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The Lime Kiln, Bristol

17 St. Georges Road

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Lime Kiln

This is a very quirky pub but charming.There is no significant signage just a small note of the name,although there are some large picture windows to the front and a few long benches outside.The interior is the very definition of basic,worn wooden mixed furniture,some rickety cinema style seats and some made out of packing cases. The bar is in the front section,the rear has a jumble of furniture.Bring your own food if you are hungry.
Thankfully all 6 handpumps were working serving on my trip Byatt's XK Dark,Yeovil Stout Hearted,Dancing Duck Ay Up,Bluestone Cragfest ,Blue Bee Hillfoot Best and Ginger Beer (great,NBSS 4.5).Thats a decent mix of styles,it fully deserves it's GBG entry,I liked the down at heel vibe and could see myself enjoying a long session here .Include on any real ale tour,it's alternative and worth seeking out.

On 30th September 2021 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Lime Kiln

The Lime Kiln is a plain looking pub.
Once inside there is a small square shaped room to the front,the floor is bare boarded,the bar is on the right side,the seating is normal tables and chairs and tables with small stools,there is a smaller room to the rear which is square shaped and has normal tables and chairs.
There were four real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Wimbledon SW19,which was a decent drink,the other real ales were Yeovil Best,Canopy Casino and Electric Bear Inspector Mouse.
The background music was crap.
I was happy enough having a drink in this pub.

Pub visited 15/7/2017

On 27th October 2017 - rating: 7
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Mark Davey left this review about The Lime Kiln

Pub 5 on a recent Bristol crawl and not really a good one I am afraid. Lots of beer on the bar, but all of it pretty mediocre in quality. the pub was freezing cold and the toilets stank to high heaven. I would agree that it is a work in progress but I would have expected a little more progress from July 2015 to March 2016.

On 15th March 2016 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Lime Kiln

This used to be called the Horse & Groom, and re-opened earlier this year in its current guise, under the management of a landlord that used to have The Seven Stars. Unfortunately it will have lost some of its potential customers when the nearby council offices closed not so long ago. It's almost small enough to be a micropub, and it's very minimalist in a sort of micropub way. The only decor I noticed was some sort of log/wood thing in one of the corners.

As small as it is, they had six ales on, and helpfully each pump had a little sticker in front of it specifying the ale style. This is particularly helpful, as one of the ales was a dark, wheat, unfined beer which could take one by surprise if you didn't know what you were getting. I had the Tyne Bank Brewery Dark Brown Ale, at £1.65 for a half, which was in excellent shape. I was in this pub as the first pub on a Bristol pub crawl on Saturday lunchtime, and thus it was jam packed with CAMRA types, so obviously not a typical session.

This is very much a real ale drinker's pub. It's definitely worth including on any Bristol crawl.

On 9th November 2015 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Lime Kiln

After another long spell of closure, the pub has now re-opened as the Lime Kiln. A sign on the door says “Work in progress” so presumably it has a little further to evolve yet and so I won’t devote to much space to describing the décor, which hasn’t changed appreciably since my previous review anyway. Unfortunately it was very quiet on a recent Tuesday evening visit, with only one other punter in there. This is a shame as I’ve always quite liked this pub and was pleased to see it re-open, although previously it has been much more of a “day time” pub, and at one time did not even open in the evenings.

There were a good choice of beers on tap with the choice on this occasion being Cheddar Ales Goat’s Leap and Totty Pot, Holgate Red, Stonehenge Danish Dynamite, Ashley Down Sideways and Old Dairy Red Top as well as a couple of further keg options. Ciders too were well represented with Thatcher’s Gold, Janet’s Jungle Juice and Black Rat. There were also a number of bottles of vintage whiskey from the ‘70s lined up on a shelf behind the bar if that’s more your thing.

Previous review from 13/12/2011 -
This pub has recently re-opened after being shut for some time, which is great to see. It’s quite a small pub, being split in to a bar area at the front, and an even tinier snug at the rear.

It’s a while since I have been in here, so I’m not sure how much has changed, but it’s still pretty much the same as far as I recall, although the loos have clearly been retiled and tidied up. The main bar at the front has a carpeted floor with lino around the bar, some wood panelling on the lower part of the wall with plenty of photographs and paintings up above, a small fire place and a small wood panelled bar. There is a brick backdrop behind the bat that looks as though it may have been a chimney breast at one time. A solitary black beam runs across the ceiling and this was adorned with horse brasses.

There’s a couple of tables outside to watch the world go by, and a basic food menu is offered. This was chalked on boards above the bar and consisted of Lasagne, Bangers & Mash, Burgers, Ham Egg & Chips, etc, with most dishes being around the £6 mark. There was also a selection of rolls in a basket on the bar counter. Barmaid seemed friendly enough, and most drinks were £2.50 a pint on Saturday’s which suited me just fine as that’s when I was there.

Beers on tap were Butcombe and London Pride. There was a third pump on the bar although this was not in use. Good choice of ciders with four from Thatcher’s – Gold, Heritage, Traditional and Cheddar Valley as well as Happy Daze from Gwynt y Ddraig and a pump for Black Rat which was apparently “coming soon”. All in all a great little pub and well worth a visit.

On 15th July 2015 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about Horse & Groom

A flying visit to this small, basic, boozer located round the back of the Council House. The front room is only just big enough to swing a cat and has a very ‘lived-in’ feel, verging on the knackered in places. Basic furnishings plus window perch, very intimate so you have to talk! Two ales on, St Austell Tribute and Proper Job – the Proper Job was in top form and it’s a shame I had to neck it. There were also some proper ciders too but didn’t note what they were. Staff were friendly. CAMRA discount on pints advertised on the large screen to the right of the bar which also flashed up other notices and events of note. Based on the beer quality, I’d be happy to do this one again.

On 24th May 2013 - rating: 7
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janice moore left this review about Horse & Groom

this is a must for a lunchtime visit.
home cooked food between 12 & 2. from homemade soups to daily specials from £2.50. absolutely scrumptious and a lovely atmosphere. very friendly.

On 8th March 2007 - rating: 10
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