Abandoned Bristol pub remains empty 14 years after last serving pints

The former Farriers Arms in Fishponds remains in a derelict state 14 years after last opening.
-Credit: (Image: Bristol Live)


An abandoned pub in Bristol remains derelict after no progress has been made since permission to grant demolition was rejected in 2021. The Farriers Arms, on Fishponds Road, has been closed since 2010 and has remained empty for the last 14 years.

The pub, which was built in 1872, is currently owned by the Morrisons supermarket, located next door, after the land was sold in the 1980s as part of a package deal to the supermarket. In 2010 the historic pub would shut its doors for the final time and owners Morrisons have since been seeking planning permission to tear down the building.

In 2021, planning permission was refused by Bristol City Council. According to documents at the time, the refusal was due to harm of an unjustified heritage asset and for safety fears for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Morrisons told Bristol Live that there have been no further updates since then. This is reflected by the boarded up windows and doors which have been in place for many years now.

In 2020, planning consultants Peacock and Smith, working on behalf of the supermarket, said: “The former Farriers Arms has not traded as a public house for in excess of 10 years and is now in a poor condition and detracts from the character and appearance of the area having been subject to repeated instances of vandalism, break-ins and anti-social behaviour. The demolition of the building will enable a high-quality public realm to be created."

The original plans indicated that the area of the pub would be transformed into a green space with seating areas, plants and steps leading up to the store. Landscape architects Barry Chinn Associates said in 2020 that the project would “enhance the amenity value of the site and provide an attractive and welcoming approach to the store," and "enhance the street scene and improve pedestrian access".

A campaign group protested against the demolition of the pub as it claimed that it could be a place for “positive social activity” and demanded that Morrisons give the pub back. Residents wanted to restore the pub for arts, learning and social use alongside weekend pub drinking.

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