Pub of the week: The Full Moon

9 02 2012

Laying claim to be one of Bristol’s oldest pubs, there has been an inn of some sort on the site of the Full Moon on Stokes Croft, on the main road from Bristol to Gloucester, from as early as the 13th century. The present building, dating from the 17th century, was originally surrounded by fields and open farmlands. Rather a change from today’s charms.

The Full Moon is Grade II-listed, an accolade not many Bristol pubs hold. Inside, a splendid Jacobean oak staircase with twisted spindles and five-inch thick spindles has a preservation order attached.

The large courtyard is a reminder of when this pub was a coaching house. The Full Moon is now overlooked by the 51°02 building, which filled almost the entirety of my view out of one window when I visited for lunch last week.

The Full Moon is now not just a pub but a backpackers hostel with 70 beds. Over the other side of the courtyard is the Attic bar, featuring live music and DJs but currently undergoing much-needed renovation.

Not being vegetarian, I was nevertheless tempted to try the Stokes Croft Veggie Burger (£7.95), a falafel mix “made from secret chef’s recipe” according to the menu, and served with a tzatziki dip.

Roasts are served on Sunday here, while light bites, including king prawns, chicken wings, fish cakes and chorizo, cost £3.75 each or £10 for three. Ales on tap when I visited were Dark Star American Ale, Wickwar Cotswold Way and Moles VMA.

A wolf-like dog was meandering menacingly around the pub during my visit, and on the stereo were some chilled tunes, the newest sounds in one of Bristol’s oldest pubs.

The Full Moon, Stokes Croft, Bristol. 0117 924 5007.



One response

9 02 2012

I don’t entirely understand how to read between the lines. To damn with faint praise is one thing, but this review seemingly goes not even that far. Is that the intent?

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