Inn On the Green
The Inn On The Green is an established Bristol drinkers pub. Apparently winner of a CAMRA pub of the year award it certainly has a good selection of beers and real ale (I say apparently as the CAMRA site does not have them listed).
Set in North Bristol, just above where the Gloucester Road becomes Filton Road, I guess the Inn was once on a green, but it’s now opposite the playing fields at the back of the Horfield Leisure Centre.
The pub is an odd mixture of the old and new. The main area of the pub you can see has some history whereas the primary ‘dining area’ is a modern-ish extension which is quite long and thin. Putting this architectural oddity aside though, the pub has a decent amount of seating and family friendly dining areas to offer and a good sized garden to the rear. There is also a large car park should you come with a designated driver.
The roasts on offer were Beef, Belly Pork, Lamb and Nut Roast. Sadly on the day I went they didn’t have any pork (despite it being on the board still) so I went for the lamb. It’s odd not to offer a chicken option and have lamb in its place. Normally lamb is too expensive a meat for pub lunches so you either get a measly portion or they don’t bother. I have to say though that the portion was a very generous size and the meat well cooked and of a good quality.
I wasn’t convinced by the potatoes which were a bit over fried for my liking. I wonder what it is that pubs do to serve them up so quickly. I assume that some part roast them, then flash fry them when they are required, thus giving a fluffy inside with a slightly dry, crispy and fatty outside. Other than this though I got a yorkie, carrots, a couple of parsnips, some Bristol cabbage (red and slightly spiced) and a swirl of very nice puréed swede.
Overall the food was good but not amazing. The service was good and we didn’t have to wait long for our meal, but I had been told that the roast here was better than the reality. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t bad, just not great, which is what I’m looking for on a Sunday.
They would have scored slightly better if it weren’t for the lack of Pork, not so great potatoes and lack of horseradish to go with the beef, mustard just isn’t the same.