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The Volunteer Tavern, St. Judes, Bristol

9 New Street
Phone: 01179558498
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Volunteer Tavern

A traditional back street pub which dates from 1670. The pub was also voted Bristol and District Camra Branch Pub of the Year 2016. This is a small one room pub with a large enclosed patio garden at the rear. This area also has an outside bar and a Barbeque. Six ales on handpump on our visit, so we went for the house ale, Volly Pale Ale, which is brewed for them by Twisted Oak Brewery, which cost a reasonable £3.20 a pint. I also tried the Arbor Brewery M Bomb. Both beers were in great shape and the young manager was friendly and helpful and he also gave us the names of two good ale pubs to visit.

On 17th May 2017 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Volunteer Tavern

A great little pub in a somewhat unpromising location, it is in fact only a couple of minutes walk from the Cabot Circus shopping centre and well worth making the short detour to rather than going to any of the bland, identikit chain bars that one will find there.

Internally it consists of just one room, and is quite small although there is also a good sized covered and heated beer garden at the rear. Décor wise it’s quite traditional with sanded wooden boards on the floor, battleship grey paint on much of the woodwork and shades of brown elsewhere. A pile of board games were stacked up next to the narrow porch door, which to some extent was made to look like the Tardis with a police call box sign and so on, although painting it blue rather than black would have made it more realistic. The bar counter is off to the left and had a selection of banknotes adorning the top of it, whilst a few tiny black and white photographs and plenty of old beer mats were on the walls.

A couple of boards on the wall advertised some of the meal deals such as burger nights, although we there for the Sunday lunch which is well regarded. Options were the usual beef and pork along with maple roasted turkey and a nut roast of some description. Overall it was pretty good, although at £13.95 was at the top end of the range for Sunday lunches and I’m not sure it was quite worth that.

Another board next to the bar highlighted the current beer range, which on this occasion was 6 cask and three keg, with the former being something from Twisted Brewery, Dawkins Holey Moley, Binghams Twyford Tipple, Gloucester IPA, Shiney Pail and Arbor Smak My Brew Up. Ciders were Stowford Press and Lilley’s, along with a couple of boxes racked up behind the bar, one of which was from Sandford Orchards. All in all, a great pub and well worth a visit.

On 5th December 2016 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Volunteer Tavern

Tucked away from the city centre melee,this is an utterly charming ale house which should not be missed.The building is old,early Georgian ?,and the low entrance opens into the tap room with the bar,covered in old bank notes, to the left and a useful chalk board ahead listing both real ale (6) and craft keg (3) options.The welcome was chatty and very friendly .This room cover the length of the frontage but isn't huge so it wouldn't take many punters to fill up,but there is a large and charming beer garden partially covered by an awning.It's an oasis and many birds were tweeting in the trees above.There are space heaters if it's cold,there is a raised area to the rear and a rustic bar for use when events are on dispensing keg beers.
At the bar there was a glass dome with home made sausage rolls,substantial ,tasty and very good value.The ale options on my trip were Cheddar Bedstraw,Twisted Oak Fallen Tree (very good),Boss Brewing Brave,Plain Ales Inspiration,Steam Box Half Sovereign and Piddle 69er.A very varied and interesting selection of local microbrewery output ,and had I not been on a real ale crawl I would have stayed a lot longer.Full deserved its 2016 GBG listing.
A genuine boozer,lots of fun and one not to miss when in Bristol.

On 26th June 2016 - rating: 8
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Bristol Temple Meads, 0.79 miles, 15 min walk (show)
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17th May 2017, 18:00
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray
17th May 2017, 17:30
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 May 2022 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 24 May 2022 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 24 May 2022 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No - Discount withdrawn - last updated 24 May 2022 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Until 8 p.m. - last updated 24 May 2022 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 May 2022 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 May 2022 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 24 May 2022 by ROB Camra
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 May 2022 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 24 May 2022 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 May 2022 by ROB Camra
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