The Cottage Inn
The Cottage has an enviable location. Set on the southern side of Bristols historic floating harbour at Baltic Wharf, the uninterrupted view across the docks, from The Pump House on one side and down past The Grain Barge to the SS Great Britain, attracts huge crowds of drinkers in the summer, sat out on the steps, enjoying the sun and watching the boats of the Bristol Sailing Club zipping about.
The Cottage capitalises on this audience and has a definite nautical theme to the décor. Inside there is plenty of seating for when the sun isn’t out and outside there are a series of round tables with benches as well and the substantial seating area that is the side of the docks.
Sadly the roast at the cottage is very disappointing. The menu in general is pretty standard pub grub and they really shouldn’t bother to do a roast unless they are willing to put a bit more effort into it. Perhaps change the menu of a Sunday to free up a little kitchen time for cooking?
The roasts on offer were Beef and Turkey (in June which set the first alarm bells ringing). Both options come with a Yorkie and veg and at £8.95 you’d think this wasn’t bad value, however…
The carrots were obviously out of a packet (all were perfectly squared off and chip shape) as I assume were the peas. The cabbage was boiled to within an inch of its life and the meat looked decidedly pre-cut and probably part cooked offsite. It was definitely overcooked and totally tasteless. All of this glory was topped off with a flabby ‘Aunt Bessie’s’ style Yorkshire and drowned in Bisto gravy. Ahhhhhhh!
Basically if you’re starving this won’t kill you and it’s a decent enough portion of edible stuff to fill the hole, but if you have any desire to eat a roast which wasn’t predominantly made from pre-cooked / frozen elements, then I suggest you wander over to the other side of the docks and explore some of the other amazing roasts that Hotwells has to offer.