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A traditional, Victorian street corner local, this is a good example of a pub that has largely survived the passage of time intact but at the same time has been sympathetically refurbished and is kept clean, tidy and up together.

It consists of two bars with an oval bar counter serving both rooms. A porch inside one entrance is constructed out of dark wood panelling, as is the bar counter. The lounge bar to the left and this warps around the end of the bar and has carpeted flooring, leaded windows, a mustard colour wallpaper and paintwork in a couple of shades of burgundy and salmon. There were two small fire-places with a green Onyx type surround, although neither of these were in use. Seating was a mixture of padded benches around the perimeter and tables and chairs elsewhere. A darts board was located towards the rear.

The food menu was extensive, and was I suspect somewhat mass produced. It offered a good selection of "pub grub" dishes divided in to various sections such as mains, burgers and curries. These were mostly priced at around the £7.50 mark, and there were various deals available such as curry nights. There was also a small specials board.

Beers on tap were predominantly from Ringwood with their Forty-niner, Boondoggle and Best. These were joined by Jennings's Cumberland whilst the solitary cider was Blackthorn. The landlord seemed friendly enough and all in all I would say this was a decent local pub, and just a short stroll away from the somewhat more hectic scene on Whiteladies Road.
Blackthorn - 17 Dec 2012 19:17
Easily overlooked, which is a shame as this is a very pleasant little pub. Four beers on when I last visited, all from the "Breweries Taken Over By Marston's" stable. I tried Ringwood Best which was perfect and a mere 2.50 a pint.
mousefan - 2 May 2011 20:47
This isn't the easiest pub tofind , but worth a look as said before.
More of you may have been to the Clyde. The interior is very similiar to the clyde , but is a lot smarter.
The pub is divided into halves one side mainly for eating, but you have to go into both bars to see the full rage of Ales.
They had four Ales on two from ringwood one from wychwood, and Banks Bitter.
Had the stong one one from ringwood, and the chocolate flavoured one from Wychwood, quality was good in both cases.
Cliftonclive - 16 Apr 2011 06:47
as always a decentpub , but underused . really loved this place.
beatles38 - 31 Jan 2010 21:41
If it was a football team it would be Burnley. Resolutely old-fashioned, sensibly priced and oddly successful. And I'm not a Burnley fan, I just like them for the tradition they bring. So it is with this pub, two rooms, high ceilings, no-frills, decent beer at realistic prices.
Evil_Gazebo - 10 Sep 2009 21:20
Just about the best pub I went in yesterday . friendly Bar staff , very chatty . guest beer jenning cocker hoop , divine ,other beers banks beer 2 x martsons , with very interesting guest beers to come .price for my jennings 2.50 . good pub .
beatles38 - 23 Aug 2009 11:10
Unremarkable Marstons outlet selling Pedigree and Marstons Ugly Sisters along with Brakspear seasonal and Bank's bitter as "guests". Ped was good despite sparkler at 2.40 a pt. Friendly staff but gruff looking manager/landlord type. Worthy of a look again. No 9 bus stops nearby.
an_ecunemical_matter - 29 Dec 2008 21:30
This was my nearest pub for years and although I didn't go in all the time, it was a very nice pub.

Did have a nice pool table and do great Sunday dinners. Used to do a good few real ales too. THey tried to open a 'garden' at one point too, more of a yard out the back.

Nice place.
Silverusbackus - 17 Nov 2006 23:13
Nice traditional pub. Good ales and friendly bar staff.
sjfc100 - 13 Oct 2006 13:21
One of the best pubs in Bristol - especially in the winter with open fires.

No juke box and no gaming machines.

Very highly recommended
Gaddball - 31 Aug 2005 16:40

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