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The Lion, Clifton - pub details


Address: 19 Church Lane, Clifton, Bristol, Bristol, BS8 4TX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 23827) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Clifton Down (1 mile), Bedminster (1.3 miles), Parson Street (1.3 miles)

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As nobody else has posted anything since my previous review, I will expand upon it a little...

This is a great pub situated in the back streets of Clifton Wood, but only a few minutes walk from Hotwells Road. Itís a typical street corner local, being surrounded on all sides by houses. Inside it looks to have had a recent refurbishment, and has got that typical gastro-pub look of striped pine flooring, brown paint work and chunky wooden tables. That said though, itís still very much a drinkers pub and whilst there were a few punters tucking in to meals, the majority were just there for a pint.

Itís not a big pub and the seating is fairly limited, so it can be tricky to get a seat. The fact that one of the biggest tables was reserved didnít help either. Thereís a fireplace in one corner, although unfortunately it wasnít in use on our visit. A roaring fire on a cold Novemberís evening would have been very welcome. There was also a plasma stuck up on the wall which looked a little out of place, although fortunately it was not in use on this occasion. There are also a few pictures dotted around the walls, including a drawing of a lion which seemed appropriate. Barmaid seemed friendly.

Thereís a decent looking menu chalked up on a few boards opposite the bar, divided in to various sections such as nibbles, mains, etc. It looks to be slightly less ďpub grubĒ than on my previous visit, with no sign of any pies or burgers, but still offers a good choice at reasonable prices. Confusingly there was a different selection of main courses on two separate boards, one priced and one not. Possibly one was part of some meal deal offer, but this was not clear. Of the mains that were priced the majority were £7.75, although the steaks on offer were obviously more than this.

Beers on tap were Barnstormer, Jem and Tribute. The cider was Thatcherís Gold. There was also the biggest bottle of rosť wine Iíve ever seen behind the bar.
Blackthorn - 25 Nov 2010 10:35
A nice, friendly pub, tucked a little out the way but worth the effort to find. It's only a couple of minutes walk from Hotwells Road as long as you don't mind lots of steps.
It looks a bit gastropubby with it's wooden floors, but fortunately the menu seemed to be lots of pies, burgers and few proper pub meals like lasagne, ham, egg & chips, etc.
Only a couple of beers on tap, plus Thatcher's Gold cider.

Blackthorn - 14 Jul 2009 10:34
It is interesting that bs8drinker hides their identity, only registered on Wednesday 8th July, has only made six comments, and all six of these comments are having a go at LukeD. Is it possible that this person signed up to purely to have a go at Luke? Could they be closely associated with one of the five pubs LukeD commented on? Draw your own conclusions!

By the way I think it perfectly acceptable that a landlord should comment on other pubs, particularly when HE is NOT hiding his identity.
(Apologies for miscounting comments earlier!)
MrKiA - 10 Jul 2009 17:44
bs8drinker - 8 Jul 2009 12:49
I did not enjoy my last experience of this pub, and this is why.

I turned up with a friend sometime between 10.30 and 10.45. Ordered pint of ale, sat down next to bar. All very nice. Finished pint, and asked for another. Was told that they had called time and had finished serving. I mentioned that I had been sat no more that six foot away from the bell for the last half an hour and had not heard one ring, let alone two. The barmaid changed her tone and said that they didn't usually ring the bell on quiet nights. How on earth are we supposed to know when they are about to stop serving if they hide the fact.

Needless to say I have not been back since, I do not drink in pubs that do not call last orders or time.
LukeD - 1 Jul 2009 17:44

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