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Eldon House, Bristol

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user reviews of the Eldon House, Bristol

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Usually about 4 beers on with strong Bath ales choice in relation to choice, although the choice usually has at least one suprise.Overall not bad
Cliftonclive - 19 Jan 2013 06:58
Very pleasant pub, with well kept beers (Bath Ales). Enjoyed a couple of pints of Gem and they were very good.

Food is very good too.
MartynG - 9 Mar 2011 13:12
As said Bath ales preponderance but on this visit two guest beers one of which was from the Dark Star stable was readily quaffed , vast improvement on my last visit , extension gives the place a light enjoyable feeling, and i think overall adds to charachter of the place. 7.6/10
beatles38 - 4 Mar 2011 04:56
Popped in for a couple last Friday...

Skinner's Cornish Knocker Ale, BBF Sunrise & Bath Ales Gem were on...The Black Keys on the Stereo....Fine..

Seems a busy pub, with a good chatty atmosphere... quite liked the Extension, which was essentially a Glass Roof put over the existing Court Yard...

Only slight negative was that the temperature was noticeably hot, on this occasion...


clevedonquaffer - 24 Feb 2011 11:37
3 real ales, 2 of them bath ales , spa gem,zzzzz, ,glas hedge monkey was the guest, first time i'd been in for a while ,and won't be rushing back.
beatles38 - 5 Sep 2010 22:18
Very pleasant pub, friendly landlord, good ale, well worth a visit.
newbury_drinker - 29 May 2010 23:18
Glad to see they've introduced a couple of guest beers since my last visit. On this occasion it was the unusual Bruins Ruin from the Beartown Brewery, and Ruby from Yeovil Ales.

Decent menu consisting very much of "pub grub", even the specials board only went as far as lasagne and a roast beef baguette! But this is a pub, not a fancy restaurant, so that's as it should be. We tried the food and were very impressed - good quality, good value and very generous portions.

Landlord was friendly and seemed genuinely interested in what we thought of the place.
Blackthorn - 15 Mar 2010 22:45
23:01 so no go in the Hope & Anchor but were saved by this pub. Pleasant pub to be in with 70s music in the background. 2 Bath Ales, RCH pitchfork and Arbor Snuffy's Jack at 5.9% which was lovely but a bit heavy for the end of a crawl.
Booze_Allen - 8 Feb 2010 16:49
A juxtaposition of old and new, both in the fabric of the pub, the clientele and the music! 4 ales on, slanted towards the excellent Bath Ales and kept in good condition too.
Abteilung - 6 Feb 2010 23:19
Friendly little Bath Ales owned pub,very well kept and deliciously quaffable Bath "Festivity"was had (although it should be @ £3.20 pint), well worth a visit 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 21 Jan 2010 20:30
good grub, good beer. a bit beige all around really.
make.mine.a.blonde - 27 Dec 2009 15:03
Update-few weekends ago the guest was from Newmans,but £3.30 for a 4.6% ale is taking the proverbial a little. Even the Barnstormer which they make themselves was £3!!!! Both were good but........................
an_ecunemical_matter - 17 Nov 2009 16:00
On first impressions this would appear to be a Bath Ales pub, with their line-up dominating the bar with three of their beers, their lager and cider. Apparently though it’s not owned by Bath Ales as such, but one of their directors.
The pub’s recently been refurbished and a spacious “conservatory” added. I use the word reservedly as there’s actually not that much glass in it – about 50% of the roof – but it’s a pleasant room none the less being an open spacious round shape with stone built walls and some effective lighting.
Monday nights is games night, with a selection of board games (Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, etc) being left out on the tables, and free snacks provided for anyone who is playing. Also a decent looking menu of bar snacks.
Beer line-up was Jem, Barnstormer and Festivity, plus Pitchfork. The only cider was Bath Ales Bounders.

Blackthorn - 17 Nov 2009 10:14
I'm always slightly dubious about refurbs that open pubs out, being of the cosy nooks persuasion, and this one reminds me of a national park visitor centre with its rubblestone walls and plenty of natural wood. The front bar remains largely untouched though. Looks like the cost of the refurb is being clawed back through a steepish hike in beer prices but at least both the ales I tried were on good form.
WebelMC - 15 Oct 2009 15:15
Batemans Summer Swallow was recently enjoyed here,served by a pleasant though slightly dipsy girl. Matron of the house was in attendance so either the dipsyness or the girl were unlikely to have lasted long. The refurb is good but the place was a little soulless to the solo imbiber. But overall it is a good place and worthy of a hike. Or get a bus to the triangle and walk down as I do.
an_ecunemical_matter - 11 Oct 2009 20:34
Called in as one of the Good Beer Guide pubs and was well impressed with both the food and beer. Really good menu choice and 2 Bath Ales and a Yeovil ale available. Great to see a steak pie served on the plate instead of microwaved to death in a pot.

gillhalfpint - 9 Sep 2009 22:15
Pub that now has a lovely extension , food good ,and reasonably priced enjoyed a few pints of golden hare , in a pub i'm told is not actually a Bath ales pub , probably could down with one more real Ale to put that icing on the cake fore me , but still pretty good .
beatles38 - 31 Aug 2009 12:07
Cheers Beatles38. Yes the Eldon has now reopened. The new extension is a welcome addition. Tried the Gem and the Golden Hare last night both of which were excellent. Will return.
Neverlovedelvis - 26 Aug 2009 11:05
now reopened elvis .
beatles38 - 23 Aug 2009 21:59
Nice Bath Ales house which i believe is still closed due to the addition of a new conservatory extension. Beers always well looked after and service is friendly as are the locals. If the landlord is reading can you let us know when you are re-opening?
Neverlovedelvis - 18 Aug 2009 17:48
An enjoyable little alehouse located a little off the beaten track.

The inside retains some older, more quirky elements of the past, which is nice. The layout isn't what most modern drinkers would expect - there's a couple of different rooms, nook and crannies and window seats.

Ale-wise, the quality was good, I forget the exact selection on offer but I do recall at least one Bath ale. Quiet on our Saturday afternoon visit, hopefully it gets busier in the evening.

Worth seeking out.
Quinno - 10 May 2009 11:43
Recently visited for the first time in a couple of years. Landlord and barmaid were friendly, as were the regulars sat at the bar. My pints of Brains and Bath Gem were in good knick. Pretty good.
downender - 6 Feb 2009 13:13
Visited this pub last month for Sunday lunch and it was well served by a friendly landlord. It was as if he couldn't do enough for us, and there was plenty of veg served for the 4 of us. Enjoyed Castle Rock Blackbird too. They have extensive alteration plans on the walls.
gillhalfpint - 18 Jan 2009 00:53
yes , nice pint of festivity , interesting they sell , bath ales strong organic lager . food was nice , although some might say menu is a bit unadventurous . Landlord seemed friendly enough
beatles38 - 20 Dec 2008 20:43
Similar to other comments here, the Eldon seems strangely sterile now compared to previous incarnations. Not a disaster, and decent pint of Gem was had, but just nothing spectacular either. Unmemorable.
Dandillus - 20 Dec 2008 17:05
Has been taken over, minus the charm. I asked if they still did live music on a Sunday night. "Nah, I stopped that when I took it over," he said, like it was something depraved that he'd dutifully stamped out.
moozer - 6 Oct 2008 17:19
Haven't visited the Eldon for a few months, was always a Sunday lunch fan. It is under new management again and this time there seemed to be something missing. The place was clean and the beer was well kept but the bloke behind the bar was sour and seemed to be having a tiff with his wife, the music was awful, and the general ambience seems to have vanished. We only stayed for one drink.

Recently it has been a quirky, vibrant place. Perhaps the new people will take a leaf from the previous owner's book and chill a little - god knows this area needs a proper little boozer like that amongst all the stuffy wine bars. Still, with the turnover of management at this gem of a pub we'll only have to wait a year or two for the next attempt.
Mark_Phillips - 13 Aug 2008 18:29
went there recently and the food was not good. quite dirty pub. go there and see for yourself!
cliftonguy - 21 Apr 2008 14:36
I think the reviewer below must be in a different pub! We have always found the hospitality and quality of food to be more than satisfactory. There is always a friendly smile behind the bar and the beers are kept in excellent condition. I have been to The Eldon a few times on a Sunday night for music recently and have been thoroughly impressed with the exceptional standard. Good work everyone.
LittleMissCheevus - 19 Apr 2008 19:20
How disapointing to have been here a couple of times since renovation and this time our meal was truly awful. Once again this gem of a pub has become dirty and the wine was lukewarm along with the food,
The service was lack lustre and the smell of smoke confirmed the worst...people had been smoking in the bar!

colstonview - 16 Feb 2008 09:33
Had a lovely time in here recently and the staff made us feel very welcome. Slight cock-up on the catering front, last time I'll use that catch-phrase - honest, was gracefully rectified by extra servings of veg. Stockingly good beer and a mellow atmosphere, a great place to take your lover. Can't remember what it used to be like, which may of course be a bonus.
ILooklikeme - 30 May 2007 19:38
In furtherance to my earlier comment, I managed to revisit the Eldon after an 8-year hiatus on Saturday, and although it is undeniably appealing to a very different market than previously, I must say the new chap has done a really good job, and has succeeded in rendering the pub relevant again. It is smart, and quite well-heeled, but thankfully completely avoids pretentiousness. It has been redecorated and yet retained the exact layout of the old pub - right down to the slightly rustic toilets! A middle-class but broad clientele were being comfortably accommodated, both for meals (which looked excellent) and ale. The barmaid was both efficient and charming and was a real asset to the place.
Ostensibly one might be forgiven for thinking this is another in the Bath Ales arsenal (we did - 3 of their very well-kept beers and similar colour-scheme), but it isn't the case: the influence comes from the landlord's business partner, who just happens to be the Director of Bath Ales!
Whilst I imagine some old clientele would hate it, I say well done to the new owners and I hope they make a go of it.
TWG - 23 Oct 2006 17:18
Used to be a regular here as an undergraduate in the mid-late '90s under Steve & Lyn's regime. Not perfect, but a cracking Ushers alehouse with plenty going on; a real community place for true Cliftonites (not those who've bought their way in!). It changed hands in 1998 and disaster struck, although I believe it has now been through 2 reasonable licensees and the current chap has the right idea. Judging by the comments below it is better than I remember it and certainly could be worth a visit next time I'm around.
It's heartening to hear of a place that is actually being bettered by a conscientous licensee.
TWG - 17 Oct 2006 17:53
nice to see the pub has been given a new lease of life. Prices are reasonable and whenever I have been in there it has been quiet, which is actually quite a nice feature if you just want to chill. the only negative i could find though is that the landlord kept staring me out and wasn't the most talkative of folks...
mjhizzy - 11 Aug 2006 18:22
Rejuvenated pub now big on Bath Ales (and why not). Sadly, the once legendary juke box has gone to the great wurlitzer in the sky, but under the umpteenth new ownership it looks like they've finally cracked it. A pub that proves flowers on the table doesn't necessarily mean poncey.
WebelMC - 18 Jul 2006 20:00
The new owners have redecorated and made it a light and cheerful atmosphere inside. There is no longer a pool table which adds loads more space for eating tables, and the food is really, really fantastic. They source some free range and organic products, including one ale, one lager, one cider and various spirits. They have an extensive and unusual wine list, and the Sunday Roast will keep you going all week! Friendly bar staff and a good 'off the beaten track' feel that makes the experience more personal. It's a great place to meet friends, chat and escape the rest of the city.
LittleMissCheevus - 24 Jun 2006 18:52
Newly renovated with a light airy feel to the place that is very relaxing indeed. Sampled the Bath Ales "Wild Hare" and condition of the beer was supreme, had a fantastic lunch and came out with a smile on my face.

Oh yes, and the barmaid was excellent - friendly, helpful and enjoying her work. Sadly all too rare these day's.

Faultless - And I'm very hard to please. ;)
MisterX - 20 Jun 2006 22:38
Had a splendid lunch here on Sunday - highly recommended as a place to eat. The beer is from the Bath Ales brewery, and is reasonable.
pubcollector - 12 May 2006 23:20
Went to this pub a few Fridays back. Was quite busy but had a quiet room out the back. Apparently Tuesday's Quiz Night is very popular especially with the students and lecturers.
Mark Edwards - 26 Jul 2004 12:31
Went on a Sunday for lunch and had quite a good afternoon. Had the beef while my mate had vegie then played pool until evening!
James Smith - 12 Feb 2004 17:29

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