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The Tobacco Factory, Southville, Bristol

Pub added by Dave McNally
Raleigh Road
Phone: 01179020060

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Quinno _ left this review about The Tobacco Factory

Amusing to re-read my thoughts on the joint 13 years ago. Maybe age (or experience of many similar venues that have sprung-up since) has mellowed me a bit. The impersonal industrial feel is still there - exposed ducts, undressed brick and so on, but now feels a bit more ‘lived-in’. Additionally there are now two cask ales, on this visit dispensing BBF Notorious and Fortitude (NBSS 2.5); an odd choice given these beers were both available five minutes away at the brewery tap in better shape and at cheaper prices. Inevitably they don’t take nasty dirty working class cash, now card-only. The place is still full of angsty middle class incomers and arty posers; to be honest I wasn’t really persuaded of its merits let alone its GBG listing. It isn’t dreadful, just another place that isn’t as good as it thinks it is.

May 2008
This is a big, cold, formulaic canteen housed in an admittedly impressive building. It’s desperately trying to be trendy by charging expensive prices and employing pretentious staff. Packed to the rafters but less atmosphere than a funeral. No ale available, only pressurized keg and bottles of Bath blonde lager. Basically, this is just a big room with achingly trendy muzak selling overpriced lager to rich students, yummy mummys and wannabe arty types. Rated 2

On 10th December 2021 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Tobacco Factory

A large and somewhat impersonal venue, it does nonetheless seem very popular and was the original bar in this area that kick-started the whole regeneration of this end of North Street.

It’s essentially just one very large, industrial looking room crammed full of tables and chairs with a couple of odd sofa’s scattered around. The harsh acoustics means it can be quite noisy when it’s busy, which it invariably seems to be. There is a small raised section at one end which has a few bean bags on it. Unusual, but again this seems a popular spot for people to chill out and survey the rest of the pub.

The décor is very industrial as previously mentioned, with a concrete ceiling and all pipes and other services on display, plus a solitary disco glitter ball which looked a little out of place. Wails are plain brick although witch a selection of artwork dotted around. There is a long bar at the back running almost the length of the room, with a food servery down at one end, plus a selection of cupcakes and the like displayed on the bar counter. There is a smaller room off to the rear, and a small courtyard area out the back.

Food is of the “trendy” variety rather than your traditional pub grub. Think lentils, halloumi and roasted red peppers and you’ll get the general idea, with most of the mains being around the £9 mark and a selection of light bites at around £6.50. Beers on tap were all from the Bristol Beer Factory, with their Acer, Sunrise and No. 7. Ciders were Ashton Press and Bath Ales’ Bounders.

On 10th January 2011 - rating: 6
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