We have a pint in the cosy Bristol pub with real fires, a meat raffle and free comedy nights

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‘Wow, this is such a cosy pub’, says a woman as she walks through the door and spots two of the real fires in the bar of The Inn on The Green.

On a wet and windy weekday afternoon, this large pub near Horfield Common is certainly a welcome refuge from the elements.

Bathed in a golden orange glow from the vintage filament bulbs, the pub is warm, staff are welcoming and there is an alluring smell of wood smoke from the crackling fires.

It may be a weekday but Lionel Richie is singing ‘easy like Sunday morning’ over the speakers and there is definitely a relaxed feel to the place that makes you want to order another pint and settle in for a few hours.

The Inn on The Green dates back to the 1890s when it was called The Royal George and for many years it was well known for its darts and skittles teams.

The skittle alley is now full of booth tables with displays of old coins on the wall and vintage medicine bottles on LED-backlit shelves.

It’s very much a pub for all seasons, with a large outdoor drinking area as popular in summer as the tables by the fires are in winter.

The Inn on The GreenThe Inn on The Green
The Inn on The Green

On Sundays at 8pm, the pub runs and charity quiz and a meat raffle - always a sign of a proper community pub with no airs or graces - and there’s a bookable function room if you fancy holding a party.

The pub also appeals to the real ale crowd with up to seven beers often available, alongside North Street Cider, Thatchers Haze and Gold, Amstel, Guinness and Moretti.

I went for a pint of the rich and malty Hop Union Scallywag (£5.25) made in Brislington but could have gone for Hill Climb by Cheltenham’s Prescott Brewery, Bristol Beer Factory’s Fortitude or Greene King’s Abbot Ale.

The old skittle alley now has cosy boothsThe old skittle alley now has cosy booths
The old skittle alley now has cosy booths

As well as Sunday roasts, the pub has gained a strong local following for its food, especially the £11.95 lunch deals which include honey-roasted ham, eggs and chips with side salad; slow-braised beef shin ragu and linguine with garlic bread and Parmesan, and pulled pork macaroni cheese with sun-dried tomato bread. There’s also a range of ciabattas, burgers, small plates and a kids’ menu.

And if you need a laugh, the pub runs the free ‘Inn Jokes’ comedy night every fortnight featuring comedians from all over the country.

Cosy fires, great beer and a guaranteed barrel of laughs - what more do you need from your local pub?

The Inn on The Green, 2 Filton Road, Bristol, BS7 0PA.

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