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Kings Arms, Bristol

168 Whiteladies Road
Bristol
BS8 2XZ
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Alan Winfield left this review about Kings Arms

The Kings Arms is a fairly grand looking pub that is situated at the top end of Whiteladies Road.
Once inside there is an irregular shaped room with the bar facing,the floor is tiled and the seating is tall tables and chairs to the left,the right side is some steps,there are settees and low tables here.
There were no real ales on the bar,but when i asked for one i was told they are in the upstairs bar which is accessed by a spiral staircase,but it was closed on my Saturday dinner time visit,the friendly bar lady told me the three real ales that were on upstairs and i asked for a Wikwar BOB which she went up to get,the other real ale i can remember was Exmoor 61 Degrees.
There was quiet background music playing and the pub was fairly busy.
A decent enough pub,just a shame the proper bar upstairs was not open on my visit.

Pub visited 4/2/2017

On 2nd April 2017 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Kings Arms

A prominent, brick-built pub at the top of Blackboy Hill, it is split over three levels and also includes a somewhat hidden walled courtyard garden at the rear which has a colourful mural on the wall and is something of a sun trap.

Décor wise, it has rather an ornate (Edwardian perhaps) style to it, with elaborate cornice work on the ceilings and alcoves as well as a number of items of furniture from the period. Flooring is a mixture of dark wood strip and some slate effect tiling whilst the walls are predominantly cream plasterwork with Farrow & Ball shades of brown elsewhere. Some dark flock wallpaper was on the upper levels and colourful recessed lighting had been used in places to illuminate the architrave. The ground floor is perhaps intended more as a café/bar type set-up than your regular pub, and consequently there were a few cakes and sponges to peruse on the bar, although there was also a reduced range of drinks available. A spiral staircase linked the ground floor to the middle floor where the main bar counter is housed.

A couple of moose heads were fixed above the bar, although as this is not a country pub with a tradition of hunt gatherings, these were of the cardboard and felt varieties rather than real. Other nic nacs included some old suit cases, an dressed ape sat on a gold table and some rather arty photos, including several of Elvis. At the back end of the pub, down a corridor, past the loos and up some steps was the secluded beer garden, which gives a good view of the Port of Call alongside. We didn’t check the food menu, but we did spot a few Sunday roasts coming out and I understand that the pub is well regarded for these.

For the size of the pub, beer choice was perhaps a little disappointing with just Exmoor Ale and Wickwar’s Bob being available. Ciders meanwhile were Thatcher’s Gold and Thatcher’s Dry.

On 10th August 2015 - rating: 6
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2nd Apr 2019, 12:25
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2nd Apr 2019, 12:25
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 20 August 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Function Room : Yes - Top floor can be closed off for private events - last updated 10 August 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live Music : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 August 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 20 August 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 September 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes - Heineken Hub - last updated 29 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
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