“I can’t see many changes,” a customer at the Cider Press told the barman, a few days after the pub formally known as the Rising Sun reopened under a new name and a lick of paint or two. He wandered off back to his seat rather confused, looking wistfully out at the passers-by on the Gloucester Road.
So what has changed? This is still a Scream pub, but like the White Harte on Park Row it has now lost some of its more ostentatious yellow branding.
One wall has been painted with a colourful representation of a cider press and a crate of apples, while the exposed air ducts remain alongside some funky modern lighting.
Scream pubs are firmly aimed at the student market, and there are drinks discounts aplenty here for those with Yellow Cards, available only with an NUS card.
Bath Ales Barnsey (the new name for Barnstormer) and Gem are the ales on tap here, alongside a generous lager selection but, surprisingly, not too many ciders.
Cider connoisseurs drawn to the pub by its new name certainly would not approve of the Brothers pear cider on tap; the fruit juice from concentrate of the cider world, the Babycham for the alcopop generation.
As evidence of the food menu, look no further than a beer, burger and chips for £4.50. Or go gourmet and have a pizza, now made on the premises. Now there’s a change.
The Cider Press, 86-90 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol. 0117 989 2471.