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The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, Bristol

Posted on 23. Aug, 2013 by in Pubs

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The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, Bristol

The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer is an historic Bristol pub that is the first venture of newcomer Scarlett Pub Company.

Brief History

Located on the historic King Street in Bristol’s Old City, the pub has a rich history along with practically every other building on the cobbled street. The Grade-II Listed building dates back to 1665 although it was refaced in the 18th Century. According to Bristol Lost Pubs, there has been a pub on the site since at least 1861 when it was called the Royal Naval Volunteer.

The Interior

The Scarlett Pub Company took over the pub in December 2012 and closed it for a 7 month long refurbishment. Having never visited the pub before I’m not sure what the pub used to look like but I’m presuming that the main focus of the refurbishment was to modernise the interior whilst still retaining original features. The

The Beer

With so many new pubs trying to outdo each other with beers from US and European breweries, it’s refreshing to see a pub focusing purely on UK beer and cider. The pub features an ever-changing wide selection of keg and cask beers from Tiny Rebel, Kernel, Magic Rock, Wild Beer Co., Tempest, Siren, Williams Bros, Moor. Unfortunately, the prices are very much aligned with what you would expect to pay in London with the cheapest pint of cask beer starting at £3.75.

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Venue Location

The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer

17-18 King Street



Tel: 07960 187944

(Twitter: @awv)

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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