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Gastro Pubs in Bristol

There has been a huge influx of Gastro Pubs in Bristol in recent years. Nowadays pork scratchings and a lukewarm pint just won't cut it. Pub culture has been combined with British dining to introduce a delicious new concept - the gastro pub.

Bristol boasts a variety of gastro pubs offering treats like bread dipped in oil, triple cooked chips and micro-brewed ale, take your pick from our pick of Bristol's best below...

The Pony & Trap

The Pony & Trap

Location: Chew Magna

About: The Pony & Trap is a 200 year old country pub situated between the cities of Bristol and Bath.

Food: The Pony & Trap specialises in real ales, fine wines and delicious homemade pub classics - all of which are made with the finest local ingredients.

TGtB Says:  This welcoming Regency era pub has a rustic interior, reasonably priced food, fine ales and wooden booths to slide into - act fast though, it's known to fill up fast. 

Address: Chew Magna, Bristol, BS40 8TQ

Telephone: 01275 332627

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Location: Cotham

About: Beerd is Bristol's first craft beer and pizza bar, offering an extensive range of local and world beers from artisan and independent breweries, and delicious Italian-style pizzas.

Food: All of Beerd's hand-crafted Neopolitan-style pizzas are prepared fresh on the premises in a stone hearth pizza oven. Bar snacks include international plates such as padron peppers, crispy pig skins, and cured meat platters.

TGtB Says: Beer lovers will be spoilt for choice at this off the wall watering hole. Mismatched furniture, funky interiors and delicious food and drink help to create a pub experience like no other. 

Address: 157 St Michaels Hill, Cotham, Bristol BS2 8DB

Telephone: 0117 974 3567

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Location: Old City

About: Graze Bar & Chophouse aims to provide a fresh take on the traditional British pub, and combines superb ales, wines and spirits with a classic menu of quality British and European dishes.

Food: Graze's stylish, no-nonsense menu ranges from rib eye steak and free range pork chop, straight from the Josper Charcoal Oven to Welsh rarebit and Macaroni cheese.

TGtB Says: Graze is the perfect choice for diners looking to drink and dine in stylish and comfortable surroundings. It's the perfect example of a traditional boozer with a contemporary approach.

Address: 63 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4JZ

Telephone: 0117 927 6706

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The Flyer

The Flyer

Location: Bishopston

About: The Bristol Flyer, is a friendly pub on the Gloucester Road serving seriously good pub grub. It's a relaxing retreat for all, with a range of world beers, wines and spirits alongside fresh, seasonal pub food dishes, and splash of rustic charm. 

Food: Modern classics like pork & chorizo burgers and cider & tarragon battered cod are made with carefully sourced ingredients, cooked to order and served simply.

TGtB Says: This hugely versatile venue is kitted out for both intimate dinners and large group gatherings. Head over to the large, cosy sofas and sample as many of The Flyer's 16 delicious ciders as you like. 

Address: 96 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8BN

Telephone: 0117 944 1658

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Grain Barge

Grain Barge

Location: Harbourside

About: Bursting with character, this historic converted barge makes for a great place to soak up the harbourside, with stunning panoramic views of Bristol. 

Food: Grain Barge is a favourite with tourists and locals alike, serving up hearty gastro-pub staples like pies, steaks and sandwiches alongside a vibrant, wine and ale menu. 

TGtB Says: Grain Barge showcases the very best British food and drink in relaxed and welcoming surroundings. This is the perfect place to enjoy a light lunch with friends or a hearty dinner with family. 

Address: Mardyke Wharf, Hotwell Road, Bristol, BS8 4RU

Telephone: 0117 929 9347

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The Lion

The Lion

Location: Clifton

About: The Lion is a family run pub, situated in the heart of Clifton. Providing diners with a relaxing space to enjoy brilliantly cooked British produce, alongside a varied beer and wine selection. 

Food: The Lion combines top-notch food, a relaxed atmosphere and an affordable menu to keep customers coming back again and again. Old favourites on offer include ham, egg & chips, smoked mackerel fishcakes and bacon & onion tartlet. 

TGtB Says: Don't let The Lion's large wooden beams and open fireplace fool you, this traditional boozer may be full of rustic charm but it's food and drink offering is nothing but modern. 

Address: 19 Church Lane, Bristol BS8 4TX

Telephone: 07867 796961

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The Ashton

The Ashton

Location: Long Ashton

About: The Ashton is a country pub and restaurant near Bristol oozing rural charm and rustic character. Their picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring hearty, seasonal pub-food and carefully nurtured cask ales. 

Food: Pub classics such as Butcher's Choice Sausage and Mash and Aromatic Braised Pork Belly are served alongside exotic dishes like Wild Boar and Chorizo Burgers. 

TGtB Says: Keep cosy during winter and enjoy a spot by the roaring log-fire or make the best of the sunshine and dine alfresco in the pretty beer garden.

Address: Ashton Road, Bristol, BS41 9LX

Telephone: 01275 392245

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White Hart

White Hart

Location: Littleton-upon-Severn

About: Situated in the picturesque village of Littleton-on-Severn (just 15 minutes outside of Bristol), the White Hart is cosy countryside retreat full of charm and character. 

Food: The menu boasts an array of modern British cuisine including potted Gloucester ham, crusty bread with cider apple sauce and of course, their infamous hanger steak, triple cooked chips, watercress, mushroom and grilled tomato.

TGtB Says: Whether accompanying a plate of freshly cooked pub grub or cooling down in the beer garden, the White Hart's cask ales are almost as much of an institution as the Great British pub itself.

Address: Littleton-upon-Severn, Bristol, BS35 1NR

Telephone: 01454 412275

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