King William Ale House

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King William Ale House
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King William Ale House
King William Ale House is located in Bristol
King William Ale House
Location within Bristol
General information
Town or cityBristol
Coordinates51°27′06″N 2°35′42″W / 51.4517°N 2.5949°W / 51.4517; -2.5949Coordinates: 51°27′06″N 2°35′42″W / 51.4517°N 2.5949°W / 51.4517; -2.5949

The King William Ale House is a historic public house situated on King Street in Bristol, England. It dates from 1670 and was originally part of a row of three houses. The three have been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building since 8 January 1959.[1] It includes a mixture of 17th-century and 18th-century features, but currently serves as a public house owned and operated by Samuel Smiths Old Brewery.


The King William Ale House stands as part of a group of three houses, which were built in approximately 1670; originally built as a refuge for poor women, the buildings were later converted into public houses.[2][page needed] The three buildings were designated as a Grade II* listed building on 8 January 1959, and currently include two public houses, the King William Ale House as well as The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, with a restaurant between them.[3]

The building is timber-framed, with brick stacks; the front of the building is gabled with three jettied floors. It has a single-story wing to the back block on Little King Street, which also dates to the 17th century. The sash windows of the building are in an 18th-century style, but restored in the late 20th century. The King Street entrance includes an 18th-century shop front, with a 17th-century door frame.[3]

Present usage[edit]

The King William Ale House is owned and operated by Samuel Smith Brewery. It has two entrances, one on King Street, the other on Little King Street. Inside there is a stone fireplace and a number of seating booths. The pub also has sufficient space for pool tables. The draught ales are kept in kegs rather than casks.[4]


  1. ^ "King William and Naval Volunteer Public Houses". Images of England. Archived from the original on 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2007-02-22.
  2. ^ Fells, Maurice. The Little Book of Bristol. History Press. ISBN 9780750965439.
  3. ^ a b "King William and Naval Volunteer Public Houses". Historic England. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Travels With Beer – King William Ale House, Bristol". Travels With Beer.