Bristol offers everything from history and culture to adrenaline-pumping activities, and it’s also home to a wide range of pubs. In fact, there’s so many great options you might have trouble choosing between them – that’s why we’ve put together this quick look at some of the city’s most unmissable options for the next time you are planning on staying in Bristol.

The Highbury Vaults

The Highbury Vaults is a charming little place that combines real ale with reasonably priced food. It’s close enough to the university to maintain a steady stream of upbeat customers, and it stands apart with little touches like an attractive back terrace and a model railway that runs the full length of the pub, even taking tunnels through walls.

The White Horse

If you’re looking to sample something a little finer than your average pub grub, head to The White Horse. Set in a historic building that has undergone very few alterations, the place is famous for its tall wrought-iron stools, flagstone floor, and traditional ciders. There are three levels, plus a rear patio and smoking area.

The Kensington Arms

Affectionately known as ‘The Kenny’ among locals, this friendly, country-style gastropub offers one of the best Sunday roasts you’ll find in and around Bristol. It doesn’t provide anything flash or fancy, but you can count on getting proper British pub food cooked to perfection.


This 18th century real ale pub can provide everything from locally brewed house beer to farm ciders and perry. It feels like a blast from the past thanks to pump clips, union jacks, and an open fire. It even has an aquarium for turtles.

The Wellington

A slightly more modern take on the traditional British pub, The Wellington offers a sunny paved terrace, grassy beer garden, and separate dining area. Patrons can partake of everything from craft beers to a diverse range of gins.