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The Grapes Tavern, Clifton Village, Bristol

2 Sion Place

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Jonathan Wilde left this review about The Grapes Tavern

Planning approved for change of use of existing public house (Use Class A4) to form 2 no. three and four bedroom dwellings, to include the erection of a mansard roof, with external works (use Class C3)

On 9th March 2014 - no rating submitted
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Malden man left this review about The Grapes Tavern

Situated close to the suspension bridge but unfortunately tucked around a corner so lacking views, this is a stone faced end of terrace pub that looks like it may have been formed from two, perhaps three houses. Two entrances, one on the front elevation, the other to the side but the interior is one smallish space with the bar central and the room returning either side to form a truncated U-shape. Wood flooring, contemporary decor in cream and dark red, there is a skylight to one end, seating is generally traditional with a large round table in the bay window. Not much in the way of decor, although there is an old photo of the pub when it served Georges Beers, I confess to having never heard of that clearly now defunct brewery. Food is served with specials listed on a chalkboard to the side of the bar. Beers are from Wadworths, four on, 6X, Henry's, Horizon and St George.
It was very quiet on our early Friday evening visit when other nearby pubs were buzzing, no obvious reason why although my pint of Horizon was decidedly average, possibly due to a lack of footfall. The welcome was friendly enough.

On 17th April 2013 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Grapes Tavern

Since my previous review, this had been closed, refurbished and re-opened under new management. It’s still got quite a contemporary feel to it with wooden flooring and a mixture of cream and maroon paintwork. A couple of plasma’s were showing the rugby but the volume was down so this wasn’t intrusive and instead there was a decent mix of 80’s music being played although there was also a wall mounted juke box if that’s not your thing.

There was a small menu of just half a dozen dishes along with a few specials on a board by the bar. Prices for main courses ranged from £7.50 to £14 and apparently fresh fish is delivered daily, and the steak is from the US where it’s “wet aged” to make it meltingly tender as I was informed by the friendly landlord. He’s just back from a stint abroad and keen to try and build trade back up following the pub’s recent, slightly chequered, history.

Beers on tap were all from Wadworth’s with their 6X, Henry’s IPA and Horizon. Ciders were Stowford Press and Thatcher’s Gold.

On 28th August 2012 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Grapes Tavern

This has recently been done up and now looks something like a cross between a bar and an art gallery. Definitely not your traditional pub look. It's got a rather bohemian atmosphere with wooden flooring, red painted walls, lots of wooden benches and a large mural on one wall, plus an interesting skeleton hanging from the ceiling. There was a plasma on one wall showing an rather odd black and white film with a giant turtle.

Much of the art is for sale, but with some of the paintings priced at £2,000 I don't imagine they sell too many of them, even in Clifton. It's not exactly a spur of the moment purchase you could buy with the change from your round.

That said though, the staff seemed pleasant enough, and it looks as though they put on a good choice of live music. The only beers were Wadworth's, with their Bishop's Tipple, 6X and Henry's IPA. The cider was Stowford Press.

On 22nd April 2010 - rating: 6
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