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Portishead Pub Guide: Beer gardens? Dog Friendly? Should you Book?

If you’re wondering which pubs in Portishead, Bristol are now open, who’s serving food and whether you need to book, then this article is for you!

In this feature I’ve included a list of which hostelries have already reopened, along with handy information like opening times, whether you need to book, and contact details.

Looking to take the whole family? I’ve also started adding extra details which will be handy if you’re after a child-friendly Portishead pub garden or dog-friendly local.

Pouring a pint - Portishead pub and bar guide

This page will be regularly updated so make sure you bookmark it and check back for more pub news. Latest update: 28th May 2021

Check out the paragraphs below and the gov uk website for current laws and guidance.

In England

From 17 May, you can socialise indoors in a group of up to 6 people or 2 households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday. Read the guidance on what you can do.

Government recent and upcoming changes

As you plan for your post-lockdown outing, you may like to bear in mind that new rules came into place on May 17th. The following are not exhaustive but still apply at the time of writing:-

  • It will be table service only and you’ll only be able to sit with up to six people (including children) from multiple households, or more if from only two households.
  • Some pubs will require you to book. (I’ve included this info where I’ve found it).
  • Whilst our local hostelries are keen to welcome us back, some are anxious about how they’re going to operate efficiently with all the rules and regulations, so I suspect they’ll appreciate us being especially kind and patient while we wait for our drinks order!
  • Please drink responsibly. To clarify, this is just a Portishead pub round-up guide – not a to-do list!
Take your brolly to your favourite Portishead pub garden

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Whether you’re after a glass of wine overlooking Portishead Marina, a G & T with a sea view, a couple of pints in a traditional inn on the high street or a family-friendly Portishead pub garden, you’ll find the perfect venue for it here.

Scroll down for all the latest on our hostelries:-

Don’t fancy cooking? Also check out the
Portishead Takeaway Ultimate Guide
and our pre-covid restaurant guide:
Portishead Restaurants: Where to Eat in Portishead and Nearby


Portishead pubs on Portishead Marina


Beer and wine bar on the marina.
Reopening Tuesday 18th May.

Siren’s Calling on Facebook
Siren’s Calling phone number – 01275 268278


Contemporary pub-restaurant with award-winning shipping container design on The Quay’s Marina in Portishead. H&W offers real fires, a bar with relaxed dining, coffee and cake, a large restaurant upstairs and parking spaces for eight cars at the front.

They welcome dogs throughout, apart from in the restaurant upstairs.

H & W re-opened its outdoor area on Thursday 29th April. Indoor service will be added from Tuesday 18th May – bookings welcome.

They will be open for coffee and cake from 9am everyday from Tuesday 18th and serving food from 12pm till 9pm (with the exception of Sundays).

– On Monday 17th, we are closed for a whole team training day to upskill and prepare our new and current team members.
– We will still have a one way system in place.
– Our team will still be committed to wearing masks and keeping tables socially distanced. We’ll also ask guests to wear masks.
– All of our tables have a 90 minute table time with some flexibility depending on table availability.
– We also have a strict sanitisation procedure for all of our tables, trays and touch points.
– We will be introducing a broader menu with some wonderful homemade classics!
– Bookings encouraged from 20th May.
– We are also a cash-free site.
– We’re making plans to provide public events and functions towards the end of summer, all depending on changes to covid-19 guidance and legislation.
– We love dogs at H&W Portishead, they’re allowed inside and on our decking! Our only rule is that they can’t go into our upstairs restaurant but we have water bowls and treats for any of canine visitors.

We are looking forward to opening up inside and can’t wait to see you there!

Hall & Woodhouse

Hall & Woodhouse, Portishead on Facebook
H & W phone number – 01275 848685


Italian restaurant and bar on the marina. Covered outside area with heaters.

Reopened outside from 12th April.

Aqua Portishead on Facebook
Phone number for Aqua Portishead – 01275 842590
Aqua Spinnaker, Harbour Road, Portishead


Portishead beach overlooking sea


The Royal Inn is a family run pub-restaurant set above Portishead Marina offering fresh home cooked food and outdoor seating overlooking the Bristol Channel. Dogs allowed in the pub garden.

Now taking bookings for inside as well as outside however they will not be taking function bookings or large group bookings in the garden or inside until all restrictions have been lifted.

Please be aware we have limited tables inside due to social distancing measures. To ensure the safety of our customers and staff, we have decided we will be sticking to the rule of 6 per table (children are included in this number) this will be for both inside the building as well as our beer garden. This will remain in place until all restrictions are lifted.Many thanks ❤️

The Royal

The Royal beer garden opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 11.30am-10.30pm (main food menu served 12-9pm)
Sundays 12-10pm, (Sunday lunch menu from 12-3 and main food menu from 5-8pm)

What to expect when you arrive:

  • Customer check in via a QR code on the track and trace app.
  • Increased distancing between tables.
  • Marquee over 50% open to allow for the legal requirement of adequate ventilation.
  • One way entry system to the beer garden from main door.
  • Sanitiser points on every entry and exit, and staff will be wearing masks.
  • Thorough cleaning routines are taking place regularly all day, every day.
  • Full table service to all of our customers in our beer garden.
    (The maximum people per table = 6 guests from mixed/same households.
  • Guests given a maximum of 2 hours per table.
  • Encouraging contactless payments to avoid our staff handling cash. (No tabs)
  • Customers must stay seated at all times apart from using the toilet or entering or exiting the premises.

The Royal Inn, Pier Road, Portishead BS20 7HG
The Royal Portishead Phone number 01275 843944
Royal Inn Portishead Facebook Page


The Windmill Inn on Nore Road has a family-friendly tiered Portishead pub garden with a fabulous view over The Bristol Channel.

Reopened outside on April 28th.

The Windmill Inn Portishead on Facebook
Windmill Pub Portishead phone number 01275 818483


The Ship, Portishead has a large outside space with views over the channel.

Re-opened outdoor area on Monday 12th April

The Ship on Facebook
Ship Inn Portishead phone number 01275 848400
The Ship, Down Rd, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8LF


pub open sign


Café/bar on Portishead High Street with pavement outdoor seating area.

Dogs allowed.

“From Monday 17th our lounge will be fully open so on these rainy days you can sit in comfort and indulge”

No bookings – it’s first come first served.

Impero phone number 01275 840174
Facebook – Impero Lounge, Portishead


Tradition high street hostelry with large seating area at the front.


Outdoor area re-opened on 12th April.

The Plough phone number 01275 842433
Plough Inn on Facebook


The Phoenix Bar, set back from the high street in Victoria Square.


Opened indoors and out on Monday May 17th.

Monica & Dawn look forward to welcoming you back to The Phoenix Bar 😃
We will be opening our doors inside & out next Monday! The beer is on order & we are excited to see you after 7 long months🥳
We will be operating the same as we have when we were last open – table service only.. nearly back to that bar guys.. not much longer 🤞🤣
We will not be taking bookings – so you can spend as long as you like with us🍺🥳
More to follow…
Thank you for all your support. 🧡

Phoenix phone number 01275 817263
The Phoenix Bar, Victoria Square, Portishead, Bristol BS20 6AQ
Phoenix Bar Portishead on Facebook


Tapas bar and restaurant on the high street with secret Portishead pub garden at the rear.

Garden reopened on 15th April on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Indoor areas followed from Thursday 20th May.

Both the restaurant & garden will operate as dining areas throughout May and into June with rule of 6 in place and full table service. Larger tables in our private dining room with private bar are also now possible from up to 2 households by private request. We are starting to take party bookings for up to 30 guests (max) in the garden … We will start to expand our opening hours as we move into June, for now we will open Thursday Friday and Saturday night and for lunch on Sunday.


Call Venga on 01275 814 391
Venga Facebook


Portishead micro-brewery and bar with outdoor seating – tucked away just off the high street in Portishead precinct.

Re-opened for al fresco service from 13th April.

Port Bar, 3 The Precinct, Portishead, Bristol BS20 6AH
Telephone – 07526 636167
Port Bar Facebook Page


Traditional inn and restaurant on the High Street with seating at the front and a garden behind.

Re-opened outdoor seating on Monday 12th April, with flexible hours and weather permitting.

Opening indoors from Monday 17th for food and drinks from 9am-11.30 pm.

Taking bookings and walk ins. Dogs allowed

Our opening times will be infinitely flexible. We will only open if it’s not raining. On the the days it’s not raining, we will open from 9am till 12 midday. If we are busy at 12 midday will REMAIN OPEN until such time that we are not busy. At weekends, if the weather is good and the beer is flowing we will light the BBQ. The butcher is over the road and I will be winging it.

The Poacher

Poacher Pub Facebook Page
The Poacher, 106 High Street, Portishead BS20 6AJ
Poacher pub Portishead telephone number – 01275 818678


The large Old Mill pub on Portishead High Street has a dog-friendly pub garden at the rear.
The pub reopened in April for drinks outdoors and will be opening indoors from Monday 17th May. No need to book.

Hi all, we are opening indoors on Monday, we are not taking bookings it’s first come first serve basis, please remember it is still only 6 people per table, masks must be worn when entering, leaving or using the toilets, everyone must track & trace and social distancing rules apply.
Look forward to seeing seeing you all

The Old Mill

The Old Mill, 1 High St, Portishead BS20 6AF
Old Mill Portishead telephone number – 01275 844666



A traditional, family friendly Portishead pub with beer garden, regular meal deals and a focus on sports, the Albion is located just beyond the High Street on Bristol Road.

Opening indoors and out on Monday 17th May. Booking suggested.

15 Bristol Road, Portishead BS20 6PZ
The Albion phone number – 01275 817906
The Albion Facebook Page


Wetherspoons pub-restaurant is set amongst the shops near Home Bargains and just across the road from Portishead Marina: child-friendly with extended outdoor seating.

Reopened its outdoor area on Monday 12th April. No table bookings.

Mustard Way, Portishead
Posset Cup Telephone – 01275 848008
Posset Cup Facebook Page


Large pub next to the Premier Inn hotel with an extensive family-friendly menu, soft play centre and quite possibly the largest Portishead pub garden!
Was waiting until 17th May to open fully.

Brewers Fayre Gordano Gate, Wyndham Way, Portishead
Gordano Gate phone number – 01275 846 526



The Workman’s is set behind the high street, accessed via a lane off Slade Road.

Re-opening 17th May to members AND non-members.

We have an update for you. Firstly we have re-branded and are now “The Workmans Club Sports Bar”.

We’re now open to both members and non-members .

We are excited to announce our re-opening of The Workmans on 17th May. We hope you will come and see the fantastic new lounge area with comfy sofas for the quieter pint and our gorgeous new outside garden and seating area.

The full sports programme will be shown on our eight TVs, or have a game of pool, snooker or darts. So come on down! x

The Workmans Club Sports Bar

PWMC The BS20, Slade Road, Portishead BS20 6BW
Telephone – 01275 842428
PWMC – The BS20 Facebook Page


Clarence House Sports & Social Club is a bar and events venue in Portishead with two bars, pool & snooker tables, skittle alleys and a function room.

Reopening 17th May. No booking required.

We at Clarence House are looking forward to welcoming back customers old & new from the 17th may.

Opening times will be:-
Monday to Thursday midday to 10 pm
Fri & Saturday, midday to 11.30 pm
Sunday midday till 10.30 pm.
Sunday night quiz will resume on the 23rd of May starting at 8 pm.

Hours of opening will be reviewed as COVID restrictions ease.

Looking forward to seeing you all & getting back to some sort of normality.

Nigel & Trish, Clarence House

Clarence House Sports & Social Club
High Street, Portishead, BS20 6PY
Tel: 01275 847051
Clarence House Facebook Page



The Black Horse, AKA The Kicker, reopened on Monday 12th April outdoors – now with extensive covered areas. Please park considerately!

We’re not operating a table booking service because we don’t believe it fits with the ethos of the Black Horse. We don’t think that people who visit us want to be limited to a time slot and so it would be near impossible to work.

While we really are very excited about welcoming people back again we’re also quite nervous because table service isn’t easy at a pub like ours and we hope that people will be patient with staff who will be working really hard to make sure people enjoy their first bit of freedom for a long time. We know that many pubs have decided not to open due to the limitations of the government regulations but we have decided to bite the bullet and go for it. We’ve been inundated with messages of support and encouragement from our loyal following since the roadmap out of lockdown was announce so we feel a duty to try our very hardest to do the best we can.

We will be serving a pared down lunch menu Monday to Saturday and our kitchen will be open 12 – 2:30 as usual. What everyone is really hoping for is kind weather! Outdoor service only will be reliant on it although we have organised some cover for some of our tables.

Thanks again, Jane.

John & Allison, The Kicker

Black Horse Inn – The Kicker, Clapton on Facebook
Black Horse phone number 01275 842105


Rustic pub dating back to 1822, not far from Prior’s Wood with its swathes of pretty bluebells and wild garlic and nearby Windmill Hill. Underground passages have been discovered linking the building to Portbury Monastery. Serves contemporary food and drink. Dogs allowed.

Reopening 17th May and currently taking bookings.

The Priory on Facebook
The Priory phone number 01275 376307


Traditional eighteenth century country pub and restaurant near Abbots Pool & Leigh Woods.

Sun trap beer garden, pizza oven and real fires.

The George on Facebook
The George phone number 01275 376985
Manor Road, Abbots Leigh, North Somerset, BS8 3RP


Family run pub serving home-cooked food.

Large garden with new heated undercover areas.

Failand Inn on Facebook
Failand Inn phone number 01275 392220
Clevedon Rd, Failand, Bristol, North Somerset BS8 3TU


Somerset pub with sports bar, large garden, home-made food and B&B rooms.

The Star at Tickenham on Facebook
The Star phone number 01275 858836
Stone Edge Batch, Clevedon Road, Tickenham, BS21 6SE


Rudgleigh restaurant in Easton in Gordano, (the other side of Gordano roundabout from Portishead), has a large beer garden overlooking the local cricket pitch, ample parking, disabled access and is family friendly. Dogs are allowed in the garden only.

The Rudgleigh opened 13th April for outside dining with a limited menu and have built some gazebos to help if it rains.

Rudgleigh Restaurant pub garden near Portishead

They are adding indoor service from 17th May but would like to advise that they will only have a maximum of tables of 6 inside.

The Rudgleigh on Facebook
The Rudgleigh phone number 01275 372363


Closed at time of writing. Please drop me a line if you have additional info!


Now I’ve rounded them all up together in this guide, I’m surprised to see how many pubs there are in Portishead. Did you count them? I feel I must reiterate the, “please drink responsibly” advice and also add a link to the Drink Aware website at this point!

The hospitality situation is constantly evolving, particularly at the moment, so please do check back here for further updates and pub and bar opening dates.

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