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The Hillgrove Porter Stores

Bars and pubs, Pubs Cotham
4 out of 5 stars
The Hillgrove Porter Stores
© Chris Hoare
The Hillgrove Porter Stores
© Chris Hoare
The Hillgrove Porter Stores
© Chris Hoare

Perched high on a hill between Stokes Croft and Cotham in Kingsdown, The Hillgrove has been a feature of Bristol’s real ale scene for longer than anyone can remember. Certainly, it’s been a regular destination for students, 30-somethings who should know better and real ale enthusiasts for many a year.

Before the craft beer boom swept through Bristol, the Hillgrove boasted one of the most impressive real ale ranges in the city, with up to twelve cask and keg choices. The range is still impressive, with beers from owners Dawkins – whose other pubs include The Victoria in Clifton and The Miner’s Arms in St Werburghs – being joined by an eclectic range of guest ales, ciders and perries. Landlord Jamie Ashley, a familiar face at the bar even when off duty, ensures that the beer is kept to a high standard.

Décor-wise, The Hillgrove feels like a proper, traditional pub, with seating in various nooks and crannies, and an outside courtyard area for the smokers. Capacity is relatively limited, though, so getting a seat at busy times – notably Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday during their popular “late roast” slot – can sometimes be tricky.

By: Matt Anniss


Venue name: The Hillgrove Porter Stores
Address: 53 Hillgrove Street North
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