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The Hole In The Wall Opening Launch 17th October 2018



 
Hole in the Wall Pub
 
 
The Hole in the Wall opened its doors for the first time since its complete refurbishment to assorted members of the Press, us lucky people at What’s On being some of them! Their make-over is a stylish blend of old and new; a chic and cosmopolitan garden area has been created in the previously under used outside space where we had drinks beforehand watching Bristol’s night scene coming to life which is always a great start to the evening.

Inside a jazz band was playing mellow sounds and we pitched up at the gin bar where a well-informed mixologist was on hand to help us create the perfect gin and tonic, served beautifully in large glasses full of ice. The recipe of Tanqueray gin, Fever Tree tonic plus our choice to add juniper berries and star anise was flavoursome with a hidden kick and so we were delighted to tuck into the canapes on offer – bite-sized forerunners of the main menu – in case we began to present a less than sober front too soon.

The restaurant upstairs is traditionally furnished and you can feel the long history of the Hole in the Wall; thought to be the model for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Spyglass Tavern in Treasure Island, it has its own spy-hole which 18th century sailors used to keep a look out for marauding gangs (these days it’s just hen nights and stag nights you want to watch out for!).
 
 
Hole in the Wall Pub 
 

A brand new seasonal menu has been rolled out and there were so many delicious dishes to choose from we didn’t know where to begin. I decided I would have chargrilled lamb kofta with plum tomato, roasted red pepper and cucumber and mint salad to start followed by buttermilk southern-fried chicken stuffed with ‘nduja sausage with sweet potato fries, apple salad and lemon aioli (having had a small taste of both of these in the canapes). If you like seafood, there are some great dishes for you – my friend ordered the lobster and king prawn pot to start, with roasted pork belly and seared scallops to follow, and we took the recommendation of Mario, the General Manager (whose knowledge of wine is extensive) and tried a glass of Albarino with our starters, and an organic Pinot Noir with our main course.

Our meals were both excellent, beautifully presented, cooked to perfection and service was polite, friendly and efficient. We ended by rather pigging out with the house sharer dessert of chocolate brownie, baked vanilla cheesecake, mango and berry meringue and vanilla ice-cream and pronounced that we couldn’t have enjoyed ourselves more. The new chapter in the ongoing history of The Hole in the Wall is set fair for success!

Jacquie Vowles
 
 
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