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The Avon Gorge Hotel, Clifton - pub details

Address: Princes Buildings, Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4LD [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 28786) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Clifton Down (1 mile), Bedminster (1.7 miles), Redland (1.7 miles)

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OMG what a horrible rip off joint this place is.
Rip off prices, piss poor service and undrinkable beer. If you complain that the pint of shite they have served you is undrinkable, they say "no one else has complained" even though every one in the place is complaining. Best not to go there.
Nice view.
cellarbuoy - 14 Oct 2014 19:52
Although this pub is titled The Avon Gorge Hotel, it does have itís own identity and is known as The White Lion. Although it is the hotel bar, itís got itís own entrance and many punters would probably be unaware of the fact that it is attached to a hotel. The main draw is undoubtedly the very large patio area at the back with a fantastic, uninterrupted view Brunelís Suspension Bridge as well as much of the gorge from which the hotel takes itís name. This is a popular spot and gets packed on a nice summerís day when it can be tricky to find a seat. I have on occasions seen a BBQ going as well. An Australian relative was rather bemused by the plastic shrubbery however.

Inside itís a little less appealing. The walls are painted in a slightly depressing shade of maroon, and there are many blackboards advertising forthcoming sporting fixtures that are being shown. On this occasion there was a very large projection screen in one corner showing the football, as well as a couple of plasmaís dotted around. A sports bar in an upmarket hotel seems an odd combination. The floor is striped wood and there are lots of pine tables and chairs around as well as a few sofaís by the large windows. The bar area itself is an island in the middle of the room and is a trendy sort of affair with marble counter top and chrome pillars.

I didnít check the menu, but food was always quite popular as I recall from previous visits. Last night they appeared to be doing some sort of a curry deal that certainly smelt good. Service was ok, although the barman didnít appear to have much in the way of personality. However, they were quite quiet on a recent Monday evening visit so there shouldnít be any problems. In the summer it can be a frustrating experience with the numbers of bar staff being far short of what is required, and the staff seeming to have little idea of whose turn it is to be served next or even how to work efficiently. A ten minute scrum at the bar is not unusual. Similarly my recollection of prices from previous visits is that theyíre quite expensive, although last nightís £7.70 for a couple of pints and a bottle of Corona didnít seem too bad. Either theyíve had a change of policy of they jack their prices up in the summer to take advantage of the good weather.

The beer and cider choice was disappointing, with Butcombe being the solitary beer offering, and Bulmers the only cider. In summary I would have to say the only reason to really visit here is for the patio in the summer which is a fantastic spot. Otherwise there are plenty of far better pubs just a very short walk away.
Blackthorn - 23 Nov 2010 10:10
A great waste , with a few minor amendments , this could easily be one of the great place's in the country
beatles38 - 9 Aug 2009 20:14
Have to agree with all the other comments-incredibly slow service, overpriced drinks and food, useless staff. Only redeems itself because of its wonderful location.
hammers101 - 28 Dec 2008 19:31
What more can I say other than top repeat all that's said before.
PLEASE DO NOT SPEND MONEY AT THIS PUB. IF YOU WANT TO ENJOY THE VIEW BUY A FEW CANS FROM THE OFFIE AND DRINK THEM IN THEIR GARDEN. THE BAR STAFF ARE TOO STUPID TO REALISE WHAT YOU ARE DOING, YOU SAVE MONEY AND GET A DECENT DRINK TO BOOT
Dr_Pangloss - 26 Dec 2008 20:30

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