The Club can offer wedding ceremonies as well as receptions for up to 100 guests.
06 March 2018
Staff and Members of The Club were delighted to host a visit from HRH, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The Prince was joining the celebration of the Club's Bicentenary and meeting representatives from their nominated anniversary charity, Brandon Trust.
2018 marks the 200th year of The Club which started as a humble institution for gentlemen to enjoy cards, reading and games and has developed into the millenia as a popular meeting place for both gentlemen and ladies with a wide social conscience. On arrival at The Club, escorted by Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding, The Earl was introduced to The High Sheriff of Bristol Mr Anthony Brown and The Lord Mayor of Bristol Mrs Lesley Alexander, both public figures with a keen interest in community and charitable organisations in Bristol. Also greeting The Earl were Miss Amy Edwards, The Club’s General Manager and Mr Jerry Barnes, Club Chairman who escorted His Royal Highness to meet Members of the club and through in to a Bicentenary exhibition.
The exhibition included original artifacts from the Bristol City Records Office that date from as early as 1815, and photos of The Club through the ages, this provided a fascinating insight into the original architecture. The exhibition was collated by Mr Tim Mussared, The Club Archivist.
Jerry Barnes, The Club Chairman said: “This year, 2018, is very significant for The Clifton Club as we celebrate our 200th anniversary. Personally I struggle to appreciate The Club’s longevity! To put it into context, the Battle of Waterloo was in 1815, just three years earlier than The Club’s establishment, which is quite a remarkable fact!”
Whilst in the Snooker Room, The Earl also met Mrs Bonnie Dean, Chair of trustees from Brandon Trust, who will be working with The Club this year to raise awareness of the work they undertake to help support adults and children with learning disabilities and autism. The community projects run by the charity offer people a chance to learn new skills, be creative, productive and importantly, to have the opportunity to undertake paid work or volunteering. The Earl of Wessex is passionate about organisations and causes which provide opportunities for disadvantaged people, and was impressed with Brandon’s mission to increase people’s ability to ‘Live Free’ by helping to support them to achieve their own ambitions. The snooker room at The Clifton Club is full of original features with two full size tables, and The Earl couldn’t resist playing a few shots with Alexander Warman, a young person who has benefited from the Summer Camps organised by Izzy Clarke of Brandon Trust. The fundraising efforts of The Club and it’s Members will be looking to provide two Summer Camps within 2019.
Amy Edwards, General Manager said: “To have The Earl visit us and recognise the work The Clifton Club undertakes is a huge honour, one that we won’t forget!”
A luncheon designed for the Earl’s visit by Executive Chef Philip Clench was served in The Dining Room. His Royal Highness then unveiled a stained glass window to commemorate the 200th year of The Club. The window was commissioned by local artist Lindsay Telling of Waterfront Glass and depicts The Clubs’ crest and bicentenary dates. The Earl signed the visitors book and thanked the Members and guests for their hospitality. Before leaving he took a moment to speak with and thank the staff for their service.
Club Chairman, Jerry Barnes said: “It is a great honour to have welcomed His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex to The Clifton Club to officially launch our 200th anniversary celebrations. He took a real interest in our history and charitable work and you could only be inspired by that.”
Tuesday 6th March 2018
02 February 2018
Now available to view is Issue 21 of The Club Newsletter, with a stirring introduction from Chairman Jerry Barnes as he talks through the plans for our bicentenary year.
Also featured is information on the celebratory calender of events, the exciting opening of the new Auriol Room, details of the Clifton Club documentary commisioned for this special year, and a wonderful interview with Simon Brooks our longest standing Club Member.
You can also find information on The Brandon Trust, our elected charity for the bicentenary year along with details on how you can get involved with our bicentenary fundraising.
01 January 2018
The Clifton Club is an exclusive private Members Club nestled in the heart of Clifton Village, Bristol. One of the few remaining of its kind in the South West it boasts a varied array of facilities along with a traditional Drawing Room and Bar, Dining Room and Snooker Room with 2 tables. With a membership of over 500 The Clifton Club has grown from strength to strength developing its social offering and renovating its 18th Century decor along the way. The modern day Club not only offers luxurious Regency surroundings but a vibrant community attracting like minded individuals of all ages.
Founded in 1818 by the gentry of Clifton as a space to read and play cards and billiards, The Club was originally housed in The Clifton Library and remained there until 1850. The opportunity soon arose to purchase The Clifton Grand Hotel
and Assembly Rooms, and The Clifton Club relocated to its new home on The Mall. The Club remains in this building to this day and following a refurbishment in 2008 has tastefully restored the Regency architecture and kept its original
features. The modern day Club hosts a diverse program of events and activities to cater for the wide ranging interests of its Members and constantly looks to attract and grow through developing its offering. The Club is internationally recognised, having
established a network of over 80 reciprocal clubs. In recent years The Club has seen a growth, and now record high population, of lady Members and young professionals from all walks of life.The changes taking place are shaking off the stigma of a dated Victorian Gentleman’s Club and replacing it with an exclusive, modern and vibrant social atmosphere.The building itself boasts a variety of sumptuously decorated Regency rooms,most popular The Dining Room; a traditional fine dining setting with grand
marbled columns and original glass domed ceiling serves a daily changing à la carte menu and plays host to not only Member luncheons but an array of formal dinners and society celebrations. The newly refurbished Auriol Room, set to open during 2018 will showcase modern facilities in beautifully restored surroundings to create a flexible workspace and study area for Members to enjoy for both business and personal use.
Throughout 2018 The Club is celebrating its 200th year, proud to be one of the longest standing institutions in the City of Bristol we are not only celebrating our rich historical past but looking ahead to the future. The Club has carved its mark on Bristol through adopting an ethos to preserve and improve its traditions and hand it down from generation to generation. The current Membership are committed to continuing this practice, ensuring The Club and its facilities will survive for centuries to come.
25 November 2017
Our Winter newsletter is available to view, featuring details on The Auriol Room - our new members work and study area, our new Reciprocal Clubs, and our calender of events for the Christmas and the New Year.
04 July 2017
Our Summer Newsletter features our new directors, details of the trips and tournaments, and some exciting news of a new room for The Club.
19 October 2017
The Club hosted this years Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday 14th October 2017.
The event was organised by Hugh & Victoria Newhouse and was a huge success, raising a fantastic £1140.66. Members enjoyed tea, coffee and baked cakes from Members who volunteered.
A raffle was organised with donations from local businesses within the village. We would like to thank; The Ivy, Cote, Fishers, The Alma Tavern, Saffron, The Mall Deli, Motiq, About Face, Boots (Clifton Down), Oddbins, Chandos Deli, Jigsaw, Bar Chocoat, Clifton Cellars, Saffron and The Somerset House.
19 October 2017
The 2017 Annual Founders Dinner took place on Saturday 7th October, this years theme was 'Alice in Wonderland'.
The Club had undergone a huge transformation, with flamingos and playing cards around every corner. Members made their way through the keyhole to be greeted with cocktails served in tea cups and entertainment from The Mad Hatter and The Queen of Hearts from local perfomers Circus Fantastic. Members and guests enjoyed a 5 course magical meal prepared and created by Head Chef Philip Clench & Sous Chef Yordan Yordanov. Dishes included 'Eat Me, Drink Me'; a mustard & cauliflower macaroon with a shot of jagermeister, 'Mock Turtle Soup' ; a Chicken and Beef Consomme and 'The White Rabbit' ; Confit Rabbit Leg, Rolled Rabbit Loin, Bunched Carrots. To Finish a trio of desserts were served on vintage tea stands and included homemade Jammy Dodgers, Lemon Tarts and Chocolate Opera . During the meal entertainment was provided by Alice herself who hula hooped around the dining room, The Mad Hatter & The Queen of Hearts who both performed very memorable shows.
Over 60 Members and their Guests dressed to impress with a broad range of Mad Hatters, Playing Cards, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, Alice and The Queen of Hearts. A huge thank you to everyone who embraced the theme to provide a truly memorable event. To see a full gallery of the photographs from the evening please Click Here
Next Years Dinner will be celebrating something rather special and will be held on Saturday 6th October - Theme to be announced.
27 September 2017
Sport and Games are a respected long standing tradition of Club life. During 2017 to date we have sorted the novices from the semi-professionals and are delighted to announce our three winners so far;
Backgammon Tournament - Winner, Mr Roderick Davidson and
Runner up, Mr JL Hagger
The Burgess Golf Tournament - Winner, Mike Beesley and
Runner up, Mr Martin Griffiths
The BEGgars Golf Tournament - Winner, Martin Griffiths and
Runner up, Stephen Edwards
The Snooker Competition - Winner, Mr Allan Rosengren and
Runner up, Mr Duncan White
01 September 2017
In Mid-July a group of self-styled “Portoheads’ travelled from the Clifton Club to our reciprocal club in Northern Portugal, the Oporto Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club. The ostensible reason was to attend the OCLTC’s Classic Vehicle Rally. That Porto is of course the Port Wine capital of the world was entirely secondary.
Proceedings commenced on the Friday with a formal lunch at the Factory House, a splendid 18th Century Neo-Palladian building, the exclusive club of Directors of English Port Houses. Prior to the lunch Portoheads were treated to a private tour of the building; subsequently a number were shown the sights and sounds of the hectic riverside. Saturday morning, and in an assortment of vehicles mostly begged, borrowed or stolen, the party made its way up the beautiful Douro valley to have lunch and taste wines, ports and olive oils from the extensive and impressive Quinta de Ventozelo. Overnight was spent in the Douro. Sunday dawned on the magnificent sight of 30+ gleaming and beautiful classic motor vehicles driving the panoramic road that hugs the Douro back to the Oporto Club, stopping en route for coffee and cakes at the Convento de Alpendurada. On arrival at the club, cars were lined up on the cricket pitch while drivers and passengers enjoyed a lengthy BBQ lunch with white wine, red wine and of course Port flowing liberally. It was a long night. As were indeed all the nights. Portoheads will be pleased to know that the traditional tour ethos that ‘what goes on tour, stays on tour’ applies. Some in particular will be pleased to read this.
01 July 2017
On Sunday June 18th 10 Clifton Club Petrolheads set off in 6 cars to catch the ferry to Rosslare. They enjoyed excellent weather throughout (well, except one morning!). Most of them covered about 1000 miles in total with The Lake Hotel, Killarney as their base. Over 4 days they visited The Waterford Crystal factory, The Copper Coast, The Ring of Kerry, The Dingle Peninsular, Muckross House and Gardens, Lismore Castle Gardens, Clonmel, The Flying Boat museum, The South Pole Inn, The English Market in Cork, and a boat ride on Killarney Lake. The beautiful scenery, good food and lovely Irish whiskey was enjoyed by all. Member, Christopher Hall composed and sang a witty song with verses about the drivers and their cars on their final night in Killarney, to entertain the group.
If you would like to be involved in future Petrolhead events, please contact the office.
29 June 2017
We are delighted to publish our Calendar of Events for July through to December 2017.
Highlights include a Taster Dinner, The Clifton Club Awards Dinner, The Clifton Club Founders Dinner, and of course the Christmas Cocktail Party.
29 June 2017
Following six successful sessions, under the expert tutelage of Clifton Club member Roger Kerridge, the bridge skills within the Club are on the up!
A block of beginners/improvers bridge lessons – with supper – has been enjoyed over the past few weeks by a core group of Club members. The opportunity to start from scratch, learning all about the game and the skills and tactics involved, and getting to know each other better in the process, has been a great regular members event for the Club. Huge thanks are due to Roger for his time and patience!
We hope to offer further sessions in the future, if you are interested in being contacted in due course about these plans please email the office.