round.....

    Oooh the Seven stars is a lush little boozer!

    There has always been a nice friendly atmosphere there, baring in mind that I only ever go to the seven stars when I'm going to see a band at the fleece next door.

    I can't comment on the ales as I'm a
    cider/tequila/ cocktail drinker.
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  5. big eejit

    big eejit She looks like Alan Gilzean

    7 Stars and Cornubia are both proper old pubs. 7 Stars likely to have a slightly wider range of real ales.

    Out the other side of Temple Meads in The Dings there's the Barley Mow, which is Camra pub of the year. Good pub, its cask beers not as interesting as other two, but stocks a range of (expensive) 'craft' beers.

    Beyond the Barley Mow is the Moor Brewery Tap. Just Moor beers but interesting to visit.

    Or head to Old Market. 5 mins from TM, lots of good pubs. Old Market Assembly does good food and has a very nice upstairs outdoor terrace. Other pubs and bars on Old Market also good. There's a new one that I haven't visited that's meant to be good. Can't remember the name.

    Basically there are loads of good pubs round there. Would be a travesty to end up in the station bar.
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  6. [62]

    [62] This week the score draws are plentiful

    Yeah, that's my go-to Temple Meads beer outlet these days.
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  7. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    xenon and big eejit have covered almost all the ground I would have done. But to reinforce :

    7 Stars is our personal favourite when we get to Bristol, superb range of qualityh beers from good breweries always. The Cornubia, which we used to refer to as the 'The UKIP pub' what with all the flags, is nevertheless also pretty good for ale choices, and from memory isn't quite as bad flagwise as a few years ago -- plus the clientele seem mostly just normal beer appreciators anyway.

    Not exactly sure how much time you and friends will have Hollis , but the Commercial Rooms, Corn Street, is a much better Spoons than the one right by Temple Meads, often busy though. Nearby to this, and more tucked away, you have The Bank Tavern, which is nice, and always has unusual (if limited) choices -- plus always two scrumpies.

    The Barley Mow (easy walk from station) won Bristol CAMRA pub of the year for good reasons, we're big fans. I've even seen Wiper and True on handpump there (very rare), and The Moor Brewery round the corner from it often send a cask version of one of their beers to the BM. Arbor Brewery in Bristol now and again feature a guest there too -- it's a Bristol Beer Factory-owned pub, and BBF do great beers, but they invite in the local competition also! :)
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  8. xenon

    xenon A move in any direction

    You want the Barley Mow in Old Market area, not the one in Bedminster. ::)

    Yep Bank Tavern behind The Lanes is great little boozer.
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  9. xenon

    xenon A move in any direction

    Ah so I have been to the Cornubia. Yeah I think it even had Union Jack cushions on the benches. But it was fine.
  10. xenon

    xenon A move in any direction

    Oh I stopped at a tap room thing in the dings the other day. Left handed giant. That was pretty good I am not exactly a seasoned ale drinker, but I liked the couple of IPAs I tried. just up from temple needs. I can’t really describe it very well. Someone can point out on a map.
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  11. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    The Volunteer Tavern is quite nice and not too far from the station, and has a nice little garden too.

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