The Mall, Clifton - pub details
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|I didn't intend on revisiting the Mall last weekend (hadn't been in for many a year and hadn't frequented it since its Firkin days in the '90s), but it kind of had to happen, as it was apparently on a Friday night the best beer pub open after 11PM in Clifton! We'd tried at the Portcullis at just after the hour but were politely turned away. |
So we had some beer. And it was pleasant - as it was the close of proceedings I can't remember what the hell it was, but it was in decent order. Selection wasn't outstanding but reasonable enough, and no less of a beer-monster's haven now than in the Firkin era, though arguably has reverted back to the wine-bar style and mature sophistication that it exuded before its conversion to an outlet of said defunct chain.
We did get some odious lads being awfully obnoxious - one actually used the line "you've forgotten where you are: Clifton"! But then again my mate had just randomly called one "a c**t" and told another to "f**k off" without any real provocation other than the amount of ale he'd absorbed, so, in fairness these chaps had a fair complaint, and some would've swung for us. But when riposting to errant fellow-boozers, I can only implore student types to try not to be quite so arrogantly abrasive about it - with people like them about there's little chance of forgetting where one is!
Chalked up as a decent enough pub, which at least realised there's still ale to be drunk even after 11PM. Though given the wider competition, neither the Mall, nor Clifton itself, can really compete in the field of excellent ale houses.
TWG - 8 Oct 2012 17:54
|A good sized pub on a corner plot at the top of The Mall in the heart of Clifton village. The main upper bar has very large windows giving good views of the street outside and the green opposite. At the left hand end it opens out in to a room with a very high, ornate ceiling and this, together with the dual aspect windows (covered in floor to ceiling red velvet drapes) give it a very open, airy feel. |
Down at the other end of the long bar is a staircase leading down to a lower bar. This has much lower ceilings and less in the way of notable features, and can appear a little gloomy, although itís a good size and can get very busy on a weekend. As beatles38 has mentioned, there is also a courtyard garden.
There is a good selection of wines chalked up on a board, and the beers on offer were Lancaster Red, Doom Bar and Tribute. Good choice of ciders with Aspallís Suffolk, Hoganís (thatís a new one on me), Addlestones and Westonís Organic straight from the barrel.
Blackthorn - 20 Jan 2011 09:50
|the 2nd greatest pub in clifton in clifton after the dawkins , cider on the barrel , good pub grub , good downstairs and garden , plus a couple of good real ales . what more do you want|
beatles38 - 6 Sep 2010 21:46
|This is a lovely pub in a great location with very good beer and food. I am surprised by the low overall rating, but suspect that there might be two reasons for that. First, you really want to be sitting near the entrance, in the original part of the pub; 80 per cent of the pub is an extension that is gloomy and soulless. When I pop in, I look for a seat near the window and if there isn't one, I go elsewhere.|
Second, the clientele are posh students with loud plummy voices and their collars turned up. I can see how some would find that annoying, but at lunchtime they're not too overbearing, and if, like me, you have a weakness for posh young women, you can easily blot out the insufferable rugger types.
FrancoG - 26 May 2009 12:53
|Horrible "spoilt toffee nosed student" clientele when visited all paying by card for a couple of drinx,but on the other hand its a really lovely pub/bar with loads of places to sit drink n relax, and the caledonian raspberry fool was totally divine when i visited on st pat's day, 8/10|
fat_beer_badger - 29 Mar 2009 16:11
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