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The Portcullis, Clifton Village, Bristol

3 Wellington Terrace
Bristol
BS8 4LE
Phone: 01179085536
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Peter Jillings left this review about The Portcullis

My first visit to this pub was confusing. I went into the front door on the top deck, to find no bar, customers, or staff! Not knowing where to go, I left. Walking back on the other side of the road, I saw a lower entrance - ah ha!
It's a good job I persevered, as I found the bar with a good selection of Dawkins beers.

On 21st October 2014 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Portcullis

A popular Dawkins pub located just far enough out of the centre of Clifton village so that it doesn't get quite as rammed as some venues. In the past this has worked against it and it's been very quiet, but after a it's refurbishment and new ownership it now seems to have found a new lease of life. It used to be rather down at heel, and the makeover has improved it no end, without losing any of it's charm and appeal. It seems a popular community pub, and a notice advertised a regular Thursday cinema night. Food appears to be limited to a few tapas style dishes priced at £1, £1.50 or £2.50.

Unusually the pub has entrances on two levels, one from the lower pavement and one from the upper pavement. In the summer months there are usually a couple of bench seats outside the upper entrance which are a popular spot for getting the evening sun. The upper bar has less atmosphere, but besides the outside seating there's a large pile of board games to keep you amused. Downstairs is where most people gather though. The barmaid seemed a bit ditzy as Mrs. B. ordered a “red wine, perhaps a Shiraz” and got given a (white) Pinot Grigio !

It's difficult to give a definitive list of the beers on offer, as they seem to be continually changing. Even in the short while that we were there, one ran out and another promptly replaced it. However, I managed to note several from Dawkins with their Ho Ho Ho, Green Barrel, Bristol Best and Brass Knocker. These were joined by Ashley Down Vanguard, Tiny Rebel Urban IPA and Dorset Knob. There were also a couple of boards behind the bar listing the “coming soon” options as well as 20+ bottled beers. After the somewhat eclectic beer selection, cider was a little disappointing with just Black Dragon from Gwynt Y Ddraig and another of their offerings from a box on the end of the bar.

On 28th January 2013 - rating: 7
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train man left this review about The Portcullis

Goffs Jouster, Arbor Ales Brizzale Student Special (limited edition), Matthews Brassknocker, Thornbridge Jaipur IPA & Kipling, Dawkins Green Barrel (Organic by Matthews, named after owner – Dawkins Taverns), Cheddar Potholer (golden, surprisingly). Prices from £3.00 to £3.30(!), except Brizzale at £2.50. Chalkboards announce ‘present' & ‘future' ales. Cosy, low-ceilinged downstairs (ground level) bar, small seating area wrapped around the bar, faux fire to right. Upstairs room has bench & stool seating to new wood tables & door/window to walkway above street level. Stack of board games here, and very nice smell emanating from upstairs kitchen led to our pal Two-Pies-Chas purchasing, well, two pies – to take out. I made a note of ‘unfortunate schmooze soundtrack'. Ned, known to Luke at Cornubia, was suspicious on our arrival & actually asked ‘Are you trouble?'. Nope, we are seven casketeers (40-60yrs) seeking further beery goodness stout yeoman. It was fine – 7 pints, 2 pies, & we'll be on our way…

On 22nd November 2009 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Clifton Down, 1.3 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Redland, 1.88 miles, 36 min walk (show)
Parson Street, 1.91 miles, 36 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Portcullis, Bristol
10th Feb 2016, 21:38
Pub map correction submitted by Jonathan Wilde approved
 
10th Feb 2016, 21:38
Pub map correction submitted by Jonathan Wilde

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - May - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 21 October 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 30 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : No - Is now in a residents parking scheme from 9am-9pm Monday-Saturday - last updated 30 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 30 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 21 October 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Function Room : No - Although upstairs could be classed as one - last updated 30 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes - Coming soon - last updated 30 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 30 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 30 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 30 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes - Boxed only on visit today - last updated 30 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 21 October 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
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