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The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, Bristol Central, Bristol

18 King Street
Bristol
BS1 4EF
Phone: 01173169237
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer

A well reviewed pub and with good reason.
On Bristol's lively King Street The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer has been recently refurbished and is now modern gastro/craft beer boozer in style with internal features echoing those of a ship and many nautical pictures around.
We visited on a sunny Thursday evening and the doors at the front were open creating a pleasant Continental atmosphere helped along by the numerous and eclectic clientele. It all felt lively and buzzy and the right place to be.
The modern and on trend beer boards have been described and are still stocked with a wide variety of offerings. I found the smaller board close to the bar much easier to make sense of but making an ale choice from a trendy board rather than a row of pump clips or a chalk board took a bit of getting used to which may say more about me than the presentation.
Cask choices were: London Brew Company Never Mind the Kent Hops, ELB Foundation and Nightwatchman, Vibrant Forest Black Forest Porter and Electric Bear Milk Stout. These are all served from the row of handpumps on the bar and all that we tried were in very good nick although only the Black Forest Porter drew really deep sighs of appreciation.
Twelve keg beers were also listed, these being served from taps along the back of the bar. They ranged in strength from 3.2% to 6.8% and included offerings from Wild Beer, ELB, Kernel, Gloucester, Brew by Numbers, New Bristol, Lilleys, Hogans and Wiper and True. A real selection in terms of strengths and styles with local breweries well represented.
I liked it here for both the atmosphere and the beer - you certainly won't go thirsty.

On 1st July 2016 - rating: 9
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Gill Smith left this review about The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer

Called in this bar as we were doing a crawl of some of Bristol's finest. A shock to the system seeing the huge bank of handpulls at the front of the bar with no pumpclips, and a row of taps at the back for the keg craft beers. A large notice board gave full details of the available beers complete with prices for pints, halves, thirds and two thirds. Also shown was a brief description of the beers. We managed three good cask beers, but the Crafty Devil keg beer was way too cold for my taste.

On 24th April 2016 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer

Clearly a traditional pub in the past, the Famous Royal Navy Volunteer has been given the craft beer bar makeover, putting it in direct competition with a number of other venues on this stretch of King Street. The pub has a slightly unusual layout, with two long narrow rooms, each with their own bar, and a wider rear room more suited to dining. Part of the transition to the world of craft beer has been to paint the whole pub in a fairly unappealing, bland colour scheme, which has sadly robbed the place of much of its character. There is a good deal of seating, with wing back armchairs under the front windows, large comfy chairs and button backed banquettes along the left hand side, close to the fireplace which stands on this wall under a large mirror. Some pillars break up the space a little, especially around the bar area, where a number of drinking ledges have been built around pillars and sections of wall. Some of these ledges had modern snob screens on them for some unknown reason. The dining area to the rear is similarly decorated to the main bars and has predominantly high tables and stool seating, a large TV screen which was turned off on this visit, numerous nautical themed pictures and paintings and a large map of the Severn Estuary. The right hand bar was very busy, seemingly being used for a private function, so I didn't get a good look round, although a quick glimpse revealed hop lined walls, another unused TV screen and more nautical pictures on the walls.
As others have mentioned, the beer range is detailed on a huge series of boards which use a Brewdog-style confusing pricing structure. It also wasn't clear which beers were on keg and which were cask in the left hand bar, which was odd as a similar board in the right hand bar made a very clear distinction between the two. I don't think I've ever spent so long trying to fathom out which beer I want to order as I did here, but I eventually opted for the Siren Undercurrent, which was a pretty decent pint. Other cask options included Siren Soundwave, Wild Beer Wild Goose Chase, Arbor Triple Hop, New Bristol India and Samhaim, Red Ink 100 and Waen Snowball, with a similarly diverse keg range also listed and a number of real ciders also available.
I found this place a little difficult to warm to and wonder if they missed a trick by not presenting a craft beer venue set in a traditional pub environment, which would have made a stronger point of difference from other bars nearby. It worked well as part of a crawl but didn't strike me as the sort of place I'd like to settle down in for a longer session.

On 7th December 2014 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Will Larter
Bristol Temple Meads, 0.9 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 1.19 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Clifton Down, 1.36 miles, 26 min walk (show)
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1st Jul 2016, 10:47
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Review submitted by Gill Smith

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 December 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 December 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 07 December 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - Midnight
Monday12noon - Midnight
Tuesday12noon - Midnight
Wednesday12noon - Midnight
Thursday12noon - 1am
Friday12noon - 1am
Saturday12noon - 1am
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