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Rating: 4.0/10 (1 vote cast)

The Lansdown

The Lansdown is set in the heart of Clifton. The pub is very traditional in many ways with gas lighting and open fires, however is has a few quirky features that set it apart from being just another pub.

You’re welcomed into a warm and friendly pub which is buzzing with conversation and atmosphere. The bar itself is traditional and comfortable with a reasonable number of tables and seating areas. To the rear of the pub there is a large courtyard garden which is covered in winter and opened up in the summer. There is also a further decked terrace seating area upstairs as well as a large function room.

The pub prides itself on serving locally sourced beers and ciders and much of the food is locally sourced and all is prepared and cooked onsite as well.

The roast here is great. I was perhaps a bit over committed to the cause and ate a roast on the hottest day of the year so far, which was a struggle, but I made it through and it was very tasty.

The portion sizes are generous to say the least and there was pretty much no room left on the plate when it arrived. I had the chicken which was very well cooked. I got a good sized slab of breast meat and a leg, so a considerable amount of meat, plus lots of stuffing, veg and gravy etc. Every roast comes with spuds, roasted carrots, mashed swede and cabbage plus a beautifully cooked home made yorkie.

Its a bit odd to have 2 types of cabbage with a roast, the ever present braised red cabbage that Bristol seems so enamoured with plus a nice green variety, but my main gripe was with the roast potatoes.

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I seem to be developing a bit of a thing about roast spuds and the more I do this the more I realise that very often it’s what separates the good from the bad roasts. The Lansdown’s roasted spuds weren’t bad but they were small and over cooked. They were tough on the outside and fluffy in the middle, seemingly pre cooked and then reheated. That said it was only a minor gripe and didn’t detract that much from what was a lovely roast.

Next time I am going to go for the lamb shank which looked amazing.

I would definitely recommend a roast at the Lansdown and should you go in the heat of the summer, the crispy beef salad, although not a roast, was pretty damn tasty as well.

 

8 Clifton Rd, Bristol. BS8 1AF
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  1. carrotmuncher says
    11/05/2014, 7:22 pm

    I have been to The Landsdown countless times and every time I have had one of the best roasts I’ve ever eaten. I’ve been in small or large groups where the quality of the roasts (of each option) has always been high quality. The staff and the landlady are very warm and welcoming, they always seem to manage so well during the peak times of lunch, even if it’s very busy with waits on food. I especially like the varied selection of potatoes (including sweet potato and the beetroot crisp). The large portions or cauliflower cheese with usually some other veggie surprise underneath is really tasty. Overall I’d say paying under a tenner for all of this (plus adding cauliflower cheese is great value for money (when choosing the vegetarian roast).

    This is a guaranteed win if you need to book a Sunday lunch with families to impress. On rare occasions when I still have a bit of room for something sweet, I’ve opted for the Eton Mess or the chocolate fudge sundae – what can I say? They are epic!

    Quite surprised this isn’t in the top 10 ranking?! Definitely recommended, you will not be disappointed!

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  2. Drayton Bird says
    13/04/2014, 10:16 am
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    We went there about three months ago, having been lured by good reports. The location is good and the bar downstairs lively. Everything else was somewhere between average and so so.

    We were shown upstairs to a rather bare room. The service was slow but friendly. The food ordinary. Not a very good cut of beef .

    Nothing to complain about; but nothing to moan about either.

    If you compare it with, say Rosemarino which is almost opposite there is no comparison. It’s cheaper – but not worth the saving.

    In this life you get what you pay for – and sometimes not even that.

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