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Colston Yard, Bristol

Posted on 11. Apr, 2011 by in Pubs

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Colston Yard, Bristol

The Colston Yard is a modern pub and grill owned by Butcombe Brewery and located in the centre of Bristol, England.

Brief History

The Colston Yard was originally home to the now closed Smiles Brewery and their brewery tap (called The Brewery Tap [photo]). Smiles had occupied the site since April 1978 (The Brewery Tap was opened in 1991) but when the brewery ran into financial difficulties the site was bought by another company that, according to this review, ruined the interior. The Butcombe Brewery purchased the site and in December 2007, reopened as the Colston Yard.

You can read an interesting history of the Smiles brewery here.

The Interior

The interior of the Yard is modern and spacious. There is a lot of wood throughout with plenty of chunky tables and chairs and comfortable sofas.

Upon entering you are greeted by the a large bar featuring a good selection of beers. This bar is the central feature of the pub and whilst not an island bar, it’s accessible from most parts of the pub.

On warm days seats are available outside the front of the pub and the some of the windows open which lets a cool breeze naturally cool the pub.

The Beer

The pub is owned by the Butcombe Brewery so you can expect around three beers from them. Available when I visited in Apr 2011 was Bitter, Gold and the seasonal Mendip Spring. There is also a guest ale and a cider available. The guest ale was Fullers London Pride and Ashton Press cider.

They also have a selection of lagers available and it’s good to see Duvel Single available (apparently the only pub in Bristol to serve it). Previously known as Duvel Green, the 6.8% Belgian beer costs £2.80 a half.

Behind the bar are some well stocked fridges featuring around 30 bottled beers from around the world. Some of the beers are not commonly found in pubs but the prices of some are a little expensive.

Bar snacks include the usual crisps and nuts as well as some delicious looking scotch eggs and pork pies.

More Photos of the Colston Yard

Venue Location

Colston Yard

Colston Street



Tel: 0117 376 3232

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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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