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The Berkeley, Clifton - pub details

Address: Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1QE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7470) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Clifton Down (0.7 miles), Redland (1 mile), Montpelier (1.2 miles)

Chain: Wetherspoons

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I had passed this 'spoons pub before but never went in so I rectified that this time - needn't have bothered really. The Butcombe bitter was OK but nothing to write home about and they had the usual JDW problem - lack of bar staff! There are better places nearby.
mcroyal - 26 Dec 2011 10:45
Situated at the top of park st .
This spoons neither has the quality or choice of say the Berkeley or the knights Templar, quality may be asomething to do with the turnover they were selling their ale at £1.50 the other week.
Always seem to have a problem with the temperature in regard to real ales.
cider is not the greatest choice either, and food was a bit mank

Cliftonclive - 2 May 2011 12:12
A large Wetherspoon’s pub located right opposite the university, so it’s clientele tends more towards students than the OAP’s you often get in a these establishments. It’s a good sized pub with a large, full height windows in the front bar and a selection of leather sofa’s to relax in and watch the world go by. A narrower area leads up the side of the bar and it then opens out again at the rear to an area full of tables and chairs and consequently more used for dining.

There are a couple of interesting ceiling features including a giant, illuminated, pink “W” as soon as you get in the pub, just to remind you where you are, and a interesting stained glass dome at the rear of the pub. It’s been open a few years now and it’s starting to look a little shabby in places, but it’s still a decent enough pub if JDW’s are your thing. There were the usual flyers advertising meal deals, including a “Christmas Dinner and a pint” option for £6.99.

Many of the beers on tap also had a festive theme and included Otter Claus, Butcombe Christmas Steps and Rocking Rudolph, complete with flashing red LED’s on the pump clip. Other beers were Holden’s Blaster, Abbot Ale, Ruddles Best, Butcombe and Bath Ale’s Ginger Hare. Good choice of ciders as well with Blackthorn, Strongbow, Thatcher’s Gold, Stowford Press, Old Rosie and Marcle Hill.
Blackthorn - 1 Dec 2010 09:51
Went in there today . trying to use my wetherspoons vouchers . had a pint from arbors , oysters stout , arguably the best local brewery , and one of my favourite pints , and despite all the backing , they couldn't get it right
beatles38 - 2 Dec 2009 20:34
More by default than anything else, I was once found in here fairly regularly during a brief window of the mid-'90s, as it was always a natural draw for students playing at being poor, on account of its cheapness (in both price and atmosphere), and sheer proximity to the University's various outposts. Happily, after the first term I discovered other far-superior alternatives and never looked back (including the once-superb Quinton House - not Arms as stated below - which has been boarded up, but I am reliably informed has recently re-opened and is back on form?).
Having made sporadic visits in the last few years, I have never found anything other than the beer range and quality, and perhaps the vague novelty of the whispering gallery at the rear, to entice one back in a hurry. Frankly I have come to expect decent ale from most JDWs; this isn't an unusual feature nowadays. And as for the interior, it is looking rather faded; at least when I first went there it was still relatively new. Years of student and local grime is never kind to a pub's furnishings. Moreover, if one insists on sticking to the predictability of the chain in question, in Bristol alone there are at least four others which represent an improved pub experience on that to be gained from the Berkeley.
Not bad, but average at best, and so easily outclassed if only one is prepared to walk a little further. Unless cost is your driving criterion, go forth and seek out the Hope & Anchor, and the Eldon House for starters, all within 10 minutes' trot away.

TWG - 16 Nov 2009 16:16

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