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Red Lion, Clifton - pub details

Address: 26 Worrall Road, Clifton, Bristol, Bristol, BS8 2UE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 12896) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Clifton Down (0.5 miles), Sea Mills (0.7 miles), Redland (0.8 miles)

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Closed again. Unfortunately, Nick the landlord lost interest several years ago, and the regulars disappeared. Clive the manager did an excellent job running the place and trying to keep it alive. However, despite his best efforts, he was fighting a losing battle.

Shame, because it was a great little pub, but since old Charlie passed away, I think it's days seemed numbered. Perhaps nick will be third time lucky and try to resurrect the pub. However, I very much doubt it and I think the future for a pub that has lost one of it's bars and all of the upstairs accommodation looks very bleak. Hope I'm wrong, but won't be surprised to go past here soon to find it's been turned into more student digs. SAVE THE LION!!!!!
TheBeerHunterXXX - 25 Aug 2016 21:05
This is now back to a proper pub after it’s fairly brief outing as a trendy wine bar. Decor wise it has changed little, if at all, although obviously the deli counter has now gone to be replaced with a few tables and chairs and the hams are no longer hanging in the wine cellar.

A couple of plasma screens were dotted around although these were not in use on our visit, and there was a trophy shelf at the rear along with a couple of signed football shirts. The fire-place had a large selection of church candles burning away, whereas a proper fire would have been nice on a cold December evening.

Beers on tap were Doom Bar, Cornish Coaster and Hook Norton’s Lion whilst the ciders were Thatcher’s Gold and Thatcher’s Dry. Unusually there was a slow cooker on one of the tables next to the bar which was presumably dispensing a mulled drink of some sort.
Blackthorn - 30 Dec 2013 14:48
Now known as the Red Lion Wine House, it is as its name suggests, very much more of a wine bar now as opposed to your traditional pub, and this is clearly reflected both in the ambience and the drinks selection (or lack of). At one time it was a bit of a cider house, so it would have been nice to see at least one choice of cider available in a nod to its past, but alas not. Then again, I can remember when there was a gentlemans club further up the road (now an apartment block), so clearly the area is moving up market.

The front bar is slightly larger and has whitewashed walls, an old flagstone floor, low ceilings and large windows at the front. There were various old advertising signs on the walls and all the tables had candles in old wine bottles, which created a pleasant ambience. The smaller rear bar seemed a little cosier with its black walls, old prints on the walls, a brick fireplace and some old leather sofas. There was glass viewing window in to the wine cellar, and this also had a couple of hams hanging from the ceiling.

Food choice appeared to be limited to just a platter of charcuterie and cheeses. These were available to select from a deli style counter in the rear bar, and I believe came with a few hunks of bread and olives. Although I didnt try it myself, it seemed a little pricy at 11.50 for a choice of three, or 20 for six.

No ales on tap unfortunately, real or otherwise. In fact, nothing on draft at all. There was a barrel on the end of the bar, but this is apparently not in use yet and in any case is destined to hold wine, not beer. A large blackboard listed a good choice of wines, many available by the glass, but these too seemed a little on the steep side with a small 125ml glass costing 3 - 4. There was a very limited selection of bottles available, on this visit it was just Hop Back Summer Lightning and a Samuel Smiths organic lager, although the friendly barman did say that theyd had a busy night the night before. A bottle of each cost me 8.50, so I dont think Ill be in any rush to return.

On balance, its nicely done out, and it is of course nice to see it re-open, but unless youre after a glass of wine and a plate of charcuterie, and dont mind what you pay for it, Id suggest that there are other far more appropriate places nearby.
Blackthorn - 28 Nov 2011 21:34
I stand corrected......... Like a man in orthapaedic shoes.

It's undergone some transformation, they've been working on it for a while.

Not sure about things on the beer front as I've not been in yet, but with regards to the wine, cheese and charcuterie I've seen some very complimentary reviews and it's been busy which is a good sign.

It looks like they've done well with the place which is great to see. Shall go check it out and report back.
stuartmeale - 10 Nov 2011 16:56
Hi Cliftonclive. Yep, it was shutdown around Christmas. A shame really as Rob had done well with what he had to work with and it was a good laugh with the regulars.

I live very locally and we've just had a notice of planning for 9 flats above the pub (they haven't made their plans for the actual pub clear yet but how else are people going to access the 9 flats?) so it seems obvious it will be finished.

However, I along with a few others that I have spoken to oppose the planning applications so we'll see what that brings.
stuartmeale - 19 Apr 2011 14:41

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