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The Airport Tavern, Bristol

Bridgwater Road
Postal town: Bristol
BS40 9XA
Phone: 01275472217

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Punch Taverns

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E TA left this review about The Airport Tavern

A traditional roadside pub, very much as described by Blackthorrn, below. The carpark is large and unsurfaced, making some hazardous ‘water features’ when it rains. The Lounge Bar now has a dartboard, while the Public Bar has lost its pool table and gained a second, rather professional looking dartboard and some table skittles tables. The pub remains a friendly boozer, not at all spoiled by its proximity to the airport. The staff were friendly, the locals were welcoming. There was only one ale on, Butcombe’s Bitter, which wasn’t on top form but drinkable nonetheless. A good enough place to stop for a drink or wait for a plane to arrive.

On 28th May 2018 - rating: 6
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Airport Tavern

A traditional old boozer located, as it's name suggests, adjacent to Bristol Airport, I would suspect that these days most of it's revenue comes from the extensive airport parking operation run from the pub rather than the sale of beer.

That said, it's still a traditional, if slightly down at heel pub and there were a couple of locals and their dog enjoying a pint in the bar. The pub is divided in to two rooms, with the lounge being to the left. This had a well worn carpet on the floor, a few beams on the ceiling, cream and maroon painted wallpaper and a plasma stuck on the wall that had Last of the Summer Wine on far too loudly. This made it uncomfortable to sit in the front part of the pub if you wanted a quiet chat, but all the tables at the rear were laid up for food. Fortunately there was only one couple eating, so we squeezed in on one of these. In a nod to it's name and location, there's a large propeller mounted on one wall, although I seem to recall from a previous visit there were also a number of pictures of old airplanes, but these are no longer present.

The public bar to the right is somewhat smaller, with a large stone fire-place, another plasma that was not in use, a fruit machine, pool table and darts board. There is also a beer garden at the rear, although we did not check this out. Menu was a typical "pub grub" affair with a selection of dishes such as Ham, Egg & Chips, Fish & Chips, Lasagne, Curry, etc., as well as a few retro starters such as Prawn Cocktail and Garlic Breaded Mushrooms. Most of the mains were around the £8 mark. Barmaid seemed friendly enough.

Despite three pumps on the bar, only one was in use dispensing Butcombe. Another had a Courage Best clip on but this appeared to have run out, and the third was unused. The cider was Thatcher's Gold.

On 5th March 2012 - rating: 6
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