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Highbury Vaults, Kingsdown, Bristol

164 St. Michaels Hill
Bristol
BS2 8DE
Phone: 01179733203
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Highbury Vaults

A long established pub in the heart of Kingsdown, it was at one time owned by the now defunct Smiles Brewery but these days it is one of only a handful of Young’s pubs in the Bristol area. It is deceptively large inside extending back some way from the road, along with an attractive walled garden beyond this.

Décor wise, it’s quite traditional with dark wooden boards on the floor and brown painted wood panelling on the lower part of the walls with orange painted wallpaper up above. A small bar at the front of the pub is a cosy and enclosed spot and this has it’s own bar counter. Beyond this are a couple of other rooms with a table billiards game at the rear. A few black and white pictures of local sports teams were on the wall as well as some more of the locale. An unusual feature is a model train track running around much of the perimeter, with tunnels in the wall from one room to the next. Unfortunately on a recent visit it wasn’t running though, hopefully this is only temporary. The courtyard garden is again a good size and quite attractive with atmospheric lighting. A small board up on the wall listed a choice of pork pies, pickled eggs and filled rolls although whether anything more substantial was available I’m not sure.

Despite being a Young’s pub, their beers did not dominate the bar with just Bitter and London Gold being available. These were joined by Gem, Tribute, Bath Ales Dark Side and Teignworthy Beachcomber. Ciders meanwhile were Thatcher’s Gold and Addlestones. All in all with it’s traditional ambience and friendly barman I thought this was a great pub.

On 10th March 2016 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Highbury Vaults

I was looking forward to this pub visit, after looking it up on Pubs Galore, plus I like Youngs beers. The pub from the outside caught my attention as it is traditional in style and looks very appealing. The front snug where we sat at the small bar was very unique. The downside to here was the cleanliness, I noticed wine glasses along the rear servery sat on dirty beer towels and when Mrs Ale told me about the loos, we left sharply. I asked the manageress the easiest way to find the Green Man, but she was most unhelpful and told us she didn't really know as she drives. It turned out it was only round the corner, also the front brass handpumps were unloved, they needed a good old polish.

On 19th November 2014 - no rating submitted
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Quinno _ left this review about Highbury Vaults

A Youngs-owned traditional alehouse that is bigger inside than the outside might suggest. The teeny front snug bar leads off to other areas further back which house a bar billiards table (result!) and a dart board. Décor is wood-heavily with lots of panelling and a bare floor which, with the subdued lighting scheme, can create a homely or dingy effect depending on your take. Look out for the toy train running along the back wall between the bars. The pub also boasts a beer garden which is pleasantly modern and surrounded by foliage. Unusually for a Youngs house there are six handpulls with a mix of beers; Youngs Bitter as standard with St Austell Tribute and Bath Gem usually available plus numerous guests; Bath Ales Festivity was on during Christmas. Beer quality is usually fairly good. This is an interesting, characterful place and worth a visit.

On 27th December 2012 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Conrad Heard
Clifton Down, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Redland, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Montpelier, 1.04 miles, 20 min walk (show)
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2nd Apr 2019, 12:01
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2nd Apr 2019, 12:01
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Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Accommodation : No last updated 17 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 17 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 16 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 August 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Jukebox : No last updated 17 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 17 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 17 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Toilets may be an issue though - last updated 17 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes - Youngs via BT wifi. - last updated 17 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
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