Cider Pub Guide to Bristol
39 pubs listed in Bristol and Clifton so far...
Visitors to Bristol are sometimes puzzled to hear locals order 'Thatchers and slice' or 'Thatchers and dash'. These are Thatchers Traditional with a slice of lemon in it or with a small dash of lemonade put in the glass before the cider, both popular locally.
Many Bristol cider pubs have Happy Hour during weekday early afternoons, usually offering 20p or 30p off per pint.
If asked to pay more than about £2.60/pint for real cider in Bristol, you are in a posh pub or a tourist trap. Most real cider is found in the inner suburbs.
- The Apple, Welsh Back, off the Floating Harbour, Bristol, BS1 4SB. Tel: (0117) 9253500.
Outstanding new cider bar on converted Dutch barge. Seven draught ciders/perries from producers including Westons, Hecks, Thatchers and changing smaller ones: many, many others available in bottles downstairs, some authentic, some less so (Kopparberg, Magners et al). Their 'Old Bristolian' on draught is 8% and only sold in halves.
Downstairs is a little more sedate than the open-plan, canvas-sided (but warm enough!) upstairs. Reasonable food and drink prices and a lively atmosphere upstairs make it very popular with the student crowd. 'Pie Minister' pies are sold. Opened September 2006.
Opens 5-12 Mon-Sat,12-10:30 Sun at present with possible lunchtime opening from mid-May 2007.
Interesting as a tourist attraction, but there is equally good cider at better prices a short walk away at the Long Bar or the Cotham Porter Store.
- The Apple Tree, 27 Philip Street, Bedminster, Bristol. Tel: (0117) 966 7097.
A wonderful one-room pub (probably the smallest in Bristol) full of the most amazing mix of characters and presided over by a most genial landlord, Michael Buck. Sells Taunton Traditional, which accounts for 70% of sales. Roy Bailey
May 2013 Update: Possibly now closed (confirmation needed).
- The Avon Packet, 185 - 187 Coronation Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1RF. Tel: (0117) 987 2431.
Where do you start with this fascinating curio of a pub? How about the bridge across the bear pit in the back garden, or the duck pond and children's play area? Or the collection of toy buses behind the bar? Or the vintage photographs on the wall? Sells Thatcher's Cheddar Valley and Thatcher's Dry. Duncan Shine Open all day. Happy hour 5-7 Mon-Fri (30p off pints). Good and cheap food, but usually no vegi. dishes. Jon Gurney
- The Bank, 8 John Street (off Broad Street), Bristol, BS1 2HR. Tel: (0117) 9304691.
Friendly, quirky pub, central but tucked out of the way. Thatchers Traditional on draught plus a guest real cider (recently Westcroft Janet's Jungle Juice). Excellent Sunday lunch. No real ciders on offer upon recent visit Acesabe 15:49, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
- The Barley Mow, 1 - 3 East Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4HH. Tel: (0117) 983 0386.
(Very near the Apple Tree q.v.). Thatchers Traditional cider. Not a posh pub.
- The Beaufort Arms, 23 High Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2YF. Tel: (0117) 973 5906.
Nicely placed near the Downs. Thatchers Traditional, Cheddar Valley and Taunton Traditional on draught. Probably the cheapest bar food in the city, but only one dish on offer at a time, usually meat-based.
- The Bell, Hillgrove Street, Hillgrove Street (off Jamaica Street), Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS2 8JT. Tel: (0117) 909 6612.
- The Brewers Droop OL, 36 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AR. Tel: (0117) 942 7923.
Shop selling home-brew equipment plus some bottled real ciders, beers and draught (Polypin) Westons Old Rosie, Thatchers Cheddar Valley and ?sometimes? ?Riche's? at ~£2.00/litre to take away (Feb 09) (you can bring your own container).
- The Bridge, Main Road, Shortwood, Mangotsfield, Bristol, BS16 9NG. Tel: (0117) 937 2328.
A two-roomed pub with a tiny snug between them and a veranda making it resemble a cricket pavilion or a Wild West hotel. Sells Taunton Traditional and Thatchers Cheddar Valley, plus bottled Taunton Natch. Roy Bailey
- Bristol Cider House, 8 - 9 Surrey Street-between Portland and Brunswick squares, Bristol, BS2 8PS. Tel: (0117) 942 8196.
The Bristol Cider House has real history having gone back to its cider house roots. The original Georgian building 200 metres from Cabot Circus oozes old world charm and fabulous ciders. With 8 on draught at any one time and countless in bottles it satisfies the cider head and the party head alike. Broadoak, Crossman, Thatchers and Black Rat cloudy sit amongst Stowford Press, Thatchers Gold and Pear Cider. Old Bristolian completes the list but at 8% only sold in halves. Food is rustic to its core with farmhouse stew, soup, ploughman's and Gert big baps its speciality. Open Mon-Thurs 5-11 Fri, Sat and Sun 12noon til late. Real ciders £2 Pint 10% discount with valid NUS card. Charlie Jarvis
- The Cat & Wheel, 207 Cheltenham Road opp 'the arches', Bristol, BS6 5QX. Tel: (0117) 942 7862.
Now has Westons and Moles Black Rat scrumpy in 'Polypins' as well as Thatchers Cheddar Valley, and they have fairly regular cider festivals 'out the back', featuring a fair selection of local ciders including the likes of Westcroft's Janet's Jungle Juice, Rich's, Wilkins and more. Check the notice board outside for more info.
- The Chelsea Inn, 60 Chelsea Road, Easton, BS5 6AU. Tel: (0117) 902 9186.
Has Thatchers Heritage on draught, and Gwynt y Ddraig's Black Dragon from the barrel available, quirky local pub with wide range of clientèle ranging from older crowd attending the Trad Jazz sessions on Tuesdays, to younger messier types at weekends enjoying the (often too) loud music.
- The Clyde Arms, 129 Hampton Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6JE. Tel: (0117) 923 7936.
Friendly neighbourhood pub with a traditional interior (large TV screen excepted). Thatchers Traditional on draught, reasonably priced.
- Colston Yard (formerly The Brewery Tap), 4 - 8 Upper Maudlin Street, St Michael's Hill, Bristol, BS1 5BD. Tel: (0117) 921 3668.
The much-missed Smiles Brewery's tap is now The Colston Yard (owned by Butcome Brewery). At last visit had only only Ashton Press on tap (made for Butcombe by Thatchers) and Orchard Pig in bottles (didn't try the latter due to the price!). "Nick Skelton"
- The Cornubia, 142, Temple Street, Bristol, BS1 6EN. Tel: (0117) 925 4415.
One of the best real ale pubs in the city, now owned by The Hidden Brewery. Very close to Temple Meads station but tricky to find (instructions on web site, beware the postcode is incorrectly located on most GPSes). Typically has a real cider on the back of the bar (occasionally a perry instead), photos in their new website clearly show Thatchers (Cheddar Valley and Gold) for sale on draft as well as a polybarrel of cider behind the bar.
- The Coronation, 18 Dean Lane, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1DD. Tel: (0117) 940 9044.
Westons Organic cider (no longer has Janet's Jungle Juice). Pizzas a speciality. Slightly studenty, located in a residential area on the south side of the Avon.... not to be confused with the Coronation Tap in Clifton (see below).
- The Duke of York, 2 Jubilee Road, Baptist Mills, Bristol, BS2 9RS. Tel: (0117) 941 3677.
Friendly community pub with skittle alley, new upstairs games room and lounge bar plus outside walled terrace. Have four boxed ciders from Westons, including "Manic Organic" (Organic), "Rumpy Pumpy" (Scrumpy) and "Up Yer Arse" (Old Rosie) as well as "slap and Tickle" (Perry) (~£2.80/pint 08/2010). Unique pub in character and appearance.
- The Essex Arms, 237 Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 1AY. Tel: (0117) 967 4161.
- The Green Man Organic Pub, Alfred Place, Bristol, BS2 8HD. Tel: (0117) XXX XXXX.
All-organic pub in a back street just behind the Cotham Porter Store. Luscombe Organic cider as well as the predictable Westons Organic. Organic wines & spirits and bar snacks. For those who are signed up to twitter, you can follow their tweets on http://www.twitter.com/greenmanbristol
- The Hillgrove, Dove Street, Kingsdown, Bristol, BS2 8LT. Tel (0117) 944 4780.
Real ale pub part of the Dawkins Taverns group with a choice of Weston's Real Cider and Weston's Real Perry on draught. Discount on 4-pint jugs. CAMRA Bristol & District Pub of the Year 2007. No Westons on draft Feb 2013, have their own branded 'real ciders' on draft, looked suspicious, didn't try! Acesabe 15:49, 11 March 2013 (UTC) Normal opening 4pm-Midnight daily. Sunday night quiz. Glen Dawkins (proprietor)
- De-list - The Horse & Groom, St. Georges Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5UU.
Didn't work out for Stuart unfortunately, not sure what this pub now sells, but doubt it is real cider! Acesabe 15:49, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
- Horts City Tavern, 49 Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2ES. Tel: (0117) 925 2520.
- The Kingsdown Vaults, 31 Kingsdown Parade, Kingsdown, Bristol. Tel: (0117) 944 2528.
One bar, street corner local which is two rooms knocked together. A basic, carpetted pub, popular with students and locals alike. There is regular live music. Sells Thatcher's Cheddar Valley and Thatcher's Traditional.
- The Little Grosvenor, 3 Coronation Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1AA. Tel: (0117) 904 4433.
Set just by the river, near Bedminster Bridge, this is another Bristol pub dating back at least to Victorian times. Refurbished in late 2004 (with the word 'little' added to the name), it has a central bar serving a U-shaped drinking area. Sells Taunton Traditional. Duncan Shine.
- The Lord Nelson, 61 Aiken Street, Barton Hill, Bristol, BS5 9TG. Tel: (0117) 955 8714.
- The Long Bar, 70 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0EJ. Tel: (0117) 927 6785.
(between West St. & Temple Way). Handy for the railway station. Thatcher's Dry and Cheddar Valley. Very narrow pub going a long way back in, with interesting woodwork at rear. Beware of shoplifters trying to sell stolen goods.
- The Masons Arms, 124 Park Road, Stapleton, Bristol, BS16 1DT. Tel: (0117) 939 3919.
Reopened in Autumn 2005 after a period boarded up, this is a roadside community boozer with a spectacular hidden garden overlooking the Frome Valley. Sells Taunton Traditional Cider. Duncan Shine.
- The Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Place, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ. Tel: (0117) 929 7994.
Sells Thatchers Traditional, Thatchers dry. Lunchtime food. Outdoor seating beside the harbour. Can be reached from the city centre by the harbour ferry during the day - get off at the Hotwells landing stage. Timetable.
- The Old Duke, 45 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ER. Tel: (0117) 927 7137.
- The Orchard Inn, 12 Hanover Place, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XT. Tel: (0117) 926 2628.
- The Pipe & Slippers, 118 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5RW. Tel: (0117) 942 7711.
- The Robert Fitzharding, 24 Cannon Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1BN. Tel: (0117) 966 2757.
- The Robin Hood, 56 St. Michael's Hill, Bristol, BS2 8DX. Tel: (0117) 929 1334.
Reopened November 2009 following refit, has two real ciders - at time of visit these were Gwatkin's Yarlington Mill and and Oliver's Dry. Not sure if these are permanent or changing. Also a good selection of real ales and Belgian beers. Very close to The Cotham Porter Stores, but much more expensive!
- The Rose of Denmark, 6 Dowry Place, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4QL. Tel: (0117) 940 5866.
Thatchers Traditional on draught.
- The Russell Arms, Ducie Road, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, BS5 0AT. Tel: (0117) 955 4210
A street corner local, the last remaining building from the original block. This is popular with local residents, and has a pool room at the back. Sells Thatcher's Dry and Taunton Traditional on handpump. Duncan Shine
- Severnshed, Harbourside, The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB. Tel: (0117) 925 1212.
Upmarket, modern bar and restaurant serving bottled Bayeux Cider. Good food, though the cider's pretty expensive: food is cheaper before 7pm. (Obviously situated beside the Floating Harbour, part of the Avon, rather than the Severn!)
- The Seven Stars, 1 Thomas Lane, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6JG. Tel: (0117) 9272845.
- The Slow Food Market OL, Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1JQ. Tel: (0117) XXX XXXX.
This takes place on the first Sunday of the month. A stall selling a range of draught and bottled ciders and perries is run alternately by Tom Oliver, of Oliver's Cider & Perry, and Keith Orchard, of Orchard's Cider & Perry Company. The market sells a wide variety of very good quality, locally produced food. Three Counties perry has been accepted into the Presidia of the Slow Food movement, thus gaining international recognition of its importance. link here
- The Sugarloaf, 51 St Marks Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 6HX. Tel: (0117) 939 4498.
Very busy community pub tucked in an out of the way part of Bristol, surrounded by some fascinating ethnic shops and near to the famous Sweetmart. Selling at least 10 ciders Addlestone's Cloudy, Blackthorn (now replaced with Thatchers Dry), Thatcher's Traditional, Cheddar Valley, Iced Thatchers Gold, Scrumpy Black Rat, Black Rat sparkling, Natch, Westons Organic Cider and Pear Cider and for those that know nothing of cider there is Gaymers!!! Very nice occasional (good weather permitting) beer garden.
- The Swan With Two Necks, 12 Little Ann Street, St Judes, Bristol BS2 9EB. Tel: (0117) 955 1893.
One bar pub just off the Bristol end of the M32. Simple furnishings throughout, with a TV in one corner. Various types of tankard adorn the ceiling beams. Sells Thatcher's Dry Cider.
- The Velindra, Commercial Road, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6TH. Tel: (0117) ?.
- The White Swan, 70 North Street, Downend, Bristol BS16 5SG. Tel: (0117) 975 4154.
For years a popular cider pub, selling more draught cider than beer. The White Swan closed for a while in early 2006, but reopened with a reduced draft cider range. Taunton Traditional on handpump. Duncan Shine
- Youth Hostel, 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA. Tel: 0870 770 5726.
Bristol is so much a cider city that even the YHA serves cider (bottled Westons Organic) in its open-to-all bar. However, the price is absurd.
- The Albion, Boyces Avenue, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4AA. Tel: (0117) 973 3522.
18th century inn tucked at the end of a pedestrian only courtyard. Completely refurbished and revamped in 2005. It sells Addlestone's Cloudy and Thatcher's Traditional on handpump. Duncan Shine Very much a restaurant first, bar second during our lunchtime visit. Superb and unusually dry Thatchers at the bar more than compensated. Paul Shirley
- The Black Boy Inn, 171 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2RY. Tel: (0117) XXX XXXX.
Re-opened July 8th 2011 selling Taunton Traditional cider at first.
- The Clifton, 16 Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4HG. Tel: (0117) 974 6321.
- The Coronation Tap, Sion Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4AX. Tel: (0117) 973 9617.
"Legendary" pub in the heart of Clifton, a stone's throw from Brunel's famous bridge. Lively pub with plenty of atmosphere, and excellent cider on draught. Highly recommended. Paul Gunningham On a recent visit I found that they were selling Addlestones, Thatcher's Traditional and Cheddar Valley, Taunton Traditional and Exhibition, an 8.4% cider produced specially for the pub 'by a major cider maker'. Roy Bailey Cider prices were a lot higher than in most Bristol pubs when I last visited. This is the Bristol cider pub with media profile e.g. described by Backpackers magazine as "the pub everyone agrees is the place for cider in Bristol": an opinion not shared by regulars of the Cotham, Swan, Long Bar, Avon Packet, etc. Jon Gurney Can be crowded, difficult to get into and excessively studenty later in the evening at weekends. Worth a visit anyway but most pleasant earlier. Good live music Sunday afternoons. Nick Skelton Beware: opens 5pm weekdays. Paul Shirley
- The Lansdown, Clifton Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1AF. Tel: (0117) 973 4949.
A traditional community pub specialising in real ales, cider and honest pub fare. Thatchers Heritage and ""cask conditioned Addlestones". During the winter, make their own mulled cider using a cloudy cask conditioned cider. Comfortable upstairs room sometimes used for comedy, poetry and other events. Covered and heated beer garden. Somewhat studenty but not excessively so. Expensive, but then everywhere in Clifton is. Good Sunday lunches. website
- The Lion, 19 Church Lane, Cliftonwood, Bristol, BS8 4TX. Tel: (0117) 926 8492.
Tucked away half way up Constitution Hill, this is a popular street corner locals' pub, with log fires in the winter, and a courtyard garden for the summer. Sells Addlestone's Cloudy. Duncan Shine
- The Mall, 66 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4JG. Tel: (0117) 974 5318.
- The Royal Oak, 50 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4JG. Tel: (0117) 973 8846.
- The Victoria, Southleigh Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2BH. Tel: (0117) 9745675.
Hard to find, small, listed Victorian pub next to the old Clifton Lido. Take first right (Oakfield Place) off St Paul's Road, coming from the BBC end. Real ale pub part of the Dawkins Taverns group with a changing cloudy cider from the polybarrel on the bar. Normal opening 4pm-11pm Mon-Fri, 12-11 Sat, 12-10.30 Sun Glen Dawkins (proprietor)
- The Blue Flame Inn, West End, Nailsea, Bristol, BS48 4DE. Tel: (01275) 856910.
A step back in time, great pub with good selection of ciders and real ales. Large garden.
- The Moorend Spout, Union Street, Nailsea, Bristol, BS48 4BB. Tel: (01275) 855336.
map Recently refreshed, small but pub with Thatchers Premium cider and a good choice of real ales to wash down some reasonably-priced and great home cooking. Decent garden and car parking to rear. Pub quiz on Monday evenings, £1~ per head in teams.
Pubs Delisted from the Cider Pub Guide to Bristol
- Arc Bar, now The Lab, 27 Broad Street, BS1 2HG. Tel: (0117) XXX XXXX.
Arc Bar closed for over a year and then became The Lab. No real cider from reports, hence being delisted.
- Cotham Porter Stores, 15 Cotham Road South, Cotham, Bristol. Telephone deliberately disconnected!
Sadly closed and the freehold is up for sale.
- The Crown Inn, 10 All Saints Lane, Bristol.
- The Port of Call, Black Boy Hill, Bristol.
No longer has real cider.
- The Reckless Engineer, Temple Gate, Bristol.,
- The Ship & Castle, Ashton Vale Road.
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