9 reviews of The White Lion in English
Fab range of beers including Wickwar Bob as well as Cotswold Way at £1.89 a pint! A good range of coffees, sandwiches etc also on offer and you get to read their papers for free - fantastic people watching from the tables and chairs outside under the big Wickwar awning.
Difficult to find a better pub serving real ales with really nice, knowledgeable staff who take pride in their pub and the way they serve their customers...what a change!
A great place to meet friends and watch the world go by.
It's all gone a bit wrong.
Last time I popped in, the lights were off, there was a big sign in the window offering doubles for a pound, and music being blasted out.
It used to be a great place to meet friends and have a good chat in a proper pub. Looks like they may have changed their customer to the student market. Good luck to them, but I will not be going back. One friendly local informed me the old landlord had left, and was now running the three sugar loafs. Might try that one instead.
Proper pub. Home of Bristol’s smallest and best beer festival. Can only stay for a couple, because after 3 or more pints the vertical drop to the gents is lethal. Apparently there’s a spiral staircase, but I’ve always found falling to be quickest. Proper mardy landlord too - just the way they should be - apparently he’s a top bloke if you get to know him.
They don't come much smaller then this, but the place just oozes charm. Offering one of the widest selection of wickwar beers I've ever found this is a great place to spend a lunch time or as many hours as you can spare. The inside is tiny with no more then a dozen seats within, it can be popular at may times during the day (deservedly so), which means getting a seat is never a certainty.
There is always the outside which generally has a good number of table and chairs under an awning which is perfect people watching territory with this being being right in the heart of the centre. When nature calls to get to the Gents you have to traverse a small spiral staircase which leads directly into the middle of the loo's.
Other then the excellent selection of beers there is a fruit machine, TV, newspapers and a small selection of games and books, I have had many a good game of cribbage here. I think this may have changed hands recently but every time i've been, the bar staff have been a delight, with beer tasters and bar snacks on offer.
This is a wonderful little pub and confirms that size isn't everything.
This tiny pub is hidden among the post-war architecture of Colston Avenue, and is a real gem. It is the flagship pub for the equally tiny Wickwar Brewing Company in the Cotswolds, which produces some of the finest beers in the South West. The interior can be cramped at busy times (though in warmer weather there are always several tables outside under a big awning), but off-peak it is a great place to rifle through the newspaper rack and sit with a pint and a big, fat sandwich. They also have a bar menu and a good selection of spirits. Prices are very reasonable.
The back wall is actually part of the old city wall, visible through a panel. Also of note, the men's toilet is down a narrow spiral staircase that came from the Victorian gaol. Sit out front on a summer evening and imagine what the view looked like when the wide, busy street in front of you was the head of the quay, with tall ships moored against the embankment.
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