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The Ostrich Inn, Bristol Central, Bristol

Lower Guinea Street
Bristol
BS1 6TJ
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Quinno _ left this review about The Ostrich Inn

Now owned by Butcombe Brewery, this is a wonderfully located pub on the wharfside and close enough to be walkable from the city centre but far enough away to not be crowded and therefore have the feel of a local. Looks like two buildings knocked through via an open doorway into three distinct sections. To the left down a step is a seating area with blue paint and varnished wood plank walls, along with a restrained selection of nautical paraphernalia. The mid-section is the bar and to the right is a quasi-lounge, all lit by a fake but (decent quality and feel) sodium style lighting. Interestingly I did not note the skeleton in a cave mentioned below, so the point made about it not being well-presented is quite valid! Outside is a large dockside seating area which I imagine is a pretty big draw in the summer months. Six pumps doubled up with three ales available; Butcombe Rare Breed, Butcombe Gold (very good nick) and Liberation Ale from Jersey. Imbibed to a classic rock soundtrack at a sensible volume, which kind of fitted. I really enjoyed this one and it's worth seeking out as part of an extended Bristol crawl. 7.5

On 1st February 2019 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Ostrich Inn

A popular pub if slightly off the beaten track, the main attraction here is definitely the large outside seating area. It has a square footage several times bigger than the pub itself, and being adjacent to the river and a lock gets packed on warm sunny evenings. It’s also one of the stopping off points for the various booze cruises that sail around the docks. Unfortunately though it loses the sun quite early due to the tall buildings nearby, so it can get a little chilly unless it’s a really warm day. There is a good view across the water to The Thekla, Mud Dock, etc.

Internally, it’s split in to three rooms and is quite traditional in terms of décor with some wood panelling on the walls, grey and cream paintwork elsewhere, and a wood strip floor. It’s got quite a cosy ambience with candles on all the tables, low sofas and light fittings that are designed to look like old oil lamps. A small TV was up in one corner, but the volume was off so this was not too intrusive. An interesting feature is a small cave entrance in one corner which contains the torso of a skeleton along with a few other implements. Oddly though, this has not been lit which seems a bit of a missed opportunity.

Beers on tap were Rev James and Black Sheep, whilst a third pump for Smuggler’s Brew appeared to have run out. Ciders meanwhile were Thatcher’s Gold and Symonds Founders Reserve.

On 14th March 2017 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about Ostrich Inn

Dating from 1745, the Ostrich has a splendid quayside location with great views of the waterfront and uses this to its advantage with a huge outdoor seating area. I imagine this is a very popular spot in summer, but it was far too chilly and windy during my recent visit for anyone to make use of it. The main door leads into the bar area which is straight ahead, the floor is wooden in here but two flanking areas either side are carpeted, the left hand side up a step. Decor is mainly of the nautical variety, with model boats, lobster pots, framed knots, a sailor's hat and even a fishing rod on display. Additionally there is a large tin sign advertising Woodbine cigarettes. The right hand room has a gated cave in the far corner, there are plenty of these cut into the sandstone around here. A standard pub style food menu is served all day.
There were are fair few handpumps but unfortunately only one to choose from, being St Austell Tribute, which was in good nick. This was repeated over three of the pumps, a couple of others had a reversed Hobgoblin clip. Perhaps I was unlucky with my timing.

On 22nd February 2012 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Bristol Temple Meads, 0.76 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 0.87 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Parson Street, 1.45 miles, 28 min walk (show)
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1st Feb 2019, 18:51
Review submitted by Quinno _ amended by Quinno _
 
1st Feb 2019, 18:50
Review submitted by Quinno _

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