Bridge Inn

Gloucestershire & Bristol - Shortwood

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

Bridge Road
BS16 9NG

Tel: 07989 724544



Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

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Stone- built 1880s drinkers’ pub. On the left, the U-shaped bar was two rooms separated by a partition wall removed around 1980 – there is also an extension into a previously non-public area. The fine old, probably Victorian, counter survives but the bar-back fitting is reputed to have come from the nearby closed station. Until recently, behind the part-glazed screen near the entrance was a superb ‘Outdoor Dept’ that also acted as a snug where some customers drank but it is now a store cupboard. The lounge has been modernised in the last few years. Food confined to pies, pasties and rolls.

Built 1880s of stone with a splendid 'sun trap' veranda overlooking a disused railway, now a cycle track. This drinkers pub still retains two (of three) rooms and off sales. Left hand door leads to a L-shaped bar which was two rooms separated by a partition wall removed in c.1980 - note 'Private Bar' window and a 'Public Bar' on the window screen on the right, also '6' on the door. There was also a tiny screen on the counter at the Public Bar / Private Bar split which was removed early 2000s and is retained. The old, possibly Victorian bar counter remains but the old bar back fitting is reputed to have come from the old station (?). In the public bar side there is some old bench seating attached to a panelled dado; the fireplace was replaced in the 1960s.

The wonderful survivor here is the Outdoor Dept. created by a full height partition on the right hand side of the public bar and a part glazed screen on the left. This tiny room still retains its door with '5' on it; has a couple of chairs and is still used by some customers to drink in as well as by children to buy sweets etc. On the right is the lounge with '4' on the door, which was last refitted in the late 1950s. It has a bar counter with red Formica top, small bar back fitting and tiled fireplace all from the 1960s. Note the three radiators in front of the bar counter so the foot rail is part of the central heating system! There is a '1' on the door to the cellar. The gents was outside and a link was built between the pub and the adjoining barn to bring the toilets inside. The former barn contains a meeting room on the ground floor.

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