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The Bowl Inn, Lower Almondsbury - pub details

Address: 16, Church Road, Lower Almondsbury, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS32 4DT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 24496) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Patchway (2.1 miles), Pilning (2.3 miles), Filton Abbey Wood (3.2 miles)

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I pop in here from time to time, as it is a lovely location and generally friendly folk in there. The beer is always decent, but never tip-top seemingly. I went there about 3 weeks ago for a swift pint after a day's DIY, and it was a pleasant evening, beer was good-to-average (Everards Tiger as I recall) and they usually have a variety of Brains products on. Lovely sitting outside. [Oh - they have an odd arrangement with the car parking charge too, no problem, just additional hassle]
The_evil_doctor - 12 Jun 2015 13:10
Nice country pub in a quiet location next to the church in Almondsbury. Our visit was, however, totally let down by the very poor quality of the beer. Two pints, Butcombe and Everard's Tiger, served 100% flat. In my experience, flat beer seems to be the most common problem when it comes to quality, a problem which is exasperated by the fact that I have been told by (un) knowledgable bar staff on more than one occasion that it is 'supposed to be' flat. No it isn't, and you are ripping your customers off by serving a sub-standard product.
Dandillus - 27 Aug 2012 15:29
Nice country pub in a pretty village. Ales on were Bath Gem, Warwickshire Duck Soup, Elgoods Copper Feelgood, Skinners Best & Butcombe Bitter. Food seemed to be fairly popular. Don't get caught out by the pay and display car park opposite. You pay at all times, but can get the money refunded at the bar. The car park warden is likely to be sitting in his/her car watching the comings and goings.
blue_scrumpy - 7 Mar 2012 17:10
A traditional stone built pub in a pleasant village setting with a particularly attractive church next door. Inside the olde worlde theme continues with exposed stone walls and plenty of black timbers, although personally I felt the rather bright lighting detracted from the ambience somewhat. If theyd dimmed the lights a bit and lit the fire there would have been an all-together much cosier feel to the place.

Theres one long, carpeted bar with bench seating in the windows and several tables and chairs, some of which felt a little squashed in. Theres another room off to the right separated from the main bar by a wood burning stove. This has whitewashed walls, leather armchairs and a few pictures dotted around. Behind this is a wood panelled room reminiscent of an old fashioned hotel. There is an interesting curved stone built fireplace in the corner.

Barmaid seemed friendly enough, and there was a decent looking menu with a small selection of specials chalked up on a board. This seems to be quite a food led pub, and most punters appeared to be eating on our visit. This is not your usual pub grub though, with no sign of a chilli, curry or lasagne. Most of the mains were between the 8 and 12 mark, although some dishes such as steak were considerably more than this. Ultimately the food was quite disappointing though. My guinea fowl with sweet potato mash and spicy red cabbage was tasty enough, but not particularly well cooked and certainly not worth the 12 it cost. Similarly Mrs. Bs lamb was well over-cooked making it not exactly tough, but certainly nowhere near as tender as was expected. This was also 12 and for this sort of price in a pub I would expect real top quality nosh, which unfortunately this was not.

Good range of beers on tap with Abbot Ale, Old Speckled Hen, Butcombe, Rev. James, Buckleys Best and Everards Tiger (by the time we left the last one had been replaced by Wadworths Swordfish). The solitary cider was Stowford Press.

Note that the pub car park opposite is a pay and display. If you tear off the refund part of the ticket, you will get the cost refunded when you make a purchase.
Blackthorn - 4 Nov 2010 08:20
I believe it's been taken over by Brains in 2009. They now stock a good range of ales and yes I'd echo the previous comment that it certainly wasn't more than 3.00 a pint! It's a classic village local this one - very cosy and not built for those of more statuesque proportions (i.e. you might have to duck occasionally). Well worth checking out just a couple of miles off the M5.
NorthernSoul68 - 9 Feb 2010 14:46

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