Bristol University under pressure to reopen popular pub


Bristol & District CAMRA and the Bristol Civic Society have called on the university to re-open the Cattle Market Tavern pub

The pub building, which sits just behind Bristol Temple Meads station, falls within a plot of land that the University plans to develop for its new £300 million campus.

However the Cattle Market Tavern is contemporaneous with the birth of the University and its survival would provide a firm link with the University.

CAMRA’s Bristol & District Pubs Group argues that whilst the pub has been closed for many years and requires significant investment to restore, it has the potential to once again become a thriving viable pub. Not only will there be many students moving to the immediate area to support the pub, there will also be:

  • Staff based at the new campus
  • Thousands of new jobs as a result of the ongoing development of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone
  • The likelihood of a new arena with a capacity of around 12,000
  • An increase in passengers using Temple Meads station
  • The nearby cycle and pedestrian route

Peter Bridle, Chair of CAMRA’s Bristol & District’s Pubs Group says: “We believe that the potential for this pub is immense. Given its proximity to the campus and all the other potential catchment, the University should do everything in its power to find an operator that is prepared to invest in the pub.

“It’s great that there are so many developments taking place in the area, but there are vew few leisure outlets or heritage landmark buildings nearby. With so many people attracted to this area, the Cattle Market Tavern has great potential to become a thriving pub for those who work and live in the Temple Quarter area.” 

Simon Birch, the Chair of the Bristol Civic Society says: “Bristol Civic Society strongly supports CAMRA’s initiative to save the Cattle Market Tavern public house. The Society would like to see the Campus repair and reuse the Cattle Market Tavern. Currently, this building is in poor repair and is unlisted. However, it is an interesting building that is soundly constructed from good quality materials. It stands on a corner of the site and could provide a use ancillary to the Campus. It would provide local character and its individual quality, set alongside a massive modern development, would create an individual statement, a blend of the old and new in the spirit recommended in the Enterprise Zone Spatial Framework.”

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