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Nova Scotia
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Address: Nova Scotia Place, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6XL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 6550) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bedminster (1.2 miles), Parson Street (1.2 miles), Clifton Down (1.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.2/10 (rated by 25 users)
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What a great pub! Great beer, great food - really enjoyed our evening at one of Bristol's landmark pubs. Six of us had food and beers early evening, and everyone was very happy with the quality, especially as the prices were very good too.

They were very busy with the food, and as our party all had different dishes, it was obvious why the staff were rushed off their feet. My Sirloin steak (£9) was juicy, flavoursome and cooked just how I asked. With the chips, onion rings, grilled toms, mushrooms and salad it was quite a meal. Others had white bait, fish and chips, lasagne, sausage and mash or ham, egg and chips. The fair haired, bearded chap who served us our food was also a character.

Also thankful that The NS has resisted the gastro pub route which has ruined many a Bristol boozer. Just good beer and food at sensible prices in a real pub atmosphere, where every man and his dog are welcome - just as it should be. Talking of beer, there is Courage Best along with the usual lagers and Thatchers cider. May have had more beers on, but when I saw they had Caledonian Deuchars, I looked no further. Good to see an excellent beer that not too many other places keep, and as with the food, the quality was excellent. Good turnover of beer here helps ensure it's condition.

If you're looking for a proper boozer with a bit of history near the centre of Bristol with great beer, excellent home-cooked food, prices that don't take the Mickey and plenty of outside seating overlooking Bristol's historic docks - this is the one for you. Hats off to the landlord and staff. Keep it up and don't change a thing. We'll be back!
TheBeerHunterXXX - 25 Aug 2016 20:12
Great pub. It was really pleasant to sit in the summer sunshine on their dockside benches just across the cul-de-sac, with a pint of their eponymous brew in one hand and a sausage sandwich in the other. Genuinely friendly lady serving. The late nineteenth century interior is of great interest if you like heritage pubs: the bar has a screen lower than the ceiling separating the main bar from the private bar, which we know from the etched and frosted glass. Well worth a visit.
Mona_Growser - 12 Jun 2015 17:41
Beer and food excellent, ate and drank hear a few times over the week. Locals very friendly and Helpful with recommendations on where to eat, drink and visit. Little private room at the end gives the best advice. The pub has not been decorated in years but this adds to the character of this gem. Food excellent, gammon, steak, lasagne very good tried them all.
beer_hunter - 13 Apr 2012 19:53
Visited 27 Dec 2010.
Worryingly a board outside pronounced the pub was up for sale, but actually it was very much open on my visit.
I thought this pub was charming with it's low beams and pleasant olde worlde decor (albeit perhaps a little faded). With the main bar and what they describe as the ‘Captains Cabin' snug there were a total of 3 beers on ( out of a poss 5) Courage Best, GWB Classic Gold and Bankers Draft from Wickwar Brewery plus four draught ciders, all from Thatchers. The Bankers Draft was excellent, the pub being fairly busy for mid afternoon. Blackboard pronounced 'no food'. Good range of spirits. A nice pub.
SotonAleDrinker - 14 Jan 2011 19:37
Only about ten people in, not many in for a Saturday evening. Eleven o'clock and lights were going out, bar being cleaned and chairs put up. Nobody said as much, but the attitude was definitely sup up and s*d off. OK, I will!
MrKiA - 17 Oct 2010 20:54

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