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“Probably loved by the locals, but food mediocre and garden stank of cigarette smoke”
Review of Highbury Vaults

Highbury Vaults
Ranked #15 of 150 Nightlife in Bristol
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Probably loved by the locals, but food mediocre and garden stank of cigarette smoke”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

This pub is probably loved by the locals who like the atmosphere created by seeing all their friends there, but to an outsider it is pretty mediocre. We went in the early evening on a weekday, and the garden was already crowded, but I didn't want to sit there or near the back door because it stank so badly of cigarette smoke which was wafting in. The garden is narrow with high walls and trellises overhead, so the smoke has nowhere to go. I had a chili con carne, which was completely unexceptional: bland, and quite unnecessarily sprinkled with cheddar cheese. At least it was fairly cheap. I can't comment on the beers, though the staff were friendly enough. The toilets were down a flight of steep, narrow stairs, and I don't know if they had any more accessible for those with mobility problems. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there again.

Visited August 2014
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English first
Pitlochry, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“beer and banter”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

excellent large heated garden with plenty of seating.great real ales.did not eat but noticed meals were huge and greatly appreciated by dinners.

Visited May 2014
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Bristol UK
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81 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Good selection of real ales”
Reviewed 29 March 2014

Just popped in for a quick drink before a meal, very good service, well kept beers from the selection I opted for Deucars. Loved the train whipping around the pub, a real conversation piece.

Visited March 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cosy”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

Went on a Friday night (10pm ish) and even though it was pretty packed, it didn't take long for 8 of us to get a table. Not an ale expert but apparently it's an excellent real ale pub. I did notice there was a large selection on tap. Nice atmosphere, would definitely come back.

Visited November 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Friendly and unpretentious”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

I've been drinking in the Vaults on and off for about 25 years, as it is close to my work. Friendly landlord and staff, good size beer garden, lots of space inside, not blighted by amplified music or tv. The food is basic: microwaved chili being the standard. Good well-kept ale and cider. Can get crowded on a Friday night.

Visited July 2013
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