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The award-winning Bristol pub described as a ‘house away from house’

There’s lengthy been a stigma related to steel music and people who take heed to it.

The stereotypical picture of followers of the style is of indignant, bearded males who’re filled with hate.

However as The Gryphon on Colston Road proves, that could not be farther from the reality. Other than the beards, possibly.

 

 

 

 

The oddly-shaped nook pub is the one one in Bristol totally devoted to steel and, within the eyes of many, it is the most effective boozers honouring the model of music wherever within the UK.

Final month it was named Finest Pub in Bristol on the inaugural Bristol Loves Awards, highlighting that it isn’t simply metalheads who’re keen on it.

Not solely do the pub’s regulars dispel the parable that steel followers are unfriendly and unwelcoming, however it has a really spectacular and ever-changing number of ales.

For the previous eight years it has featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Information due to its six cask hand pumps, 5 keg faucets and no-repeat visitor ale coverage.

As soon as a barrel of beer has run dry, it will likely be changed with a unique one and can by no means return, that means guests can all the time anticipate look forward to finding a brand new, top-notch ale alongside the common fixtures.

John Ashby took over the reins of the pub in 2010 and rapidly remodeled it right into a hot-spot for steel followers.

Almost a decade since assuming place on the helm of the cosy pub, he reckons its pleasant nature is the principle motive for its continued recognition.

“To me the pub looks like a house away from house and that rings true with a variety of our regulars,” mentioned the 35-year-old.

“There’s all the time loads of acquainted faces in right here and lots of people say it is as in the event that they’re simply having a beer at house in entrance of the tele, however surrounded by plenty of individuals and with steel music enjoying.

“It is an all-embracing environment and we provide a heat, welcoming expertise to everybody who is available in.

“There is a sure notion of steel followers however as soon as individuals get to know us they realise we’re simply regular individuals and really easygoing.”

John mentioned everybody who works on the pub was ‘thrilled’ to win Finest Pub on the Bristol Loves Awards, labelling it a ‘improbable achievement’.

Music lover John launched stay music as quickly as he turned the pub’s landlord, however this 12 months its music providing has actually kicked off.

For the reason that flip of 2019 the pub has hosted three gigs per week on common, internet hosting each famend and up-and-coming native acts.

“We have had bands from all around the world play right here in recent times,” added John. “We took on a brand new promoter who has been completely improbable.

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