Something's brewing at Snuffy Jacks

June 02 2017

FISHPONDS' much anticipated first micro pub is just weeks away from opening.

FISHPONDS' much anticipated first micro pub is just weeks away from opening.

Snuffy Jacks Ale House will open its doors to the public on Saturday June 24 after planning permission was recently granted to convert the old Osborne Stationers into a small and intimate bar.

Micro pubs are different to many standard pubs and aim to promote conversation by doing away with gaming and fruit machines, televisions, juke boxes and live music.

There are now more than 175 micropubs across the UK with two already established in Bristol - one in Gloucester Road and one in Chandos Road.

Snuffy Jacks will offer real ale straight from the barrel, traditional ciders, wines and a selection of gins, much of which will be sourced locally from Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wales. There will also be guest ales from further afield and unfined beers to cater for the vegan community.

The micro pub will also serve good quality bar snacks including traditional favourite, pickled eggs. 

Instead of music and TV screens, people will be encouraged to make conversation and play board games for entertainment.

Snuffy Jacks is the brainchild of Fishponds residents John Fallon and David Sibley who say they have been bowled over by the amount of support in Fishponds that their venture has attracted.

John, who has previously worked as an assistant manager with a brewery, said: "We've been flabbergasted by the support from local people. We weren't expecting a negative response but the support we received was unprecedented.

"There's nothing like Snuffy Jacks in Fishponds. The concept is to concentrate on real ales and ciders and there aren't many places that do that.

“Over the last year, the growing sense of community spirit has really strengthened in Fishponds and Snuffy Jacks is happy to be a part of it. By turning an unloved premises into the micro pub we hope to contribute to the thriving heart of where we live.” 

Decor will give a relaxed and cosy feel with dark blue walls. Artwork from local artists and photographers will adorn walls, adding to the sense of community.

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Hours of opening will be from noon-2pm and 5-10pm Tuesday to Friday, noon-10pm on Saturdays and noon-4pm on Sundays.