Clifton Rugby Club was formed on 27th September 1872 at the Kings Arms on Blackboy Hill in Clifton, Bristol. The pub still stands , although it was rebuilt in 1902, and since refurbishment in the late 1990's was known as Bohemia. It was then renamed Babushka, then Stark and was refurbished and renamed The Black Bear at the end of 2007. It has now (2009) reverted back to its original name of The Kings Arms. We are the 33rd oldest club in the United Kingdom, the 22nd oldest in England, the 2nd oldest in the South West (Bath beat us by 7 years) and the oldest in Bristol.
We have had 3 players gain international honours while playing for Clifton, James Arthur Bush in 1872, 73, 75, and 76, Hiatt Cowles Baker in 1887 and John Currie 1956-62. Many players have played for their country before or after playing for Clifton, most notable of these are 2 England captains, in 1955 Peter Young and in 1967 Colin McFadyean and the first captain of Wales, James Alfred Bevan, in 1881.
Function Room Hire
Clifton RFC has a welcoming, comfortable and fully licensed bar that is open Saturdays and Sundays for members and non-members to enjoy the warm hospitality the club offers. Senior matches are played on Saturday afternoon and Mini/Junior and Girls fixtures/training on Sundays from 9.30am. The club benefits from 2 rooms:
The main room for all major functions that will accommodate up 150 people.
A member's lounge that can accommodate up to 50 people. It is ideal for christenings or smaller gatherings.
Lots of free parking is available at all times of the day. The club does accommodate external functions, including business functions, wedding receptions and christenings.
If you are interested in hiring it out for a function of any kind there is a room hire charge. Members get a reduced rate. For weddings and parties catering is available on a price per head basis ranging £5 to £30. We are more than happy for you to come down and have a look at the room before you decide if the venue is suitable for your occasion. We also ask for a deposit to secure the booking of 50% of the actual cost.
If you are interested in booking the room, please email email@example.com or call 01179500445 during office hours.
We run a number of sponsorship options including an annual Clifton Raffle where you can win prizes such as First Team Shirt Sponsorship, web site sponsorship, Signed shirts and many more great prizes that will promote your business through an association with one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world. For more information on how we can help your business please email firstname.lastname@example.org