Well, the Ethicurean is really wonderful and on a sunny day, any time of year, very close to my idea of heaven................but it's a bit weird to list one of your 5 favorite places in Bristol as somewhere you have never even been to ?????In addition (pedant alert) please don't say it's completely unique...................
Definitely one of my favourite pubs in Bristol which has an authentic and unpretentious village feel. It is famous for its secluded sunny garden and there used to be some very interesting illuminated Victorian etched glass inside. It also has a proper lounge bar. You are absolutely right in your description of Bristol being a collection of villages. If you want to experience this I recommend cycling or walking from the centre up the River Frome, through Eastville Park to the Masons Arms as you will get an amazing sense of the transition from urban to rural landscape. Pubs of this ilk are a dying breed, so this is well worth a visit as there is also some great walking at Grove Wood and Snuff Mills - favourite leisure spots, for many a true Bristolian, especially with families.
I went here with my new born daughter for first trip out...coffee expensive and took ages to be brought over (it was very quiet) as someone else said the seating is not comfortable.
You can't pay on card here...cash only but no signs telling you this....sandwiches although tasty are expensive AND to eat in is an extra pound! There aren't any toilets for customers either so had to go across the road to sainsburys! Won't be going here again. Very disappointing.