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The Fork 'n' Ale Taproom, Weston Central, Weston Super Mare

18 Walliscote Road
Weston Super Mare
BS23 1UG
Phone: 01934635747
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Fork 'n' Ale Taproom

This pleasant street corner pub just across the road from the Town Hall, is run jointly by the Pitchfork and 3D breweries. You enter to a bare boarded main bar area with the servery over to the right along the back wall. This space has some nice seating options, with comfortable chairs, plus one or two less comfortable looking high stools, serving a mix of tables whilst over to the right a couple of very nice sofas and a hard, backless bench have been formed around a large low table. The lighting on this side of the pub is quite muted, mainly coming from low-wattage bulbs strung around the ceiling in a complex pattern. The end wall has been covered in lots of art by local painters, most of which appeared to be for sale. The bar has a traditional wood panelled counter and rather dull bar back and, on our pandemic-era visit, we found all the handpulls had turned clips, but this was just to discourage people from approaching the bar, as the beers were instead all listed on a blackboard propped up in the middle of the room. Over to the left, there is a nice raised lounge area with a further mix of seating including a few high tables and chairs positioned in front of the windows, offering nice views out to the Town Hall. The walls have been decorated with book shelves and an unusual display made from cog wheels, whilst there is a nice fireplace on the back wall. The toilets are accessed via a very narrow staircase which has necessitated the introduction of a ‘Stop/Go’ road sign at the bottom of the stairs, which punters were diligently remembering to turn each time they went up or down. Lounge-style pop tunes played quietly in the background during our visit and there was a reasonable crowd in early on a Sunday evening.
Pitchfork and 3D ales dominated the handpulls, with a good range of styles and strengths represented. Options on this visit were Pitchfork Golden Ale, 3D Crane Kick Pale, Blood Shot and Beertle Juice plus a guest ale in the shape of Pinkers Birnbeck Vanilla Porter. I tried the Beertle Juice, which was a very rich, luxurious milk stout that I could’ve sat drinking all night. The other half tried the Birnbeck, which was a little thin and overall quite disappointing despite being in good nick. The staff were very friendly, helpful and happy to have a chat when time permitted.
I really liked this place, which I thought was a nice example of a brewery (or two breweries in this case), using a traditional pub with contemporary stylings to showcase their beer – much more preferable to sitting in a factory unit or railway arch. The friendly service and well-kept ale made this place really stand out and I’d say this is an essential stop-off when visiting Weston.

On 19th November 2020 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Bonds

A decent sized, street corner pub, it looks as though it may have been spruced up a bit recently and has a reasonably contemporary feel to it. and is certainly a great improvement from the time when it was known as the Town Crier.

Internally it’s been opened out in to one long, single room, although the smaller area to the left is up a couple steps and has a rather different feel to it. The main part of the pub has a sanded wooden floor, dark grey wood panelling on the lower part of the walls and very pale green paintwork up above. A feature wall at the far end was a much darker shade of green, and this had a couple of old pictures hung on it. Lighting was multiple exposed filament bulbs all strung out from a central rose much like a spider’s web. Seating was all tall tables and chairs, and some arched windows to the front were quite an attractive feature and included some stained glass at the top. The smaller area to the left felt somewhat cosier with carpet on the floor, bookcase effect wallpaper on one wall with deep red paint elsewhere and low leather sofas. A couple of arm chairs and a small table were in the bay window, and a disused fireplace was off to one side.

Unfortunately there were no real ales available, and I’m not even sure that there was anything on keg. Ciders fared slightly better with Thatcher’s Gold and Thatcher’s Haze being available, and there was also an extensive cocktail list if that’s more your thing. All in all I thought they done a decent enough job with this, and it certainly feels a little classier than many places in Weston, but the lack of any beer means that it is unlikely to appeal to the pub aficionado.

On 8th March 2019 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Weston-super-Mare, 0.28 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Weston Milton, 1.86 miles, 35 min walk (show)
Worle, 3.68 miles, 1 hr 10 min walk (show)
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1st Jul 2021, 17:57
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1st Jul 2021, 17:57
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - Discount amount not stated by Weston CAMRA - last updated 21 November 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 19 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 19 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 19 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 19 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 March 2019 by Blackthorn _
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 19 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Cider : No last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 16 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 21 November 2020 by ROB Camra
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