3 reviews of Portcullis in English
Part of the group that has The Victoria (nearer to Whiteladies Road), this one takes the cake for its excellent attentive staff that often share the same hangover as you, but still manage to offer first class advice on the ales in stock. And you're greeted by a welcoming smile each visit. Amazingly the small pub group have done a deal with Samuel Smiths brewery of Tadcaster to stock their wheat beer and more, which goes to show the level of dedication to quality drinks.
Worth mentioning that the 'two-pint-takeaways' can be carried a hundred metres up the road to the common to admire the suspension bridge.
With plenty of choice for venues in Clifton this understated locals choice is also one of the best places around.
The small downstairs bar is always bustling with an eclectic mix ranging from older pink nosed drinkers to students, all drawn here by the meticulously kept real ales. 7 varying real ale / stout taps, a range of largers, a variety of belgium beers and a true treasure trove of whiskies mean theres something here for everyone.
Upstairs is an altogether quieter, more spacious affair with a wide selection of board games to keep customers satisfied.
Great managment, friendly staff, an entertaining dog named Daisy (keep an eye for her special trick at the end of the night)and almost views of the suspension bridge make this great little pub all the better to get to.
A stones throw from the Avon Gorge hotel, (along with it’s over priced beer and protentious clientelle - apart from the view why would you go there?). This is the complete opposite to it and all the better for it.
A tiny pub that given the surrounding atchitecture looks like it’s been dug into the cliffs of Dover (excuse the fancy description, I’ve been asked to make my reviews more poetic, job done).
The interior is small, and compact, but not stuffy and you can still have a great deal of privacy.
To make one thing clear this is a pub for the discerning drinker(I’d like to include myself in that bracket but i’m probably lying).
The beer selection is predominantly real ale or unsusual beers and lagers, and a good selection of ciders from around the world. This is both on tap and bottle form. The bar staff are firendly and will let you try before you buy.
They also do a beer festival or two through out the year.
I recall their being a selection of board games for those requiring non drink related entertainment but that’s about it. I feel it could do with a little more then this to make it more customer friendly apart form that this is a great little pub.
As real ale pubs go this is wondeful, in terms of Bristol it’s up there with the White Lion and the Hare on the Hill. If you’re after something more then good beer in relaxed surroundings then you can always go to the Avon Gorge, the view is fantastic.
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