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Kings Head

Address: 284 Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood, Bristol, Bristol, BS15 1AT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 24345) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Lawrence Hill (2.2 miles), Stapleton Road (2.2 miles), Bristol Temple Meads (3.1 miles)

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The following is a copy of a letter published in Pints West, Spring 2001, that helps explain the 'swamp' thing rather better:

The only swamp to be in!

My intake of alcohol back on New Year’s eve began at about 6 o’clock when I started drinking a 3-litre bottle of Thatchers Millfield bought at my local off- licence, Humpers on Soundwell Road. (I had to give her a mention as she told me off for not doing so last time you pub- lished a letter of mine.)
At about 8:15 after drinking about half of my bottle, it wasn’t hard for me to decide that I would start as I meant to go on. I braved the rather severe elements and walked from my house near Humpers in to Kingswood and, as I had on so many previous occasions, I took the plunge and went into the “Swamp” (the Kings Head cider house).

Now I know people for different reasons have praised it up before and I will again as quite simply I feel more credit is required where it is due.

After drinking the bottled variety for a fair portion of my evening it was refresh- ing to have what is always a limitless supply of the draught variety. Amusingly sometimes referred to as “pondwater” I assume because there is so much of it in the “Swamp”, I can assure the people at Thatchers that Sarah at the Kings Head does you proud. The taste and tempera- ture of your cider is constant. The array of comical characters that regularly drink there amuse me and I’ve become familiar with many of them in the few years I’ve used it.

My opinion of course may be biased somewhat as I am a self-confessed cider monster. Good old Sarah had an extension till 2 a.m. but I had had my fill by 1 a.m.
If you’ve already tried the draught Thatchers at the “Swamp” then I’m sure the chances are you still drink it. Needless to say, I had a great night on New Year’s eve. If you haven’t tried the “pondwater” yet, go on, take the plunge! You won’t regret it!

(Dedicated and in remembrance of our friend Tyke, a Thatchers connoisseur who’s sadly missed.)
Craig Weaden, Staple Hill.
CJG - 7 Jun 2012 12:45
I found out where the "Swamp" nickname came from; it seems that prior to the current owner taking over and decorating the place, the old carpet times were so sodden with beer that you stuck to the floor!
(No longer a problem - Lino floor nowadays)
TalbotHill - 16 Oct 2010 10:40
Popped in here on a Sunday lunchtime with friends. A proper locals pub, clean and tidy with friendly bar staff.
There's a small paved garden to the rear with a canopy for the smokers.
The Courage Best was OK and there's also various cider including my favourite, Moles' Black Rat (made by Thatcher's)
TalbotHill - 13 Oct 2010 09:42
Known locally as the swamp.

Avoid it is a shite hole of the highest order.
kevmac - 8 Jun 2010 23:09

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