Sunday Lunch at The Eldon House

The Eldon House is the kind of local everyone wants as their own. It’s in the heart of Clifton, on the steeply sloping Lower Clifton Hill and overlooking Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital. As soon as we stepped inside – to a wonderfully warm welcome – we saw why this is such a beloved pub. It’s a delightful spot. The main room features exposed stone walls, a comfy armchair, and skylights that show off the trees of leafy Clifton above. Twinkling fairy lights add to the cosy atmosphere, and there’s a snug room well-stocked with board games. We spotted signs for a Monday night pub quiz that’s bound to be popular.

We visited on a sunny Sunday in May, a couple of hours too early for the weekly live music, but with plenty of time to enjoy a slap-up roast dinner. We chose the topside of beef and the pork belly with crackling, with extra sides of cauliflower cheese and pigs in blankets. You can also order extra roast potatoes, which we assume comes from customer demand – we overheard one chap say they were the best he’d ever had. It was an outstanding meal – the meat was cooked to perfection, the gravy thick and full of flavour, and the veg fresh and tasty. The Eldon House serves a traditional roast with generous portions, reasonable prices, and a real emphasis on flavour. We’ll definitely come back another time to try the roast chicken, and I loved the sound of the veggie Stilton and Portobello tart (this can be prepared with vegan smoked Cheddar if preferred).

The rest of our visit was spent sipping the wine recommended to us by the friendly manager, and enjoying the ambience. A soft soundtrack of jazz played in the background as locals read the paper over a pint or two. The bar has a great choice of local cask ale, craft beer, and cider, as well as locally distilled spirits. A true local pub, The Eldon House is one of Bristol’s finest – it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic setting for a Sunday lunch.

The Eldon House, 6 Lower Clifton Hill, Bristol, United Kingdom BS8 1BT

 

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