1. The Old Stillage
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The Old Stillage

4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

While Redfield has become something of a desirable location in recent times – for first-time house buyers, at least – the neighbourhood’s pub scene has yet to catch up.  In a sea of weird local boozers, down-at-heel establishments and depressing chain pubs, The Old Stillage sticks out like a sore thumb.

Owned by a Canadian ex-pat with close ties to the Arbor Ales microbrewery – now re-located to larger premises in Kingswood, but originally based down the road in Lawrence Hill – “the Stillage” is a decent community pub with a refreshingly mixed clientele. It has an “all things to all people” feel, with TV screens showing sport, a popular pool table, and a smallish back yard – naturally decorated with very Bristolian street art – for al-fresco drinking.

It can get busy at weekends – where you’ll find DJs and occasional live bands providing entertainment – but rarely gets too raucous. Whenever you call in, the range of Arbor Ales on tap are well worth trying. Naturally, new Arbor brews are trialed in the Stillage first, so regular visits are recommended.


145-147 Church Road
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