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Roo Bar, Clifton - pub details

Address: Clifton Down Railway Station, Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2PN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 9094) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Clifton Down (0.1 miles), Redland (0.6 miles), Montpelier (1 mile)

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Now renamed "Steam Bristol". Much more of a regular pub offer with good food and a range of different beers.
Cothamcodger - 13 Dec 2016 14:53
A large and popular pub right next to Clifton Down railway station. I assume that it was at one time the station building and there are still glimpses of an impressive arched roof, although a mezzanine level floor that has been constructed has largely obscured this.

Itís very much a sports bar, with at least a dozen TVís and plasmaís dotted around the place (even a bank of three right next to each other which seems odd) as well as a large projection screen right opposite the bar. Several large notices advertise prominent football matches that are being screened, and a poster displaying a full listing showed that there were no less than 29 planned for October.

The pub itself is quite big, with a main central bar and smaller rooms off to each side. The left hand bar houses a couple of pool tables, and the two bars off to the right appear to be a bit cosier with lower level seating. The pumps on the bar are unusual in that they dispense from above, keeping the bar counter clear. I suppose that makes it easier for passing drinks across, but it must be hard work for the bar staff continually holding glasses up so high while they are filled. There is also a good sized outside decking area which was very popular. Bar service was quick with an efficient bunch of staff, although this may have been in anticipation of lots of punters coming in later to watch the England match.

As you might guess from the name, the pub has a bit of an Australian theme to it with much of the interior being made of wood to resemble beach huts and the like. There was also a large model alligator attached to the wall, and an equally large sharkís head protruding from the wall in the pool room. Thereís an impressive large fireplace down at one end, although unfortunately itís clear that this is no longer in use. The place seems popular with students, and there were a large number dressed up as farm animals on a recent visit.

The food offering seems to be very much at the budget end of the scale with main meals from £3.49, and different promotions on most nights of the week such as curry nights, grill nights and burger nights. There is also a quiz night on Sundays.

The solitary beer on offer was Greene King IPA, although there was another hand pump displaying a notice that said the beer was settling and would be ready shortly. The ciders were a rather disappointing Bulmers and Strongbow.
Blackthorn - 13 Oct 2010 10:13
Very studenty, cheap drinks, loud music, but overall a pretty good atmosphere. Gets very busy around 10pm, but the vibe is always good. Not the cleanest of places, sticky floors, but a great alternative bar to Whiteladies where the prices are higher.
fran - 10 Mar 2010 16:32
Not a great deal "aussie" about this place,although the food always smells pretty good. 5/10
fat_beer_badger - 14 May 2009 18:10
Friendly staff, often too busy for a quiet pint.
Very much a student hangout when there's no sport on. It is a damn good atmosphere even for the smallest league game, although trying to even get in the door for the Rugby World Cup Quarters was impossible!
edb543 - 18 Feb 2008 15:51

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