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The Volunteer Tavern

9 New Street
Bristol
BS2 9DX
Phone: 01179558498
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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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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Volunteer Tavern

Closed, sold and refurbished since my previous review, this is now a completely different pub both in looks and character. It’s still a smallish, single room affair, but the bar counter has been moved from the back to the left hand side and it’s been extensively decorated.

The paintwork is a mixture of dark grey on the lower part of the walls, and a light coffee colour up above. Other than that, the walls are mostly bare at present but that may change over time as it has only been re-open for about a week. The floors and reclaimed sanded boards and there is a courtyard garden out the back. Unusually the cubicle door in the gents loo had a frosted pane of glass in it.

There were a couple of boards with a basic food offering chalked up, and this is apparently served until 10:00 at night. There was a selection of Panini’s and sandwiches, plus a few specials such as Burgers and Bangers & Mash at around the £6 mark. Barman seemed friendly enough.

Wickwar beers dominated the bar with their Autumn Ale, Cotswold Way and BOB although this is not a Wickwar pub. In addition to this there was Potholer from Cheddar. The solitary cider was Magners Golden Draught.

On 29th September 2011 - rating: 6
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26th Jun 2016, 12:01
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
 
22nd Feb 2016, 14:48
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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
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