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The Poacher, Bristol

106 High Street
Portishead
Postal town: Bristol
BS20 6AJ
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Poacher

An attractive looking, stone built pub in the middle of Portishead’s pleasant High Street, there are plenty of picnic benches at the front and a good sized car park to the side. It was in the same family for many years and used to be quite a decent pub as I recall, but since they left it seems to have gone downhill quite considerably.

Internally it’s largely one long, open plan room with a couple of couple of recessed areas at the rear. The flooring was predominantly a rather tatty red carpet, although some areas of exposed brickwork on the walls added a bit of character, as well as a couple of brick chimney breasts. It was a shame though that what purported to be a wood burning stove was clearly just an electric imitation. A mobile stainless steel food servery was tucked away at the rear, although this was not in use on our Friday evening visit and there was no sign of any food being served. What could loosely be described as a snug at the rear was somewhat spoilt by being on a route to the loos and some sort of water leak had caused much of the plaster to crumble off the walls. The clientele seemed to be predominantly rather loud tattooed blokes and their blond girlfriends and the atmosphere seemed somewhat less than relaxing, certainly not helped by the rather high volume coming from the karaoke setup. It didn’t help that every single person who got up to sing was quite excruciatingly awful, but this didn’t deter numerous other punters from loudly joining in.

Beers on tap were Doom Bar and Exmoor Gold, whilst a further two pumps appeared unused. Ciders meanwhile were Thatcher’s Gold, Thatcher’s Haze and Blackthorn. Perhaps the atmosphere may be different at other times, but based on my visit and can see no reason to return.

On 23rd February 2018 - rating: 4
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Quinno _ left this review about The Poacher

Well I popped in again to see what's happening in what was a well-run and friendly local. What a transformation! All the Hazleton's hard work over the years has been frittered away. A handful of punters effing, jeffing and making pronouncements that would make Chubby Brown blush. Two ales, Doom Bar and a pedestrian Bath Gem...yawn. Just as Portishead is going upwards with new developments and a rail link this place is racing to the bottom. If you need a case study as to why Enterprise should be chased out of town and Ted Tuppen padlocked in a holdall with only a tarantula for company, look no further.

November 2010
The Hazletons have been driven out of the pub by Enterprise and their money-grubbing ways. A real shame as they'd really made a success of this place.

June 2010
Enjoyable pub on Portishead’s High Street. It's a good place to get a beer, four handpulls operating with usually a couple of good choices (Butcombe, Otter, Adnams and Exmoor have all been spotted) in good nick. A bustling atmosphere in the evening, belying the pub's local reputation of being an oldies waiting room where you can hear the clock tick (which is truer during the daytime). This of course helps keep the kids and riff-raff out and the serious drinkers and characters in. Enter through a central door and find the popular bar area to the left with a more genteel seating arrangement to the right, where a carvery-style servery is located. The interior has that lived-in feel, with widen furniture and padded alcove seating. Live music is advertised, along with other events. It is pretty easy to settle in for an all-night session and get chatting to a red-faced local who has a story to tell. The landlord has done well here. (Scored 7)

On 14th July 2012 - rating: 4
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Richard Arwkrite left this review about The Poacher

Clients are mainly middle aged plus which give this pub a more relaxed air. No cheap beers or wine but I have always found them first class. Pleasant beer garden. It has a large car park and decent wheelchair access, the interior is not to cluttered.

On 1st October 2009 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Avonmouth, 5.59 miles, 1 hr 47 min walk (show)
Shirehampton, 5.77 miles, 1 hr 51 min walk (show)
St Andrews Road, 6.59 miles, 2 hr 7 min walk (show)
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23rd Feb 2018, 09:56
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 25p per pint - last updated 06 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 July 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 12 December 2011 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 03 June 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes - Free pub wifi from arqiva - last updated 21 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
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