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Cloisters, Salisbury

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A lovely beamed interior and fairly large once inside.

However that was about as good as it got. Very quiet on a Saturday afternoon and no food on offer either.

Needs to do better.

montie49 - 6 Mar 2019 18:41
Not too far to walk from the centre of Salisbury and near some other pubs so handy for a pub crawl. Although effectively one large room, it's quite dark inside because of all the wooden beams and panels as befitting for a 17th century pub. My Butcombe Best was perfectly drinkable but nothing special; Hop Back Summer Lightning and Doom Bar were also on sale. Not particularly busy and all a little staid.
paul_d102 - 27 Jun 2016 09:54
An interesting looking pub, and much better service than the nearby Queen's Arms. That said, a managerial sort of bloke was fussing about, bemoaning the late arrival of a coachload of tourists. His distress was contagious, and made the few other customers feel a bit superfluous. My pint of Doom Bar (3.90, second dearest pint in Salisbury) was satisfactory, but I yearned for a bit more sociability.
Queenslander - 23 Sep 2015 22:38
Start of a stag pub crawl, pleasant enough, surprisingly quiet, a few thought it a bit pricey. Ale was in good nick though.
odbod - 14 Oct 2014 13:45
Our choice for a place to eat. Reserved table was lovely and service excellent. The place was full and a man came in muttering "That's Just Great", as all the tables were full.

The staff new him. He must come in for his tea every saturday. They plonked him on a table with a couple who were out for a meal. Hope it wasn't intended to be a romantic one!
Mappiman - 21 Mar 2014 11:38
Visited a couple of times a few weekends ago on a trip to Salisbury - nice interior, friendly young staff and a good selection of ales and keg stuff. Had the Cloisters Burger for the Friday night and it was lovely - nice fresh beef - not a Brakes brothers special. Lots of competeion in the very close proximity but always seemed busy. Well worth popping in if passing.
fetchman - 8 Dec 2013 13:21
popular, good ale choice but pricey.
odbod - 21 Aug 2013 15:47
Went here for the first time for a lunchtime snack today. The bar is very pleasant & comfortable. The food was very good value for money at £7.00 for a well filled tuna mayo ciabatta with chips & salad. The beers on offer were Timothy Taylors Landlord, Summer Lightning, and Doom Bar. I tried a pint of both the Landlord & the Doom Bar and they were excellent, but at £3.80 a pint I thought they were a bit pricey.
Oily_Rag - 14 Aug 2012 15:03
One of Salisbury's livelier and, I believe, older pubs set near the city centre and a few other pubs which, taken together, make for a good crawl. Cloisters has always been one of my preferred mid-week venues when I'm in town, so I'm not sure why I haven't reviewed it before. The clientele is mixed and the atmosphere welcoming and friendly, all fitting comfortably into the large, rambling interior. Food is OK but a little pricey for what it is. Beers are always good. Only 2 were on at my last visit - Doombar and Ringwood - but both were well kept and enjoyable.

Well worth a visit.
ETA - 16 Dec 2009 06:28
Sincere apologies - the last review should have been for the Chough not the Cloisters which I've never visited.
cheshirecat - 11 Oct 2009 19:22
All Hidden beers on yesterday - to my taste slightly on the cold side.

For such a large pub I was surprised how quiet it was on a Saturday afternoon - possibly because food was off for some reason. The 2 females behind the bar seemed decidedly uninterersted in the few customers who were there and not terribly good at their jobs - undersized pints seemed to be the order of the day and one tried to charge again when a pint of decidedly off beer was swopped. Based on this visit, I'd not race back - there are far better pubs in Salisbury.
cheshirecat - 11 Oct 2009 12:25
This City Centre pub certainly gives the impression having plenty of Olde Worlde charm with its aged beams, pillars and wonky walls but how much is original and how much is rebuilt from old leftovers to impress the tourists I am not certain. The fairlky rambling interior has wooden divides that make it a bit of a maze when trying to negotiate your way around the pub.

The front of the pub has some cosy window seats, a central open fireplace and a few settles but much of the pub was laid out for diners when we were there (a coach load turned up as we were leaving). Whether this arrangement extends into the evening I don’t know but it was a bit of an effort finding a seat in what was for the most part a fairly empty pub at midday. There were 3 Ales available; Doom Bar, Summer Lightning and Ringwood Best (all pretty regular for the area) at reasonable enough prices and quality. All in all, a decent enough place worthy of a pint and a quick nose at interior but I would avoid peak dining times as you get a bit frustrated.

RogerB - 14 Aug 2009 12:41
Popped in here briefly whilst visiting Salisbury. A large pub in the centre of the City, this had three handpumps I think; I had a pint of the Ringwood which was served well. I suspect the pubs of Salisbury might repay closer study; this one certainly looked above-average.
grecian - 14 Aug 2009 11:36
Old pub with the appearance and ambience of a restaurant, but is probably more of a pub than looks suggest. The interior is a mix of modern and ancient, black ceiling beams some probably relocated although the building is claimed to be mid 18th century. Most of the seating is restaurant style tables and chairs but front and centre on entering is a raised area with a modern open fire and some comfy armchairs. Décor compliments the old beams with some fake looking half timber walls, tasteful victorian prints and oil lamp style lights. At the back of this long pub is a stone flagged area and a cast iron spiral staircase leading upstairs to further seating. The bar is offset to one side and carries three handpumps with Ringwood, Summer Lightning and Sharps Doom Bar which I believe was a guest. The Lightning was in excellent condition. The bar counter is decorated with rather twee cask ends along the front. Obviously a food led establishment but reasonably priced with mains at £8-12. The wines are described with tasting notes on the menu but the beer is not, how very English.

anonymous - 4 May 2009 11:24
Popped in here for a bite to eat before the carol concert in the cathedral. I only had a half 'cause I didn't want to get caught short during the service. I had a half of one of the real ales on offer, can't remember which, but it was very nice. We all had the carvery. Food was lovely and the service was excellent. I'd recommend it!
generalstaal - 23 Dec 2008 16:36
Lovely pub, gr8 old interier n gr8 beer. 9/10
fat_beer_badger - 1 Jan 2007 22:30
Well kept Ringwood Best and friendly staff. Didn't encounter the landlord.
johnkn7 - 9 Oct 2006 13:27
Nice pub for an evening to sit and talk with people; not too loud, good atmosphere. Only let down is that staff can get a bit abusive when closing time comes; usually unnecessarily.
anonymous - 5 Jun 2005 13:56
Fab food at reasonable price, nice beer, nice friendly staff - good old fashioned pub.
Alexandra - 22 Jul 2004 13:30
Excellent pub - very friendly service, excellent beer, pretty good food, nice atmosphere
Gene Hawkins - 21 Jul 2004 15:18
A great pub serving good beer. Part of it was once Mrs Dorothy Rowe's confectionery and tobacconist shop (in the 50s). The original window blind is still in situ. Formerly the Bell & Crown. Live music on Thursdays.
Nigel - 12 Jun 2004 10:59
Good pubm Gets very busy at the weekend. Lovely and attractive staff. Fair range of beer.
George - 18 Mar 2004 19:37
Many good evenings spent in here, definatly one i use often.
Peter - 14 Mar 2004 15:13
Great for watching the rugger! Food it wonderful
rebecca - 4 Jan 2004 21:40
Excellent pub ... my favouritre pub in Salisbury. Good food, good beer, excellent atmosphere.
Eric - 14 Jul 2003 14:49
Cool Pub with larger than life landlord.
Honest Myles - 8 Nov 2002 14:05

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