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The Old Bookshop

) #124 of 1,244 Restaurants in Bristol $$ - $$$, British, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
65 North St | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
+44 117 953 5222
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tapas” (38 reviews)
“sunday roast” (18 reviews)
“chicken” (12 reviews)
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British, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
65 North St | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the old bookshop yesterday evening for a drink and some dinner Firstly the venue itself is quirky with a great atmosphere I had a glass of fizz which was on offer for £3 (between 5-7pm Fridays ) The menu was very limited, I...More

Thank LJamesGemma
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having wanted to eat here for a while now, we chanced popping in on a busy Sunday and they were able to fit us in even with a sneaky baby in a pram. The Sunday roast was absolutely amazing, melt in the mouth pork belly...More

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Lively atmosphere, good interesting food, music later in the evening, Friendly helpful staff. Vegetarian curry was excellent

Thank FCN-11
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Big portions, great quality, seasonal/interesting veg and lively atmosphere. Great place, highly recommend.

Thank DaniGoes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

My girlfriend and I have eaten two great meals since the new chef took over here. The pub itself is charming and relaxed and the casual service approach they have adopted works well in this environment. The menu is short but innovative and well balanced....More

Thank WaltDreyfus
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

A fantastic little independent place to drink and eat. Varying types of quality food, very friendly staff set within a cosy, quirky environment. Couldn't recommend more.

Thank Bykophish
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Delicious Sunday lunch with friends and family! Very welcoming staff. Toddler son was welcomed well! Food scrumptious and delicious Bloody Marys!will be back!

Thank Maighread B
Reviewed 6 February 2017

The title says it all, really. Exceptional food, exceptional people. Even managed to make these oldies feel welcome!

Thank LauraandJamesW
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Two stunning Sunday veggie dinners to make a cow weep, swept down with a Gem of an ale. The carnivore amongst us inhaled his slow roast belly pork, smacked his lips and using words I can't repeat here declared his satisfaction. You should go, only...More

Thank Fridgemagnet88
Reviewed 29 January 2017

A wonderful find, superb sunday lunch. Small menu with three meat choices and one vegetarian. 2 or 3 starters and desserts. Lamb, Beef and Pork all mouth watering, great yorkshires and roasties, cauliflower cheese, kale, beetroot, carrots and tasty gravy. Desserts were brownies and pear...More

Thank teejaybeeBristolUK
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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
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
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
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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.