Bristol’s very best pubs have been recognised in the Good Pub Guide 2020.
The newest addition of the annual book has been published and once again honours the UK’s finest pubs.
It combines ‘meticulous attention to detail and countless reader reports’ to ensure only the very best of the nation’s watering holes make the cut.
In Bristol there are 654 pubs in the guide and only one earns the distinguished ‘recommended’ seal of approval, but a further 39 are judged to be ‘worth a visit’, which is the second-highest honour.
The Highbury Vaults, which was named one of the cosiest pubs in the UK last year, is the best pub in Bristol according to the guide.
The Highbury Vaults
164 St. Michael’s Hill, Bristol, BS2 8DE
(0117) 973 3203
The guide states: Cheerful town pub with up to eight real ales, good reasonably priced food and friendly atmosphere.
Its location near the university and excellent choice of changing ales mean a constant stream of cheerful customers for this unpretentious pub.
The little front bar, with a corridor beside it, leads through to a series of small rooms: wooden floors, green and cream paintwork and old-fashioned furniture and prints (including plenty of royal family period engravings and lithographs in the front room).
A model railway runs on a shelf the full length of the pub, with tunnels through the walls. On handpump and quickly changing, the ales might include Youngs Bitter and London Gold plus guests such as Bath Gem, Bristol Beer Factory Subtropic, Great Western Old Higby and St Austell Tribute; also, six wines by the glass and ten malt whiskies.
They serve food from 12-9, Monday to Saturday and 12-5 on Sundays.
The attractive back terrace has tables built into a partly covered flowery arbour, and there’s disabled access to the main bar (but not the loos).
These 39 pubs are ‘worth a visit’:
22 Chandos Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6PF
The guide states: Micropub in former corner shop, mismatched furniture on boarded floor, painted half-panelling and lots of modern artwork for sale, six real ales (listed on blackboard) from pine-planked servery, real ciders and range of bottled belgian beers, snacky food; mobile phones discouraged; wheelchair access using ramp (staff will help), open all day weekends, from 4pm other days.
49 Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2EJ
(0117) 925 2520
The guide states: Open-plan 18th-c Youngs pub, their well kept ales along with Bath Gem, good fairly priced food including burgers and sharing boards, big windows overlooking street, 26-seat cinema at back (free entry if you have a meal, free children’s film Sun); background music, Thurs quiz, sports TV; tables in cobbled courtyard, open all day.
45 Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1HT
(0117) 927 9681
The guide states: Spacious colonnaded Wetherspoons (former early 19th-c merchants’ club) in good location; main part with lofty stained-glass domed ceiling, large oval portraits of Bristol notables and gas lighting, comfortable quieter back room with ornate balcony, note the unusual wind gauge above horseshoe servery; good changing choice of real ales, local ciders and nice chatty bustle (busiest weekend evenings), their usual food and low prices; ladies’ with chesterfields and open fire; children welcome, no dogs, side wheelchair access and disabled facilities, open all day from 8am and till late Fri-Sun.
Rose of Denmark
6 Dowry Place, Bristol, BS8 4QL
(0117) 329 0352
The guide states: Friendly welcoming atmosphere, good value interesting bar food from lunchtime sandwiches up, several well kept ales tapped from the cask, stripped pine, candles and leather sofas, open fires, evening cellar brasserie (Thurs-Sat), Mon quiz, Thurs live jazz and folk; open all day Fri-Sun, closed Mon lunchtime.
31 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4DZ
The guide states: Bustling real ale/craft beer pub with over 30 choices including own Left Handed Giant, all served in smaller glasses (up to two-thirds of a pint), good range of bottled beers too, good food such as burgers and hotdogs along with vegetarian/vegan choices, bare boards and flagstones, roughly exposed brickwork here and there and wood plank walls, some barrel tables and a couple of old fireplaces, upstairs area with armchairs, sofas and shelves of books; background music; open all day (till 1am Fri, Sat).
John Street, Bristol, BS1 2HR
(0117) 930 4691
The guide states: Small proper single-bar pub, centrally placed (but off the beaten track) and popular with office workers; four changing local ales (may include a porter), real ciders and enjoyable well priced food till 4pm including sandwiches, burgers and one or two unusual choices, comfortable bench seats, newspapers, books on shelf above fireplace; background and regular live music, Tues quiz, free wi-fi; children and dogs welcome, wheelchair access, tables under umbrellas in paved courtyard, open all day (till 1am Thurs-Sat).
The Old Fish Market
59-63 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1QZ
(0117) 921 1515
The guide states: Imposing brick-built former fish market, relaxed friendly atmosphere, well kept Fullers/Gales beers and fine range of whiskies and gins from handsome wooden counter, enjoyable food from pizzas up including various chowders; background music, Sun live jazz from 7pm, sports TVs, free wi-fi; open all day (food all day weekends)
58 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1QW
(0117) 927 9258
The guide states: Corner bar serving own BrewDog beers and guests from other craft breweries (draught and bottled), tasters offered by knowledgeable young staff, limited but interesting selection of bar snacks, starkly modern feel with exposed brick, stainless-steel furniture and granite surfaces; can get noisily busy; wheelchair access, open all day till midnight (Thurs-Sat till 1am)
142 Temple Street, Bristol, BS1 6EN
(0117) 925 4415
The guide states: Tucked-away 18th-c real ale pub with fine selection including a good locally brewed house beer, also interesting bottled beers, farm ciders and perry, snacky food such as pasties and pork pies, friendly helpful service, walls and ceilings covered in pump clips, union jacks and other patriotic memorabilia, open fire and an aquarium for turtles.
66 Raymend Road, Bristol, BS3 4QW
(0117) 330 6043
The Orchard Inn
Hanover Place, Bristol, Somerset, BS1 6XT
(0117) 926 2678
The guide states: Friendly unpretentious corner local with up to eight well kept stillaged ales and great range of ciders, food from snacks up in bar or upstairs dining room, woodburner; live music including Mon blues jam and Tues jazz, quiz Thurs, sports TV (pub gets very busy on match days); tables out in front, handy for SS Great Britain, open all day (from 9am weekends for breakfast)
35-37 Stanley Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6NP
(0117) 944 6444
The guide states: Dining pub (AKA the Kenny) in centre of Redland under good new management; highly regarded food at fair prices from chef-patron including interesting snacks, well executed pub favourites and daily specials, Sat brunch from 10am, well kept Butcombe, Greene King and guests, Thatcher’s cider and plenty of wines by the glass from comprehensive list, friendly attentive staff.
66 The Mall, Bristol, BS8 4JG
(0117) 974 5318
The guide states: Recently smartened-up corner pub with good selection of draught and bottled beers, lots of wines by the glass and interesting range of other drinks including cocktails, popular modern pub food, helpful friendly staff, mix of old and new furniture on wood floors, tall windows, some panelling and ornate ceilings, downstairs bar; free wi-fi; children (till 9pm) and dogs welcome, tiered garden behind (summer barbecues), open (and food) all day.
112 Ashley Down Road, Bristol, BS7 9JR
(0117) 924 4809
The guide states: Popular local with two bar areas (one upstairs), ales such as Bath, Bristol Beer Factory, Purity and Wye Valley, local ciders, some interesting wines and good range of spirits, well liked food from fairly extensive blackboard menu including some unusual dishes, helpful chatty staff, charcoal grey interior with wood panelled alcoves, white marble-effect bar counter, leather wall benches, sofas and armchairs on light wood floors, family room with metal furniture (children till 7pm); vintage juke box, fortnightly quiz (Tues), film night (Weds); dogs welcome, disabled access/loos, seats out at front and in partly decked back garden, open all day.
Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8UR
(0117) 951 3022
The guide states: Updated and opened-up 1920s red-brick pub on edge of Horfield Common; well kept Bath Ales and St Austell, craft beers, local cider and good choice of other drinks including nice range of gins, enjoyable reasonably priced food till 10pm, pleasant efficient service, separate dining area opening on to sunny paved terrace and grassy beer garden; children welcome, wheelchair access from back door (or front using ramp), disabled loos, popular boutique bedrooms (best to book early), open all day (from 9am weekends for breakfast).
1 Nova Scotia Place, Bristol, BS1 6XJ
(0117) 929 7994
The guide states: Old local on south side of floating harbour with views to Clifton and Avon Gorge; Courage Best and guests, local scrumpy and generous helpings of enjoyable pub food, four linked areas, snob screen, mahogany and mirrors, nautical charts as wallpaper, welcoming relaxed atmosphere and friendly regulars; wheelchair access with help through snug’s door, plenty of tables out by water, bedrooms sharing bathroom.
The Barley Mow
39 Barton Road, Bristol, Somerset, BS2 0LF
(0117) 930 4709
The guide states: Late 19th-c Bristol Beer Factory pub in old industrial area close to floating harbour; up to eight well kept changing ales, excellent selection of craft kegs and bottled beers, proper cider and decent choice of wines by the glass, enjoyable good value food (not Sun evening) from short menu catering for vegetarians, cheerful chatty staff, wood floors, off-white walls and blue half-panelling, cushioned wall seats and pubby furniture, various odds and ends dotted about, open fire in brick fireplace; Mon quiz, free wi-fi; disabled access, open all day (till 10pm Sun)
78 St. Georges Road, Bristol, BS1 5UR
(0117) 329 4310
Popular city-centre pub; seven real ales including local Arbor, craft kegs and interesting selection of bottled beers, several ciders too, monthly changing menu, pine tables on bare boards, a couple of small leather sofas in alcoves, open fire; regular events including Weds quiz, art exhibitions, live music, film screenings and magic nights second and last Tues of the month; covered and heated back terrace down steps, near cathedral, open all day.
The Volunteer Tavern
9 New Street, Bristol, BS2 9DX
(0117) 955 8498
Tucked-away local with friendly relaxed atmosphere, good choice of changing ales/craft beers, a couple of ciders and decent wines by the glass, well liked reasonably priced home-made food including range of burgers and popular Sun roasts; live music and beer festivals; children and dogs welcome, walled garden behind, open all day.
1 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6DG
(0117) 930 8710
The guide states: Glass and stainless-steel Wetherspoons very handy for Temple Meads station; spacious carpeted room with raised area, their usual good value food served from breakfast till late, well kept beers and good range of other drinks, helpful staff; lots of TVs; children welcome, disabled access/loos, plenty of outside seating, open all day.
18-20 Alma Vale Road, Bristol, BS8 2HY
(0117) 973 5171
Two-bar pub with west country beers, Aspall’s and Thatcher’s ciders and several wines by the glass, good range of whiskies too, very well liked imaginative food along with more standard choices including good Sun roasts, friendly hard-working staff, dark panelled traditionally furnished front bar with wood flooring, more contemporary back room with bright modern wallpaper and local artwork on display, thriving upstairs theatre (10% food discount for ticket holders); background music, jazz pianist Sun; easy wheelchair access, small paved terrace behind (not late evening), open all day.
Inn On The Green
2 Filton Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0PA
(0117) 952 1391
Busy open-plan pub with up to 12 changing ales and half a dozen ciders/perries, good selection of whiskies and gins too, enjoyable generously served food, helpful friendly staff, wood or slate floors, lots of mirrors and old prints, modern pub furniture along with sofas and armchairs, more screened seating areas in former skittle alley dining area; monthly folk night upstairs, bar billiards, darts; children and dogs welcome, disabled access/facilities, beer garden with sheltered pool table and summer table tennis, open (and food) all day.
15 King Street, Bristol, Somerset, BS1 4EF
(0117) 379 0333
The guide states: Cellar bar-restaurant with two vaulted rooms; long stone-faced counter under stained-glass skylight, 24 regularly changing ales/craft beers (tasters offered) plus over 150 in bottles from around the world, good selection of malt whiskies and other spirits, interesting wine list, coffees and teas, italian food including range of pizzas and good weekday lunchtime deal, cheerful chatty staff; some live music; wheelchair access via lift, disabled loos, open (and food) all day (till 2am Mon-Sat), can get crowded.
Gaol Ferry Steps, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 5WE
(0117) 239 5693
The guide states: Busy bar/eatery in new development overlooking the old docks; over 20 craft beers (including Wild Beer) listed on blackboards and served in third, half and two-thirds of a pint glasses (tasters offered), interesting wines and good selection of whiskies/gins, unusual but enjoyable food including selection of panko, tempura and taco dishes plus sharing boards and interesting snacks, good fish and chips with seaweed salted chips, cheerful helpful staff, flagstones, pale green walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed ducting and a large mural on one wall, a couple of steps up to dining area with open kitchen; background music; children welcome, disabled access/facilities, split-level terrace with deckchairs and picnic-sets, nearby parking difficult, open all day.
193 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2SB
(0117) 973 8590
The guide states: Compact corner pub with matt-black frontage, bare boards, magnolia/light grey walls and woodwork, some high tables and chairs, raised area with red leather wall seating, well kept Wickwar ales and guests, interesting wines (shortish list) and good range of gins, enjoyable reasonably priced food from pubby staples to more exotic specials, friendly helpful staff; some live music, sports TV, free wi-fi; wheelchair access to bar area only, pavement seats and awning, decked side area through arch, open all day.
1 Thomas Lane, Bristol, BS1 6JG
(0117) 927 2845
The guide states: Unpretentious one-room real ale pub near harbour (and associated with Thomas Clarkson and slave trade abolition), popular with students and local office workers, up to eight well kept changing ales (20 from a featured county on first Mon-Thurs of the month), some interesting malts and bourbons, dark wood and bare boards, old local prints and photographs, no food – can bring in takeaways; weekend folk music, juke box, pool, games machine; dogs welcome, disabled access (but narrow alley with uneven cobbles and cast-iron kerbs), open all day.
Gloucester Old Spot
138-140 Kellaway Avenue, Bristol, BS6 7YQ
(0117) 924 7693
The guide states: Popular refurbished community pub with opened-up interior; well kept ales such as Butcombe, Exmoor and Timothy Taylors from dark wood horseshoe servery, decent wines and good range of spirits, enjoyable reasonably priced food (not Sun evening) from sandwiches and sharing boards up, friendly prompt service, back bar and large parquet-floored dining lounge opening onto verandah and AstroTurf beer garden; Tues quiz, free wi-fi; children and dogs welcome, wheelchair access using portable ramp (staff will help), play area with wendy house, open all day from 9am for breakfast.
Boyces Avenue, Clifton, Bristol, Somerset, BS8 4AA
(0117) 973 3522
6 Lower Clifton Hill, Bristol, BS8 1BT
(0117) 922 1271
The guide states: Extended terrace-end Clifton pub; bare boards and mix of wooden tables and chairs, circular stone-walled dining area with glazed roof, snug with original stained glass and half-door servery, well kept Bath Ales, a couple of guests and several wines by the glass, popular good value food (not Sun evening) including blackboard specials, friendly staff; background and regular live music, Mon quiz and other events, free wi-fi; children (till 8pm) and dogs (in bar) welcome, open all day Fri-Sun, closed lunchtimes Mon-Weds.
Hotwell Road, Bristol, Somerset, BS8 4RU
(0117) 929 9347
The guide states: Converted 100-ft barge owned by Bristol Beer Factory, their ales kept well and fair priced food including good sandwiches, burgers and Sun roasts, steak night Thurs, great harbour views from seats out on top deck, tables and sofas in wood floor bar below, also a ‘hold bar’ for functions and Fri live music; open all day.
Station Road, Shirehampton, Bristol, BS11 9XA
(0117) 279 3754
The guide states: Popular 18th-c riverside pub; well kept Bath Ales and a guest, Thatcher’s ciders, teas and coffees, competitively priced traditional food (not Sun evening) including children’s choices, OAP meal deals and themed nights, modern bar furniture on carpet or bare boards, some faux leather sofas and armchairs, pastel walls with darker greeny-blue dados, bold patterned wallpaper here and there, mezzanine dining area and cellar bar (not always open); occasional live music; disabled access/facilities, picnic-sets on paved front terrace, limited parking nearby (beware of the high spring tides), riverside walks, open all day.
Snuffy Jack’s Ale House
800 Fishponds Road, Bristol, BS16 3TE
(0117) 965 5158
The guide states:
The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB
(0117) 914 4434
The guide states: Modern harbourside bar-restaurant converted some years ago from a former police building, now owned by Youngs and given a major refit; light and airy split-level bar/dining area with tiled and polished wood floors, mix of seating including sofas and squashy banquettes, good views from french windows opening on to waterside terrace, Youngs ales, Orchard Pig cider and several international bottled beers, good selection of wines, spirits and cocktails too, spacious upstairs restaurant with high curved ceiling and lots of glass, further terraces overlooking the water, well liked food from interesting varied menu including weekend brunch, helpful staff; background music; limited wheelchair access, open (and food) all day.
Royal Navy Volunteer
17-18 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF
(0117) 316 9237
The guide states: Modernised 17th-c pub in cobbled street, wide range of draught and bottled british beers, ciders/perries and a dozen wines by the glass, friendly knowledgeable staff, good interesting food in back restaurant; weekend live music, sports TV; dogs welcome, terrace seating.
21 Alfred Place, Kingsdown, Bristol, BS2 8HD
(0117) 925 8062
The guide states: Cosy local with country pub feel, bare boards and dark woodwork, well kept Dawkins and guests, real cider, several wines by the glass and around 60 gins, extensive burger menu and popular Sun roasts, friendly knowledgeable staff; background and regular live music, Weds quiz, free wi-fi; children and dogs (on leads) welcome, wheelchair access possible with help, open all day Fri and Sat, till 9pm Sun, from 4pm other days.
19 Guinea Street, Bristol, BS1 6SX
(0117) 987 2034
The guide states: Steps up to cosy backstreet pub, well kept changing ales such as Black Flag and Tiny Rebel, real ciders and simple bargain home-made food, friendly staff, pews, wing armchairs and farmhouse tables on bare boards, some flock wallpaper and contemporary street art; occasional live music, comedy and quiz nights, sports TV; seats out in front and behind, closed lunchtimes Mon and Tues, otherwise open all day.
3 Wellington Terrace, Bristol, BS8 4LE
(0117) 973 0270
The guide states: Compact pub in Regency terrace close to Clifton Suspension Bridge, five well kept ales including two from Dawkins, traditional cider and good range of wines and spirits, low-priced pubby food (not Weds), friendly service, flame-effect gas fire, dark wood and usual pubby furniture, upstairs room leading to beer garden; occasional acoustic live music, board games, free wi-fi; dogs welcome, tricky wheelchair access, open all day Fri-Sun, closed lunchtimes Mon-Thurs (also Fri in winter).
The Drapers Arms
447 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8TZ
The guide states: Welcoming one-room micropub in former draper’s shop; five well kept local beers tapped from the cask, proper ciders and decent wines by the glass, no food apart from bar snacks; donation to charity box if you use a mobile phone; open from 5pm (midday Sat) till 9.30pm.
60 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6DE
(0117) 929 2338
The guide states: Welcoming and relaxed little 17th-c pub; traditional bar with big front window and splendid mirrored bar-back, corridor to cosy panelled snug with serving hatch, toby jugs on joists, old-fashioned local prints and photographs, five well kept ales including Castle Rock, Harveys and Sharps, range of pies; a few pavement tables, open all day.
The Old Duke
Old Duke, 45 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ER
(0117) 401 9661
The guide states: Corner pub in interesting cobbled area between docks and Bristol Old Vic; named after Duke Ellington and festooned with jazz posters and one or two musical instruments, good bands nightly and Sun lunchtime, four real ales including Otter and Sharps, simple food, usual pub furnishings; open all day (till 1am Fri, Sat), gets packed evenings.
Merchants Road, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4PZ
(0117) 927 2229
The guide states: Spacious well converted dockside building (former 19th-c pumping station); charcoal-grey brickwork, tiled floors and high ceilings, good food in bar and smart candlelit mezzanine restaurant, ales such as Bath, Butcombe and St Austell, decent wines from comprehensive list and over 400 gins, good selection of rums and whiskies too, friendly staff and cheerful atmosphere; waterside tables, open all day.
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