Brief History and Interior
The King’s Head is only pub in Bristol to be featured on CAMRA’s Historic Pub Interiors list. And for good reason. The building dates from the middle of the seventeenth century (a sign on the pub says 1660). The interior of the pub was refurbished around 1865 and at the turn of the nineteenth century.
The interior consists of one long room with a bar running along most of the one side. The bar dates from 1865 and the counter is a lot more modern dating from 1998. At the rear of the pub is a seating area known as the the Tramcar Bar. This area is not original and would have been part of the bar. Apart from the seating area at the back there is limited seating at the fron in the form of nothing more than a ‘padded shelf’ and some stools near the bar. Before the Tramcar Bar was installed the pub would have pretty much have been standing room only.
The pub has lots of old photographs of Bristol and on at the front of the pub near the seating area is an impressive collection of long forgotten bottled beers including many from Courage.
Ales available when I visited earlier in 2010 were Wadworth 6X, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Cornish Coaster and Butcombe Gold. The cider available was from Stowford Press. The beer was not cheap costing around £3.20 a pint and I overheard the barmaid apologising to a customer for paying £3.70 for a Fosters.
Visiting the Pub
The King’s Head is located just a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads railway station and is worth checking out for the interior. The nearby Cornubia and Seven Stars both have a better selection of beers at more reasonable prices.
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60 Victoria Street
Tel: 0117 927 7860
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