Colston Yard

Colston Street
Bristol, Gloucestershire England BS1 5BD
bar  3.7/5.0 10 reviews
Mo-We 11.00Ė23.00; Th-Sa 11.00Ė24.00; Su 12.00Ė20.00

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Taps: 15 | Bottles: 31
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78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Fin  (941) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 24, 2016


We (me and Loz) visited (revisited) Colston Yard on Saturday 23rd April 2016 . I did this review totally forgetting that weíd been here before. This pub is situated in a slightly elevated position, just across the street from the Royal Infirmary and Childrens Hospital which are both on Upper Maudlin Street. Itís about 5 minutes walk to the bus station from here and a similar time would take you back to where the main square/plaza area is between St Augustines Parade and Colston Avenue. If you wanted to take in another pub Zero Degrees is just a few yards further along the road.

This pub is clearly trying to pull out all the stops to join the cool kids in the Craft Beer world. So think slightly spartan look inside which is quite a large spacious area, there is slate on one wall, sections of what appear to be old builders planks used to clad the outside, itís a good sized pub that just probably used to feel more homely before this big makeover. Donít get me wrong it looks fine itís just I worry that the current look will probably last as long as the makeover look in the 90s where pubs used to fill themselves with all manner of slightly quaint junkshop antique tat, filing up shelf space with old curios such as instruments, old wooden boxes, old wooden toys, sewing machines, fake books, and if near the sea stuff like nets, and nautical crap. As mentioned itís quite a big place, the bar is centrally located there is seating all around and behind the bar which you can walk around via the RH side to access the toilets (downstairs) is further seating and large windows that I am presuming look out across the city (I didnít check the view though)

The beer choice was good, ok so not exhaustive in terms of the selection but good nonetheless. We both opted for a Bristol Beer Factory Twelve Apostles which was a lovely grapefruit laden juicy golden ale on cask. However there was probably about 5-6 on keg and a similar amount on cask we could have opted for. Prices seemed pretty reasonable and it seemed a popular place. We sat outside in the spring sunshine at some tables on the pavement on an area amusingly laid with astro turf. We quite liked this place and I can imagine that weíll definitely be here again sometime soon. Updated score 78



Visited here 27th December 2011 one of the few pubs that seemed to be bothered to open. Large open space on entering, range of beers was Butcombe (not sure which other than Gold) and with a Bristol Beer Factory Acer when we went there. The bottled beer selection looked very good. Comfortable pub, bit quiet when we were there, but friendly barman and as already mentioned v.close to Zerodegrees which was closed on the 26th & 27th December 2011. score 66
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Tim Webb  (394) Bristol, England | December 5, 2015
Another Bristol bar rising. Once the Smiles brewery tap then a Butcombe pub and now a proper free house with four cask ales, 7 keg and I am guessing 30 bottles that include quite a lot of interesting stuff. Different stories about the new ownership but it is definitely independent. Should do well opposite the infirmary. Bright and breezy atmosphere and dining tables to the rear.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown  (164) , Northern Ireland | May 13, 2015
pub recently taken over by Matt and Karen Wickham (of Evening Star, Brighton fame) increasing the range of beers available with a 7-tap keg font added around side of island bar. Spacious and always possible to find seating. Beers are always kept well. Soon to be sold (i.e. no longer a Butcombe pub). Good selection in fridges.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Boudicca  (1107) London, England | January 31, 2015
A nice old pub refitted with a stylish and spacious modern feel - sage green paintwork, comfy chairs and banquettes. Itís a Butcombe pub but the beer list is eclectic with an excellent choice of cask, keg and bottles. (Visited 17 December 2014).
44
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 8/20
imdownthepub  (831) Banbury, England | April 8, 2014
Comfortable pub at the top of a hill working up from the harbour area. The range was just Butcombe beers, seemingly well kept on our visit. Worth a look if in the area.
40
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 1/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Gethinbeer  (123) Nova Scotia | August 13, 2013
Clean and tidy pub. I must have visited on a bad day because they only had two beers on tap and Iím sure the badge was wrong. Service was a little odd. Sat outside next to a noisy road. Good for a quick pint.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown  (311) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | June 30, 2013
Visited with my bro Pete. Clean, slick interior. Butcombe on tap, plus a good cask range and some keg highlights. Like the place - not far from Megabus stop.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
didelo  (2) , England | May 7, 2012
My favourite pub in Bristol. One of the very few with a genuinely exciting selection of beers. We walk half way across the city to go for a pint here.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
downender  (383) Bristol, England | March 21, 2010| Updated February 16, 2015
Ladnewtonís review summarises this pub well. The award winning Smiles interior was ripped out to create a larger drinking area, but the replacement is pleasant enough. The Butcombe beers are drinkable, the bottled selection decent and you might get lucky with an unusual guest ale. Also just down the street from the Bristol branch of Zero Degrees. Pretty good all round.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton  (189) London, England | March 14, 2010
Butcombe tied pub now occupying the site of the original Smiles brewery tap which closed in 2007. Full Butcombe range stocked plus two changing guest ales. In addition over thirty imported bottles are kept. Food available - an imaginative varied menu contains locally-sourced dishes.

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