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The Orchard Inn, Bristol Central, Bristol

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12 Hanover Place
Bristol
BS1 6XT
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Quinno _ left this review about Orchard Inn

An overdue revisit found that the beer is now on stillage (which I’m always suspicious of) and it yielded a so-so Wye Valley. Stick to the cider and perry here, it is their speciality after all…

July 2011
Tucked away in the backstreets, a few minutes walk away from the SS Great Britain, this is a pub that anyone with an interest in cider and perry should make a point of visiting. Over last few years it has gone from selling a couple to offering a plethora of 20+ on a good day. I’m not a cider drinker to any great degree but I’m reliably informed that this is Mecca if you want to grapple with the apple in these parts and that advice and tasters are dispensed to those who want to get involved. The pub itself feels like a pretty basic 'no frills' affair - it's designed for drinking, with tiled floor and fairly basic furnishings. There are also four ales on offer sourced from local breweries. Being an ale drinker I can comment on these – choice is good but I’ve had the odd stinker in my half-a-dozen stops so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the place on the basis of ale alone. Live music is advertised and basic food is available (pasties, filled rolls etc along with the occasional hot dish). It can get a bit lively in the evenings (some of the locals are ‘characters’) and gets rammed full of home fans on a Bristol City home game – given the atmosphere and amount of coppers outside last time I accidentally visited on such an occasion, it didn’t strike me as being a place for away supporters. For cider and perry fans, this is clearly a must-visit.

On 6th October 2013 - rating: 7
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Pete Yeates left this review about Orchard Inn

This was CAMRA's cider pub of the year three years ago and deservedly so.

On 20th October 2012 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about Orchard Inn

Situated in a quiet side street close to the harbour front on what is named Spike Island is The Orchard Inn, a smallish single bar street corner pub.
An unremarkable and rather basic interior has a tiled floor and comfortable seating around the walls. Several framed posters advertise the long gone Georges Bristol Brewery ( acquired by Courage )
It’s quickly apparent to the first time visitor that this is a specialist cider house. A blackboard by the bar listed around 20 different ciders at varying gravities and prices. Interestingly, hot mulled cider was on offer at £ 1.50p per half pint. The pub was voted CAMRA’s National Cider Pub of the Year for 2009.
Occasional live music is offered. The pub is apparently famed for its “Hangover Café” breakfasts which it offers between 9am and noon on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
On the real ale front, 4 beers were offered on my recent early evening visit – Otter Aardman Bitter, London Pride, plus stronger beers from Bath Ales and Arbor. “Aardman” Bitter apparently reflects the fact that the creator of Wallace and Gromit – Aardman Animations – is based nearby.The pub is listed in CAMRA’s 2011 Good Beer Guide.
This is a reasonable pub and is convenient if visiting S S Great Britain, moored nearby. It’s not top of my list for a revisit however as there’s pubs closer to the City Centre that offer a greater variety of real ales.

On 22nd November 2010 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Dave McNally
Bedminster, 1.18 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Parson Street, 1.42 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Clifton Down, 1.67 miles, 36 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - £3 per pint - last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes - Monday, Tuesday & Saturday - last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 24 March 2017 by ROB Camra
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Last inspected: June 9th 2016
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