Tom Swithinbank from Destination Bristol shares a selection of traditional pubs north of the city centre with us for this week's Food Friday. Take in a couple of them at a time if you are exploring this area of Bristol!

Image credit: Tom Swithinbank 

The Mall

A surprisingly large pub (it has a downstairs!) with a nice courtyard for the summer. A great pit stop if you have been exploring Leigh Woods or Ashton Court on your bike or if simply strolling around Clifton, taking pictures of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

The Albion

Last year some Scottish friends now living in Spain came to stay with me in Clifton. They insisted we went here every night as they loved the cosy atmosphere, which they don’t get in sunny Spain! It features wooden beams, a roaring fire and an inviting courtyard. Tucked away next to East Village Café, it's a brilliant place to spend either a summer or winter’s evening.

The Shakespeare

The Shakespeare in Redland is one of my favourite pubs in Bristol. There’s good food, a nice atmosphere and a great pub quiz too. It’s interactive and easy enough to get plenty of the questions right, with lots of food and beer on offer to keep you going too. Make sure you book as it is very popular!

The Clyde

Something a little different here - The Clyde bucks the trend by not serving food and by having football, darts and pool instead. It's always packed during the World Cup and Champions League games with three big screens helping everyone get the best angle. Outside of football season, the pool, darts and a large range of beers are more than enough to keep you entertained.

The Green Man

I must admit, I’ve only ever been in for a roast dinner, but The Green Man gets a mention for that alone - probably the best I’ve ever had and at a brilliant price too. It comes with an amazing array of side dishes including cauliflower cheese croquets, which were incredible. Tucked away in a residential area of Cotham/Kingsdown, this small traditional pub is worth finding, especially if you can make it on a Sunday!

Quinton House

This lovely little pub is just off Park Street, making it a great place to stop if you're heading to or from the city centre. A traditional real ale pub with some seating outside and award-winning floral displays, it's perfect if you fancy a change from the bars of Park Street.

About the author

Tom moved to Bristol in 2017, joining Destination Bristol in April 2019 as the Development Assistant for the proposed Redcliffe & Temple Business Improvement District. He enjoys combining a walk or a bike ride in Bristol’s green spaces with a trip to one of the many brilliant food and drink providers, which inspired this week’s blog!


Ashton Court Estate
Ashton Court Estate Bristol

Historic 850-acre parkland with mansion, two pitch-and-putt golf courses, deer park, miniature railway, orienteering and nature trails

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Historic Site
Clouds over Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol - CREDIT GARY NEWMAN

The world famous bridge and the iconic symbol of Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831 and completed in 1864 after his death