The 2023 guide offers an insight into some of the finest pubs, bars and clubs around the country by highlighting venues selected by its members “as places to savour good beers from small breweries as well as cask-conditioned lagers and world beers and some pubs are highlighted for serving real ciders too”.
CAMRA said: “Historic grade-II listed pub adjacent to the Old Market bus interchange and close to Castle Park and the shopping centre. The first floor juts out over the entrance and houses the ‘Court Room’ which is available for functions. At the rear of the pub there is a 19th-century iron hand water pump operated by a wheel six feet in diameter. A good range of local beers is served and the pub attracts a wide range of customers for drinking, dining and watching live sport on the TVs."
6. The Golden Guinea, Redcliffe
CAMRA said: “Cosy backstreet local, close to the waterside in the Redcliffe area, with wooden floors, contemporary flock wallpaper and urban art on the walls. Reclaimed furniture and french mirrors give the pub a modern but retro feel. There are three terraces and an eclectic music policy. No food is served, but customers are welcome to bring in a takeaway or have food delivered to them in the pub. Cask beers are often from local breweries such as Arbor, Bristol Beer Factory and New Bristol and a range of local bottled and canned beers are also available. The Facebook page tends to be more current than the web address."
7. The Old Bookshop, Bedminster
CAMRA said: “Recently refurbished with a light, airy feel, this friendly and eclectic cafe/bar offers a large range of German and Belgian beers plus two guest cask ales served from unlabelled handpumps. On Fridays there is usually an additional cask beer served directly from a pin on the bar, and this is served until it runs out. Food is entirely plant based, including Sunday pies. The pub’s interior is on several different level, with stepped access, and may offer challenges for those with limited mobility. There is pavement seating to the front of the pub though, with table service available.”
8. Zerodegrees, Colston Street
CAMRA said: “New in 2004, this was the second Zerodegrees to open, the original being in Blackheath, said to be the first Craft Brewery in the UK. Winner of the 2005 CAMRA National New Build Pub award, it underwent a major refurbishment in September 2014 which resulted in a much softer, less industrial, feel to the interior, with more seating in the bar area. The music also seems more relaxing and the volume reduced to a comfortable level. Several balconies and outdoor seating areas are available until 10pm. All the beer is brewed on-site with the equipment visible behind the bar. As well as the three core beers, up to five ever-changing specials are served. All beers are served unfiltered, unpasteurised, and cold, from serving tanks, including all the specials. Note that there is a significant mark-up on the price of half pints. Minikegs are available to take away. Wood-fired pizzas and pasta dishes are a speciality, served throughout the pub, including outside."