The oldest pub in Bristol has been licensed since 1606. The tall gabled section is the original inn. Houses on either side were damaged in the Blitz and rebuilt as wings to the inn. In the 18th century a cock-fighting ring was set up at the rear and later a boxing ring. Bristol produced several of boxing’s bare-knuckle champions: Benjamin Brain (1791), Jem Belcher (1800) and Henry Pearce (1803). The celebrated Tom Cribb (1809) was born at nearby Hanham.
Now one of Bristols leading Rock and Alternative venues, with regular club nights throughout the week that cater for various tastes and music styles. The friendly attitude free environment helps lead the way in creating a relaxed and fun pub for people from all walks of life and backgrounds to enjoy :) Packed full of history and nostalgia, the pub is scattered with reminders and stories of its past as well as all the great things you would expect in any pub!
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