Shakespeare Public House, Bristol
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Shakespeare Public House
Location within Bristol
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The Shakespeare Public House (grid reference ) is a historic public house situated at 66-70 Prince Street in Bristol, England. Originally built in 1725 by the Bristol builder John Strahan as a pair of attached Georgian-style houses, it was converted into a public house in 1777 at which time it supplied refreshment to dock workers at the adjoining port. It has been a grade II* listed building since 1959. (Not to be confused with the Shakespeare Inn, Bristol.)
Prince Street in Bristol was named after Prince George of Denmark, who was the husband of Queen Anne and lived from 1653 to 1708. The public house takes its name from the nearby Theatre Royal home of the Bristol Old Vic.
The building dates from 1725 and was built by John Strahan as a pair of attached Georgian houses that would have been occupied by merchants. No 68 Prince Street was commissioned by John Hobbs and bears a pediment carved with two falcons or 'hobbies' reminding posterity of the origin of the house. In 1777 it was converted into a public house which was patronised by warehousemen and dockworkers at the nearby port.
The Shakespeare Public House was designated as a Grade II*-listed building on 8 January 1959, being an example of a pair of attached merchant's houses in the Georgian style. The construction is of limestone ashlar, with brick chimney stacks and party wall, and a pantile-covered roof. The houses have symmetrical fronts and are two rooms deep. Each house has three storeys, the upper two each having four windows. The arched doors are on the outer edges of the lower storey, with three windows towards the centre of the building. The central two windows on the ground floor of each house have semi-circular arches and are pedimented and set forwards. There is a frieze, cornice and parapet. The interior of 68 Princes Street is well preserved and has a panelled entrance hall and an elliptical arch in a framed wall separating the other ground floor rooms, which are also panelled. There is a fine curved, mahogany staircase.
The Shakespeare Public House serves cask ales, draught lagers, draught ciders and over a dozen types of wine. Meals are served between 11am and 10pm.