- About Us & Our History -
- About The Royal Inn -
The Royal Inn, previously known as the Royal Hotel, is a Grade II listed building situated just off Portishead's Marina.
We are an independent "Free House" Bar & Restaurant, and have been managed by a local family since 2005.
Here at The Royal Inn, we aim to offer a casual, friendly and relaxed atmosphere for you to enjoy drinks with friends, or to sample some of our lovingly home-cooked dishes from our excellent team of chefs.
We have a wonderful terrace with panoramic views over the Severn estuary, perfect for relaxing in the sunshine and boat-watching!
The Royal also has its own small private woodland, full of wild flowers, which will lead you the local viewing point, further woodland walks and even steps down to the shingle beach area, locally known as "Royal Beach"
- Our History -
The Royal Inn was built in 1830 by the corporation of Bristol, this was to support a policy aimed at the specific development of a seaside resort local to Bristol.
Portishead had been identified as having some of the best views in the county, and so the Corporation decided to provide both a hotel and a landing stage to establish Portishead as a real seaside resort
The Royal Inn was designed by Mr George Dymond in 1828, with construction completing in 1830 and the Hotel opened for business under the management of Miss Pring in 1831
In early years, holiday visitors would arrive by steamer and be taken ashore by rowing boat, until the completion of the pier in 1868.
The Royal Inn will always be both locally and nationally famous as a symbol of public enterprise, as it is now thought to be the only seaside hotel built by a public authority in Britain during the nineteenth century.
The Royal Inn continued to operate as a Hotel up until the late 20th century, but now operates solely as a Bar & Restaurant.