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The Old Bookshop

#228 of 1,297 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” (18 reviews)
“chicken” (13 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 2 weeks ago 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

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!

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

1  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.

1  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
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

We visited here early on bank holiday Monday evening and first impressions were good, however that soon changed when the owner came in with his Staffordshire Bull terrier. The dog was not on a lead and proceeded to attack our dog(which was on a lead...More

7  Thank Russell M
Reviewed 6 May 2017 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 30 April 2017

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
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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
Bar Scene, Kids, 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
  • E-mail
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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