A detached pub opposite Horfield Leisure Centre, The Crafty Cow’s bovine name refers to the days when cattle and sheep roamed the common, rather than joggers and dog walkers.
For years The Duke of York and The Gloucester Arms, the pub was once a haunt of Bristol Rovers supporters refuelling before the match but these days it’s more of a family-friendly venue with play area and large beer garden.
A spacious pub with a central bar separating three different areas, there’s a woodburner to warm customers in winter and the extensive garden has deckchairs, benches and an area for children to play safely.
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The range of draught beers includes local brews such as Bristol Beer Factory Pale Blue Dot and Dawkins Easton IPA, as well as Timothy Taylor’s Landlord. Also on tap are Thatchers Gold, Moretti, Amstel, Camden Pale Ale and Brewdog Punk IPA.
The Crafty Cow even has bedrooms above, should you feel the urge to stay overnight and sample the breakfast menu that includes a £7 full English and a kids’ breakfast for half the price.
For those with bigger appetites, there’s an £8 Brizzle Cheesy Beef Sub (gravy soaked pulled beef, cheese, pickles, green peppers, mushrooms, fried red onion and cheese) and, for vegans, the amusingly named ‘Go Cluck Yourself’ vegan fried ‘chicken’ seitan sub, which are also served from 11am through to 4pm.
In the evening, from 5pm until 9pm, the menu moves up a gear to include a range of burgers (the 6oz beef burger is only £7), nachos and salads, with kids meals for a fiver.
This is a pub that clearly wants to keep its customers and staff safe despite covid restrictions being looser than they were.
On arrival, I was greeted by a masked member of staff stood at a lectern flanked by a hand sanitiser station, a waist high blackboard reading ‘please wait to be seated and scan the NHS track and trace while waiting’ and a huge track and trace QR code.
The Crafty Cow pub
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There’s still no ordering at the bar and you have to use the QR code on the tables to buy your drinks.
There are also strategically placed posters reminding customers of ‘the rule of cow’. It reads ‘please stay seated, there’s no need to come to the bar… we will continue to wear masks to keep our staff safe and we ask you to do the same when not seated. Please continue to sanitise your hands.’
Some drinkers might think such rules are over the top now but when it comes to covid security, The Crafty Cow is certainly taking the bull by the horns.
The Crafty Cow, 635 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 0BJ. Tel: 0117 2398832.
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