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Submitted on Monday, 10th June 2013
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Nova Scotia, Hotwells, Bristol

Nova Scotia Place
Bristol
BS1 6XJ
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Nova Scotia

A traditional old pub located in a great spot alongside the river and opposite a row of attractive cottages, the outside seating area is a prime spot in the warmer months and it’s rare than I venture inside, other than to buy a drink of course.

At this time of year inside seems a better option though, and this consists of one long room running along the front of the pub, along with a small snug to the right which is labelled both as The Captain’s Cabin and a private bar. Décor wise it’s quite traditional with a wood strip floor, dark wood panelling on the lower part of the walls and green paintwork on the doors and other timberwork. There were a few chunky black beams on the ceiling and various nautical charts and small black and white photographs of the river on the walls.

Beers on tap were Deuchars IPA, Bombardier, Courage Best and GWB Hambrook Ale. Ciders meanwhile were Gold and Haze from Thatcher’s. Overall, a pretty decent traditional pub and well worth checking out.

On 25th February 2019 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia is a nice looking pub that is just over the swing bridge,that is watched being used while in the pub.
Once inside the bar faces in a long oblong shaped room which runs the width of the pub,the floor is bare boarded,there is bench seating with chairs and small stools,there is also a small separate room to the left.
There were five real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Moles Jailers Daughter,which went down well,the other real ales were Deuchars IPA,Courage Bitter,Bombardier Gold and an house beer Nova Scotia Bitter.
The pub was empty and too quiet when i first got in just after 12,but started to fill up as i was leaving.
I thought this was a pleasant pub to have a drink in.

Pub visited 15/7/2017

On 22nd October 2017 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about Nova Scotia

Not a huge amount of change in the intervening time. Last month’s visit found five pumps, with three ales and two ciders on the go. My Dursley Steam Bitter was three quid and in decent shape, though the Wickwar less so (mind you, I usually find that with their beers…). Food was offered, with proper dinner starting from 7 quid, with doorstep sarnies for £3.50 if you just want a filling snack. An atmospheric place with some waterside seating but I really think they could do more on the beer front – it’s all set-up for it.

June 2009
I'd spent many years driving past and thinking "that looks nice, I'll have to go there" and was so pleased that I eventually have. A proper old dockside pub, this place has remained relatively unspoilt and retains bags of character in every season - its wonderfully attractive exterior and location allowing for nice views in the summer months. A cosy session can be had in the winter - the interior is divided into two rooms serviced by a single bar that straddles the pair, with the Captains Table snug in the right-hand room. It has a very lived-in feel, perhaps slightly too lived-in at the moment and it needs a bit of TLC. As expected, nautical memorabilia abounds on the walls. Drinks-wise, it’s perhaps a little under-par with Courage Best and Bass plus two (sporadic) guests and usually a couple of ciders. Quality is usually decent although not consistent enough to get into the GBG. Service is often perfunctory. Pub is currently dog-friendly. The punters are a real cross-section of the local community. I really like this place and would recommend a visit. There’s some room for extra improvement though - this could be the best pub in Bristol if it was allowed to take flight. Rated 7.

On 6th October 2013 - rating: 7
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This pub features in the following crawls:
Bristol crawl - November 2009 by Gill Smith
Circular Walk of the Floating Harbour - Bristol by Steve of N21
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Parson Street, 1.47 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Clifton Down, 1.51 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 1.6 miles, 30 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Nova Scotia, Bristol
25th Feb 2019, 11:23
Review submitted by Blackthorn _ amended by Blackthorn _
 
22nd Oct 2017, 16:37
Review submitted by Alan Winfield

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 17 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 September 2010 by Alan Winfield
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 October 2013 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
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