Home Shirt Sponsor

April 18, 2015


The new HOME shirt sponsor for the 2015/16 season is The Sportsman.

Nevil Road

Opening Hours

11.30-11 Mon-Sat; 12-10.30 Sun

Meal Times

5-10.45; 4-10.45 Sat ; 4-10.15 Sun

About the Pub


Large public bar just down the road from Gloucestershire County Cricket ground. There is a carpeted lounge at the front, with an eight table pool room through to the back, and a further four tables upstairs, and a second bar round to one side. Popular with local residents and students. Large screen TVs show football and the cricket.

Sports-centric pub with a rabbit warren of rooms and seating areas. The drinks rage is limited, but the pizzas are incredible

Even if you disregard its adjacent sister venue, The Annexe – a smaller, real-ale focused outlet located a few steps across the smoking yard – The Sportsman is still one of the biggest pubs in Bristol.

When you first approach the building from Gloucester Road, you get a sense of its size. Even then, it has a Tardis-like quality, feeling even roomier on the inside than it looks on the outside. It’s easy to lose count of the various interlinked rooms and seating areas, and it took us several visits before we realised there was also a converted loft space.

The Sportsman certainly needs all of those rooms. For starters, the pub boasts an astonishing 11 pool tables (the pub has no less than three pool teams), three championship-style dartboards (with electronic scoring units for those who are bad at Mathematics) and a slew of lockers for patrons to keep their cues in.

The rest of the pub is something of a shrine to TV sports, with a multitude of big screen televisions and seating areas designed to give patrons a great view of the action. It’s no surprise, then, that it gets very busy when there are big matches on the box, particularly England football and rugby union games. The pub’s proximity to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club’s Nevil Road ground also guarantees a lively atmosphere on match days.

The drinks range is relatively limited – if you’re looking for ale, you need to take a short stroll to The Annexe next door – but the pub’s pizzas are legendary. They’re cheap, delicious and incredibly popular with patrons. It’s almost worth booking in a visit just to try one.

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