Tag Archives: further afield

The Green House

Bristol:

Just up the road, this seemed a better idea for lunch. It reminded me of Birmingham’s Sun on the Hill, and in the same way had a slightly upmarket chainpub feel. Decent food, but my beer (sadly the only Bath Ales beer I got to try) was a bit sad. Food decent though, and not a bad place once you got over the Blade Runner effect of the TV screens advertising, with the back being airy, light, and spacious.

The Old Fish Market

Bristol:

Fullers pubs are not common in my part of the world, with the Old Joint Stock being the sole one nearby, and our only other experience being The Mad Hatter in that London.

Fullers do a nice job of chain pub: tidy enough, good food, good beer, and this was the case here: we visited twice, eating once, and both visits were pleasant. Even the televised sport didn’t intrude, and the staff were great.

The Hatchet Inn

Bristol:

Had great hopes for this: it’s very old, and listed. It has a rumour attached to it about the front door (TLDR: Human skin under the paint), and the description

Old 1606 Tudor-style pub featuring rock and heavy metal nights in upstairs bar, plus beer garden.

sounded good.

It was actually pretty horrible. Outside looked OK, and the famous door was present. The inside had been given a modern-pub stripped floorborads and green paint makeover, music varied from good to woeful, there was no ale, and the whole place was full of posing arseholes. Maybe we picked it on a bad night…

The Seven Stars

Bristol:

Lovely, independent, traditional pub tucked in a narrow cobbled lane in Redcliffe. Good choice of real ale, and live music when we visited- the unfortunate side effect being that it was full to bursting, so we finished our drinks outside so we could sit, which was a shame, as atmosphere, beer, and staff were all great. It’s well known for the part it played in the abolishment of slavery in the past.

The Bag of Nails

Bristol:

A small, proper, traditional pub just a short walk from the centre of the city. There’s so much to like here- the atmosphere is laid back and friendly, there’s board games, and music that customers can choose from the stack of vinyl, that you can hear but talk comfortably over. The beer is an ever-changing mix of cask and keg, the cask being in great condition. No food, except crisps & pork pies.

Oh yes: there’s cats too. 14, apparently, of which we saw about 7 or 8. They wander about at times, but often just sleep contentedly in cardboard boxes on the bar top, happy to let customers and bar staff fuss them- and just to be clear, I’ve rarely seen cats more content or happy, despite the customers, and they’re free to come and go as they please.

So generally, it’s wonderful.