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Four Quarters, Bristol

32 Park Street
Bristol
BS1 5JA
Phone: 01179251975
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Four Quarters

Recently opened after a couple of years of closure, this was formerly Le Château and then the Bristol Ram and was one of the few, if not the only, traditional pub left on Park Street. That’s all changed now though, with the USP here being a large selection of arcade machines that take quarters, hence the pub’s name (if you don’t have any quarters, you can apparently purchase them at the bar) although there was a surprisingly good selection of beer on, albeit entirely keg.

It's quite a long, narrow pub, and whilst I seem to remember it opening out somewhat at the back and extending behind one of the neighbouring premises, this is no longer the case. There is however a large skylight window at the rear as well as large windows covering almost the entirety of the front of the pub, so it must feel light and airy in the daylight. Décor wise it’s somewhat rustic I suppose, with sanded wooden boards on the floor, dark blue wood panelling on the lower part of the walls and pale blue paintwork above, as well as sections of white butcher’s tiling. Seating was fairly limited, with punter’s presumably being encouraged to play the machines, and consisted mostly of rather uncomfortable stools rather than proper chairs. The majority of the machines were clustered together in the rear part of the pub, although there were several others dotted around elsewhere and it was difficult to escape their incessant chirping and bleeping.

Despite four handpumps on the bar, only one was in use dispensing a cider. One had a pump clip revered and two others were obscured, so presumably there may be a small cask selection on occasions. A blackboard to the side of the bar listed a good selection of keg options though, several from Bristol micro’s, and on my visit these were Bristol Beer Factory’s Milk Stout and Independence, Anspach & Hobday London Black, Lost & Grounded Wanna Go to the Sun and No Rest for Dancers, Left Handed Giant Hazy Pale, Deya Steady Rolling Man, Verdant Headband, Good Chemistry Kokomo Weekday, Newtown Park Maybe Tomorrow (I assume that’s the name of it, and not a “coming soon”), Wiper & True Mimosa and Buxton Right to Roam with three more having sold out. Ciders meanwhile were the excellent Iford New Tradition and BBF’s North Street. Overall, not really my sort of place, but it was interesting to try and they certainly seem to have made a bit of an effort with the beer selection.

On 15th March 2022 - rating: 6
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Bristol Ram

A popular Young’s pub half way up Park Street and formerly known as Le Chateaux, it’s about the only place in the street that still vaguely resembles a proper pub, all the rest being some type of trendy bar affair or nightclub, although this has a somewhat less traditional ambience that it used to.

It’s a good sized bar with several different areas. The main bar has large windows out on to the pavement that fold back in the summer. There’s a smaller room at the back with a vaulted glass roof, another seating area down a few steps to the right, and a downstairs bar although this is sometimes closed off for private functions. Although it can get quite busy, most punters seem to stick to the main bar and you can usually find a seat if you’re prepared to venture a little further in to the depths of the pub.

The floor is traditional old floor boards and there is some painted wood panelling around the lower part of the walls, whilst the paintwork is the usual Farrow & Ball shades you get in any pub makeover these days. An old stone fire-place was at the front of the pub, although unfortunately this was not in use.

Despite four hand pumps on the bar, the only ale available was Young’s Special. A pump for Young’s Bitter appeared to have run out, whilst the other two were unused. Ciders were Addlestones and Stowford Press. Prices for these seemed very expensive, with a pint of each coming in at £8.20.

On 7th November 2014 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Bristol Ram

Modernised pub, doubtless not to everybody's taste, but thankfully still has four real ales on (three Youngs plus Bombardier). Wasn't expecting too much, but my pint of Kew Gold was fine. Probably a bit lively in the evening, but pleasant enough on a late Saturday afternoon.

On 8th August 2009 - rating: 7
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15th Mar 2022, 16:06
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Facebook page - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : Yes - Open mic nights Thursday's - last updated 29 January 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Terrestrial and BT Sport - last updated 29 January 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 29 January 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 07 November 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Smartfone - last updated 29 January 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 07 November 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 29 January 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
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