Drink a toast to real local ale (or cider) on 4th July!

Going out for the evening this 4 July? What about some independent entertainment at an independent cinema, or pub theatre? Why not try a local brew in an independent pub or bar. Who wants to eat and drink exactly the same things, wherever they go in the country? Celebrate Independents Day by raising a glass of West Country tipple.

It is especially fortunate that we have such a wealth of Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)-supported pubs in the Bristol and Bath area. In Bristol alone we have five CAMRA-nominated pubs in the central part of the city.

From the Dawkins Ales website:

Five individual real ale pubs. They’re the kind of pubs we like to drink in and we hope you’ll like them too.

We are very proud to announce that all of our pubs are listed in the 2012 CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

The Miner’s Arms
136 Mina Rd,
St Werburghs, Bristol BS2 9YQ
0117 9079874 miners@dawkins-taverns.co.uk

Draught: Six real ales


The Hillgrove
53 Hillgrove Street North, Kingsdown, Bristol BS2 8LT. 0117 9249818 hillgrove@dawkins-taverns.co.uk

Draught: Ten real ales including Dawkins, two real ciders/perries


The Victoria
2 Southleigh Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2BH, 0117 9745675 victoria@dawkins-taverns.co.uk

Draught: Six real ales including Dawkins Sixty-Six, Brass Knocker, two real ciders


The Portcullis
3 Wellington Terrace, Clifton Village, Bristol BS8 4LE. 0117 9085536 portcullis@dawkins-taverns.co.uk

Draught: Six real ales including Dawkins Green Barrel, Brassknocker, real ciders


The Green Man,
21 Alfred Place, Kingsdown, Bristol BS2 8HD 0117 9304824 greenman@dawkins-taverns.co.uk

Draught: Six real ales including Dawkins Green Barrel,
real cider

The Bristol scene also includes wonderful stories of pub decline and fall and pubs rising again! One such pub is the Bag ’o Nails located at 141 St George’s Road, Hotwells, Bristol.

From the review on the Bristol Culture blog:

The beer selection is most generous in a pub that used to feature regularly in good beer guides and might soon make a comeback. When I visited on a rainy Friday afternoon, on tap was Wye Valley, Wye Butty Bach, Cheddar Totty Pot, and Yeovil Star Gazer and Ruby. The two ciders were Rich’s Sweet and Wilkins Dry.

And that’s not all! Should you wish to celebrate 4 July a bit further afield, here are some more suggestions on where to go without leaving the real ale fold:

First there is the New Inn in Mays Hill

The New Inn
Badminton Road, Mayshill, Nr Frampton Cotterell, Bristol. BS36 2NT

Draught: Old Rosie Cloudy Scrumpy, St. Georges Friar Tuck, Arbor American Brown Ale, Otter Bitter


And then we have this lovely period gem The Beaufort Arms: The owner tells us: “You should try our ‘Hawkesbury Faggots’ (made in the village)”.

High Street, Hawkesbury Upton
South Gloucestershire
01454 238217

Come and join us for beers from: Severn Vale, Butcombe, Bristol Beer Factory, Bath Ales and Codrington.

You might also like to try out the award-winning brews from the Bristol Beer Factory – winners of last year’s Radio 4 Food and Farming award for Best Drinks Producer. Bristol Beer Factory beers are available at a number of pubs and restaurants across the city, including the Grain Barge, Barley Mow, The Canteen, No.1 Harbourside, The Windmill, Pipe & Slippers, Colston Yard, The Bell, The Cottage, Greenbank, and of course, over-the-road at the Tobacco Factory.

Or, for a proper West Country celebration, why not try some really local cider from one of the areas small-scale producers, at out one of the city’s dedicated cider pubs:

Many thanks to the Bristol Cider Shop on Christmas Steps for the local knowledge.

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