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Bird In Hand, Bristol

58 High Street
Saltford
Postal town: Bristol
BS31 3EJ
Phone: 01225873335
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Bird In Hand

A popular, traditional pub in the heart of the old village. There’s a single, good size “U” shape bar, and a pleasant conservatory with views over to the Kelston hills, although this is more geared up for dining.

The main bar is a reasonably cosy affair, with carpet throughout, bench seating around the perimeter and a selection of tables and chairs. Around the far side of the bar is a small fish tank, and another window to take in the views. There is also a fruit machine and a plasma which looked a bit out of place being tacked to the edge of the fireplace, although this was not in use on our visit. The walls are a mixture of exposed stone work and white plaster liberally decorated with pictures, plates, etc. The ceiling includes a few beams to complete the cosy pub feel.

Outside there’s a small terrace and a fair size beer garden. Although it’s not in view of the river like the other two nearby pubs, it is only a two minute walk away. The Bristol / Bath cycle path goes by the end of the car park, and there is also an entrance on to it. A convenient half-way point to stop for a pint if you’re out for a bike ride. There is also a Pétanque pitch and there are regular club meetings apparently.

There is a decent looking pub grub menu, and a couple of specials chalked up on a board. There was a good choice of food from light bites to more substantial main meals. I tried a cheese and ham omelette which was substantial and very pleasant. There was also a good selection of deserts chalked up on boards, as well as a selection of wines by the glass. Staff seemed friendly and helpful.

Beers on tap were Doom Bar, Butcombe, Courage Best and London Pride. I also spotted an Otter delivery van in the car park, so I guess that’s coming soon. Ciders were all from the Thatcher’s stable with their Ashton Press, Gold and Dry.

All in all this is a decent pub, and it was good to see it busy on a wet midweek lunchtime. My only criticism would really be the fact that whilst I was waiting to be served, the staff all seemed busy dealing with food orders and making coffee. Not a problem in itself, as I said it’s good to see them busy, but some form of acknowledgement rather than just leaving me standing at the bar would have been good. That’s a miner gripe though, this pub is well worth a visit.

On 15th February 2011 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Keynsham, 2.73 miles, 52 min walk (show)
Oldfield Park, 3.96 miles, 1 hr 16 min walk (show)
Bath Spa, 5.22 miles, 1 hr 40 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Bird In Hand, Saltford
13th Mar 2016, 21:06
Pub map correction submitted by Jonathan Wilde approved
 
13th Mar 2016, 21:06
Pub map correction submitted by Jonathan Wilde

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 13 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : Yes last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live Music : No last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes - Pub name but needed password - last updated 26 September 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
Opening Hours
Sunday11am - 11pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 11pm
Saturday11am - 11pm
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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