A real pub with real food, real ales and real people. The Colston Arms does exactly what it says on the tin. Come here for an old school, welcoming pub that puts on the football and rugby with a great selection of ales and good grub to go with it.
Drink: 9 Atmosphere: 8 Food: 6 House Ale: £3.50
The friendly bar staff and a cosy inside that is deceptively spacious make this pub a great place to come after uni for a couple pints during the week. Take an afternoon to settle yourself into the stools at the bar, wooden chairs at the tables, and comfy leather sofas. The classic pub interior hides the two projector screens and three TVs (including one in the garden!) that make this a really nice spot to watch the sport at the weekend.
With two permanent house ales, 5 rotating ales and 3 guest craft ales, it would take even the heaviest real ale connoisseur a couple visits to work through all The Colston Arms has to offer.
The house ales in their armoury are the classic Butcombe’s Original, a clean refreshing bitter described by Butcombe’s as 'the classic session beer', and a light summery IPA, both priced at a fair £3.50.
The rest of the beers range between £3.50-£3.90 and are bought in by the barrel, so once they’re gone they’re gone.
The food here is good pub grub: home cooked, generous and reasonably priced.
For snacks during the game they serve good, chunky chips at £2.20, and Nachos for £5. A range of sandwiches are on the menu, led by the classic Ploughman’s and the Traditional ham and cheese, and are all served with slaw, chips and garnish for £6. The burgers follow suit at around £8 and you can choose between the likes of the Cow, the Pig or the Monster, which is some sort of combination of the two piled on to one plate.
On Sundays Colston Arms pride themselves on their roast. Priced at £10.50, which in tummy-filling, hangover-killing portions we think is pretty good value to satisfy that weekend urge for Yorkshire puddings, slabs of meat and roasties covered in gravy.
This has quickly become my go to pub to watch the Six Nations and Premier League, and makes the perfect start for a weekend bar crawl back up St Michael’s to arrive at the Highbury Vaults at the other end in pretty fine spirits.
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