Located in the Horfield area on the very northern edge of Bristol, but a stone's throw from the border with South Gloucestershire (hence, we presume, the name), the Gloucester Arms is a large, airy pub - akin to a barn - of the type which were all the rage a few years back. On our visit, however, there was barely room to swing a cat due to it being but a few minutes' walk from the Memorial Ground, home of Bristol Rugby Club and Bristol Rovers FC, with the latter playing their final game of the season that day. As such, it was strictly plastic cups and lager. Having failed to gain entry to the locally-renowned Inn on the Green (ticket-only due to a beer festival we knew nothing about - a pity), this place was the next best bet. It's hard to write an objective review of a place filled to the rafters with thirsty West Country men - not to mention wenches - dressed as Pirates (Rovers's nickname) but, on the plus side, the pub does have a pleasant beer garden if one can work out how to access it (by a side gate, we discovered, somewhat red-faced after wandering about like fools for several minutes). You could do worse if in this neck of the woods.
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Reviewed by kentish_man
30 Jun 2010