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Hopped Cider House, Bristol

Pub added by Blackthorn _
22-23 Denmark Street

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Blackthorn _ left this review about Hopped Cider House

A recent opening on the former site of the Cat Café, this is the tap house for the Beard & Sable Cider Company based just a few miles south of Bristol. They apparently specialise in hopped cider as might well be inferred from the pub name, and a recent Saturday evening visit found tables and benches out the front of the pub, with the road presumably having been closed to traffic. Whether or not this is a regular occurrence, I am not sure.

Internally it’s fairly basic in terms of décor, with rough chipboard covering much of the walls along with roughly sawn planks elsewhere. Flooring was predominantly something similar, with pale grey tiling around the perimeter. Seats were all made from some sort of miniature plastic beer barrels that had been fitted with a cushioned top, whilst the tables were larger wooden barrels. Some of the timberwork had been painted dark blue, whilst a small scattering of PA equipment and a guitar suggested that perhaps live music is featured on occasions. Despite the basic and utilitarian appearance, I actually quite liked it ion here and felt that is had a chilled out and relaxed vibe, and the young barmaid seemed pleasant enough, and was happy to explain the different drink styles available.

As mentioned, cider is clearly the focus here with the solitary beer offering being Wild Beer’s Shika on keg. Their own ciders dominated the line-up as might be expected, with their Dolores, Idunn and Freya. The guest ciders on this occasion were Pilton Scarlett Sharpe and Red Cow. All in all I quite liked it here and hope that it gets established they will extend the opening hours, which are currently only Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s.

On 25th July 2021 - rating: 7
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