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Hillgrove Porter Stores, Bristol

Posted on 06. Aug, 2010 by in Pubs

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Hillgrove Porter Stores

The Hillgrove Porter Stores is a Victorian pub located in the Kingsdown area of Bristol.

Brief History

According to the local CAMRA magazine, Pints West, the pub was first mentioned in 1854 when it was known as the Dublin Porter Stores. The old photographs inside the pub show that the pub was once owned by George’s Brewery. That brewery was bought by the Courage Brewery in 1961.

The Interior

The interior of the pub has three distinct areas with two lounge areas either side of the central bar and seating in front. The one lounge area lives up to its name and features comfy leather chesterfields and a large fireplace. The other lounge has a mixture of chesterfields and regular tables and chairs. The area in front of the bar consists of pews and tables. Throughout the pub are a number of stained glass windows featuring the name of the Dawkins Brewery which owns the pub.

The Beer

The beer selection is one of the best in Bristol. On handpump are up to 10 different ales along with a cider and a perry. Also available is a stout from the Bristol Beer Factory, Brew Dog 77 lager and unusually Samuel Smith Alpine and Pure Brewed lager and what beer. In the fridges are bottled beers from Brew Dog, Samuel Smith and the Dorset Brewing Co.

Hillgrove Porter Stores

When I visited in August 2010 there were 9 ales available from Goffs, Brew Dog, Cheddar, Moor, Blindmans and Dawkins.

One downside to the pub is the price of the beer. Ales cost between £3.20 and £3.40 and the Samuel Smith beers range from £3.30 for the Alpine Lager to £4 for the wheat beer. This is £1+ more than you would expect to pay in a Samuel Smith pub (Bristol has one located in the city centre).

Pub Food

If you’re peckish, the pub does a range of meals all day costing between £5 and £7. There are also snacks such as fish finger sandwiches for £3 and chips for £1.50. Due to a member of staff being away on holiday, food was unavailable when I visited but according to the friendly barmaid, the food is great value for money.

Note: If you are planning on visiting on a Saturday, the pub doesn’t open until 2pm. Also, just a one minute walk away is the Bath Ales owned Hare on the Hill.

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Venue Location

Hillgrove Porter Stores

53 Hillgrove Street North



Tel: 0117 944 4780

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Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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