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The Cornubia, Bristol

142 Temple Street
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Quinno _ left this review about The Cornubia

After a run of below-par beers nearby I was looking for salvation and found it here in Beowulf Chocolate Porter (NBSS 4) and a pasty from the counter. Remains a straightforward no bullshit pub and is now the best in the Victoria Street area.

Dec 2021
Back once again. Trundles on like it has for many a year – it’s a nice traditional place but also very small, narrow and generally awkward which makes finding a comfortable spot to sit a pain. Good selection of six cask on with a range of styles and strengths, my Mallinson Rakau Calypso was far too astringent for me but in decent nick nonetheless (NBSS 3.5) though the dirty glass took the shine (arf!) off proceedings a bit. Also some decent ciders. Rated 8

November 2014
Little change to this classic Bristol pub since my last review a year ago. Absolutely packed on our Friday afternoon visit (and again when I returned later in the evening). Three ales sampled, condition-wise a bit like Carol picking out the numbers on Countdown, one from the top of the pile, one from the middle and another a bit lower down the scale. It’s certainly a destination venue and a shoo-in for a crawl in the area. Rated 8

October 2013
Over the last couple of years the place has new ownership (again!) and seems to be heading (dare I say it) upmarket; but in a positive way. A lot of work has been done both inside and out – a fenced-off garden area, thorough paint job, wall-to-wall beermats and the addition of cushions on the benches inside. Fish tank to rear. Usually around eight ales on. I’ve had a mixed experience over the last year with the quality though last month’s visit was very good, so hopefully that’s settled down (and also hopefully no more nasty Glastonbury brewery!?). Pieminister pies and pasties available. Also does a CAMRA discount. Whilst I’d personally choose the Seven Stars if pressed for time in the area, this one is certainly worth popping into. Rated 8

August 2009
My most recent yielded a strange mixture of Rocky Horror and Disney on the speakers and a paddling pool for the punters outside. You make your own mind up on that one. Good service from a friendly barmaid. Seemed to be less guest beers available then previously, which is a shame. Saying that, it's still worth a visit. Rated 7

January 2007
This Georgian survivor takes a bit of finding...pop into the Kings Head first if you're stuck and ask for directions. Now run by the Hidden Brewery, this is a top-notch old-school alehouse inhabited by real drinkers and some real characters. On my last visit me and my mate were accosted by an Andy Fordham lookalike and spent a surreal 30 minutes discussing the merits of Scottish Lower Division football (do you know who the best-supported team are in terms of catchment area? Apparently it's St Johnstone). Rated 9

On 5th December 2023 - rating: 9
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Cornubia

Tucked away in the backstreets behind Victoria Street, this isn’t somewhere you’re likely to stumble across by accident, but is it’s well worth making the effort to track it down and it was good to see it full to capacity on a recent Thursday evening visit, with several more punters in the covered and heated beer garden, although recent reports in the local press suggest that this may be under threat from the proposed redevelopment of the adjacent office block.

Internally it’s quite compact, and is one single L-shape bar with the upright part of the L being quite narrow as it runs along the bar counter. Décor wise, it’s quite traditional with red carpet on the floor, good sized windows at the front and some black wood panelling on the wall to the right as well as black timberwork around the windows. The main feature though is probably the hundreds of old pump clips affixed to the ceiling which is both attractive and interesting. An archway leads through to small room to the left, whilst stained glass panels in the doors to the loos were an unusual feature. A small selection of rolls and scotch eggs were for sale on the end of the bar and a few pictures and a brewery mirror were dotted around. Other bits and pieces included a large VHS box set of the Inspector Morse series and the obligatory selection of horse brasses.

Beers on tap were all listed on a chalkboard behind the bar and on this occasion included Wily Fox’s Dark Flagon rum porter and Azacca American Ale, Bluestone’s Red of Heaven and Stone Cold, Chantry Special Reserve and their own SO. Cider’s meanwhile were Moonshine and Strawberry from Broadoak, along with a trio from Thatcher’s – Dry, Gold and Haze. All in all, a cracking pub and well worth searching out.

On 2nd December 2022 - rating: 9
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Steve C left this review about The Cornubia

The Cornubia is an interesting J-shaped pub with hop covered beams that line the ceiling that is carpeted in old pump clips. Horse brasses hang on the walls and there is a fireplaces adorned with coat-of-arms shields. You get the picture. This isn’t the biggest place so I was glad to find it very quiet during a recent midweek visit. I counted ten handpumps on the bar, seven of which were in operation drawing cask that I’d never heard of before, although I’m not from these parts so some may have been local usual suspects. Out the front behind an ivy covered fence is a well-tended beer garden lined with picnic tables. The service was very friendly and even though quiet I was made to feel at home straight away. I’ll make a point to revisit when next in the area.

On 2nd September 2022 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Dave McNally
Bristol Temple Meads, 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 1.17 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Montpelier, 1.43 miles, 27 min walk (show)
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5th Dec 2023, 20:36
Review submitted by Quinno _ amended by Quinno _
25th Jul 2023, 19:55
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Small front terrace - last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes - Pasies and the like - last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
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  • Micropub : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
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  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 05 December 2023 by Quinno _
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