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The Old Bookshop

#143 of 1,228 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
British, Bar
As featured in Romantic Guide to Bristol
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65 North St | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
+44 117 953 5222
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Today
18:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Mon 18:00 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Living very locally to what my friends and I call 'The Booky' I'm often popping in for a quick drink, gig or bite to eat. My friend and I went yesterday for Sunday roast and although very busy with reserved tables the staff were as friendly as ever and managed to seat us quickly. I ordered the chicken and my... More 

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Thank Carly S
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I Went there with some friends for Sunday lunch and we all loved it. Delicious food for a very good price, very friendly staff and great atmosphere. I will def come back soon.

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Thank cocinelle84
United Kingdom
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here to eat Roast in December after being recommended too, by several friends and family and we were not disappointed! I would say that the main attraction here is the pub itself and its staff. All of the waiters and bar staff are exceptionally friendly and welcoming and the pub itself is cosy and quirky. The roast dinners... More 

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Thank RossyCains
Bristol, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our favourite pub in Bristol, never fails to disappoint - have seen some great bands in there too! I hope they start doing their cocktails again soon, I was a big fan. Their foodie pop ups are well worth a visit and are very different from the standard pub never-change-the-menu grub. Cheer!

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Thank Georgia R
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous brunch and atmosphere. So good in fact we stayed for tapas later!! Great gin too. Fabulous!!

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Thank Maggie S
Bristol, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really like this quaint pub, full of character and lovely staff. They serve local ales and also special ales, as well as all other alcoholic drinks lagers, wine, cocktails etc. It is laid out in such a lovely way and the attention to little quirky details is amazing. I especially love their little garden which is covered and has... More 

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Thank fluig
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Really cool design and a tasty breakfast. Their baked beans were exceptionally good (I believe this was their own recipe. Very tasty!

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Thank George B
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Came for Sunday roast on a packed afternoon and it was a perfect, relaxing pint and lunch. Nice cosy atmosphere with low lighting and relaxed staff. It was with out doubt the best roast i've had in Bristol. Luxurious beef(big pile of) with deep unctuous gravy and good veg but also quality and really special touches that put it well... More 

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Thank matthew l
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

New Menu , Higher price , extremely small starters, Roast Potatoes cold, Vegetables cold, Beef looked like it was carved with a razor as it was so thin, waited 30mins between 1st and second Course, we did complain and was told we now have a new chef we have had no complaints , not sure what happened to our Sunday... More 

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Thank martyn b
MammaBookshop, Owner at The Old Bookshop, responded to this review

Hi Martyn. Since the beginning of October we’ve had a new permanent chef, and the feedback so far has been extremely positive. His Sunday roasts have received lots of compliments, so I’m really sorry you didn’t enjoy yours. Perhaps it was just a fluke on the day, but if you were willing to give us another go, we’d be happy... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Great food from the new chef, had the Picanha steak for 2 people to share, absolutely fantastic flavour, only a limited number available that evening so fortunate to get one, would definitely have again, but so much on the menu sounds great so may try something different on the next visit. Love the feel of the place, staff friendly and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
British, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
18:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 North St | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 117 953 5222
Description
The Old Bookshop is a small, eclectic cafe/bar that serves good food at a fair price. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. The walls are covered in old photographs, typewriters and curiosities. We have guest chefs and pop-up kitchens each month, so menu changes regularly. Don't expect a stuffy restaurant, we are just a quirky little bar that does great food! We also serve delicious cocktails. Our smoking garden has a wood burner to keep you warm on chilly evenings.

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