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Bristol Beer Factory Tap Room, Southville, Bristol

Pub added by Jonathan Wilde
291 North Road
Bristol
BS3 1JP
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Pub SignMan left this review about Bristol Beer Factory Tap Room

This is a smart bar, not too far from Bristol City’s Ashton Gate stadium, set up to showcase the beers from the eponymous brewery. The place has a slightly corporate feel to it, which I thought was a shame as there was an opportunity here for BBF to really stamp their identity into this place. The single room interior has been set up in the manner of a typical modern beer-led bar, with light laminate flooring and a dark paint scheme offering some contrast in the otherwise rather one-dimensional colour scheme. The servery runs along the back wall and the bar has a nice cut-out of the Bristol skyline on the counter front plus a plain bar back topped with the brewery logo. High tables and stools stand opposite the bar and under the front windows, with benches through the centre and chairs and sofas over to the right. The left hand wall is one giant promotional display, with selves full of BBF products plus various beer themed magazine. A few bits of breweriana line the walls and I spotted some old jazz band statuettes above the entrance, but aside from that, it all felt a little bit plain. A few benches were positioned out on the front pavement, allowing you to watch the various street artists who were painting murals on several surrounding buildings. A cool soundtrack played throughout my stay and as I was leaving, I noticed a large board on the right hand wall detailing the history of the brewery.
Bristol Beer Factory beers are obviously the main component of the beer offerings at the bar. The handpulled options on this visit comprised Nova, Fortitude, Long Summer Days and Hawaii Juice-O, with various keg and bottled options also available. I tried the Nova which was good value at £3.50 a pint. As you would hope from a brewery bar, this was a great pint and I found the bar staff to be excellent as well.
I like this sort of brewery showcase bar, but thought these guys had missed a trick by creating a rather formulaic feeling venue with little in the way of character. However, there was a good atmosphere in here on a match day without it being over-crowded, the staff were very welcoming and the beer tasted great, so sometimes you have to forgive the odd stylistic misstep and just get on with drinking great beer.

On 7th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Bristol Beer Factory Tap Room

This is a recent opening on the popular North Street strip, and whilst the adjacent beer factory has been established for a number of years now, the tap room is a new venture. Opening hours are limited however, so do check before making a special journey.

Internally it’s all one open plan room and perhaps has something of an industrial look cable trays in evidence and bare breeze block walls, but these have been painted a very dark grey and the overall effect was pleasant enough, if somewhat utilitarian. A mezzanine level floor has also been constructed meaning that the majority of the pub had a lower ceiling height with suspended black tiles. The flooring was pale wood strip and the left hand wall was taken up with various merchandise for sale, primarily crates of beer but also a selection of tee shirts and so on. Seating was primarily long wooden tables and benches, although there were also some Chesterfield arm chairs and a couple of beer barrels for vertical drinking. A beer tasting evening was in progress when we visited, and this seemed very popular with most seats taken.

Beers on tap were entirely from the Bristol Beer Factory as might be expected and on this occasion were Seven, 12 Apostles, Sorachi and Nova. Unfortunately there were no ciders on tap, although they did have Orchard Pig Reveller in bottles.

On 2nd June 2017 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Parson Street, 0.93 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 1.18 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Clifton Down, 2.18 miles, 42 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Bristol Beer Factory Tap Room, Bristol
7th Jan 2019, 18:51
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
2nd Jun 2017, 10:45
Review submitted by Blackthorn _

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 07 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 07 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 10 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Function Room : No last updated 10 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : No last updated 10 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 15 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 15 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 07 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 15 May 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
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