Seven Stars (grid reference ST591727) is a historic pub on Thomas Lane, Bristol, England; it was built in the 17th century and is a grade II listed building.Plan to visit Seven Stars Public House during your Bristol vacation using our convenient Bristol online trip itinerary maker.
One of the earliest references to the pub is in the Bristol Record Office. It mentions Sir John Hawkins who, whilst buying what was to become the Georges Brewery, acquired the lease in 1694 from the Saunders family brewing dynasty "...a half tenement, the sign of the Seven Stars, St Thomas Lane".
"Michael Jaine, victualler" held "The Starrs" "in accordance with his father's will" in the latter part of the seventeenth century. Michael Jayne was the son of William Jayne of St. Thomas, innholder, who died in 1666. Abraham Sanders married Margaret Jayne, daughter of William Jayne, and Abraham Sanders was the administrator of William's will. Michael Jayne, innholder of St. Thomas, was deceased by 1672, when an inventory of his estate was taken.
There has been no record found as to how the property transferred to Abraham Saunders after Michael's death. Abraham Saunders "late of the city of Bristol" died in 1690 and his son Anthony transferred the property to John Hawkins in 1694.
It is now noted for its association with the abolitionist Thomas Clarkson, who visited in 1787 and used the pub and its sympathetic landlord, Thompson, as a base for his researches into Bristol's "honourable trade" of slavery.
Seven Stars Public House Reviews
Loved this place. Good beer. Attentive staff. Good music. Just what a pub should be. Will certainly go again next time I'm in Bristol. more »
This is my personal favourite pub in Bristol. It is dark and gloomy as traditional real ale bars should be. For the smokers and sunshine worshipers there is a good area to sit or smoke at the side... more »
This pub is great for real ale. Excellent beer and friendly. Good for a beer before a gig next door at the Fleece
It's a spit and sawdust pub to me, which I have no issues with. My cider was good but friend I was with was not happy with the beer he ordered as said it tasted like it had hung around too long.
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