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The Merchants Arms, Hotwells - pub details

Merchants Arms
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Address: 5 Merchants Road, Hotwells, Bristol, Bristol, BS8 4PZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 30331) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Clifton Down (1.1 miles), Bedminster (1.3 miles), Parson Street (1.4 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.4/10 (rated by 22 users)
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Does anyone who whether this is still a Bath Ales' pub? It is no longer listed on their website...
CJG - 10 May 2012 14:38
A small but popular Bath Ales pub on the one-way system approaching the Cumberland Basin, this is also a useful waiting point for the bus stops opposite. Its divided in to two rooms, with a narrowish bar along the front of the pub, and a smaller square room at the rear.

The front bar has quite a dark feel with dark wood paint on the ceilings and a mustard colour elsewhere. There are a few wooden booths, wood panelling on the bar, and dark wooden boards on the floor. A large number of beer mats adorn the walls, presumably showcasing ales that have been served in the past. A small TV was showing some sport, but there was no volume.

The rear bar is quite tiny, with only room for four or five tables. There is a fire-place here and a selection of games, including a Connect 4 which Mrs. B always seems to beat me at. Quiz nights seem to be a popular feature, and a notice board documented other pub events such as brewery tours.

Beers on tap were all from the owners stable, namely Gem, Spa and Barnsey, although a fourth pump for McMullan IPA had apparently run out. The solitary cider was Baths Bounders.
Blackthorn - 9 Mar 2012 12:43
Bath Ales on tap and an ever changing guest ale, always friendly, with Little John being one of the best landlords in Brizzle. I dont think it use to have a log fire but its got one now.
billybraggscombiboiler - 19 Jul 2011 10:18
I have to say this i think most previous comments are a bit , and i'll stress a bit over exzaggerated , that said its still a very good pub , ,and as is said customers brill , but that said i may be biased , as i know a fair view of the regulars , and john the ll , one of the best in bristol . could do with a few guest beers just to put the icing on the cake . still very good though .
beatles38 - 11 Oct 2009 22:06
Visited whilst trying to see a few pubs in the area as I was only around for one night. This pub had charm, friendly locals and Bath ales in tip top condition. Absolutely loved this pub.
mikecterry - 8 Jul 2009 13:49

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