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Congresbury Arms, Bristol

High Street
Postal town: Bristol
BS49 5JA
Phone: 01934833535
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Mezzé at the Ship & Castle

Since my previous review, this has been taken over by the rapidly expanding chain of Mezzé restaurants. Décor wise it’s little changed inside other than some Mezzé branding, but then it had been extensively refurbished by the previous incumbents so none was really required.

The large rear garden has had a considerable sum spent on extensive landscaping however, and now includes a raised area with gazebo (table service apparently extends to here), decking, tiled walkways, planted borders, gravel areas and even a couple of water features. There is also a Marshfield Farm Ice Cream shop facing the garden in case you fancy a Toffee Fudge Fiasco or Banoffee Bonanza to accompany your pint. The downside of all this of course is that there were rather too many kids running around for my liking.

The menu is extensive, and consists predominantly of Mezzé dishes, which in case you didn’t know (I didn’t) are like a Greek version of tapas. These ran to 50+ options and were priced at £4.50 each or 3 for £12. There were also a few main courses available at £13, although half of these were also Greek so if that’s not your thing your choices are somewhat limited. Slightly odd perhaps since there’s already a Greek taverna just down the road.

Beers on tap were all from the GK stable with their IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbott Ale. Ciders were Thatcher’s Gold and Aspall’s Suffolk.

On 10th June 2013 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Ship & Castle

This has recently been done out, and well worth a visit. To be honest it had gone down hill in recent years and was a bit of a dump, but now it looks totally different. OK, so it's a bit gastropubby with the obligatory pine wood, etc, etc, and it is obviously food led, but there's still a bar area to enjoy a quiet pint.

The menu is a bit on the expensive side, with most of the mains being around the £15 mark. That seems a bit expensive for a pub, even a "gastro-pub". The (very) young staff were polite and helpful, and the landlord/manager seemed genuinely interested in what we thought (we unknowingly visisted on the first Saturday after reopening) and spent a few minutes chatting with us.

They could do with a better choice of beers having just the usual Greene King selection of IPA, Old Speckled Hen, etc. And why bring a cider in from Hereford when Thatcher's are two miles up the road and brew far superior products?

On 19th December 2008 - rating: 7
[User has posted 1798 recommendations about 1722 pubs]

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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Yatton, 2.09 miles, 40 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 20 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 20 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 20 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 20 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Pinball : No last updated 20 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 20 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 June 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • Real Cider : No last updated 20 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
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