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The New Inn, Bristol

86 West Town Road
Backwell
Postal town: Bristol
BS48 3BE
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The New Inn

Since my previous review, this has been closed for a few months and has now re-opened under new ownership. Decor wise it’s still pretty much the same, and is perhaps starting to look a little tired in places. The seating may have been re-arranged, but it still consists of one bar having just two tables with a number of leather armchairs around each, and the other bar with a few high tables and chairs. Consequently seating options are somewhat limited unless you’re dining. The smaller bar counter is now taken up almost entirely by a very large coffee machine.

The lease has now been taken on by an Indian guy, but rather than serving up curry as might be expected, there is apparently an Italian chef in the kitchen and this is clearly reflected in the menu. There were a reasonable choice of dishes such as lasagne, risotto, etc., which seemed well priced at around the £6 - £7 mark, although these were labelled as “first courses” which came in between “starters” and “main courses”, so I’m not sure what sort of portion size they would be. Main course options were considerably more expensive at around the £15 - £20 mark, and these too had an Italian influence. There was also a separate pizza menu, although we didn’t study this.

Landlord seemed friendly enough, although his habit of calling everyone Senor and Senorita at every opportunity got a bit monotonous after a while. A complimentary dish of olives arrived with our drinks and these were very pleasant.

Unfortunately, there were no ales on tap, real or otherwise. No beer at all, not even keg, so if you’re a bitter drinker you’re stuffed. There were three pumps on the bar, one that appeared unused and two with their labels turned round. Whether that’s policy, supply problems, or a busy weekend I’m not sure, but it’s clearly not a good sign. Ciders fared better with both Thatcher’s Gold and Stowford Press.

On 18th February 2013 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The New Inn

Now re-opened. The sign outside proclaims that it is the "New Inn - Country Pub and Dining Room" which gives you a clue as to the market they're going for.

Inside it's been nicely done out, albeit in typical gastro-pub fashion with large slate tiles in the middle bar and pine flooring in the left hand bar. It doesn't really feel much like a pub, certainly not a "country" one, but more of a trendy bar somewhere. But then to be fair it was never really that pubby anyway, so their options were limited.

There's only a limited amount of seating in the two bars, with some high tables and stools in one bar, and some leather sofa's and chairs in the other bar. Both are fairly small though, so again there were limited options in how much could be done. One of the bars had a real fire which was a nice touch on a cold, wet evening, although they seemed to have trouble keeping it going.

This isn't a place to pop in for a bar snack, with most of the main meals around the £15 mark. That said, there is a "meal deal" with three courses for £19.50 if you order before 7:30pm, and that's actually quite good considering the quality of the food you get. There is also a "bar snack" menu served until 6.00pm, but the choice is quite limited and many of the dishes really are snacks, not meals - mixed olives, and that kind of thing.

Beers on tap were Doom Bar, Butcombe and London Pride. The only cider was Stowford Press.

I wish Nathan well and it's great to see my local open again. I hope he knows his market though, as I certainly wont be popping in for food too often.

On 29th July 2011 - rating: 7
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : No last updated 18 February 2013 by Will Larter
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