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Tobacco Factory, Southville - pub details

Address: Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 33400) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bedminster (0.7 miles), Parson Street (0.8 miles), Clifton Down (1.6 miles)

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A queer one this, and no mistake. A vast square space with a bar running almost the length of one wall. A concrete ceiling has pipes running across it. The tables and chairs would look more at home in a cafe. The atmosphere was non-existent.
On my visit the handpumps were dispensing three beers from Bristol Beer Factory and one from Cotswold Spring. The taps were serving BBF Milk Stout, Ashton cider and a couple of lagers. The two beers I tried, BBF Sunrise and Cotswold Spring Stunner were disappointing. Neither were anywhere near cold enough, and the Cotswold beer had a weird smell.
I won't be rushing back.
holbornboy - 18 May 2015 22:45
Large open-plan bar area with lots of sofas, tables and chairs also with beanbags on the stage area. Quite busy lateish on a Tuesday evening with a number of football followers after a nearby Bristol City game but no rowdiness whatsoever with the home supporters subdued after an unexpected defeat. Three ales on with Sunrise and 7 from the Bristol Beer Factory and Wormcatcher IPA from Late Knights. Cannot comment on the food as they had finished serving but the menu looked interesting with some unusual offerings.
yellowfever - 13 Aug 2014 12:15
Visited for the first time proper in September having last been in and out after it first opened 8 years ago assuming it had no cask beer available. Looks like I might've been a little hasty in that judgement for it still appears that way today, but Bristol Beer Factory's excellent head brewer, Mr Simon Bartlett, put me straight and assured me that some - though not all - is real beer but dispensed by electric pump as opposed to a handpulled beer engine. So it's not all kegged then?! Oh well better late than never. We (a large assembly of around 10 people) all tucked ourselves in to a couple of splendid pints of BBF beer ranging from the Sunrise through to the No 7, via possibly the most innovative beer-du-jour, the floral and lip-smackingly-satisfying Acer.

The Tobacco Factory was indeed the project that spearheaded the regeneration of the North Street area (not quite "South Bristol" as George Ferguson, its entrepreneurial creator with the Midas Touch who just happens to be running as independent mayor for the city), and is clearly set up to be much more than just a pub: the large revitalised industrial building hosts a restaurant, theatre and is essentially a well-loved community centre for the mixed local clientele. Happily, Mr Ferguson was the one who approached Mr Bartlett in 2004 about starting a brewery there, so whatever your views on him, those who enjoy BBF wares owe a debt to his foresight.

Perhaps not the most characterful or memorable of pub experiences, as the main area is like a large canteen or school assembly hall with little features to distinguish the indoors, though outside has much to commend it. But that's irrelevant really, as I'm confident that the whole facility is much more that just a boozer to the locals.

Not perhaps a regular drop-in for the pure pubgoer (my rating reflects that and isn't a measure of the whole project per se), especially as BBF beer can be supped in far more engrossing and intimate surroundings (stand up the Grain Barge and Barley Mow), but a worthy venture and certainly deserving of a visit.
TWG - 8 Oct 2012 17:43
A large and somewhat impersonal venue, it does nonetheless seem very popular and was the original bar in this area that kick-started the whole regeneration of this end of North Street.

Itís essentially just one very large, industrial looking room crammed full of tables and chairs with a couple of odd sofaís scattered around. The harsh acoustics means it can be quite noisy when itís busy, which it invariably seems to be. There is a small raised section at one end which has a few bean bags on it. Unusual, but again this seems a popular spot for people to chill out and survey the rest of the pub.

The dťcor is very industrial as previously mentioned, with a concrete ceiling and all pipes and other services on display, plus a solitary disco glitter ball which looked a little out of place. Wails are plain brick although witch a selection of artwork dotted around. There is a long bar at the back running almost the length of the room, with a food servery down at one end, plus a selection of cupcakes and the like displayed on the bar counter. There is a smaller room off to the rear, and a small courtyard area out the back.

Food is of the ďtrendyĒ variety rather than your traditional pub grub. Think lentils, halloumi and roasted red peppers and youíll get the general idea, with most of the mains being around the £9 mark and a selection of light bites at around £6.50. Beers on tap were all from the Bristol Beer Factory, with their Acer, Sunrise and No. 7. Ciders were Ashton Press and Bath Alesí Bounders.

I didnít come across the problem that some other posters have experienced with their being loads of kids around, but then it was a Friday evening. Iím sure it may well be very different on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
Blackthorn - 10 Jan 2011 10:39
Huge, which means that the atmoshpere can be a bit odd. Good choice of locally brewed ales. Worth a vist, but very impersonal.
Mikepcshaw - 9 Jan 2011 14:39

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