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Richmond Public House and Kitchen, Clifton

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LukeD - 20 Aug 2012 18:46
Hi Luke, I gained employment after I wrote the review. But I do agree with your first comment, it did sound a tad managerial - sadly, a habit I cannot get out of having had to write blurbs for so many pubs for so many years!

I'd like to say that the glowing review I left is what landed me the job, but I'd be telling porkies. However, now that I am on the management team at the Richmond, I'd like to say I am proud to work in such an awesome pub. I left the rating blank for this one, not my place to rate it as staff.
bardudette - 30 Jun 2012 19:10
Bardudette, I understand that you are now working at the Richmond these days. Can I ask whether you were working there last April when you posted the glowing review of the venue ? Or did you subsequently gain employment there, later ?
LukeD - 19 Feb 2012 02:50
Been to Bristol for a long weekend and bumped into this place in one of my walks. From the outside it looks like an average pub. I went in as it was a cold day and I was looking for a cosy place to sit for a while, have a drink and maybe eat. It ended up being my favourite meal on the trip. Obviously we all have our own preferences. I for one like simple and honest, which is what this place delivers extremely well. It's not pretentious at all, the food is delicious, I had a proper sunday roast, the portions were very generous and the price fair. The staff were friendly just like the overall atmosphere in the pub. During my trip I went to different places to eat, including Jamie Oliver's restaurant and I have to say, as much as I liked the food at Jamie's, The Richmond still won. Obviously I'm not comparing the meals since one is an italian restaurant and the other an english pub, they're different categories, but at Jamie's I felt like I was paying a considerable extra for the decoration and a printed signature on a menu. At The Richmond I got great quality, no frills and a fair price. And that's always a winner in my book.
Capivara - 20 Dec 2011 16:04
Message for Luke - i'm the manager of the new Richmond (public house and kitchen) and as far as i agree with your point that abusing review websites for self publication is dishonest (Hence why we DON'T do it) i would also like to point out that it works the other way - it looks like you've worked in the industry and locally and so perhaps your comments are designed to muddy our good name? If so, please dont, by all means swing by and see what we have done to the place - please not also i am not rating ourselves - i'm confident in what we offer but please make your own minds up :)
bailey_bailey - 4 Nov 2011 17:58
Self congratulation is fine, but if you are pretending to comment on a pub as a customer when you are actually staff or management then it becomes deceitful. This practice is destroying the integrity of online review sites such as this. For instance, saying that the ales are on regular rotation, when according to you they do not, is dishonest. Customers making mistakes about practice in a business is understandable, but staff doing so is false advertising.
LukeD - 15 Sep 2011 18:38
Come on Luke. What's the matter with a little self congratulation. Have recently moved house and this is now my local. Seem to have stumbled upon a winner. Very friendly service from all. Ok, beers are a tad pricey and not particularly adventurous but this is a tied house in Clifton. Deuchars IPA, Caledonian and Bombadier are the regular offerings and all kept well. A special mention for the food which i have always found to be excellent.
Neverlovedelvis - 7 Sep 2011 16:58
Bardudette, that reviews could not have sounded more like a management advert if you had tried. I know that you are not management posing as a customer, but better objectivity would make your review more relevant. I have only been here once under the current management and found the place intolerably dull, and almost sterile, but it was a quiet afternoon. I shall visit again, at a busier time and give a more balanced review.

LukeD - 26 Jul 2011 14:52
Heard from a friend that the richmond did amazing food, so I visited tto see for myself. Absolutely amazing. The specials change every week or so, and I have not been disappointed with anything I've eaten yet! There are three ales on regular rotation, my particular favourite being the Caledonian 80. There's also a small (but perfectly formed) whiskey selection including the Dalmore 12yr. A short walk from Clifton Village, I often attempt to go for one at the richmond on my way to town... but usually end up staying put as it's open til 1am on weekends! A must visit.
bardudette - 16 Apr 2011 23:10
After a number of name changes over the last few years, this is almost back to itís original name. Itís now just The Richmond, having dropped the Springs. Itís a good sized pub and has an almost Victorian feel to it, with itís parquet wood floor and plenty of dark wood panelling.

There were a couple of big old fireplaces, although only one of these appeared to be in use. The large leaded windows give a good view on to the street outside and there was a pool table in one of the rear bars. Landlord seemed friendly enough.

Menu is rather unusual with dishes such as eel pie and venison burger. Apparently if you get the remnants of any shot in your game birds you can claim a free drink!

Beers on tap were Courage Directors, Deuchars IPA and Hobgoblin. The solitary cider was Symonds Founders Reserve, and this seemed rather pricey at £3.60 a pint.
Blackthorn - 7 Feb 2011 21:20
Check this pub is a quality traditional pub, with great Clifton location, open fires and really laid back atmosphere!! It is under new management and it is great to be able to go to a good british and homely pub!!
Well done................ sod you ponsey wine bars!! :0)
gregspink - 30 Dec 2010 02:21
friends told me about the sunday lunch they do there. so the wife and i went there sunday fantastic great food all fresh and alovely pint of autumn red ale
nice to see a landloard that looks after his ales going back thursday to try the
cow a bunger burger looks like a mighty mouth full
kevinwatson - 27 Sep 2010 14:22
went there last thursday night had a great time fantastic meal great beer
wasnt many people in but the management couple where
very friendly had a nice chat and made me feel welcome and i will be going back again i think they have what it takes to put the clifton cow back on the map well done
thecliftonman - 12 Sep 2010 14:59
It's not just the name that's changed. The Clifton Cow sits here now and long may it stay. Excellent for watching sport and going for a sunday lunch. I went there last month and had an excellent lunch. Food, beer and service were all fantastic. I can't praise this place enough! Go there.
ricogear - 16 Jan 2010 15:38
A large triple fronted pub with several different bar areas and a raised section with a pool table.
It was very quiet when we visited with just four other drinkers in there, and they seemed to be there for some type of meeting. It seems to have been recently refurbished judging my the condition of the place. It is opposite the student's union building, so perhaps it's busier in term time.
The barmaid didn't seem to have much personality, but then possibly her grasp of English wasn't too good. Three pumps on the bar, but only one in use dispensing Courage Best. Also Blackthorn and Stowford Press cider.
Blackthorn - 25 Aug 2009 09:17
as said before now the two magpies , sadly another pub now with its lease up for grabs , spacious , and quite nice inside , but a litte down at heel , two large tv screens , but no sky .That said Beer although limited choice , my Theakston's old Peculiar was very good . overall not bad , if only they could remove those stomclouds .
beatles38 - 4 Jun 2009 21:23
now the two magpies
beatles38 - 8 Jan 2009 12:15
What a great pub! Good booze, good food and even better company!! A-maze-ing!
Ruggerlover - 8 Aug 2005 13:34
Top boozer - top food, top beer (and cider), top staff, top landlord (and landlady)! All in all, it's really quite top!
cider_woman - 29 Jul 2005 19:26
Locals are a-maze-ing.... :0)
Scouser - 29 Jul 2005 16:37
Quality beer, friendly staff, a proper boozer and not one of those fancy wine bar "Bling" bars...
anonymous - 29 Jul 2005 15:23
A fantastic little out of the way boozer. A good selection of real ales and ciders changing monthly, great Thai food and a warm welcome from the landlord and staff.
cheesemonkey - 29 Jul 2005 15:23
The best 'proper' pub for miles around!
anonymous - 29 Jul 2005 15:22

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