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White Lion Bar and Terrace

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Avon Gorge Hotel,
Sion Hill,

(0117) 9738 955 

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Review byVicky Sharkey19/02/2009
The White Lion isn't Bristol's biggest bar, nor is it the cheapest. But it does have one massive pull - the fantastic unadulterated view of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s masterpiece, The Clifton Suspension Bridge.

The Venue
Attached to the Avon Gorge Hotel, this bar is pleasantly decorated inside with its clean lines and central bar. Comfortable leather sofas and plenty of table space abound.

Don’t be surprised if at first glance The White Lion seems empty. Everyone is probably outside on the large decked area, taking full advantage of the delightful scenery. This area has huge wooden tables, chairs and benches and is always packed in the summer, full of Pimms-drinking Bristolians in the know.

The People
As with most of Clifton’s watering holes, The White Lion attracts a variety of customers, although they mainly fall into either the category of student, or Clifton resident (and therefore maybe both).

Friday nights see plenty of post-work drinkers, especially those who are preparing to head to one of Clifton’s many restaurants. Staff here are friendly, although the turnover does seem to be quite high and come the summer they stream outside yelling order numbers, their hands and arms full with plates of food.

The Food
Whether you’re after a hearty pie or burger, or something lighter along the baguette or nachos line, The White Lion has a decent menu. Light bites, which are served from 11am, are priced at £6 to £7 and you can get lunch from noon for around £8 to £10.

If you’re feeling indulgent, their cakes are not to be missed. With a choice of two available each day, for £5 a slice, you really have hit the jackpot if you’re feeling a bit peckish on a day when the banana cake or chocolate brownie are on the menu.

The Drink
The White Lion is certainly no Wetherspoons when it comes to drinks prices. They don’t have the most varied selection either. A pint of John Smiths costs £4 and a bottle of Corona is similarly priced. With no house wines on the menu, you'll be charged about £18 a bottle.

However its relaxed feel means that you may be just as content with a cup of tea or soft drink, which won’t break the bank.

The Last Word
The terrace here lends itself to the great British summer so The White Lion is far more of a fairweather destination than an all-year-round boozer.
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