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“Embarrassingly bad food and service”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of The Flyer

The Flyer
Ranked #559 of 1,565 Restaurants in Bristol
Price range: US$9 - US$16
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Brew Pub, Gastropub
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Up there with the best pubs in Bristol.The Bristol Flyer, as it's traditionally known, is a friendly pub on the Gloucester Road serving seriously good pub food and an array of speciality drinks more dizzying than our classic trompe d'oeil floor. Head for one of our cosy, relaxing sofas and you'll soon recover. As a venue we're versatile (like a potato but better) and well kitted out for both intimate dinners and group gatherings.
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“Embarrassingly bad food and service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

The Flyer has been a fairly reliable option for pub food for a couple of years now, but things have certainly slipped of late. You'd think the recent opening of The Grace just across the road would have encouraged them to up their game – not so.

We ordered, to share between three:
A Veggie Sharing Board (mozzarella fondue, houmous, cheese straws and tempura cauliflower, £10.50)
Salt and Pepper Squid (£5.50)
Pan Fried Chorizo with Focaccia (£5.75)

What we got:
Damp, undercooked pastry, a ramekin of houmous so tiny it barely served one and a puddle of unidentifiable white mess that when poked shrivelled unhappily to what looked like a slice of mozzarella that had been microwaved.
Sad fondue mess was sent back to the kitchen, and waitress reemerged with a ramekin of microwaved brie saying that the mozzarella kept curdling for some reason and the chef didn't know why. What! Mozzarella doesn't transform into fondue if you microwave it? Let's try some other cheese that happens to be lying around.

A measly amount of squid fried to a crisp (if you like squid and want an actual portion for your fiver head to Urban Standard).

Eight slices of very black, very burnt chorizo in a puddle of oil, accompanied by some burnt, hard sliced bread (NOT focaccia). We showed this to the waitress too, and she whisked it away to be 'shown to the manager.'

Said manager never emerged, but he did invite us to sample three of his finest puddings, absolutely free. It's always confusing when this happens. You haven't enjoyed their badly cooked food, so they offer you more, giving you even more reason not to return.

A dirty look from the waitress clearing our table and a gulp of the flat white wine spritzer and we were ready to leave. Our advice? Book a table at The Grace. For the same amount we spent you can get three small plates and a bottle of Prosecco. And I bet they make a mean fondue.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Old faithful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

Been going here for years but hadn't been for a while so was pleased it was still a great place to hang out!
Beer garden great atmosphere and good selection of drinks and food
Would always recommend a pop in if you are passing by up on Gloucester Road :)

Visited July 2014
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Thank Amanda K
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“Sunday lunch - urgh”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

My friend and I had Sunday lunch yesterday at The Flyer. Unfortunately, it did not look anything like the photos displaying their lunches. The 'seasonal veg' consisted of one slice of courgette, a teaspoon of leek and a plate of frozen peas swimming around in a thick horrible gravy. We did have a small portion of cauliflower cheese, which was okay, but we paid £3.20 extra for it. The yorkshire puds were huge but too crispy so just fell apart. I Have had much better dinners where I have paid half the price . I did complain, as the meal for two cost us £24.20 and was offered a free sweet which again was very over priced for what it was, but then we didn't pay, thank goodness.

I have eaten at the Flyer once before on a Thursday evening and the meal was fine. .

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Julie P
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“excellent service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

I've been coming to this place since I was a child and although the place has changed hands a few times and certainly had many refurbishments, the atmosphere has always been great. The food is wonderful and the little bar snacks are delicious. They cater for a variety of diets and allergies too. I've given it 4 stars instead of 5 because there is always a queue at the bar... They definitely need more staff on. It's not cool waiting for 15 minutes when it's only 7pm.

Visited June 2014
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Thank Sarah B
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Lightwater Uk
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308 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“One of our favourites”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

When visiting the city we have tried other pubs but still keep returning here. A great atmosphere, full on a late Friday afternoon. The menu choice is good and the prices are reasonable. The staff are friendly and the place seems to have a buzz. A nice place to come back to.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank garygeorge3
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