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Pubs in Bristol - Historic Pubs

There's nothing more traditional to the UK than the good old public house, more commonly known as a pub. With its origins that can be traced back to the Roman Tavern, the Pub has become an institution within British culture throughout its history. Although it is now possible to find a pub in almost any country, they can hardly be compared to the ones that you will find across the UK and Bristol, our city, which offers a wide range of options for every palate. Don't forget to give the South West's very own cider and ale a try and also, of course, the delicious Sunday Roast.

I have put together a short list of these not-to-be-missed pubs in Bristol. I hope you liked them!

The Llandoger Trow

One of several institutions on King Street, this supposedly haunted place which dates back to 1664 is located in what used to be the old city centre docks, where sailors and pirates stopped by to enjoy the pleasures the city had to offer.

This pub inspired Daniel Dafoe’s “Robinson Crusoe” and R.L. Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” and many legends circulate about the infamous pirate Blackbeard. The place is also said to be haunted, with up to 15 ghosts inhabiting it.

A place where history, culture and fantasy meet.

The Llandoger Trow Bristol

The Old Duke

A few steps away from The Llandoger Trow stands the Old Duke. The pub, whose name is a reference to the American jazz musician Duke Ellington, is the place-to-go for all jazz lovers in the city, offering live jazz bands seven days a week.

Its outside seating space blooms when spring comes, as it is a great place for a first drink in the sun while enjoying the classic New Orleans sound.

The Old Duke Bristol

The Hatchett Inn

The oldest pub in Bristol, dating back to 1600, is located nearby o2 academy and Colston Hall, bringing in an eclectic and quirky clientele that ranges from Indie kids to Heavy Metal fans as a perfect place for some warm up drinks while playing songs on a jukebox. It also features on the Bristol list of haunted pubs and its backyard used to host bare knuckle fighting.

The Ostrich

A former inn built in 1745, the place remains as a haven among the bustling pubs around the harbour side area. Particularly remarkable is its outside seating area, which its owner claims to be the biggest in the city. The place is historically linked to Bristol’s maritime heritage. During summer and spring, many people choose this place to enjoy a drink while the sun sets.

The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer

Also located in King Street, this historic pub dates back to 1670, although in 2013 it underwent a massive refurbishment which made it the most comfortable, relaxing and pleasant place to try one of its wide range of drinks or enjoy an exquisite Sunday Roast. Their tripe roast deserves a special mention.

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