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The Hare on the Hill, Kingsdown, Bristol

41 Thomas Street North
Kingsdown
Bristol
BS2 8LX
Phone: 01179081982
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Hare on the Hill

This is a very pleasant back street pub in a quiet neighbourhood not too far from the city centre. On arrival, the pub’s fine tiled exterior catches the eye and sets up great expectations for a proper traditional interior, which the pub is able to deliver on. You enter into a bare boarded main bar area where all the walls have been painted in simple, neutral shades. Fixed bench seating is available to the right of the entrance and all down the side wall, supplemented by a collection of low stools. To the front left, there is a screened off seating area with more tables and chairs under half panelled walls with lots of bright, modern art prints on show. The servery stands proudly in the middle of the pub, with a basic tongue and groove counter, smart pillared bar back with the keg taps mounted on it, all topped with a rugby ball and beer bottle collection. The pub opens out a bit beyond the bar, into a rear raised seating area with benches and chairs, arty prints on the walls and a dartboard. Fairy light around much of the pub help to create an unexpectedly cosy feel in even the most public parts of the room and I spotted useful bits like a rack with the day’s papers and a collection of board games here and there around the room. A folk soundtrack played throughout my stay and the clientele seemed to be several decades younger than the pub’s initial impressions might lead you to expect.
There are four hand pumps on the bar and these offered a promising selection of Bristol Beer Factory Independence, Moor, Noor Hop and Arbor Blue Sky Drinking and Shangri-la. I ordered a pint of the latter, which sadly spluttered to an end with only three-quarters of the pint glass filled. The cheery barman said I could have this for free and a quick sample suggested it still tasted pretty good, but having got about halfway through it, it started to taste pretty disgusting, which was a bit of a dilemma as I was then too embarrassed to give it back and buy something else!
I thought this was a nice pub that struck a good balance between maintaining a traditional feel and providing a more contemporary environment that younger drinkers will feel comfortable in. It’s a shame I had a rubbish beer here, as I would potentially have enjoyed the place even more with a well kept pint but that was purely my own mistake and no fault of the pub. Definitely one to return to and a good double-header with the nearby Hillgrove Porter Stores.

On 7th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Hare on the Hill

The most striking part of this pub was the exterior Victorian Glazed tiles around the entrance. Once inside you will encounter a fairly modern and minimalistic interior. All the walls were painted in cream and all the woodwork was painted light blue, which gave it more of a nautical theme. There were a few hares dotted around the place to help you realise you were in the Hare on the Hill. The flooring was boarded and the bar counter was polished mahogany. There were five pumps on the bar, with three in use, two from the Moor Brewery and a Rosie's Cider. Another ale was also due to come on whilst we were there. We went for the Moor Revival and Moor Union Hop, both were in excellent condition and were priced at £4.10 a pint.

On 17th May 2017 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Hare on the Hill

A pleasant street corner pub in a slightly out of the way location, but only just a couple of minutes stroll from the bustling Stokes Croft, for those taking the effort to search it out it offers something of an oasis of tranquillity away from somewhat frenetic pubs on the strip. It was at one time a Bath Ales pub, possibly their first in fact, but as JW has said below it’s now leased to an independent operator.

It would appear that it’s recently been refurbished and is now quite contemporary in appearance with an etched glass entrance door and sanded wooden boards on the floor. Wooden panelling on the lower part of the walls has been painted in duck egg blue and this extends to the wooden bench seating around the front wall of the pub, which was scattered with maroon cushions. The pub wraps partially around a central bar counter which had a pile of appetising looking scotch eggs on one end and several leather bar stools for punters to sit at. A couple of plasma screens were showing the rugby. Some small partitions with leaded and frosted glass divided up one side of the pub in to separate booths.

Beers on tap were Cheddar’s Goats Leap, RCH PG Steam, Gem, Moor Nor’hop and XT 13 Pacific Red as well as another two or three on keg dispensed from taps on the wall behind the bar. Unusually I neglected to note the cider choice, although I think it was fairly uninspiring and may well have been Bath’s Bounders.

On 7th December 2015 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Conrad Heard
Montpelier, 0.52 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Redland, 0.66 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Clifton Down, 1.1 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Hare on the Hill, Bristol
7th Jan 2019, 18:52
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
17th May 2017, 17:55
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 18 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 08 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% also includes NUS and NHS - last updated 18 February 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 16 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 16 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Function Room : No last updated 08 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes - Sunday's only in the near future - last updated 08 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Definitely Rugby - last updated 08 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Thursday - last updated 17 February 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 08 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 16 December 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes - Code on chalk board on Central beam - last updated 08 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
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