The world is waiting, the Webb Ellis cup is gleaming, 20 international rugby teams are chomping at the bit for a taste of glory – the Rugby World Cup is back. The 2019 tournament kicks off at stadiums across Japan on 20 September, but where can you watch the action unfold in Bristol?

The time difference means matches will always fall in the morning for those of us in the UK. Many Bristolian pubs and bars are kindly opening their doors earlier than usual, serving scrum-ptious breakfasts as well as nerve-settling pints to see you through the games. Don't miss a single try thanks to our handy round-up, with some top-notch offers thrown in for good measure.

Ashton Gate Stadium

Eyes will be glued to the largest indoor pub screen in the country at Ashton Gate Sports Bar, which will open when England take on Tonga (11:15am Sunday 22 September), Argentina (9am Saturday 5 October) and France (9:15am Saturday 12 October) as well as Ireland v Scotland at 8:15am on the 22 September too. Opening time is half-an-hour before kick-off and the bar opens from 10am.

Line your stomach with the breakfast package for £14.95, which includes a full English breakfast, welcome drink and reserved mezzanine seating with a view of the big screen.

Largest indoor pub screen at Ashton Gate Sports Bar

Image credit: Ashton Gate Stadium 

Bambalan

Catch key fixtures on the big screens at Bambalan throughout the tournament, including every weekend game and selected matches during the week. They’ll be opening from 8am, so arrive early doors and get stuck into their delicious Bam breakfast menu or better still, make the most of their bucket-load of offers. Available to pre-order, these include a bacon or veggie sausage bap with a bottle of Asahi for £10 and the Big Bam full breakfast or veggie breakfast with a bottle of Asahi for £15.

If you’re planning to watch the final here, tickets will be sold online in advance.

Interior and tables at Bambalan

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Racks Bar and Kitchen

Count on atmospheric wine and sports bar Racks as a place to see any and all World Cup games. When it comes to the England matches, they’ve got a special deal – pay £10 per person for a seat with a guaranteed view of the game, two bacon rolls and tea or coffee. Reserve your tickets in advance here. Make an afternoon of it by sticking around for a celebratory or consolatory lunch, depending on the score!

Tables and TV screen at Racks sports bar

Image credit: Frances Taylor

Marriott Hotel City Centre

Head to the Brew Bar at Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre during the tournament and you’ll find most of the matches playing on their big screen and smaller screens around the bar. They will also have promotions on food and drink, including their brew of the month, which is currently Jubel.

Brew Bar at Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

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Village Hotel Club  

Ideal for the rugby fans of North Bristol, this hotel in Filton is showing all the must-watch Rugby World Cup matches on the big screens in their Pub and Grill. Keep your glass topped up with their drink promotions during each match too, including pints for £3.25. And if you’re feeling peckish after the action, stay put for a meal from their mouthwatering menu or the unlimited carvery on a Sunday.

Pub and Grill at Village Hotel Club Bristol

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King Street Brew House

King Street Brew House will be opening earlier than usual for many of the matches, keeping fans well fed and watered with hot and cold breakfast, coffee and bloody Marys on certain games, as well as pints of their own cask and keg beers. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details on opening times and offers.

Bar at King Street Brew House

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Prince Street Social

All the home country games will be up for viewing at this city centre bar. Book a table to be sure you’ll get a spot and save room for breakfast – they’re offering breakfast and unlimited coffee for £10.

Front window and signs of Prince Street Social

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Riverstation 

Japan v Ireland (28 September), England v Argentina (5 October), Scotland v Russia (9 October) and England v France (12 October) will all be showing at Harbourside restaurant Riverstation. Take your pick from pastries, bacon rolls and full English breakfasts while you're watching the action too.

The bar at the Riverstation

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The Bank Tavern

For an intimate setting to watch key fixtures, The Bank Tavern have got your back and your stomach too, with delicious breakfast rolls on the menu. Due to the cosy size and popularity of the pub, it’s best to book as early as possible or risk missing out – request a table here.

Keep up with more sporting events happening in Bristol on our What’s On listings and find more food and drink offers.

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