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Kings Head, Bristol Central, Bristol

60 Victoria Street
Bristol
BS1 6DE
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Alan Winfield left this review about Kings Head

The Kings Head is a nice looking old pub that is a short walk to of from Temple Meads station.
Once inside the bar is to the front left,there is a narrow area by the bar with the rear area being more comfortable and cosy with it being carpeted and having comy bench seating and small stools.
There were four real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Castle Rock Harvest Pale to see if it travelled well,it did,the other beers were Hogs Back TEA,Harveys Best and Sharps Atlantic.
There was decent background music playing.
This is a very pleasant and comfortable pub to have a drink in.

Pub visited 25/6/2016

On 14th August 2016 - rating: 8
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Kings Head

Very traditional polished small ale house, complete with snob screen. Decorative architecture and interior, toby jugs, great place for a pint.

On 1st April 2015 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about Kings Head

The date on the front of this wonderful traditional pub reads 'Circa 1660', making this one of the city's great survivors. Thankfully, the interior remains unspoilt as well, with a fairly unique layout, much of which dates back to an 1865 re-fit. You enter into the front bar area - a narrow space made even narrower by the presence of the servery down the right hand wall. Some limited fixed bench seating at the front provides the only seating options in this part of the pub, which is a bit of a shame, as it would be nice to relax opposite the bar given the attractive nature of the servery. The counter has some nice detailed woodwork running under the bar top whilst the bar back has a number of panels with advertisements for various products including 'Claret', 'Cigars' and 'Mineral Waters'. There is also a much larger panel promoting 'Burton Ales and Dublin Stout' at the point where the servery narrows to accommodate a doorway in the bar back. Beyond, there is a narrow corridor along the left hand side, lined with wonderful old photos and sketches of Bristol in years gone by, which leads you into the 'tramcar snug', which is a fairly unique feature, partitioned from the corridor by an attractive wooden screen. The snug uses long curved banquettes and standard chairs to good effect, creating a comfortable, cosy space that is undoubtedly the best spot to bag a seat. Bell pushes are still visible behind the banquettes and there is a hatch at the end allowing access to the bar.
Four handpulls were dispensing Sharp's Doom Bar, Courage Best, Butcombe Gold and Otter Amber - not the most exciting line-up of the day, but I enjoyed a pretty good pint of the Amber nonetheless.
This is the only pub in Bristol designated as having an interior of national importance by CAMRA, and it's pretty easy to see why. If you enjoy relaxing over a well kept pint in a traditional pub environment, this is probably the best the city has to offer and it is well worth including on any tour around the city.

On 11th December 2014 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Bristol Temple Meads, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 1.19 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Lawrence Hill, 1.4 miles, 26 min walk (show)
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14th Aug 2016, 17:56
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14th Aug 2016, 16:17
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 December 2014 by Pub SignMan
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  • Function Room : No last updated 11 October 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 December 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 11 October 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 11 October 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 28 May 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 28 May 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 08 January 2015 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 28 May 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes - The Cloud - last updated 28 May 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
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