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Sportsmans, Bristol

Pub added by Jonathan Wilde
40 Colston Street

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Blackthorn _ left this review about Sportsmans

As JW has pointed out below that this has now become a pub, so I felt obligated to give it a go. It certainly looks quite pub like from the outside, with hanging baskets and illuminations presenting an attractive facade. Inside, I wasn’t quite so sure though, it still seemed to have very much the air of a private members club about it. Perhaps it’s just that most of the punters were members there when it was a private club. I enquired at the bar if it was members only or not, to which the “barman” queried whether I was a member of the human race. Apparently if I was, I could buy a drink. I use the term barman loosely as he spent the rest of the evening sat with some friends; perhaps he was a punter who just helps himself. I was also informed that there are two price tiers depending on whether you are a member or not. I’m not sure which I was charged, but £2.90 a pint seems quite reasonable these days.

Decor wise it’s quite dated with wooden flooring, wallpaper on the upper part of the walls with wood panelling down below and various tree branches attached to pillars with long wire ties. There was also some further foliage on the ceiling. Seating was red velvet benches around the perimeter with tables and red velvet armchairs elsewhere. A fire-place was off to the right although this was not in use and there was also a small trophy cabinet and a couple of plasmas. At the rear it opened out in to a more spacious room that sported a cream and brown colour scheme and there was also a pool table here.

The food seemed very popular, although I did not try it myself. Looking at the menu it seemed to consist of a good selection of “pub grub” dishes with a number of burger and omelette options and these were mostly priced at around the £6 mark.

Beers on tap were GWB’s The Shires, Pedigree and Bass. Ciders were Thatcher’s Gold and Thatcher’s Dry.

On 4th March 2013 - rating: 5
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Jonathan Wilde left this review about Sportsmans

Was a private Bristol County Sports Club
premises now appears it's an open bar.

On 15th November 2012 - no rating submitted
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