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Seymour Arms, Bristol

Bath Road
Postal town: Bristol
BS40 7TH
Phone: 01761462279

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Blackthorn _ left this review about Seymour Arms Inn

As Jon has said below, this has been extensively refurbished since my previous visit and is now very firmly in the gastro territory. There is some decking and a patio area at the rear level with the car park and also some bench seating at the front that is under cover for the more inclement weather and also included a plasma on the wall to keep the smokers entertained.

Inside it has been opened out with the raised areas in the corner gone and a sanded wood floor throughout. There is dark green wood panelling on the lower part of the walls with cream paintwork above and on the ceiling, and overall I felt it looked a little bland with very little in the way of decorations to break up the expanse other than a small handful of pictures dotted around. As Jon also pointed out, the table tops match the floor and the legs match the wood panelling! It seems to be primarily intended for diners although there were a few stools at the bar. A small snug to the rear offered little in the way of character, although the friendly barmaid/waitress did mention that this was still work in progress. A wood burning stove was off to one side, although whether this is functional or just decorative, I’m not sure. As is the vogue in many trendy establishments, a feature had been made of a pile of logs in the snug.

Menu wise, the choice is definitely a step or two up from your usual pub grub, with no sign of Fish & Chips, Chilli or Pie of the Day. Most of the main courses were £15+, and according to the pub’s website the chef has worked in some top London restaurants, as well as more locally, The Albion in Clifton.

Beers on tap were Butcombe and Proper Job. There was a third pump that appeared unused, so perhaps there are more on occasions. Ciders were well represented with Thatcher’s Gold, Ashton Still and Orchard Pig Reveller. Overall I’ve missed feelings about this. The staff were pleasant and friendly, the food offered some interesting, if pricey, options, and they’ve certainly reinvigorated it. But is it that much of a pub anymore? I’m not so sure it is.

On 15th August 2014 - rating: 7
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Jonathan Wilde left this review about Seymour Arms Inn

This has recently been shut and had a refurb, it's gone gastro and is obviously now green on all available wooden surfaces attached to the wall as well as the tables frames, tops were obviously sanded wood. It's had a layout change with the toilets no longer off the main open lounge area.

The clientele appear to have changed somewhat since my last visit, gone are the families from the Midlands trying to quench the child's thirst with free water while on holiday in Weston but now the younger striking children while mother and father indulge in drinks feeling the need to bring the kids to the pub to meet other like minded family friends and treat it as a creche.

Works aren't fully complete but it's open and functioning.

On 11th January 2014 - no rating submitted
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Seymour Arms Inn

The pub itself is quite a decent size, although with limited seating. There's a table skittles game that's takes up some space, and a couple of raised areas limit the flexibility of layout. It's got a decent country pub feel to it, albeit not quite as cosy as some, but with plenty of wood panelling, beams and a large fish tank. As well as the skittles, there's a dart board and a Wii console that apparently comes out sometimes on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

The menu was quite basic with several “pub grub” dishes such as scampi and chips, cod and chips, lasagne, chilli, curry, etc, plus a couple of more upmarket dishes, e.g.; steaks. The landlady was very friendly and helpful, and assured us that all the food was freshly made on the premises. The lasagne and cajun chicken that we had were both certainly very good. Possibly slightly overpriced at £8.95, but for decent home cooked quality you can't really complain.

Beers on this occasion were Butcombe and the rather pleasant Holy Thor II from Glastonbury Ales. Ciders were Thatcher's Gold and Blackthorn.

On 7th May 2010 - rating: 7
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