A water-themed pub crawl

2 05 2010

Anyone who watched the coverage of the Sky News leaders’ debate last week cannot have failed to be impressed with how beautiful all the broadcasters made Bristol look. Yes, it helped that the sun was shining, but a major common denominator in the sweeping establishing shots of the city was the water, which Bristol has plenty of, right in the heart of the city.

And so it was that for Tim, Tom and my latest Bristol pub crawl (following meanderings in Kingsdown and [almost] the length of the Gloucester Road), Tom chose the theme of water.

We started before hitting the water in the small but perfectly formed Quinton House on Park Place soon after 2pm and finished in the Rose of Denmark at closing time, sensibly drinking only half-pints at each stop.

Out of the 21 pubs visited, seven were ones I had never previously been to. And one of these, the Myrtle Tree, was one which I will never return to.

It was a splendid day and 21 pubs was a new record in the fifth Bristol pub crawl Tim, Tom and I have undertaken. Here are some of the things that I learnt along the way:

– The Hope & Anchor on Jacob’s Wells Road has a terrific beer garden, with the tables made out of old Singer sewing machines, and plenty of foliage offering much-needed shade from Saturday’s sunshine.

– The Myrtle Tree on St George’s Road is an extraordinary pub. The locals were placing bets with each other and the lady behind the bar on the outcome of horse races broadcast live on a racing channel. Many could barely talk (this was at 4pm) and one had a slice of lemon in his pint of Natch.

– Definitely the best of the numerous stag and hen groups we encountered on our journey was the group of men we were with in the beer garden of the Hole In The Wall on The Grove. The stag was dressed as Dafyd from Little Britain and was carrying a blow-up sheep, while his mates were all painted blue and dressed as smurfs.

The Golden Guinea on Guinea Street is a very cool pub indeed and deserves to be more popular. There was original artwork by Cheo, one of Bristol’s best street artists, on its walls and reggae on the stereo including the great Chase The Devil by Max Romeo, famously sampled by the Prodigy in Outta Space.

The Louisiana on Wapping Road is very quiet early on a Saturday evening when there’s no music on. Some of the acts that have played there on their way to fame include Elbow, Florence & The Machine, Keane, Kings of Leon, the Libertines, Muse, Scissor Sisters, the Strokes and the White Stripes.

– Bristol City fans can make a lot of noise fuelled by cider in a small pub. There were police in The Orchard in Hanover Place (Camra’s cider pub of the year 2009) when we arrived at 8.30pm and the fans made even more noise when a second police van arrived with its sirens blazing.

– I really don’t like pickled eggs. Nothing against those served at the Merchants Arms on Merchants Road, but I could barely eat my one tiny bite.

– After 16 half pints, my memory deserts me. I remember drinking in the Pump House, also on Merchants Road, but little after that; apart from falling over on the walk up Hope Chapel Hill to find the Adam & Eve had already shut.

Remember kids: drink responsibly.

The full list: Quinton House, Eldon House, Hope & Anchor, Bag o’ Nails, Myrtle Tree, Shakespeare, Mud Dock, Hole in the Wall, Severnshed, Golden Guinea, Ostrich, Louisiana, Orchard, Cottage, Nova Scotia, Pump House, Merchants Arms, Grain Barge, Mardyke, Spring Garden and the Rose of Denmark.


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25 06 2010
sua cua cuon

thanks great themed

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