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The Robin Hood's Retreat, Bishopston - pub details

Address: 197 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, Bristol, BS7 8BG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 30978) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Montpelier (0.4 miles), Redland (0.6 miles), Clifton Down (1.2 miles)

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This is a pub that was very firmly in the gastro-pub genre until recently with renowned local chef Nathan Muir at the helm and there are still plenty of Michelin and other food guide stickers in the window. I understand that he may have recently moved elsewhere though and the blackboard menu now appears to offer a selection of tapas and lunch dishes. Whilst the rear of the pub looks to be more geared up for dining, the front area is very much for drinking.

It’s an L-shape pub with a curved, wood panelled bar counter in front of you as you go in and decor wise, it’s gastro-pub routes are clearly visible with the usual shades of green and cream paintwork, especially at the rear. Elsewhere though it’s a little more traditional, and there are even some old stained glass windows to one side. The flooring is a mixture of black and white chequered tiles to one side, parquet wood at the front and wood strip towards the rear. An old cast iron fire-place is off to one side and there are a couple of old leather sofa’s in front of the large windows which is a pleasant enough spot to sit and watch the world go by.

There was a good choice of beers on tap with Wickwar’s BOB, London Glory, London Gold, Bath Ales Special (which is a new one on me), Jail Ale, Caledonian Passion Fruit Beer and Brewer’s Boy. Ciders were Addlestones and Stowford Press.
Blackthorn - 7 May 2013 14:35
The beer selection today was very poor - 3 out of 8 on, with the choice being Bombardier, Bob, and one from Thwaites's. The one served was just about OK. Pity, as this used to be a pub that took its ale seriously. Worse, were the smokers outside in the 'non-smoking' area. I pointed this out to the bar person who said, no, it was OK to smoke there. What about the signs said I? (there are two very visible signs stating no smoking on the windows) Er, they must be put on the wrong way around. Not a clever answer. Oh dear - at this rate I will be limiting my pub life to about three pubs.....just ongoing crap service, and serving crap produce (see my review of the 'Pump House') Goodbye Robin Hood's sodding Retreat

Dandillus - 19 Oct 2012 18:36
Very well kept beer. Plenty to choose from and good (but not cheap) food of gastro quality. The beers change but when i visited recently there was Wye valley HPA, which was outstanding. Will return.
beermorph - 13 Jul 2012 20:44
8 handpumps featured 5ales incl adnams lighthouse,wye valley hpa,George wright,skinners betty stoggs,we opted for two pints of lighthouse(�6.50)of which were well kept,nice large beer patio at rear,7/10
fat_beer_badger - 4 Jun 2011 16:54
Forgot to put this in previous post; pint of 3.9% beer was �3.25. If you go up the Annexe, there's no ale over �2.80. At the moment anyway.
mousefan - 5 Apr 2011 20:51

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