Brief History and Interior
The Cornubia occupies an old Grade-II listed Georgian building in the Redcliffe area of Bristol. The building dates from either 1775 (as mentioned on the pub) or 1783 (as mentioned on the Cornubia website) and there has been a pub called the Cornubia situated there since 1860, prior to that it was known as the Rabbit Warren and between 1853-54 a one Simeon Pearce ran the pub and was a rabbit and game dealer, and beer retailer.
The Cornubia (which is the Latin name for Cornwall) was probably named after the S.S. Cornubia, a paddle steamer which plyed its trade between Hayle and Bristol in the late 1850’s.
Over the years it has been owned by a variety of breweries including Smiles, Georges Brewery and Courage. It is currently owned by Salisbury’s The Hidden Brewery which saved the pub a few years ago when Smiles went into receivership.
The Georgian building certainly looks odd hidden amongst the jungle of more modern, and uglier multi-storey offices. Inside the pub has a timless feel to it and there consists of a simple L-shaped wooden bar, red carpeting throughout, wooden panelling and tulip-shaped lamps.
The pub is well known for it excellent selection of well served ales and being owned by the Hidden Brewery, there are always a few of their beers available. The other ales appear to be exclusively from the south west of England and include breweries such as Glastonbury, Teignworthy, Bristol Beer Factory and Quantock. Beer is reasonably priced and CAMRA members can get pints at a reduced prices depending on the strength of the ale. They also serve an excellent selection of bottled beers and there is always a cider or two available.
Visiting the Cornubia
The pub is very popular with local office workers and due to it’s close proximity to Temple Meads Station (around 10 minutes walk) it’s popular with ale fans in search of a quality pub.
It is worth noting that the pub doesn’t open until 5pm on a Saturday. If you visit just before the pub opens, don’t be surprised to see a queue!
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142 Temple Street
Tel: 0117 925 4415
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