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Rating: 7.0/10 (3 votes cast)

The Bird In Hand is a bit off the beaten track really, buried in ‘rural’ Long Ashton its quite a trek from the centre, but it’s well worth the effort.

The location is lovely as is the building with a traditional country pub feeling mixed with exclusivity and chic. This is a small pub that has obviously gained a good reputation both in Long Ashton and further afield, so booking in advance is very advisable before you set off on your hike.

Inside there are 2 dining areas and a few tables by the bar. The slightly cramped olde worlde pub creates a real atmosphere and appreciative chomping and commentary can be heard all around you.

Partnered with The Pump House this establishment takes its food seriously. The menu is tantalising with all the food prepared onsite and as many of the ingredients sourced locally as possible. The Menu starts with a bloody Mary and concludes with a selection of artisan British cheeses. Need I say more?

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My roast here was one of the best I’ve had in Bristol. Between our table we had just about everything on the menu and with a bit of surreptitious observation of our neighbours plates, I have to say every meal looked mouth watering.

The service was great, friendly and efficient without being oppressive. I wish more Bristol pubs were up to this standard.

I strongly recommend that you pay a visit to The Bird In Hand. Its a premium priced roast but well worth the extra few quid.

 

17 Weston Road, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9LA
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  1. Tommy Multi-roast
    Tommy Multi-roast says
    26/04/2013, 1:49 pm
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    Went to the Bird in Hand on the Sunday just gone. The 21st of April. The first good thing about this place is that it is dog friendly. So the ambience is enhanced by nice dogs coming and up and saying ‘hello’. I liked this as it reminded me of proper country pubs.

    The service was good and they have table service which does confuse the matter at times. I was told to sit down after ordering at the bar as the waitress was ready to take my order. I don’t mind this.

    I would say book ahead with this place as it isn’t massive and seems popular. If I’m honest the choice of meats was limited, only Pork and Beef plus non-roast items. The pork was nice but the crackling it was supposed to come with was on the meat, just a thin edge around the chop. The roast potatoes were good but there was very little of them. Nice Cauliflower cheese but for the price, which is higher than your average, the meal was unfulfilling especially as we’d traveled to get there.

    The meat was bland, the beef slightly over and the good Cauliflower Cheese couldn’t hide the fact it was a little safe for the standard of the restaurant and price tag. The flavours on the plate didn’t deliver but the textures were great (Crunchy Potatoes and fat on Pork). If the flavour ain’t there I look for quantity and variety and the Bird in the Hand left me a little wanting.

    On a note apart from the Roast the starters and dessert were a little pretentious, we only had a starter and it was like a findus product. Again didn’t live up to the places promise.

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  2. Lunch with a View
    Lunch with a View says
    19/02/2013, 9:20 pm
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    Right, well, the Bird in the Hand, you should go there. It’s out in Long Ashton, a bit of a way but on a bright day you could easily cycle out through Ashton Court and it might help create enough space for the lunch, and it’s worth the effort. It sits right on the road and externally is very modest. Inside it appears to have been recently done out and had a warm feel and nice line in enamelled posters. Spot the Fry’s chocolate poster with the image of a rather peculiar child slowly transmogrifying to become a Zombie with a hole in their head. I liked that. No wonder Fry’s chocolate vanished from our stores.

    Anyway, last Sunday, within 15 minutes of ordering, I was dished up what was possibly one of the best roasts I’ve had in a long time. I’m trying not to praise it too much but I think it deserves accolades.

    The food, each individual element was excellent. The roast beef was pink, tasty, done to perfection. The veg of green and red cabbage, swede and parsnip mash was fresh and hadn’t been sitting around, The roast potatoes were light and crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. Your mum couldn’t have made better. And the two Yorkshire puds likewise mmmm! Oh and if it’s on have the caulifower cheese, you wont regret it, it sat in its own little pot, crispy on top with a rich and incredibly cheesy sauce over the cauliflower underneath. It was delicious! I can still taste it now. I’d have eaten that on its own it was that good, and if the others weren’t eyeing it up.

    For pudding you could have cheese, chocolate cake or apple crumble with ice cream. I had a bit of each and could recommend all of them.

    Be warned you will need to book and it’s not the cheapest, mine came in at a little under £18, but it’s that good and worth it. The service was good, with helpful smiling staff, always a plus. Oh and there are also a number of ales including Bath Ales and Bristol Beer Factory on tap.

    On reading this back it looks like I might work there or even own the pub…..I don’t. Go there yourselves and find out. I can’t recommend it enough.

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  3. Magx
    Magx says
    17/02/2013, 6:56 pm
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    We had an amazing roast at The Bird in Hand, the food was great, the ambiance refined and the service was top notch. I totally recommend a trip out to this brilliant pub.

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