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The Old Bookshop

#211 of 1,293 Restaurants in Bristol}
$$ - $$$British, ,
65 North St | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
+44 117 953 5222
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“tapas” (38 reviews)
“sunday roast” (16 reviews)
“beef” (10 reviews)
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British, Pub, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
65 North St | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Been here many times. Never been impressed with food but always enjoyed drinks and live music. Having a drink with a friend and got asked to move so that someone could have food - they said that they'd booked someone for food but didn't have...More

Thank birdybird
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our first vist and we will be back. We called in at 6.30 pm and found it to have a great ambience , good music, great beer, lovely staff and the best fish and chips we have had for as long as we can remember....More

Thank Tinkerbellin500
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Old Bookshop is a nice, softly lit, bar/bistro. A good range of beers and lagers. A small, but imaginative, menu. I had a ‘small plate’ of meat balls in tomato sauce. It was full of flavour. My friends both had the haddock, which they...More

Thank 54Steve_Gee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Luckily without booking we were able to get a table for Sunday lunch (it was fully booked apart from our table). Staff were friendly & pub had a lovely atmosphere. Ordered chicken and stuffing Sunday dinner, husband ordered beef. After about 20 minutes our lunch...More

Thank Carly W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was dubious about this breakfast gravy but had to go in today to try it, and I wasn't disappointed. When the plate come out the bacon was slightly crisp, good quality sausage and the bumble and squeak was really good. Why wouldn't you want...More

Thank Andy R
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

After hearing great things about Sunday lunches, we were massively disappointed. Service was slow, from taking orders through to serving all the meat and then waiting ages for the veg to come out. Food - ran out of beef and lamb, so only chicken or...More

1  Thank LittleBristolBeats
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Great place to go for a catch up drink and a snack. Loved all the local ales and the jerk chicken and pulled pork platter they served! It was Jamaican everyone crazy!

1  Thank Pete E
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Super nice atmosphere as always, nice staff and drinks also as always. However the current pop-up which they have had for a long time now was very dissapointing. They might have had a bad evening to be fair but food was pretty terrible. It's not...More

2  Thank Andreas T
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Really enjoyed the food here, and the good range of drinks on offer. The pub itself is really lovely, cosey, and perfect for small groups, with a fun atmosphere. I'd definitely go back.

2  Thank E1ean0r
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

My family and I visited on recommendation and from the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. It's not often that we find a place where all the family members were able to enjoy themselves equally. The adults were happy with the friendly...More

2  Thank Hollsole
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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
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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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