The Ostrich Inn

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Lower Guinea Street,

(0117) 927 3774

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Review byLucy Duggan18/11/2008
A visit to this lovely, historical pub provides the perfect excuse to take a leisurely walk along the length of the floating harbour, Bristol’s most popular tourist spot.

The Venue
Located right by the water, in a beautiful free-standing building positively oozing with local history, The Ostrich Inn can be forgiven for its cosy but tacky ye olde pub-inspired interior, replete with fake brass and ersatz Victoriana.

The best feature, inside, has to be the cut away wall that reveals some of the smugglers caves, which is part of the underground labyrinth of the famous Redcliffe Cave network. They have kind of ruined its sense of historical awe by sticking a plastic skeleton in there, but it’s an interesting conversation piece none the less.

The huge outside area has more than enough seating for even the busiest day with around 80 tables, and it sits out into the harbour so it’s almost entirely surrounded by water.

It is peaceful here, despite its proximity to the hectic city centre, and the view is wonderful - The Ostrich Inn is a perfect place for a slow pint on a sunny day.

The People
The clientele of The Ostrich Inn is totally mixed – young tourists, hospital workers, elderly locals – anyone and everyone is made to feel welcome by the friendly staff. It gets a little overcrowded later in the evening, so probably best to make it a mid-to-late afternoon visit.

The Food
Food is served at lunchtimes and early evenings and represents outstandingly good value for money. The portions come generously sized and if there’s going to be a wait you are warned.

The steak and Marstons Ale pie is highly recommended at £5.25 and their roasts on a Sunday, for £4.65, don’t disappoint. It’s the perfect place to take the family for a meal.

The Drink
Very reasonable prices all round as far as drinks are concerned, they pull the perfect pint of Guinness, Cold and ordinarym and they cost £3.05 and have a Bath Ale Gem on draught for £2.60 and Marston's Pedigree for £2.70.

The Last Word
With its prime location, friendly staff, decent drinks and quality pub grub, The Ostrich Inn delivers everything you could ask for in a pub.
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