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Nettle & Rye, Clifton Village, Bristol

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16 Kings Road
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Nettle & Rye

Renamed, refurbished and recently re-opened, this pub is now run by the same team behind the Naval Volunteer in King Street and the influence from there is clear both in the style of the pub and the craft ale offering behind the bar. It consists of one large, open-plan room downstairs as well as a separate restaurant upstairs, although we did not investigate this.

The bar counter has moved from the right hand side to the back since it’s re-opening, but other than that the layout is largely unchanged. Décor wise it’s all very neutral, with pale sandy colour paintwork on the supporting pillars and cream or very pale grey elsewhere. There was some exposed brickwork at the rear and the flooring was a mixture of slate tiling and wood strip. A couple of plasmas were mounted up in the corners at the rear of the pub which seemed slightly out of place perhaps, but fortunately these were not in use on our visit. Seating is mostly high tables and chairs with one large table to the right which would hold at least twelve people, perhaps to encourage conversation with strangers. A couple of beer barrels provided somewhere to rest your pint if you were standing.

Food wise, there is a bar menu served downstairs and this consisted off a concise selection of dishes such as burger, fish & chips, steak & chips, etc., and these were mostly priced somewhere around a tenner. A selection of sandwiches is also served at lunch times and there is also, I believe, a separate restaurant menu.

As is typical in many of the new breed of “craft beer” venues, although you are presented with a range of eight hand pumps on the bar these were all unlabelled and instead you have to refer to a menu on the wall which listed 20 choices, although these also included a few ciders and at least one lager. Furthermore, it was not immediately obvious which of the ale offerings were keg and which were cask. The friendly (and bearded, naturally) barman informed me that numbers 13 – 20 related to the hand pumps, but with two of these being cider that left six cask ales, which on this occasion were Ilkley Mary Jane, Fyne Ales Jarl, Magic Rock Rapture, Fyne Ales Maverick, Fyne Ales Avalanche and Bristol Beer Factory Milk Stout. Four prices are listed against each beer since one third and two thirds measures are also available. Prices seemed a bit steep with most beers coming in between £4 and £5 a pint, although some were even more than this – I spotted a Ilkley IPA at £5.40. Ciders meanwhile (keg and cask) were Sampford Courtney Traditional Devon Cider, Purbeck Dorset Blush and a duo from the Handmade Cider Company – Thirst Aid and Medium Dry.

On 23rd November 2015 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Hophouse

Given that it is situated next to the attractive Clifton Arcade, I was hoping that the Hophouse may also have some fine Victorian architecture to marvel over, but unfortunately this is a fairly modern looking, gastro-style pub. You enter directly to the main bar which sees the servery running down the right hand wall with its chunky bar counter, large overhead lights, plain mirrored bar back and fancy looking keg dispense fonts. For such a reasonably sized room there were surprisingly few seating options, with a few standard tables and chairs to the front, either side of the front porch, and one or two more at the rear of the room. We ended up perched at the end of the bar under the large blackboards listing the various drink options available and next to a pile of the day's papers and a large, bright floral display. A few paintings and pictures of the local area, including the nearby suspension bridge, line the walls and there is a fire set into the left hand wall behind a glass screen, that is probably supposed to look very stylish, but actually looks pretty stupid. Upstairs there is a similarly sized dining room with a keg only bar, exposed floorboards and lots of formal seating. Various display cabinets and wine racks can be found around the room, whilst the walls have been decorated with more old pictures and a bizarre collection of trays and chopping boards. The menu seemed like an upmarket version of pub staples, perhaps as you might expect to find in this sort of neighbourhood. Main meals clocked in at around the £12 mark and the menu lists the source of all their meat, fish and veg.
There were four ales on handpull, all from relatively local micro breweries - Tiny Rebel Cwtch, Gloucester Dockyard Dark, Two Cocks Roundhead and Wild Beer Bibble - plus five ciders and a range of continental lagers, mostly from Germany. I tried the Bibble and found it was a very good pint kept in excellent condition.
Despite being arguably more focussed on food than drink, this is a pretty good place to stop off for a pint if you're out and about in Clifton. The place is smart and clean and offers an interesting range of drink options. It may not have the traditional feel to it that you might expect on approach, but we found it a pleasant place to while away some time.

On 13th December 2014 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Hophouse

A large open plan bright and airy room with a modern feel. This is another pub where we were asked if we were eating before having a chance to start ordering drinks, so clearly rather food-centric but certainly not exclusively so. The main bar at ground level has a wooden floor, pale green decor, a number of high butcher's block type tables but some standard issue types too. A row of stools along the bar reminded me of the type you see in old films featuring 1950s American diners. The fire behind a glass screen was lit but this is just a feature, it certainly wouldn't keep a room of this size warm, even when needed to. Along a back wall is some shelving with a few books and board games.
A large feature staircase with stainless steel wire balustrading climbs to the upper level which looked to be more for formal dining. All tables were set and some reserved; the colour scheme up here is a lightish blue now.
The beer selection was decent and not at all mainstream, focusing on local micros. Moor Revival and Merlin Magic, Bristol Beer Factory Acer, Cheddar Crown and Glory and Glastonbury Hedge Monkey. Beer arrived in a jug by default. A number of ciders on too, Devon Mist, Sheppys, Orchard Pig, Cotswold Cider and Burrow Hill; these were listed by county of origin on a chalkboard. All the ales on were £3.50, the ciders £3.60-70.
Certainly not your traditional pub however an excellent ale and cider choice and with a good LocAle policy. I didn't check out the food menus but saw a couple of meals being carried through which looked good.
Some pavement seating to the front where the doors can fold back, all rather continental cafe style.

On 6th June 2012 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Clifton Down, 0.98 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Redland, 1.56 miles, 30 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 2.27 miles, 43 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Nettle & Rye, Bristol
24th Jun 2021, 14:14
Request to mark pub as closed by Blackthorn _ approved
24th Jun 2021, 13:47
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by Blackthorn _, with included notes: Gone away: Sold to a restaurant operator -

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : No - A couple of days now outside - last updated 12 November 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 22 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : No last updated 22 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 22 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 22 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Function Room : No - Upstairs could be one but at present becoming restaurant - last updated 12 November 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes - Upstairs opening as a restaurant - last updated 12 November 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 12 November 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live Music : No last updated 12 November 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 22 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 September 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 12 November 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 13 December 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 22 November 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 12 November 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
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