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The Orchard Inn, Bristol

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12 Hanover Place
Bristol
BS1 6XT
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Orchard Inn

A charming small corner pub in an unpromising part of Spike Island,it's well worth seeking out.There are exterior benches in a small patio,while the single square room has a modern quarry tiled flooring,a raised section to the left with bench seating below the front windows and traditional furniture elsewhere.Lots of CAMRA awards are hanging on the walls,the muzak was gentle and the welcome friendly.
There were 4 casks on stillage offering on my trip Otter Bitter,St Austell Proper Job and a good Bristol Beer Factory Independence (NBSS 3.5),while the fourth cask was settling.The two handpumps were serving real cider and I'm sure there were more options for fans of the apple.
There is a community feel here and it is away from tourist hotspots despite being close to SS Great Britain.Spike Island is a bit remote from the City Centre although there is a useful cross harbour ferry service for easy access to the pubs of Hotwell Road saving a long walk for £1.20.
Make the effort to visit this pub,traditional and authentic. I will be back.

On 30th September 2021 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Orchard Inn

Tucked away in something of a back street location, it is nonetheless just a short stroll from the SS Great Britain and the attractive harbourside area, and is well worth taking the trouble to track down. It is a former winner of Camra’s Cider Pub of the Year and although that is certainly their speciality, there are still a few beers on tap if that’s not your thing. It seems to have had a slight spruce up since my previous visit, but fortunately has lost none of it’s traditional charm in the process.

Internally it consists of one reasonably small room, although with some wooden balustrade creating a slightly separate area at the front. Flooring is pale quarry style tiling and there was dark green paintwork on the walls and dark wood panelling on the lower part of the walls. Traditional black wooden beams were on the ceiling, as well as a few supporting iron pillars. A TV screen was up in the window showing a Six Nations match, although I don’t recall noticing that previously so perhaps it’s only used for major events. Several pieces of brewery memorabilia was scattered around the walls such as old adverts for George’s Brewery and Guinness.

Beers were all dispensed from barrels racked up on stillage behind the bar and on this occasion included Gloucester Brewery’s Session IPA, Box Steam Brewery’s Piston Broke and St Austell’s Cornish Best. Ciders on tap were Old Rosie, Thatcher’s Gold, Thatcher’s Haze, Natch, Black Rat and Stan’s Traditional with a further extensive selection listed on a chalkboard, which also helpfully included the ABV, style and tasting notes. These were Bloom, Somerset Session, Westcroft, Bop Drop, Wilkins, Janet’s Jungle Juice, Fire Starter, Slack-Ma-Girdle, Crossmans, Blakeney Red, Kingston Black, Roxwood Foxwhelp, Glastonbury Gold and Ham Hill. All in all, a great pub and well worth checking out.

On 25th February 2019 - rating: 8
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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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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)
Latest updates View all updates for The Orchard Inn, Bristol
30th Sep 2021, 10:16
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
 
30th Sep 2021, 10:15
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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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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