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Cow & Sow, Bristol

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63 Queen Square
Bristol
BS1 4JZ
Phone: 01179276706
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Cow & Sow

A recent opening on the site of the former Graze pub, the emphasis here is very much on the food rather than drinking, with beef and pork being the primary options as you would expect, given it’s name. In theory I suppose you might be able to just pop in for a pint, but all the available tables were taken by diners on our Saturday evening visit, so unless you’re prepared to stand at the bar or perhaps sit on one of the tables on the heated patio outside, your options are going to be rather limited unless you call in at a quieter time.

Décor wise it’s quite contemporary, with dark, polished wood strip on the floor, large wraparound windows at the front and a mixture of cream and khaki green paintwork. Some pine cladding was at either end and an open kitchen was to the right. Padded benches with teal banquette cushions ran along under the window, the sills of which were dotted with various items of foliage and candles. A limited selection of artwork was on the walls, and large straw lampshades hung above the tables.

Food was very much steak focused as mentioned, although there were a small number of other options. My miso rubbed pork belly with sweet fondant potato, kimchi, sticky soy and honey glazed pork cheek was actually a very good dish, and if you’re after a nice meal I’d certainly recommended it. It’s clearly a step up from your normal pub grub though, and our three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine came to well over £100 by the time they’d slapped the 10% service charge on.

Unfortunately, despite a solitary hand pump on the bar, this did not appear to be in use and the sole beer offering was Camden Pale Ale on keg. Even worse, there were no ciders on tap at all, although to be fair they did have a couple of the excellent Orchard Pig varieties in bottles. Overall, a tricky one to mark – as a restaurant I thought it was very good, but as a pub it falls woefully short, to the point of not really being a pub at all.

On 8th March 2022 - rating: 7
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Graham Coombs left this review about Graze

A smart modern restaurant/bar owned by the Bath Brewery, so unsurprisingly featuring their beers. Gem and Prophecy are on handpump, with others on tap and in bottle. More of a restaurant than a pub but there are a couple of sofas by the bar and a side area of tables. Quite pleasant and the food is very good, especially the Sunday roast.

On 27th January 2020 - rating: 6
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Alan Winfield left this review about Graze Bar & Chophouse

This pub was not on my list to do,but my bus stopped close by so i thought i would give it a go.
Once inside the bar faces in an oblong shaped room which runs the width of the pub,the floor is bare boarded.
There is bench seating and chairs to the front and normal tables and chairs elsewhere,the left side seemed to be for drinkers and the right side for diners where there was an open kitchen.
There were three real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Bath Ales Jem,which was a decent drink,the other real ales were Bath Ales Prophecy and St Austell Proper Job.
Background music was playing and it was almost empty on my Saturday dinner visit.

Pub visited 29/7/2017

On 28th October 2017 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Bristol Temple Meads, 0.87 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 1.17 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Clifton Down, 1.33 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Cow & Sow, Bristol
8th Mar 2022, 11:52
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13th Feb 2022, 09:17
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Some outside pavement seating - last updated 08 March 2022 by Blackthorn _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Car Park : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Darts : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 March 2010 by Moby Duck
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Live Music : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 December 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 27 January 2020 by Graham Coombs
  • Real Ale : No last updated 08 March 2022 by Blackthorn _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 23 December 2016 by Blackthorn _
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