There can’t be too many pubs in Bristol where the most expensive pint of premium lager costs just Â£ 3.50.
I actually thought the Colosseum bartender misheard me when I asked for a pint of Stella Artois and she charged me Â£ 3.50. I know of pubs that charge this price for half a strong continental lager.
Laughing, she then listed some of the other awards – Guinness costs Â£ 3.60 a pint and Fosters just Â£ 3.10 – and told me those hadn’t changed much in the 12 years that she had worked behind the bar.
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A three quart round for less than a ten? These are bargain prices that could get even Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin scratching their heads.
Sheltered from Redcliff Hill by trees and set back from the road by a small patch of grass, The Colosseum is quite hidden despite its location on a busy thoroughfare.
It’s a friendly place too, with a chalkboard outside welcoming visitors with a fun message of âcome in, drinks are cold and friendships freeâ.
A 1960s-built pub with an American diner feel – aided by Budweiser neon signs in the window – it has two large rooms and a surprisingly large side terrace overlooking the peaceful Quaker Cemetery.
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It’s a traditional boozer with burgundy rugs, pinkish paintings, and a back room with darts and a pool table.
The Colosseum opens at 10 am most of the time and makes a decent breakfast with the passing builders. Full English costs Â£ 4.50 and includes two slices of bacon, two sausages, a fried egg, a grilled tomato, mushrooms, baked beans and a potato pancake. A cup of tea costs Â£ 1 extra.
Saturday is curry night and Sunday roasts are served on a first come, first serve basis because they are so popular.
Blackboard menus wrap around the top of the front bar and advertise a wide range of meals at attractive prices.
There’s homemade lasagna (Â£ 6.95), 8 ounce sirloin steak (Â£ 8.50), 6 ounce ham steak (Â£ 6.50), burgers (Â£ 5.50) and stuffed potatoes (Â£ 4.50).
Fish and chips are also on offer for Â£ 5.50, the loaded beef nachos baguette at Â£ 4.95 and cheese crisps at Â£ 2.50. The pub also serves 12 inch pizzas for Â£ 5 – these can be eaten in or taken out.
And these aren’t the only 12-inch pizzas you can buy at the Colosseum, as the pub also hosts regular record fairs.
With its large halls and terrace, there is plenty of space for traders to set up the rare vinyl stalls. The next one will take place on October 30.
Rare records as well as bargain-priced food and drink – if that’s not a recipe for a great day, I don’t know what it is.
The Colosseum, Redcliff Hill, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6SJ. Phone. : 0117 9870070.
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