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Standing proudly at the heart of the wonderfully independent and diverse Gloucester road is where you’ll find The Hobgoblin (The Hob to its friends) . We are an independent, family run, friendly and welcoming pub.

Over the years we have grown a reputation for simple but high quality comfort food. We fuse English and American flavors with high quality local ingredients. Try one of our delicious homemade burgers or why not tackle the infamous Dirty Dirty Fries made with top secret spices, house smoked pulled pork and mounds of melted cheddar and Stilton. Wash it down with cool craft beers, fine wines, artisan gins and traditional ciders. There’s even a dessert menu too.

Why not watch the world go by at a window table or step back from the hustle and bustle of one of the last independent high streets in our hidden beer garden? It is fully covered and heated so always pleasant whatever the weather has in store.

We are currently using an ordering app Butlr to keep you Covid secure and safe in these interesting times. We cannot wait to welcome you whatever the occasion.

Why not book a table for your next visit.

James Ayliffe & Julia Connolly


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Indra dos Santos Martinez

4 months ago

Had a nice time at this pub, good choice of drinks and food. Good service, can get pretty busy in Friday and Saturday evenings, but most of the time there is still some seating area free to chill and enjoy your drinks and food.


4 months ago

The dirtiest fries are absolutely delicious and food was amazing. However service was okay and atmosphere was meh.

Tom Doughty

5 months ago

Great pub with the dirtiest fries! Hobgoblin is a great pub to go for a drink with friends, always lively with good atmosphere. Always get the dirty fries, absolute beast of a portion, definitely a 2 person job and SO filling and so tasty. First time trying one the burgers on the menu, whilst it was good and I can have no complaints I would probably only get the dirty fries in future. The atmosphere is always good but it has to be said last time I was there the music was just too loud, not normally a huge deal but when you're with friends trying to have a chat it can be tricky! I gave the service a 3 out of 5, this is based only on my last visit, usually it is better. It just seemed to take so long for food to come out even though it wasn't busy, when it did we then had to wait for cutlery to come out, also my friends order was wrong so they had to wait even longer for their food! Staff were all friendly and have no complaints in that respect at all. Definitely would recommend and will definitely be going back!

Benjamin Harvey

6 months ago

It pains me to only give three stars as this is one of my favourite places in Bristol from my time as a student there. However, when visiting recently it just didn't seem the same. The staff weren't particularly friendly and they were out of pulled pork which meant the dirty dirty fries (the main selling point) were not massively enjoyable. Had some chicken wings which were good but overall probably not worth the walk up Gloucester Road. Maybe came on a bad day but not sure I would return on my next visit given the huge amount of places to eat in Bristol.

Gabrielle Keogh

6 months ago

Lovely pub, the food is delicious, I go here regularly - i would recommend the dirty dirty fries. Nice staff and good pints too! **edit- I went back here this weekend as I always do when I’m back in Bristol, the person behind the bar was so rude and clearly didn’t want to be there. They were out of pulled pork at 12:30 on a Sunday afternoon so dirty fries weren’t the same but still nice. The chicken wings were delicious! Usually I’d have been happy to spend a rainy afternoon relaxing and drinking here but it smelt of bleach and I felt uncomfortable around the staff so was very ready to move on elsewhere once we’d eaten**

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