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The Orchard Inn, Bristol - pub details

Orchard Inn

Address: 12 Hanover Place, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6XT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 29164) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bedminster (1.1 miles), Parson Street (1.1 miles), Clifton Down (1.2 miles)

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Unassuming one-room backstreet pub which looks like it hasn't changed since the 1980s. Neither has the piped music although it was good to hear The Mission's "Tower of Strength" again! Regular live jazz/blues. 15+ ciders are the main attraction here as the beer wasn't anything special (at least when I visited on Thursday). I tried the Theakston's Christmas Ale for £3.50 a pint; also on sale were St Austell's Proper Job & Cornish Best, Bath's Gem and Box Steam's Tunnel Vision. I might be out on a limb here but it doesn't seem quite deserving of its Top 20 place on BITE to me.
paul_d102 - 31 Dec 2016 10:58
All the recent reviews have said it all. Marvellous place for the cider drinkers amongst us. Ale choice was a bit ordinary but the Piston Broke I had was in excellent condition.
Steamer1 - 2 Dec 2016 11:10
A great range of ales and ciders served well. Around 15 ciders on offer together with 2 or 3 Real Ales. Friendly helpful landlord. . . and good ale . . . mmm did I mention the good ale?
BigPaul65 - 8 Sep 2016 19:43
The Orchard was the first stop on a crawl of Bristol. It's a backstreet boozer located on a side street on Spike Island, near to the SS Great Britain and just a short ferry ride away from Hotwells and Clifton. A number of ales are served on gravity - Prescott Chequered Flag, Bath Gem, Box Steam Piston Broke, Otter Bitter & St Austell Tribute & Proper Job. But the real draw are the ciders and perries. Some are on handpull. But the majority are fetched directly from the cellar. There is a blackboard at the side of the bar displaying the full list, which comprised Westons Old Rosie, Thatchers Traditional & Cheddar Valley, Orchards Cider, Cornish Orchards Mulled Cider, Severn Cider Hendre Huffcap Perry, Dry Cider & Sweet Cider, Hecks Yarlington Mill & Blakeney Red Perry, Hancocks Dry & Sweet, Handmade Fire Starter & Springtime Surprise, Thistly Cross Whisky Cask, Wessex Medium & Dry, Beard And Sabre Cider, Haywood Farm Dry & Sweet, Gloucestershire Chisel Jersey, Dorset Nectar Medium, New Forest Dry & Sweet, Ham Hill Medium, Countryman Medium & Ventons Dry. With a long crawl ahead, I only had the chance to try two. But I'm sure I'll be back one day to get through some more. The bar itself is fairly simple. It is a single room, with a couple of tables out the front. It is clearly a music pub too. The landlord and barmaid were friendly and knowledgeable. A number of bar snacks are served, such as Scotch Eggs, which were very nice. Situated on a bit of a limb, being away from the main Bristol pub areas. But well worth seeking out.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Jun 2016 17:37
Superb spot...always my pilgrimage on a visit to Bristol...over 20 ciders and a good range of snacks. Get the feeling they don't want too many people to know about the place!
caliwag - 31 Jan 2016 12:07

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