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The Bristol Fringe Cafe Bar, Bristol - pub details

Previously called: The Greyhound

Bristol Fringe Cafe Bar

Address: 32 Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, Bristol, BS8 4BZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 23823) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Clifton Down (0.9 miles), Redland (1.5 miles), Sea Mills (1.7 miles)

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Now known as the Bristol Fringe Cafe Bar for some bizarre reason, I decided to check this out to see what had changed since my previous review. In short, nothing much. The landlady and decor are the same, the crepes have apparently been replaced by pies and Bath Ales Gem has been added to the line-up on the bar. Other than that, I did not notice any discernable difference , and the name even lives on as The Greyhound sign is now a fixture on the inside of the pub.

In addition to my previous notes, I would also add that there is a pile of board games on the window sill, a baby grand piano in the front part of the bar, a table football game in the rear, and there is an outside area which is unusual in this part of town. This consists of a small courtyard with decking, an old sofa besides the metal tables and chairs, and a barbeque. Being surrounded by tall buildings itís not going to get too much in the way of sun, but does nonetheless offer the chance of some fresh air, unless the front part of the pub which was somewhat smoky thanks to the smokers huddled in the doorway.

There were a number of posters up for the Edinburgh Fringe, so perhaps this has influenced the pubís name in some way. There are also piano nights on Thursdays and live music nights on Saturdays.
Blackthorn - 28 Aug 2012 22:19
Having been closed for a few months, itís good to see this Clifton local re-open again at last. Itís had an extensive refurbishment, and feels quite different to how it did before. Whereas formerly there were separate rooms at the front and rear with a corridor joining the two, the corridor has gone and the front bar now extends right back to the rear bar, with now just a wall separating the two. This is at the expense of the loos which were off the corridor, and consequently the new ones are quite tiny, but they serve their purpose.

The front bar has an almost wine bar like feel to it rather than your traditional pub, and this is perhaps unsurprising as the new landlady is French. Flooring is rough wood boards and paintwork is mostly cream with some maroon detailing, and there is wooden cladding on the lower part of the walls, as well as some rough wood panels on the bar counter. An old beer barrel acts as a convenient place to rest your pint just inside the door, and elsewhere there are a few leather sofas. The rear bar is somewhat smaller and has a quite different character. At the back is a stage area with various drums and lights and consequently it would seem that music is to be a key feature here. The ceiling is black and the lighting is dozens of small yellow globe lights hanging from the ceiling at various heights.

Reflecting the landladyís nationality perhaps, the menu consists of a selection of crepes, both savoury and sweet. These looked tempting, and whilst we didnít indulge on this occasion, Iím sure weíll pay a return visit. Beers on tap were Butcombe and Doom Bar. The solitary cider was Thatcherís Gold.
Blackthorn - 9 Mar 2012 11:04
Used to be great, good atmosphere for the footy with a decent pint of ale.

Now, it isn't.

Beer poor, it's tatty and needs a decent clean and the huge screen at the back while not bad for sport is ruined by the fact that the only sound is a tinny noise that comes out of the projector itself.

It's like having the sound of a 80's portable on a 50"tv in your front room.

Shockingly bad, will not be back.
stuartmeale - 19 Apr 2011 14:36
This pub unfortunately has an established image of opening,and closing again reasonably rapidly.
There were two beers on , when I visited , otter,and Tribute , the quality of the latter drinkable , but only just.
As said before plenty of handpumps not being used.
Based on this visit has the overall feeling of a pub that is going to close again. PLEASE prove me wrong.
Cliftonclive - 16 Apr 2011 07:01
*sorry last post should have read out of 7 handpumps!
fat_beer_badger - 9 Apr 2011 16:42

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