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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Volunteer Tavern
A great little pub in a somewhat unpromising location, it is in fact only a couple of minutes walk from the Cabot Circus shopping centre and well worth making the short detour to rather than going to any of the bland, identikit chain bars that one will find there.
Internally it consists of just one room, and is quite small although there is also a good sized covered and heated beer garden at the rear. Décor wise it’s quite traditional with sanded wooden boards on the floor, battleship grey paint on much of the woodwork and shades of brown elsewhere. A pile of board games were stacked up next to the narrow porch door, which to some extent was made to look like the Tardis with a police call box sign and so on, although painting it blue rather than black would have made it more realistic. The bar counter is off to the left and had a selection of banknotes adorning the top of it, whilst a few tiny black and white photographs and plenty of old beer mats were on the walls.
A couple of boards on the wall advertised some of the meal deals such as burger nights, although we there for the Sunday lunch which is well regarded. Options were the usual beef and pork along with maple roasted turkey and a nut roast of some description. Overall it was pretty good, although at £13.95 was at the top end of the range for Sunday lunches and I’m not sure it was quite worth that.
Another board next to the bar highlighted the current beer range, which on this occasion was 6 cask and three keg, with the former being something from Twisted Brewery, Dawkins Holey Moley, Binghams Twyford Tipple, Gloucester IPA, Shiney Pail and Arbor Smak My Brew Up. Ciders were Stowford Press and Lilley’s, along with a couple of boxes racked up behind the bar, one of which was from Sandford Orchards. All in all, a great pub and well worth a visit.
On 5th December 2016
- rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Volunteer Tavern
Tucked away from the city centre melee,this is an utterly charming ale house which should not be missed.The building is old,early Georgian ?,and the low entrance opens into the tap room with the bar,covered in old bank notes, to the left and a useful chalk board ahead listing both real ale (6) and craft keg (3) options.The welcome was chatty and very friendly .This room cover the length of the frontage but isn't huge so it wouldn't take many punters to fill up,but there is a large and charming beer garden partially covered by an awning.It's an oasis and many birds were tweeting in the trees above.There are space heaters if it's cold,there is a raised area to the rear and a rustic bar for use when events are on dispensing keg beers.
At the bar there was a glass dome with home made sausage rolls,substantial ,tasty and very good value.The ale options on my trip were Cheddar Bedstraw,Twisted Oak Fallen Tree (very good),Boss Brewing Brave,Plain Ales Inspiration,Steam Box Half Sovereign and Piddle 69er.A very varied and interesting selection of local microbrewery output ,and had I not been on a real ale crawl I would have stayed a lot longer.Full deserved its 2016 GBG listing.
A genuine boozer,lots of fun and one not to miss when in Bristol.
On 26th June 2016
- rating: 8
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Volunteer Tavern
Dimly lit bare boarded pub, chunky oak tables & chairs & bench seating along outer wall. Bar at one end near entrance there are flowers and candles on the tables. part Distressed wood panelled walls and pastle purple walls.
A bit arty but it gets away with it. One room and foody. There is fabric bunting around part, background reggae music.
4 real ales plus some craft, probably just beats nearby Barley Mow for a place to drink.
On 1st April 2015
- rating: 8
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- Accommodation : No last updated 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
- Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
- Beer Festivals : Yes - June - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
- Beer Garden : Yes last updated 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
- CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 01 April 2015 by ROB Camra
- Car Park : No last updated 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
- Darts : No last updated 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
- Jukebox : No last updated 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
- Karaoke : No last updated 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
- Live Music : Yes last updated 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
- Live TV Sports : No last updated 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
- Pinball : No last updated 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
- Pool Table : No last updated 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Dave McNally
- Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 18 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
Last inspected: February 10th 2016