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The Siren's Calling, Bristol

Pub added by Blackthorn _
315 Newfoundland Way
Postal town: Bristol
BS20 7QH

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Quinno _ left this review about The Siren's Calling

Located well-into the Marina complex at the dockside. This is a brand new opener in brand new building - so not much latitude for alteration or character-building, really. Nonetheless there are good views of the marina from the plated windows. Inside has a burnt orange painted wall interior, polished concrete floor, some proper local photography on canvas on the walls and a nautical nod with a mounted ship's wheel and rope suspended lights. Furniture is traditional, but a bit samey. Live music advertised. We were quite taken by the FA Cup of local breweries, a straight shoot-out based on how quickly a 9 could be drunk by the locals. An impressive selection of craft keg, cans and bottles on a menu with very reasonable prices (under £4 for a bottle of Duchesse, for example) as well as proper cider. Cask-wise, there are a number of pumps (six, was it? Can they shift them all during the week?) with a good range of styles. I tried beers from Animal (Oystercatcher - good nick) and BBF (Fortitude - very good nick). Friendly owners, who were happy to chat about the pub. Our Boxing Day evening visit shouldn’t have happened; it turned out they weren’t planning to open originally, but the locals got them to open up for a bit and they carried on well-past planned shutdown as people kept turning up, so a good sign. I was fairly keen on this one, though I do have a dog in the fight as a former resident of the town. Good luck to them, I will be making a beeline back here in 2019.

On 31st December 2018 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Siren's Calling

A new opening on Portishead’s popular marina development, in some ways it’s not the most inspiring location being in a fairly anonymous looking new build block alongside a coffee shop and a supermarket. That said, it’s got a great outlook down the whole length of the marina, and full height windows along the front of the pub make the most of this. It’s a shame though that there is no outside seating, that would really make a massive difference and there’s plenty of room. Perhaps that will come in time, although there may also be a licensing restriction that prevents it due to the residential apartments located directly above.

Internally it’s really lacking much in the way of any character with a polished concrete floor and plain walls painted in a shade of burnt orange. The bar counter is quite attractive with rustic wooden planks being affixed to the front as well as on the wall behind, and a row of imitation beer barrels were used for the keg taps on the back wall. Light fittings were suspended by thick ship’s rope and there were a couple of pieces of siren related artwork and a mirror on the walls, but overall the décor style is very minimalist and it could definitely have done with something to give it a bit more character. Seating was standard dark wood tables and chairs, with one sofa in the corner.

There was an eclectic selection of beers on tap which on this occasion were Fortitude and Milk Stout from the Bristol Beer Factory, Stonehenge Danish Dynamite, Azacca and Clouded Minds 99 Steps. A sixth pump appeared unused on our visit. Ciders gave a similarly unusual selection with three that I’d never come across before – Hunt’s Barn Screecher, Slack Alice and Crafty Nectar Number 7. The latter was a pretty decent pint and the friendly landlord informed me that it was a brand new one developed in Shepton Mallet but brewed in Herefordshire. Overall, I’ve mixed feelings about this. It’s a great location, unusual beer choice and friendly staff, but they really need to do something to create a bit more atmosphere, and from some of the Facebook reviews that I’ve seen, it would appear that most people have a similar view.

On 30th May 2018 - rating: 6
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