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Steam Bristol, Clifton, Bristol

Clifton Down Station
Phone: 01179237204

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John Barras (Spirit Pubs)

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Graham Coombs left this review about Steam Bristol

Large pub rebuilt from the original station buildings, clearly aiming at the student market, with a dark, slightly gothic sort of interior. Outside there is a vast canopy covering assorted lounge furniture, which is an extremely pleasant place to sit on a sunny afternoon. A good range of beers included some local brews as well as various craft offerings. Very nice at quiet times, but probably best avoided on busy evenings unless you are a student.

On 12th July 2018 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about Steam Bristol

Steam Bristol is situated next to Clifton Down train station.
Once inside the bar faces in a long oblong shaped room which runs the width of the pub,the room is bare boarded and the seating was uncomfy benches and large tables.
There were four real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Brains Reverend James,which was a decent enough drink,the other real ales were Brains Original,Dawkins Funseeker and Dawkins Mosic.
The pub was too cold on a cold early February Saturday.
There were quite background music playing.
I was not that fussed with this pub.

Pub visited 4/2/2017

On 9th April 2017 - rating: 6
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Steam Bristol

Refurbished and renamed since my previous review, the basic layout is unchanged but it’s had something of a spruce-up and has fortunately lost it’s sports bar persona. Although there were still a few students present, they were mostly confined to the outside area with the inside being surprisingly relaxed with a mixed age clientele. A few blue tiles have been added next to the bar as well as blue paintwork on some of the walls. Elsewhere the false floor above remains, but with the lack of a ceiling (just the joists and floor boards) with copious quantities of exposed filament light bulbs dangling around, it seemed quite atmospheric, almost reminiscent of an alpine ski lodge. A large oven was next to the bar counter, and I understand that rotisserie is something of a theme here, although we did not inspect the menu. Stone fire-places were at either end and there was some industrial looking pipe work around, presumably designed to be in reference to the pub’s name. The outside area too has had a bit of renovation and consists of a good sized covered area with astro-turf, heaters, picnic benches and sofas.

Beers on tap were Rev James Original and Gold, Bier Bitte and Prescott Hill Climb, whilst another pump appeared to have run out. A “coming soon” board behind the bar listed a few further options, including some rather more local ones from Cheddar Ales and GWB. Ciders meanwhile were Explorer and Reveller from Orchard Pig. All in all I was quite pleasantly surprised by this, and it’s certainly much better than my previous visit.

On 8th October 2016 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Roo Bar

A large and popular pub right next to Clifton Down railway station. I assume that it was at one time the station building and there are still glimpses of an impressive arched roof, although a mezzanine level floor that has been constructed has largely obscured this.

It’s very much a sports bar, with at least a dozen TV’s and plasma’s dotted around the place (even a bank of three right next to each other which seems odd) as well as a large projection screen right opposite the bar. Several large notices advertise prominent football matches that are being screened, and a poster displaying a full listing showed that there were no less than 29 planned for October.

The pub itself is quite big, with a main central bar and smaller rooms off to each side. The left hand bar houses a couple of pool tables, and the two bars off to the right appear to be a bit cosier with lower level seating. The pumps on the bar are unusual in that they dispense from above, keeping the bar counter clear. I suppose that makes it easier for passing drinks across, but it must be hard work for the bar staff continually holding glasses up so high while they are filled. There is also a good sized outside decking area which was very popular. Bar service was quick with an efficient bunch of staff, although this may have been in anticipation of lots of punters coming in later to watch the England match.

As you might guess from the name, the pub has a bit of an Australian theme to it with much of the interior being made of wood to resemble beach huts and the like. There was also a large model alligator attached to the wall, and an equally large shark’s head protruding from the wall in the pool room. There’s an impressive large fireplace down at one end, although unfortunately it’s clear that this is no longer in use. The place seems popular with students, and there were a large number dressed up as farm animals on a recent visit.

The food offering seems to be very much at the budget end of the scale with main meals from £3.49, and different promotions on most nights of the week such as curry nights, grill nights and burger nights. There is also a quiz night on Sundays.

The solitary beer on offer was Greene King IPA, although there was another hand pump displaying a notice that said the beer was settling and would be ready shortly. The ciders were a rather disappointing Bulmers and Strongbow.

On 13th October 2010 - rating: 5
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