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The Royal

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Pier Road
Postal town: Bristol
BS20 7HG
Phone: 01275843944
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Quinno _ left this review about The Royal

Popped back in this weekend. Four ales on the go, Butcome Bitter, Gold, Doom Bar and a guest from somewhere in Malvern I forgot to note. The Butcombe was in decent shape and Mrs Quinno was happy with her coffee. Dogs aren't allowed inside the pub but are fine in the garden, on a lead.

September 2010
The Royal Hotel was built in 1830 to provide accommodation and catering for travellers on the steamers from Bristol. It’s had a chequered recent history but finally seems to be finally getting it right. The ale range is now pretty decent - Butcombe and Doombar along with at least one guest; quality is usually of a good standard. Only real downside is the price - you're paying an extra 30-odd pence for the venue in which you're imbibing. The big selling point here is the view - a nice pint on a sunny day in the beer garden overlooking the Severn towards the bridges and the Welsh coast is rather nice...also, you can take your beer down to the little pebble beach inlet through the garden gate. The pubs interior also deserves a mention - there's some lovely tiled areas and a nice atmosphere when busy (although can feel deathly quiet when not). There's food available (never sampled though).

Should you be visiting a rich relative in the Marina complex, make sure you pop over, it's worth it I think.

On 4th March 2012 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Royal

This is a great location tucked out of the way at the end of the marina. It's a great looking old stone built building, similar to what you'd expect in some of the villages around Bath. Inside it's obviously had a makeover, and doesn't have quite the olde worlde charm that you might expect. In fact some parts of it look more like a hotel lounge than a pub.

The main draw for most people though it's likely to be the large patio area which has good views across the channel. It's obviously gets very busy at times as there were dozens of tables there all crammed in together. There's also a small garden on a lower level which is much more secluded and only has a handful of tables. The food seemed popular although we didn't try it ourselves.

Beers on tap were Tribute, Doom Bar, Butcombe, Butcombe Blond and Cheddar's Gorge Best. The ciders were Thatcher's Gold, Blackthorn and Magners.

On 12th June 2010 - rating: 6
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Richard Arwkrite left this review about The Royal

Over the years this pub has made the transition from a stuffy hotel,crappy pub to the very good establishment it is now.The developement of the new marina have had it and its prices move up market.It has its own menu and the food is Ok if a little pricey.Here you are paying for the fantastic view over the Severn Estuary towards Wales. Both Severn Bridges and the comings and goings at Avonmouth Docks can be seen. Beers are at least one Buttecombe and two other ales. Never had complaint about the beer with the present management.Disabled access is good both inside and out.
On a sunny day this place can very crowded as its a bit of a tourist trap.

On 6th October 2009 - no rating submitted
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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No - Not inside - last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 03 February 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 October 2009 by Will Larter
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Last inspected: January 16th 2013
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