If you’ve read some of my previous blog posts, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Bristol’s Gloucester Road and all of the shops, restaurants and pubs that it has to offer.
Speaking of pubs, one of its landmarks has always been The Flyer – or The Bristol Flyer as it is more traditionally known – which is situated on the Bishopston/St Andrew’s section of the road. The pub has recently re-opened after being renovated, complete with a brand new menu and needless to say I was eager to go and try it out for myself.*
I visited on a Thursday evening and on arrival at 7.30pm the bar area was already fairly full of people who wanted to get into the weekend spirit a day early. I could also immediately see that the redecoration of the pub included some new sofas and leather chairs, which looked very comfy!
My guest and I were shown to a booth near the back of the dining area by a friendly waitress who looked after us for the remainder of the evening.
To start we were asked if we’d like to order some drinks (we opted for a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc to share) and were then left to peruse the menu – there was certainly a lot of choice!
The new menu is described as featuring “seasonal ingredients and all-time pub favourites” – think classic dishes such as steak, burgers and sausage and mash, all with a slightly unexpected twist that is not often found on a typical pub menu. For example, the steak is a 21 day aged sirloin, one of the beef burgers is topped with brisket and the sausages are pork, leek AND Welsh rarebit – a combination that I haven’t come across before. Everything sounded really delicious and it was almost too difficult to decide what to order – however the steak sounded too good for me to resist (£13.75), and my guest opted for the burger with the brisket (£12.75). To accompany our mains, we also ordered some obligatory onion rings (£2.50) and the tempting truffle mac and cheese bites (£3.50) – as you’ll know from my previous blog post, I can’t resist deep-fried pasta!
We didn’t have to wait long for our mains to arrive, and when they did I couldn’t wait to start eating.
My steak was served with a bearnaise sauce on the side, cheddar onion slice, watercress and parmesan salad and lots of crispy fries. I’d asked for the steak to be cooked medium, and it was perfect!
The onion rings were crispy and sweet, and the mac and cheese bites were just as good as I hoped they would be, with the truffle sauce adding an extra tasty element to the dish.
My guest’s burger was topped with brisket and cheese, and was served in a brioche bun with crispy fries on the side. I was informed by my guest that the burger was juicy, well seasoned and the brisket topping was really tender – thumbs up all round!
After we’d finished, our plates were quickly cleared by our server and we were asked whether we’d like to order dessert. I’d already spied the carrot cake and orange cheesecake (£5.25) when I’d been browsing the menu earlier in the evening, and despite feeling quite full, there was no way I could resist a combination of carrot cake AND cheesecake! My guest decided to order the equally delicious sounding salted caramel profiteroles with salted caramel ice cream (£5.25) – I couldn’t wait to sneak a taste!.
My dessert was amazing, and I was very pleased with my choice – the carrot cake was moist, and the thick layer of cheesecake frosting was creamy and rich – it was to die for! My guest was equally as impressed with the profiteroles too, saying how great they tasted – it was a great way to end our meal.
All in all I was really impressed with the revamped Bristol Flyer – the pub has a really relaxed feel to it, and I think it would be the perfect place to grab a pint after work with friends, or have a lazy Saturday brunch. All of the staff that I encountered were friendly and seemed genuinely passionate about the pub’s new offering. The menu is great too, and the prices definitely match the quality of the food – I can’t wait to visit again in the summer and enjoy a jug of Pimms in their very own pub garden.
Have you visited The Bristol Flyer recently? I’d love to hear about it!
*Although I was invited to visit The Bristol Flyer for dinner for the purpose of review, the words, thoughts and opinions stated here are all my own.