Pub of the week: The Nova Scotia

2 02 2012

I picked an opportune time to visit the Nova Scotia. It was the first day of the new year and therefore the first chance to officially unveil the pub’s new Cliff Richard calendar, featuring Sir Cliff enjoying some quality time with a dolphin. I haven’t yet been this month, but I’m sure this Tumblr site will ring true.

The Nova Scotia has numerous other similarly quirky touches. These include a photograph of David Cameron in front of a cropped Peacocks sign, a pair of oars hanging from the ceiling and many of the walls covered with old sailing charts.

The nautical theme is prominent in the Nova Scotia, named after the Canadian province and originally built as a terrace of three houses before being converted into a pub.

Pub grub is served, and beers on tap when I visited included Rite Flanker and Courage, with plenty more lagers and Thatcher’s Original among the ciders.

The Nova Scotia’s former landlord is Franco Del Naja, the father of Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja. Music is still important here, with the pub’s Monday night folk club claiming to be the longest running acoustic music club in Bristol.

If spit and sawdust still existed in pubs, then it would decorate the Nova Scotia’s floor, a Bristol pub both historic and young at heart, rather like its new calendar star.

The Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Place, Hotwells, Bristol. 0117 929 7994.


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