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Requested be closed with reason - Other: Closed yet again. Didn't even get around to trying it.

The Atrium, Bristol

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120 High Street
Postal town: Bristol
BS48 1AH
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Farrells

This was fairly short lived in it’s previous guise and has now changed hands yet again and this time it has a completely different name. Farrell’s has been established as a restaurant in Keynsham for some time and they also added a Portishead branch a year or so ago. Obviously things are going well and they are now in Nailsea as well although here it has retained it’s drinking credentials besides offering restaurant style food.

The interior doesn’t appear to have changed that much from my previous visit, although I did notice that the exposed brickwork has now been painted, in some cases in a blue/grey colour and a pale purple elsewhere. The plasma at the end has been replaced with a gilt framed mirror and there is a selection of cakes on the bar. The original half of the pub still seems very much focused on drinkers and only a minority of punters were eating, creating a busy and buzzy atmosphere and Irish music is on once a month and I may well return and check this out. The conservatory area meanwhile looks to be much more dining orientated.

The theme of the menu is Irish/Italian and it offered a concise choice with six or eight options for each course. My starter of Scallops with Irish Black Pudding on a bed of Cauliflower Puree was a very good dish as was a main course of Pork Belly. Prices are very much more restaurant like than pub like though, with most of the main courses being in the £15 - £20 range. You get what you pay for though, and I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely return.

The solitary beer on tap was Butcombe, whilst ciders were Thatcher’s Gold and Ashton Press. All in all I really liked this and hope they make a success of a their new venture, but if you’re after something a bit more “pubby” then it may not be quite for you.

On 17th February 2014 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Courtyard Wine Bar

Since my previous review, this has been closed for a few months after the previous landlady retired. Since then it’s been refurbished and extended and is now back open. Passing by one lunchtime I thought it looked more like a café than a pub with blue and white chequered tablecloths on all the tables. It has perhaps a bit of a French theme now, and this is reflected in the nationality of the landlord as well as some of the pictures on the walls.

The area that was formerly an outside patio area has now been covered over with an extension, doubling the size of the pub. This still has a semi outdoors feel however with a paved floor, glass roof, large bi-folding doors and even a water feature (and a parrot in a cage). There is still a minimal amount of outside seating, although this is in the part of the courtyard that serves other businesses. If you don’t mind being overlooked by a barbers and a garden shop, along with all their customers squeezing past, then I’m sure it’s fine. Inside it’s been spruced up and has a more contemporary feel with fresh cream paintwork on the walls and new furniture.

Food is offered, although I didn’t check the menu. All I noticed was a blackboard advertising Sunday lunch between 12:00 – 5:00. The only beer on tap was Bath’s Gem along with their Dark Side stout. The solitary cider was Bounders from the same company. Oddly there was no lemonade on tap, so if you wanted a shandy or even a soft drink then your only option was to buy several small mixer bottles which would presumably have been rather expensive.

On 16th July 2013 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Courtyard Wine Bar

Not quite as trendy as you might infer from the name, but nonetheless a pleasant enough place even if it is slightly lacking in character. In may ways it seems more like a private members club, with dull red carpet, dull red bench seating and a wooden bar area that just seems a little bit old fashioned.

Being a wine bar, you may expect to see a good selection of wines chalked up on a board, but although there used to be just such a board to the left of the bar that has now been replaced with a plasma. There was a selection of wine visible in the ‘fridge, but presumably you have to squint at it to try and make it out, or enquire of the bar staff. No such problems if you’re after a coffee though, there were plenty of mugs hanging from the bar and a selection of different cuppa’s chalked up on a board above the bar. Is this a wine bar or a coffee shop we ask ourselves?

Besides the aforementioned dull red colour scheme, there’s a number of marble topped tables scattered around which all came with some fresh carnations and a lighted candle. The wall is regular painted plaster on one side and exposed brickwork on the other, although the brick is of a quite modern variety so doesn’t have quite the visual appeal that you get in some pubs. There’s a curious wood stripwork on the ceiling that really looks as though it would be more at home cladding the floor. A few pictures are dotted around and there are some large windows overlooking the courtyard from whence this bar takes it’s name. Outside there are a couple of tables and benches.

The menu is mostly baguettes, sandwiches, jackets, omelettes, etc., although there were also a few regular meals, all with chips, and a few specials which were all fish. Barmaid seemed pleasant enough, and it soon filled up with a crowd of locals early on a Friday evening.

The solitary beer on tap was Doom Bar. Ciders were Blackthorn and Thatcher’s Gold.

On 24th October 2010 - rating: 5
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23rd Nov 2015, 13:56
Request to mark pub as closed by Blackthorn _ approved
23rd Nov 2015, 12:41
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by Blackthorn _, with included notes: Other: Closed yet again. Didn't even get around to trying it.

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