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user reviews of the Bridge Inn, Bristol

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Small corner boozer which was handy for us as we needed a sit down and a drink.

Wouldn't want to visit here if it was busy-we are not into that sort of night or day out.

Certainly good for a pub crawl for a quick one if in the area.

Four ales on too.

6/10
montie49 - 4 Mar 2016 19:03
Small one room pub that has no real character, however I found the place quite charming and genuinely friendly. The Milk Stout from The Bristol Brewing Company was deeply satisfying and the Hophead from Dark Star was indeed very fresh and hoppy, no complaints on beer quality!

All beers on a Monday are £2.50, an absolute bargain in a city that can be hard on the old wallet. I recommend this pub, will visit again if I am down the west country.
nokegthanks - 16 Sep 2014 15:05
Reasonable enough place though has a bit of a feel of a trying to be trendy sities cafe rather than a traditional pub (a la Warhol coolages on the wall). Smallish place with decent enough ale with tables outside if you like to watch heavy traffic pass by.
anonymous - 6 Aug 2013 19:31
Small pub with great choice of beer. Mostly quiet except on a friday evening when almost impossible to get through the door.
Not sure what the previous reviewer is on about, any shouty types would stand out like a sore thumb and not be tolerated by the polish staff.
I've certainly never been offered a jelly baby.
doctom - 5 Mar 2013 19:10
Yes a great little pub, usually has four Ales on usaly one from Bath Ales, perhaps not for the Dark Beer connoiseur as much as those prefer their Beer Golden.
One word of warning look out for a bloke that laughs loudly, screams when he talks, and looks like Dr Who.
Cliftonclive - 6 Feb 2013 19:14
A great little pub.
totpotter1 - 1 Oct 2012 20:51
Great pub, small but cozy. Great if you have a few poeple, feels like you own the place :)
frankw5 - 16 May 2012 16:58
There is little that I can add that hasn’t already been said, so I will just document the beer selection that was offered on a recent visit – Jem, Dark Star’s Hophead, Skinner’s Spriggan ale and Wyrepiddle’s Frosty Piddle. Ciders were Bounders and Blackthorn.
Blackthorn - 24 Jan 2012 18:16
Great little pub with an interesting range of ale on. I ought to visit here much more often.
LukeD - 2 Jan 2012 17:57
Hard to fault this small welcoming pub. Good beer(Bath Ales + guests) at very reasonable prices (£2.20 Mon, otherwise £2.70) and good value food. Highly recommended.
baxterfish - 7 Dec 2011 06:57
Super little pub with excellent Bath ales. Always worth a visit when walking back from the city centre to the station.
mcroyal - 13 Nov 2011 12:12
Very friendly although quiet when we called for a pint of well kept Bath ale. The barman was also local and keen to chat, and we found him amusing and informative. A good place to stop, and the first time I had heard "Moving Waves" by Focus for a very long time.
Stamfordian - 17 Oct 2011 12:06
Small, intimate pub, three beers on when I was there - two Bath Ales. A must visit pub, but not sure I would want more than a couple there.
Wilson_MacDonald - 18 Jun 2011 17:24
Cosy pub selling Bath Ales. Too many barsatnders spoiled our experience but I would go back.

Interestingly they have a record deck and a selection of albums for customer use. Apparently it is a "one side only" policy when it is busy!
LickeyEndBooze - 6 Mar 2011 18:31
Again a preponderance of bath ales , wth a couple of guest Beers often at least one of them from Arbor Ales Kingswood .Quality of Beer good. Good pub grub. smallest pub in Bristol don't know must have its rivals for that title. 7.5 /10 as said a good pub , better in this area than the Cornubia , or the mighty seven stars nah.
beatles38 - 4 Mar 2011 05:07
Wow! What a change for the good.

Bristol's smallest pub has finally come of age. Nice, eclectic range of beers on tap, great food at el cheapo prices and really friendly staff to boot. I've finally found nirvana in central Bristol. I apologise to the local competition, sorry but there is no better pub in this area right than The Bridge at present and I include the mighty Seven Stars in that. Well done Bridge Inn!
MisterX - 27 Feb 2011 23:31
With the new management this pub has changed dramatically for the better, the staff are pleasant and helpful and there is a good variety of guest beers so you haven't got to drink liquid toffee. The heavy rock can be a bit dominant though.

MrKiA - 26 Dec 2010 14:21
A great little pub, warm and welcoming never had a bad pint here. Owners doing a great job, a great bolt hole from Cabots Circus whilst the fairer sex shop.........
bristolsteve - 4 Dec 2010 09:10
Been here a couple of times recently , but always made to feel as if i've gatecrashed the party . sorry BA
beatles38 - 8 Feb 2010 22:06
Small green interiored pub with Bath ales on - all new to me as I'm not a local. Tried the Arbor ales Green Bullet, my first from that brewery and jolly nice it was too! Vinyl playing was a novelty. When I was here 4 years ago I'm sure it was red with b&w prints of movie and pop stars on.
Booze_Allen - 8 Feb 2010 17:23
small pub, cosy, has a vinyl record collection that customers can select and play! 4 handpumps biased towards Bath Ales, quality was excellent, had a change of ownership so excluded from GBG but hoping to get into 2011 edition.
Abteilung - 6 Feb 2010 16:54
Returned,staff more friendly than previous visits. Ale was Teignworthy Neap Tide and was reasonable. Bath ales(zzzz) also available. Several "former" Kings Head and 7 Stars punters in. Hmm.....
an_ecunemical_matter - 23 Jan 2010 10:11
Nice friendly little pub with good value Bath Ales - £2 a pint on Monday.
baxterfish - 12 Jan 2010 15:21
Doombar, Bath Spa & Gem, Pontypridd (Otley) O-Garden. The latter was available from the cellar and, when this was offered, I first thought he said Hoegarden but glad I eventually tried it, very flavoursome, & later available on handpump. Clips above the till showed what was coming next – Darkstar Meltdown, Yeovil Posh IPA, Otley O2, RCH Double Header. Tiny pub with wall banquettes surrounding 4 tables and, well, that’s it. Friendly service from the Polish(?) couple, a notice behind the bar announced bookings were being taken for ‘Christmas Breakfast’, champagne etc, which was declared excellent by American, Brislington Lyn (“one n – I’m poor”) in the other group last Sunday lunch. Homemade specials board showed sponge pudding, £1.50 after yr Sunday roast. I reckon 20 customers would fill this place, maybe that happens on Happy Mondays; £2 pints all day. I didn’t notice the aforementioned gramaphone, but this visit followed a very late night. On leaving, I was disproportionately pleased that Lyn recognised my username when I said I’d include her in the BITE review, haha.
trainman - 22 Nov 2009 16:31
Another small pub, in which this part of the country seems to excel. I’d had a few by the time we got here but still managed a good pint of the 5.5% Cheddar Goats Leap. Well I needed something strong with a_e_m spinning the vinyl.

Millay - 11 Oct 2009 19:46
Stopped off for a quick pint on the way back to my hotel not long after 10 pm to find the barman in the process of shutting-up shop despite still having quite a few customers in. Fortunately, he said "you've just made it" and went inside this cozy little corner pub. A reasonable selection of Bath Ales and other local beers. Enjoyed my pint of something I think was called Seven Maidens Mild (but a subsequent internet search didn't produce any details).
rpadam - 10 Oct 2009 11:26
Boxing matches aside,the Bridge is still ok,the RCH guest beer lately has been good. The music can be only described as rubbish though,not fitting the clientelle so probably the barmans choice. (Thank god for the gramaphone!)Still reasonable overall but not the mecca that the previous poster/business development manager professes.
an_ecunemical_matter - 13 Aug 2009 17:34
The Bridge has been run by some young Polish people for a while now and they took sometime to settle in after Rab left. But now I think it has got excellent again.
The basic Gem & Spa are always on good form and the third handpump now does regular (and unusual) guest beers. A fourth handpump for guest beers is planned, Prices are very good for a city centre (Spa £2.40 and Guests £2.60). It has not turned into a Polish pub and a very mixed clientele drink here (suits & hard hats in the same pub!). Food is good basic pub fayre. Always worth going to when doing a Redcliffe crawl.
And don't forget the turntable and the very mixed collection of vinyl that you can play yourselves!!
neptune06 - 3 Aug 2009 22:26
Nice pub, good little atmosphere, not the best around but good enough
yoyayo - 14 Jun 2009 18:30
Ive got to say this pub IS not worth 7.9 /10 ,the people that give it this mark , should get out and about a bit ,that said a small pub , all bath ales spa was £2.30 a pint , i'm not saying this this is the worst pub in bristol , but 7.9 come on
beatles38 - 31 May 2009 21:45
Eccentric little place this - don't know if they have stopped the guest beers but only Bath Ales on when we were there however, the ones we tried were in excellent condition) Nice chap serving at the bar who Mrs Dandillus got chatting to. Possibly the only pub where you would see an old Groundhogs LP used as decoration.
Dandillus - 18 Jan 2009 19:04
Small, friendly local pub. Very handy for city centre hotels, 3 bath beers on Tap. Worth a look if you are walking up to Cornubia or Seven Stars
beerme - 29 Dec 2008 21:46
Excellent little pub. Orgasmic pint of Bath Festivity.
baxterfish - 13 Dec 2008 13:25
Yes I've also always had good experiences here but always found it better if the owner,Rab,is on the premises. The Bath ales are always good,and a guest occasionally appears,Tring being a frequent visitor. Record player(with Roxy Music and Led Zepplin lps!!!) available for general use,you can even bring your own records.
an_ecunemical_matter - 10 Sep 2008 08:39
a selection of perfectly kept ales from Bath and Skinners Brewery, very friendly staff
moclips2002 - 3 Aug 2008 22:28
the three tables outside virtually triple the maximum occupancy, great tasting pint of butcombe blonde was quaffed at this bath ales pub last saturday. friendly staff and visitors make it very welcoming 4 a first time visitor too, 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 17 Jul 2008 19:47
Teeny-tiny basic pub which served up the best pint of Bath ale I had all trip over Christmas (and I had a few).

Check out the view from the bridge, especially of the historic lead shot tower, which happily has a grade listing.

Walkable from the town centre and Bristol Temple Meads - make sure you try it.
Quinno - 6 Jun 2008 19:48
Small. Very, very small - tiniest pub in the whole of Bristle in fact. Great little boozer, beer always in good nick here and food nice too. Probably the best pub in the area these day's and well worth a look should you be visiting central Bristle.
MisterX - 31 Mar 2008 20:44
Great beer, good music and attentive bar staff. One of the best in Bristol 9/10
Steve45 - 7 Oct 2007 16:50
Wandered once by accident and honestly think this might be the best pub in Bristol. Small, friendly, well-kept and the barman actually had conversations with the customers and popped back when he could see my glass getting empty. Simply haven't seen another pub like this for years - keep up the the good work!
gbiddlegbiddlegboh - 26 Mar 2007 14:07
Smallest pub I've ever had the pleasure to go to. Good choice of ales (Bath Ales). Good atmosphere with some blokes playing cards for pennies. Great for a quick drink but may be unsuitable for groups of more than 3!
tanglewood - 3 Nov 2006 21:13
It really is tiny, but very jolly with it.

Good Bath Ales.

Tables on the pavement in summer don't really evoke that continental vibe, but nice enough even so.
Joan_Crawford - 2 Nov 2006 16:17
Its size and unpretentiousness might out some folk off, but the Bridge Inn is a must for lovers of well-kept Bath Ales, and those who appreciate the atmosphere created by a good local crowd, which keep it earthy yet not rough. Maybe not a place for an all-nighter, but certainly one for a crawl.
TWG - 17 Oct 2006 17:38
If you like drinking with someone elses elbow in your face then this is the pub for you... its tiny! The Bath Ales are kept very well though and the atmosphere is good. Well worth seeking out but the landlords choice of music may not be to everyones tatse.
DickStilton - 17 Nov 2005 22:12
Tiny pub, but well kept Bath Ales!
cowbutt - 9 Oct 2005 19:19
This is a sensational pub. Excellent beer from Bath Ales, nice and small, very friendly. Excellent on a winters eve!
JockStrap - 3 Sep 2005 18:15
Among the smallest pubs in Bristol, this is a little beauty. Bath SPA, Gem and Barnstormer are on handpump here, and served with a smile by friendly bar staff. The walls are covered with movie posters and a fruit machine and tv provide entertainment. No evening food, but rudimentary lunches are offered. Approximately half a mile from Bristol TM station.
Lee - [email protected] - 12 Mar 2003 17:20

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