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The Orchard Inn, Bristol

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12 Hanover Place

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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Orchard Inn

Tucked away in something of a back street location, it is nonetheless just a short stroll from the SS Great Britain and the attractive harbourside area, and is well worth taking the trouble to track down. It is a former winner of Camra’s Cider Pub of the Year and although that is certainly their speciality, there are still a few beers on tap if that’s not your thing. It seems to have had a slight spruce up since my previous visit, but fortunately has lost none of it’s traditional charm in the process.

Internally it consists of one reasonably small room, although with some wooden balustrade creating a slightly separate area at the front. Flooring is pale quarry style tiling and there was dark green paintwork on the walls and dark wood panelling on the lower part of the walls. Traditional black wooden beams were on the ceiling, as well as a few supporting iron pillars. A TV screen was up in the window showing a Six Nations match, although I don’t recall noticing that previously so perhaps it’s only used for major events. Several pieces of brewery memorabilia was scattered around the walls such as old adverts for George’s Brewery and Guinness.

Beers were all dispensed from barrels racked up on stillage behind the bar and on this occasion included Gloucester Brewery’s Session IPA, Box Steam Brewery’s Piston Broke and St Austell’s Cornish Best. Ciders on tap were Old Rosie, Thatcher’s Gold, Thatcher’s Haze, Natch, Black Rat and Stan’s Traditional with a further extensive selection listed on a chalkboard, which also helpfully included the ABV, style and tasting notes. These were Bloom, Somerset Session, Westcroft, Bop Drop, Wilkins, Janet’s Jungle Juice, Fire Starter, Slack-Ma-Girdle, Crossmans, Blakeney Red, Kingston Black, Roxwood Foxwhelp, Glastonbury Gold and Ham Hill. All in all, a great pub and well worth checking out.

On 25th February 2019 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about Orchard Inn

An overdue revisit found that the beer is now on stillage (which I’m always suspicious of) and it yielded a so-so Wye Valley. Stick to the cider and perry here, it is their speciality after all…

July 2011
Tucked away in the backstreets, a few minutes walk away from the SS Great Britain, this is a pub that anyone with an interest in cider and perry should make a point of visiting. Over last few years it has gone from selling a couple to offering a plethora of 20+ on a good day. I’m not a cider drinker to any great degree but I’m reliably informed that this is Mecca if you want to grapple with the apple in these parts and that advice and tasters are dispensed to those who want to get involved. The pub itself feels like a pretty basic 'no frills' affair - it's designed for drinking, with tiled floor and fairly basic furnishings. There are also four ales on offer sourced from local breweries. Being an ale drinker I can comment on these – choice is good but I’ve had the odd stinker in my half-a-dozen stops so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the place on the basis of ale alone. Live music is advertised and basic food is available (pasties, filled rolls etc along with the occasional hot dish). It can get a bit lively in the evenings (some of the locals are ‘characters’) and gets rammed full of home fans on a Bristol City home game – given the atmosphere and amount of coppers outside last time I accidentally visited on such an occasion, it didn’t strike me as being a place for away supporters. For cider and perry fans, this is clearly a must-visit.

On 6th October 2013 - rating: 7
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Pete Yeates left this review about Orchard Inn

This was CAMRA's cider pub of the year three years ago and deservedly so.

On 20th October 2012 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about Orchard Inn

Situated in a quiet side street close to the harbour front on what is named Spike Island is The Orchard Inn, a smallish single bar street corner pub.
An unremarkable and rather basic interior has a tiled floor and comfortable seating around the walls. Several framed posters advertise the long gone Georges Bristol Brewery ( acquired by Courage )
It’s quickly apparent to the first time visitor that this is a specialist cider house. A blackboard by the bar listed around 20 different ciders at varying gravities and prices. Interestingly, hot mulled cider was on offer at £ 1.50p per half pint. The pub was voted CAMRA’s National Cider Pub of the Year for 2009.
Occasional live music is offered. The pub is apparently famed for its “Hangover Café” breakfasts which it offers between 9am and noon on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
On the real ale front, 4 beers were offered on my recent early evening visit – Otter Aardman Bitter, London Pride, plus stronger beers from Bath Ales and Arbor. “Aardman” Bitter apparently reflects the fact that the creator of Wallace and Gromit – Aardman Animations – is based nearby.The pub is listed in CAMRA’s 2011 Good Beer Guide.
This is a reasonable pub and is convenient if visiting S S Great Britain, moored nearby. It’s not top of my list for a revisit however as there’s pubs closer to the City Centre that offer a greater variety of real ales.

On 22nd November 2010 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about Orchard Inn

We were not going to bother with this place as we walked around the harbourside, as it’s a fairly plain corner box on the outside with a couple of wooden tables to street side level. But we decided to venture in for one and I’m bloody glad we did.
Although there are a couple of real ale hand pumps on the bar that is not the reason to visit the Orchard.
As mentioned below this pub was awarded the Camra cider pub of the year 2009, primarily because there are so many ciders on offer that you can’t count them all ( I lost count at 15 chalked on the boards.). There’s a couple on pump, others in polypins on the bar and then several which involved the bar man disappearing somewhere. Considerate service with a couple of samples being offered especially as we’re cider novices and the only direction we could give the bar keep was ‘we’d like to try a couple of dry ones’.
Anyway lots of different regional Ciders and Perrys with strange names and abv’s all around the 5-6% mark. So definitely recommended for those who like their alcoholic beverages to be made from Apples or Pears.

On 8th September 2010 - rating: 9
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train man left this review about The Orchard Inn

Otter, Butcombe Brunel, Arbor Slumberjack (6.9%), plus ciders galore! Three on handpump plus 19 (nineteen!) on gravity, incl perries. Plain square bar area, tiled floor, practical rather than architecturally attractive, but friendly service, and most tolerant of the inauguration of a friend's one-week old into Briz's hop & apple (&pear!) society – welcome to the world Little Fish!
Some well-priced stuff to soak up those dangerous abvs – pasty £2.50, bangers & mash £4.50, mutton broth £3.50.

On 22nd November 2009 - rating: 7
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Pete Yeates left this review about Orchard Inn

Amazing range of cider and a few good choices of real ale too, not to mention the food that's on offer.

CAMRA's Cider Pub of the Year!

On 10th September 2009 - rating: 10
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