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Penny Farthing, Clifton

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Wadworth to the left of me , Wadworth to the right of me , a choice of about five or six ales, as said all from Wadworth.
nice interiorly.
A good price Wadworth farmers glory 2.85 a pint not bad for clifton.
Worth a visit if your in the area.

beatles38 - 28 Aug 2011 08:35
Great pub, ales are execelent and kept very well.
Staff are very fiendly and never have to wait long to be served even when busy.
Thunbs up to everything with this great traditional pub. A+++++
lagerdan78 - 30 Aug 2010 22:08
A Wadworth's pub, and one of the few "proper" bars on the Whiteladies Road strip. Reasonable size with a wood panelled interior and a few large mirrors around the place. The decor reminds me of a Wetherspoon's in some ways, although it's a little smaller than most of their venues. There's a plasma screen up in one corner but this didn't seem too obtrusive.
Reasonable "pub grub" menu with an extensive range of PieMinister pies. If you take a visit to the loos, the original vault door opposite the gents is an interesting feature left over from the days when the building was a bank.
Good range of beers on tap - 6X, Henry's IPA, Wadworth's Horizon, GWB Maiden Voyage, Theakston's Best and Wadworth's Bishop Tipple. There was also a pump clip for London Gold, although this was off on our visit. Ciders were Thatcher's Gold and Stowford Press.

Blackthorn - 11 Mar 2010 09:21
Have been coming in and out of this pub for the last six months. Overall I think it is an excellent pub. Nice selection of ales, reasonably well kept.

The staff are all excellent, you don't see the manager as much in the evening - but I normally catch him early afternoon and he is polite, friendly and always enthusisatic - a welcome change to some other landlords in the area.

Overall a good pub - and now a new chef has arrived (folllowing, if rumours are to be believed the sacking of the previous ones for a errr illegal additional income), an ever improving food offering.

Well done Wadworth on another great pub.
Real_Ale_beth - 26 Sep 2009 13:41
Decent enough - beer OK if unexceptional, food good and unspectacular. Better than most of the surrounding places if you're looking for a proper pub. Must give credit to toilets - immaculate every time I have visited.

One oddity is with the staff - almost without exception they are as friendly and polite as you could want. With one exception, whose presence (or lack of) makes or breaks the quality of each visit, for this customer, anyway.
Evil_Gazebo - 10 Sep 2009 20:53
great pub with some great character, just when will wadworth succombe to pressure and jump on board with a good guest ale programe, i would love to see this pub get fome of the fantastic ales that are out there onto the bar.
bristolbeerdemon - 7 Jun 2009 17:35
sorry my second review is for another pub , have reported it for removal
beatles38 - 10 May 2009 12:50
Haven't been to this pub for some time ,and nearly didn't visit , as based on experience of a few years ago , well that would have been a mistake choice of 4 real ales raspberry fool caledonian, butcombe ,doombar,bombardier . Cider Trad Taunton ,and scrumpy jack , but waiting to be put on two tree's perry , and happy days . Bar staff friendly , would visit again ,may be not a 8 but seven and a half If I could .
beatles38 - 10 May 2009 12:43
Another PUB which based on my visit , looks a bit underrated marks wise.good choice that icluded 6x ,horizon,gem ,bishops tipple ,and maypole mild . lively saturday night ,n roomy pub . 8/10
beatles38 - 10 May 2009 12:34
I've never been treated so badly. Don't go here unless you like a bit of overt rudeness with your Ale. The ale is good, but really not worth it for the man serving.

Many better places a stones throw away.
anonymous - 18 Feb 2008 15:52
Knows its market which is people left behind by the gentrification and student-ification of Whiteladies Road. But it is not a classic pub.
jake1 - 1 Jun 2007 12:25
Never again. Shocking pint of fosters and 4 for a cheese and tomato sandwich. What a joke! And the old barman with dodgy hair was the most rude person I've ever met. Forget this one.
Gazza1982 - 19 Mar 2007 13:53
More suited to "older clientele" because it offers something for the more discerning drinker who is besieged in the Whiteladies Road area by corporate, flat-packed minimalist "bars" full of under-25s posing with their overpriced mass-produced chemical fizz? Yes indeed! We need more traditional pubs in this area and the Penny Farthing fills the yawning chasm nicely. Having been trading for only 11 years, it still serves a broad range of real ales (dispensed by the unusual air pressure method) and has an already well-worn feel that encourages good conversation without being dull.
That said, it is not a perfect pub, and never has been. Even under the old landlord's regime (he only gave up about 2 years back), some poor pints could be served, and yes, even then it was always incredibly smokey - seemingly disproportionate to the amount of people actually smoking. The new people seem to have kept it pretty much as it was, but it remains to be seen how popular the place will be post-ban. I must say when I saw the back entrance was locked I missed old Charlie doing his back-door bouncer duty!
Contrary to the comment below, this pub could suit both old and young people who prefer a "proper" pub experience to a flash bar full of superficial and self-absorbed whippersnappers, but they need to ensure consistency of both ale quality and service to improve their rating.
TWG - 17 Oct 2006 16:11
really good if you are after something a bit differnt on the strip. more suited towords an older clientele tho.
aussiephil - 10 Jun 2006 18:49
Good selection of ales - no real cider. Gets packed at weekends. New landlady has locked the back door so you can't nip in from Cotham Hill and use the disabled toilets, and has removed the valuable four-year-old collection of dust and cobwebs. Same miserable barman though! (Rating should improve if "new broom" sweeps away more than just cobwebs.)

pipsqueak - 11 Apr 2006 14:51
dont like this pub much at all, very smokey this pub is good for older people not too great for us youngsters.
michelle22 - 17 Oct 2005 21:12
We used to go to this pub a lot, but stopped making it our preferred evening retreat for a number of reasons: it gets pretty smoky, even for smokers; the beer, whilst varied, can be pretty flat and we've had more than a few bad 'end of barrel' pints that a vigilant landlord should be able to avoid (in our humble opinion).

The final death knell was the installation of a 32" TV in the corner, which, to our minds, totally ruined the no-music atmosphere, and on a couple of occasions, almost made it impossible to get to the bar because of the crowd of gawpers gulping their lager.

On the flip side, I get the distinct impression the landlord isn't much in favour of the TV either, so why it is there is a bit of a mystery.

mikep - 26 Aug 2005 09:54

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