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Hope & Anchor, Bristol

38 Jacobs Wells Road
Phone: 01179292987

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Moby Duck left this review about Hope & Anchor

A decent traditional pub,five ales on from six handles on the bar, Prescott Hill Climb, St Austell Proper Job and Tribute, Bath Gem and Twisted Oak Leveret. Helpful bar staff and an all round good feel about the place.

On 9th October 2019 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about Hope & Anchor

The Hope & Anchor is a decent looking pub that is a walk uphill form St Georges Road.
Once inside there is an oblong shaped room to the front which runs the width of the pub,it is bare boarded,there is bench seating and normal tables and chairs.
There is a separate room to the rear right which is square shaped.
There were six real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Bespoke Saved by the Bell,which went down well,the other real ales were Bespoke Running the Gauntlet,St Austell Cornish Best,St Austell Tribute,Moles Dark and one from Boss brewery i failed to read my notes of.
The background music was crap,which was a shame as this was a decent pub.

Pub visited 15/7/2017

On 22nd October 2017 - rating: 8
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Mark Davey left this review about Hope & Anchor

Pub 4 on a recent crawl round Bristol and a really nice place to be. Great beer, good food and nice staff. Certainly a boozer worth checking out if you are in the city. The fish finger sarnies were particularly good.

On 15th March 2016 - rating: 8
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Rex Rattus left this review about Hope & Anchor

They usually have six real ales on in here, but on my weekend visit there were "only" five on - including Cheddar Ales Gorge Best, and Abbey Ales Bellringer (£3.80 a pint, but only £3.42 with the CAMRA 10% discount). There was also a heated cauldron of mulled cider on the counter at £2.90 a time (didn't see the quantity specified), to which you can add a "shot" for another £2.50. I didn't see the full menu, but a chalkboard detailed a few items, such as the beef sandwich for £6.95 (I saw someone else order one - it looked good), jerk chicken burger for £10.95, and of all things (and not exactly pub grub), mussels in white wine, plus bread, for £6.95.

There are only standard furnishings - and no tall tables/tall stools - here. There are shelving units in the windows displaying glass and what looked like silverware, model ships, including one perched on a barrel, and a shelf above the bar counter bearing all manner of odds and ends. This is another crackingly good Bristol pub, and well worth including on a any crawl of the City.

On 10th November 2015 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Hope & Anchor

A popular pub half way down Jacobs Wells Road, it consists of a single L-shape bar along with a good size terraced garden at the rear which is a welcome and unusual feature in this part of town. It is, I believe, recently under new management, and is now run by the same team behind the Volunteer tavern in St Judes. Landlord was friendly and helpful.

Décor wise, it’s fairly traditional with sanded wooden boards on the floor, and cream plasterwork on the walls along with some dark mauve wood panelling on the lower part of the walls. There was wooden bench seating around the perimeter and well as chunky wooden tables and chairs. Various knick-knacks were dotted around including a model sailing yacht and a motor boat complete with remote control in a nod to the pubs name perhaps. The wide window sill contained an assortment of miner’s lamps, a good selection of board games and a pile of Giles cartoon books. A number of beer mats were fixed to the wall, suggesting a frequently changing selection.

Food wise, the menu offered a selection of burgers, pizzas and sandwiches as well as a few “pub grub” dishes such as sausage & mash, pie of the week, fish & chips, etc., and these were mostly priced somewhere around the £10 mark. There were also a few specials chalked up on a board. I opted for the sausage and mash, which on this occasion were pork with maple syrup I think. Whatever they were, they were very tasty indeed, as was the accompanying gravy. If I were being critical, I would say that there was really very little gravy and I had assumed that the “buttered veg” referred to on the menu was something other than just the potato. A pizza on the other side of the table was also well received.

There was a good an unusual choice of beers on tap which on this occasion were Oakham Citra, DBC Flashman’s Clout, Gyle 59 IPA, Milkstreet Beer, Wickwar Cotswold Way and Flying Monk Elmers. Details of these were all chalked up on a board above the bar, as well as a couple of further keg options. Ciders too were well represented with Symonds Founders Reserve and Lilley’s Somerset on tap (the latter of which went down very well), along with Slack Alice and Red Rabbit served from boxes behind the bar. All in all, a great pub and well worth checking out.

On 27th July 2015 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Hope & Anchor

Repaired here after the toe-curler in the Bag O’ Nails down the road. Quite a contrast, a genuinely friendly welcome for a start. Five ales on over six pumps with a couple of stand-outs (two Dartmoors) amongst a slightly less inspiring threesome of GK, GK and Courage Best. Oh alright the two GK ones were IPA Gold and Old Golden Hen so at least a variation and they aren’t permanent fixtures! Anyway the two Dartmoor beers were in good nick. One of my companions was impressed by the choice of chocolate bars for sale and the raisin and biscuit Yorkie was rather nice. Interminable (if somewhat at home) blues music, a bar festooned with dried hops, heated seats and bottles of spray vinegar (yes, vinegar!) on the tables were the other points of note. Got a goodbye from the barman on the way out as well. Another solid visit.

August 2009
Basically a pub for the upwardly-mobile boho ale drinker, which is reflected in the achingly trendy muzak, stripped back light-coloured interior and the relatively expensive prices. Nonetheless the ales available are usually in excellent condition. The staff are also polite and courteous so that's always worth a couple of extra pence on the pint price in my opinion. Sun-trap garden at rear though not obvious from the bar how to access it! They also have possibly the coolest pub sign I've come across. So whilst this is a worthy stop-off for a pint of ale there won't many of you who feel they could afford to stay for more than a couple. It is still a fine place though.

On 24th May 2013 - rating: 7
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Brew Guru left this review about The Hope & Anchor

Was expecting good things but the beer range was fairly unadventurous, Tim Taylors Landlord was £3.50 and there was also 2 from Otter, Bombardier and 6X. The food was good though and this pub has a warm feel to it. If its craft breweries beer you are after, try the pubs at the bottom of Jacobs Wells Road

On 19th March 2010 - rating: 6
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Brian McCulloch left this review about The Hope & Anchor

Terrific real ale pub, nearly always packed by the end of the night. Food is good too and the staff cope really well with meals arriving quickly from the busy kitchen.

Good sized outside eating area in the courtyard garden at the rear.

On 16th August 2006 - rating: 10
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