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The Boardroom, Bristol

20 St. Nicholas Street
Phone: 01179293561

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Steve C left this review about The Boardroom

The Boardroom is a single room pub with U-shaped bar counter that supports standard and premium keg. Nothing of real interest here, although there is a retro gaming machine in the corner. Not somewhere I plan to revisit.

On 3rd September 2022 - rating: 4
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Quinno _ left this review about The Boardroom

A large modish place in brown and turquoise with an island bar and high ceiling. Four pumps round the far side with 2x Dawkins beers; Chocadee (flat and taken back and off) and Best, cardboardy and aspiratored to death. Made good my escape, what a waste of time!

On 1st February 2019 - rating: 3
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Boardroom

Recently re-opened under a new name, it has had something of a spruce up in terms of the décor, but the central bar counter remains and the rest of the layout is also unchanged. The flooring is dark stained wooden boards whilst the paintwork is predominantly cream with green woodwork. There is some exposed brick walling at the rear of the pub as well as a large wince cooler. Some high tables and chairs were along the left and there were some arty pictures on the walls, much of it food related. The high ceiling and arched wooden window lend it a rather elegant feel.

We didn’t study the menu, but charcuterie boards seem to the main focus here and the friendly landlord informed us that there was very much an emphasis on local produce and he reeled off a few of his suppliers. It seems that you can select from their various choices to build a board to your own requirements, and some of the produce was showcased in a small deli counter to the right along with a hand operated slicing machine which apparently produced wafer thin slivers of meat.

Unusually there were no cask ales on tap, but following the current vogue for “craft beers” there were perhaps a few interesting keg options. I use the word “perhaps” as the pumps clips only contained a logo rather than any text and I did not see a board or anything else listing what was available. I did spot something from the local micro Wiper & True as well as something from Camden. Ciders were well represented though with Weston’s Twist, Weston’s Still Perry, Wyld Wood, Mortimer’s Orchard and Sandford Devon Red.

All in all I thought this had a nice, relaxed vibe in contrast to many of the more hectic places nearby, and the landlord explained that he is certainly going for something a little more chilled and relaxed, although they are nonetheless open until 02:00 on a weekend. I will no doubt return in the new year to check out the food offering.

On 14th December 2015 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Elephant

A pleasant enough pub situated a short stroll away from the hustle and bustle of Corn Street and the centre. The pub is all one open, high ceilinged room wrapped around a central island bar. There are large arched windows along the front of the pub whilst the flooring is rough wooden boards with cream paintwork on the walls. Seating is some very chunky wood tables and bench seats. The barman seemed friendly enough.

We didn’t eat on this occasion, but the menu looked to consist of concise selection of “pub grub” dishes with options such as Fish & Chips, Sausage & Mash, Burger, etc., and these were mostly priced around the £10 mark. There were also a number of pizzas available and a chalkboard was advertising the Sunday lunch.

Beers on tap were their own Elephant Ale plus Cornish Knocker and Tunnel Vision. There was also a pump for Cheddar’s Bitter Bully, although this was off when we visited. Ciders were Aspall’s Suffolk and Thatcher’s Gold.

On 25th November 2013 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Elephant

The Elephant has that modern stripped out minimalist feel that you find so often these days with a wooden floor, stripped wood bar, cream and yellow decor, large backlit pot plants, tea light candles and large chalkboards with food menus and wine lists. The horseshoe bar is central in the single room which has a fireplace to one end, solid wood block tables including a few of the high variety and large arched windows also with stripped wood frames. We were pounced upon on arrival and asked if we were "eating with us" before even getting near the bar, but once that was abruptly dealt with there was no problem. Four handpumps, Bath Ales Gem, Timothy Taylors Landlord, St Austell Tribute and Otter Ale. A sign advised that thirds were available. The Gem I tried was decent quality and a good full measure. A couple of large brewery mirrors, Bass and Charringtons, could possibly hint at the pub's previous life.
As regards food, there is an extensive range of pizzas listed as well as other Italian style dishes plus the usual burgers and steaks. Several tables were pre-laid with napkins and cutlery.
Two TVs were on muted showing the England Euro warm up friendly but this is not a sports oriented pub as the lack of interest from other patrons showed. Low key music played in the background.
Despite the initial welcome and the gastro feel I did quite take to this place which has a relaxed vibe and importantly serves well kept beer.

On 5th June 2012 - rating: 6
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