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The Pump House, Hotwells, Bristol

Merchants Road
Hotwells
Bristol
BS8 4PZ
Phone: 01179272229
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Reviews of The Pump House (Average Rating: 6 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Blackthorn _ left this review about The Pump House

A large and prominent stone built building at the end of the floating harbour, it takes it’s name from the fact that at one time it housed the pump machinery that provided hydraulic pressure to operate the harbour’s lock gates, sluices, and so on. A few vestiges of it’s industrial past remain internally, with a small amount of pipework and gauges around the walls. These days though it’s the waterside location that is the main attraction, and the outside picnic benches soon fill up on warm or sunny days.

Internally it’s mostly one large, open plan room, although divided in to a couple of separate areas with the use of some remnants of walling, as well as a mezzanine floor used as a (well regarded) restaurant. There was much exposed stonework on the walls and quarry tiling on the floor, with pale green plasterwork elsewhere. Large arched windows along the front of the pub made the most of the outlook. A large collection of old metal advertising signs were on the walls, not only for breweries and spirit producers, but also tobacco and local Bristol businesses. Various other bits and pieces were dotted around, including an old beer engine and several ceramic jogs and bottles. A smaller area down a couple of steps to the right was perhaps a little cosier with a low ceiling and a couple of Chesterfield sofas.

Beers on tap were Bristol Beer Factory’s Independence, St Austell Cornish Best and Moor Radiance. Ciders meanwhile were Old Mout Berries & Cherries, BBF North Street and Sheppy’s Farmhouse. If gin is more your thing, there was am extensive selection with a hundred or more bottles available. Overall, whilst this somehow seems to be lacking something in the way of character despite having many of the essential ingredients, it’s nonetheless a pleasant spot and worth including in a crawl of the area, or even just stopping off if wandering around the docks.

On 1st May 2019 - rating: 6
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Pump House

The Pump House looks like a new pub housed in a nice old looking building which is on the waterfront.
Once inside the bar faces in an oblong shaped room,the floor is tiled,there is bench seating and chairs on the left side,this area was set up for diners,the right side for drinkers had normal tables and chairs plus two settees.
I think the pub is a Marstons tied house,there were four real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Bristol beer Factory Fortitude,which went down well,the other real ales were Butcombe Bitter,Marstons Twisted Oak and one more i failed to read my notes of.
This is not really my sort of pub to have a drink in.

Pub visited 15/7/2017

On 22nd October 2017 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Pump House

As indicated by the name this is the former stone pump house for the Hotwell dock basin now converted into a pub / restaurant. It benefits from a good location by the swing bridge at this end of the floating harbour with a good waterfront position and has a decent sized external drinking area to the front with plenty of tables Internally its one large room divided into a couple of sections, mainly with wooden tables for dining but then there is a smaller lounge area with big sofa’s down the end of the room. Then there is a separate dining room upstairs.
The modernistic, clean décor of this place does give it more of a feel of a food orientated gastro pub which it may well be, but I don’t know if that is the case as we only dropped in to enjoy a quick beer in the sunshine out front.
And couldn’t fault the Pump House in this respect as there were four hand pumps on the bar with Butcombe Bitter, Doombar, Everards Sunchaser available and the fourth one reversed.
And the Sunchaser was a very nice, well kept pint.

On 5th September 2010 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Clifton Down, 1.46 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Parson Street, 1.55 miles, 29 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 1.68 miles, 32 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Pump House, Bristol
1st May 2019, 13:38
Review submitted by Blackthorn _ amended by Blackthorn _
 
22nd Oct 2017, 16:20
Review submitted by Alan Winfield

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 April 2018 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 05 September 2010 by moby duck
  • Real Cider : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : No last updated 15 April 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
Opening Hours
Sunday11am - 11pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - Midnight
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 10:30pm
Friday11am - Midnight
Saturday11am - 11pm
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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