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The Old Bookshop

€€ - €€€British, ,
65 North Street | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
+44 117 953 5222
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“tapas” (39 reviews)
“sunday roast” (19 reviews)
“beef” (13 reviews)
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British, Pub, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
65 North Street | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

Lovely place, full of different memorabilia. Soft lighting, very cosy. Log fire outside for smokers. Would highly recommend this lovely little place.

Thank mrstmjones
Reviewed 19 January 2018

We've tried this place out a few different times since it looks very interesting with it's quaint exterior or because friends suggested it, but we've been put off every time. The staff never seem very friendly or welcoming, particularly when it's quiet and it feels...More

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 7 January 2018

Looking for somewhere different to try Sunday roast & this place had good reviews. Had sign outside saying 'best Sunday roast in Bristol'. Well I wouldn't go that far - it was OK. Table booked for 15.30, arrived in time & were taken to our...More

Thank enjoymyroast
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Fortunately for me this is one of my locals. The Old Bookshop achieves something that all pubs aspire to: your local boozer, a great neighbourhood restaurant, somewhere to see a band, outstanding roast on a Sunday - not all necessarily at the same time. If...More

Thank ND74
Reviewed 5 November 2017

I remember this place when it was an actual bookshop, but until today I had never visited it as a food place. Went for the roast dinners. Great atmosphere, service, and food. The whole setting is like a cosy curiosity shop, and reassuringly packed out....More

Thank virtualosophy
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Visited with old friends who recommend, great service, happy staff, lovely relaxed atmosphere. Food was excellent and good value for money (£17 2 courses). Will definately return next time we visit. Very popular would recommend booking, free street parking on a Sunday too.

Thank pauldhughes
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Cosy corners to drink in an a large range of antique paraphernalia such as steam engines, brass instruments and old radios. Worth a visit if you're in Bedminster. Scores 6.5 @INNvestigated

Thank INNvestigated
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We ate here several years ago, not long after it opened I think, and enjoyed it so much we always wanted to return when next visiting Bristol. Since then, it seems to have expanded to provide a bigger restaurant area, with their seemingly unique, quirky...More

Thank Stephen H
Reviewed 25 October 2017

I so wanted to like this place. It's independent, run by bright young, hip things.What more could you want? The roast potatoes are to die for, the Yorkshire pud pretty good, the veg al dente and the gravy great. But, the big big let down...More

1  Thank fawltyholidays
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Staying in Bristol over the weekend, booked Sunday lunch at the Old Bookshop, was not disappointed, great food and drink, staff really friendly.

Thank Pwca
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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, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:30 - 17:00
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 Street | 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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