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Shakespeare Tavern, Bristol

68 Prince Street
Phone: 01179297695

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Greene King

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Graham Coombs left this review about Shakespeare Tavern

Claiming to be the "longest serving ale house in Bristol", this is a nice two-roomer with some good old woodwork. Traces of an earlier refurb are visible, notably the graphic map wall, but have weathered in quite nicely. There is a small patio at the front. However the main attraction is the enthusiasm for beers, with an excellent and changing range of guests alongside the predictable IPA and Abbot, on this occasion including Gloucester Vanilla Porter, Hanlon's Port Stout, Great Western Bitter and Tribute, plus a volunteered discount for CAMRA. A good survivor amongst the various trendy places in the area.

On 27th January 2020 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about Shakespeare Tavern

The Shakespeare Tavern is a pub that is housed in a fairly grand looking building.
Once inside the bar faces in an oblong shaped room to the front, which is bare boarded,the seating is bench seating and chairs,there is a separate room to the rear which is oblong shaped and bare boarded,there are normal tables and chairs in this room.
There were five real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Wadworth 6X,which was a very nice drink,the other real ales were Taylor Landlord,St Austell Tribute,GK Abbot and GK IPA.
Food was being served,but did not take over the pub.
The pub was very busy on my late Saturday afternoon visit,there was decent background music playing.
I thought this was a decent pub to have a drink in.

Pub visited 15/7/2017

On 27th October 2017 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Shakespeare Tavern

This is one of the few proper, traditional pubs left in the central Bristol area, and all the better for it. There is a small patio area at the front, which is a pleasant enough spot although being opposite a busy junction it doesn’t have much of an outlook.

Inside, there’s a front and rear bar. Neither are especially big and it can get quite busy in here, so you’re often unable to get a seat. Both bars are similar in style, with much dark wood panelling on the front wall, old floorboards and a few nautical items on the wall such as old black and white photos of ships and the obligatory display of various knots in a glass case. Although the pub does not have a nautical name, it is just a few yards away from the docks, so it’s appropriate enough, and in a nod to the pub’s name there was also a portrait of the Bard as well as a few watercolours of the local area. A fire-place to one side contained a wood burning stove, although on closer inspection it was clear that this was more decorative than functional. The rear bar is a little cosier and has a couple of interesting leaded, stained glass windows.

Beers on tap were the mostly from the Greene King stable with their Abbot Ale, Old Golden Hen and Old Speckled Hen. There was also Ilkley Pale Ale and a further pump which appeared to have run out. The solitary cider was Thatcher’s Gold.

On 27th September 2016 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Shakespeare Tavern

A respectable Greene King pub, with a lot of character. The beer was very well kept and the manager and staff were pleasant and friendly. I went for the GK guest, Ashley Down Brewery, December - well worth a look in.

On 19th November 2014 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Shakespeare Tavern

A traditional pub oasis in the central area of modern soulless bars, this 18th century pub still has two rooms although they are now linked around the central bar. Comfortable and warm with a couple of log burning stoves in the original fireplaces, wooden floors, mostly traditional seating but with a few settles but also the occasional high version, some wood panelling, decor includes dockyard/river scenes plus an excellent aerial view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Jugs and pots over the bar and on the fireplace mantle. The back room has some coloured glass windows but these seem to have been added over wired glass windows outside.
No TV, just background music, beers from Greene King, the "house" beer called Shakespeare was a 3.9% offering but had that distictive GK taste, so one of their others I'd say, 3.9% Morland Original perhaps. Old Speckled Hen, Golden hen plus Abbot on handpump as well, IPA on one of those shiny font things,
Food served, including tapas/light bites.
Outdoor seating to the front at high tables and stools.

On 28th October 2012 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Shakespeare Tavern

The Shakespeare Tavern is a traditional pub a short walk away from the brash barn drinking houses of the harbour waterside. It benefits from a grand frontage, being a former Georgian merchants house which was converted into an Inn in the 1770’s and as it’s a grade II listed building, the frontage is likely to stay this way.
The entrance is up some steps from the roadside and past the couple of outside tables on the small balcony area out front. Inside it’s a two room pub. I only ventured into the front room which is a traditional wood interior with panelled walls and wood flooring, bar stools along the bar and then wooden tables and chairs along the front wall. It has a large fireplace to the left and then a carved wooden staircase off to the right.
This is a solid no frills drinking pub and you will not be disturbed by noise from TV’s or fruit machines in here because there isn’t any.
The only let down is the beer choice as, although there are four hand pumps on the bar, it’s a GK house and three of these were IPA, Abbott and OSH. The fourth pump is a guest, but this was unfortunately off during my visit. Fortunately the IPA I did have was a very well kept pint.
This is a very good traditional pub, and if it was a Free House with a better beer choice than the ubiquitous brews from Bury St Edmunds, it would be up there with the best pubs in Bristol.

On 11th September 2010 - rating: 7
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Darren Bestley left this review about The Shakespeare Tavern

Traditional pub interior, decent beer.

On 31st December 2008 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Shakespeare Tavern

Used to be a very pleasant old school boozer, nice and dark, lots of nooks and crannies with old fellas supping pints and giving you the latest on their old hounds hip operation at the vets. Have very fond memories of watching the World Cup matches in here in '98 before going over to the Thekla. Went back in here for the first time in a few years last week and now it's all lit up, the nooks and crannies seem to have been reduced to a minimum…at least the two rooms remain as well as the wood boarding. Ale has taken a turn for the better (even if it is Greene King). There’s always a pub you know that “isn’t as good as it used to be” after a makeover and for me it’s this one.

On 5th January 2007 - rating: 6
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