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The Ship, Bristol

Pub added by Quinno _
310 Down Road
Portishead
Postal town: Bristol
BS20 8JT
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Reviews of The Ship (Average Rating: 7 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Quinno _ left this review about The Ship

Doom Bar is now a regular beer alongside Otter and Bass. I decided to try some and to my joy/horror it tasted rather good!. Not enough to get me off the Bass, but enough to marvel at Vic's magic cellaring skills. Got directed to the Portishead history section where pretty much every publication about the local area has been sourced and is available for perusing. This is a class pub, make sure you get here whilst Vic is in situ.

December 2018
Ahh, a long-overdue re-review of this Portishead institution. Young Victor (who built the pub!) is still in situ after 45 years and still going strong; engaging, contrarian and master of all he surveys. Things remain as they ever were; the bar billiards table is immaculate, the place is spotless and the ales – Bass and Otter bitter – were in good shape. It’s a wonderful, idiosyncratic place, the type of which I have come to appreciate much more over the past few years. Make an effort to enjoy a real bit of local pub history here with a Bass in your hand. Excellent stuff. Rated 8

July 2012
Nothing much changes here, popped in earlier today and had very enjoyable pints of Butcombe Rare Breed and Otter Bitter; barrel Bass also still available. Pub closes in the afternoon. Dog-friendly. Packets of peanuts are huge and clearly sourced from a cash-and-carry, value. Vic still in residence which is good to see. Rated 7

June 2009/October 2011
A pub set in a posh area of the 'head which looks like it was put up sometime in the late 1960's. There's a well-tended garden out the front along with ample parking. The interior is fairly large and essentially decorated like your dear old Nan's lounge, which perhaps will put a few people off for being a bit 'safe' but I think it’s pleasant enough, it’s very clean and there are good views to be had over the Severn estuary. The predominant colours are magnolia and red wine. Three ales are usually available – Bass and Butcombe are regulars and Otter beer is often spotted - priced around £2.90-£3 and the quality is usually pretty good. There's also a decent selection of bottles - Thwaites Double Century and Abbot last time. I think there's a real cider but forgot to note it. The landlord, Vic, is good for some banter and the locals seem like a decent lot - classic gentrified old Bristolians. There's a well-maintained and well-used bar billiards table along with a dart board. If you venture onto the BB table you're likely to receive plenty of 'advice' from various quarters as to your play. Basic food is served. There's now a TV for sports (showing the darts on my visit yesterday). Basic food is offered in the evenings. It's worth a visit if in the general area I'd say - well done. Portishead certainly has improved beer-wise over the last few years. Rated 7

On 1st September 2021 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Ship Inn

A good sized pub on the outskirts of Portishead, it has a somewhat unusual interior which Quinno ably sums up by saying it’s like your Nan’s lounge, even to the extent of having a slightly musty smell.

The left hand bar is a square room with red, velvet button bench seating around the perimeter, red velvet chairs and red tie-back curtains. One wall is covered in dark wood panelling, an old patterned carpet covers the floor and there are various nautically themed pictures about along with a collection of jugs on the window sill. There is a large picture window giving glimpses of views across the channel. A rectangular room off of this looked as though it may be more geared up for dining, although we didn’t investigate this. Topping off the 70’s feel behind the bar were those star-shaped day-glow signs like you get in the windows of tacky shops; one stuck to the Stella Cidré bottles proudly proclaimed “as seen on TV”!

Another bar off to the right was more geared up for sports with a bar billiards game, darts board, giant Jenga and a plasma screen, although oddly this was showing Countrywise rather than a sports channel. There is also some limited seating outside. It was very quiet on a recent Tuesday evening visit, both in terms of the number of punters and the general ambience; some background music wouldn’t have gone amiss.

Beers on tap were Young’s London Gold, Butcombe, Bass and Otter Ale. Ciders were Thather’s Dry and Thatcher’s Gold.

On 27th September 2011 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Nailsea & Backwell, 6.49 miles, 2 hr 5 min walk (show)
Avonmouth, 7.68 miles, 2 hr 28 min walk (show)
St Andrews Road, 8.67 miles, 2 hr 47 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Ship, Portishead
23rd Oct 2021, 16:24
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23rd Oct 2021, 16:24
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 01 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - terrestrial - last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 01 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 01 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 01 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 31 December 2018 by Quinno _
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