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“Group event ,great night ,gin tasting and food uninspiring”
Review of The Pump House

The Pump House
Ranked #302 of 1,847 Restaurants in Bristol
Price range: US$13 - US$57
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Located inside a former pumping station, The Pump House boasts an enviable waterside location where the city docks meet the River Avon. The warm and welcoming interior is divided into a spacious bar and informal dining area, and an elegant upstairs restaurant. Chef and proprietor Toby Gritten, former head chef at Bell's Diner and The Albion in Clifton Village, is in charge of the frequently changing menu which features classic British dishes with a European influence. Everything is prepared on site using top quality ingredients like fish and seafood delivered daily from the coast and meat sourced locally wherever possible. The Pump House also offers an extensive wine and champagne list, as well as some excellent West Country ciders.
Reviewed 21 February 2018

We had a group event at the pump house with a gin tasting followed by dinner
We were made very welcome and had a good night ,gin tasting was a little disjointed
Dinner was enjoyable however did not meet everyone's tastes and was a little disappointing with the recommendation I had been given .

Date of visit: January 2018
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Thank AF52
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Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

A dreadful experience, made all the worse by the fact that it was Valentine's evening.

We had booked for the set Valentine's meal at 8pm, and had confirmed when they phoned two days before. So they knew exactly when we were arriving and exactly what we were eating.
Which made it ridiculous that we waited 40 minutes before the amuse bouches turned up.
To be fair they gave us some extra wine to keep us on side, but the wait was unforgivable. By 10.30 we had just finished 4 of the 6 courses, none of which were very good, and decided that we'd had enough. They made a decent gesture on the bill, but the fact remains that they ruined our evening.

As for the food, it was a fussy collection of unsuitable combinations, poorly executed.

We had a fairly unpleasant egg dish, a horrible mackerel dish, a strange brill and chicken dish, and a hopeless duck dish.

Ambition far above ability. Pretention far above execution.

Date of visit: February 2018
2  Thank MyLittleTownBristol
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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Fantastic food, and gin range, service was fast and friendly, perfect stop off when walking around the harbourside.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

As has been the case with far too many restaurants in Bristol/England, this establishment did not quite meet the mark on anything - food (mediocre),staff (one staff member fairly abominable and rude), atmosphere (lacking). It's absolutely not somewhere I would recommend anyone to go for food. They appear confused as to what establishment they are - are they a pub? Are they a restaurant? Neither work to well as they haven't committed to either. Anyways, glad I managed to visit as it's somewhere I can confidently discourage most from going to.

Date of visit: February 2018
3  Thank Daydreamt
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

We were visting family in Bristol and they chose this restaurant as a venue for a birthday Sunday lunch. The building and the interior fittings are interesting and we ate upstairs. 3 of us chose lamb, one with extra Yorkshire pudding and I chose beef which also came with Yorkshire pudding. The service at the start was good and food arrived promptly. The (large) Yorkshire puddings were a very very dark brown and proved to be very tough and difficult to eat apart from the centre which was softer. Neither of us managed to finish them. The roast potatoes were very very dark in colour and extremely hard to cut and eat. The lamb was thought to be quite good, the beef was rare and rather tough and chewy. Altogether the meals were disappointing and it would have been embarrassing to complain as our family had chosen the venue and were paying. We were asked how the food was and, in a typically British way, we said it was OK. When we left, people were still being served with Yorkshire puddings that looked exactly the same as the ones we had tried to eat over an hour before so we can only assume they were all cooked earlier and overcooked and it was too late to cook some more. The same probably goes for the roast potatoes. We won't be going there again.

Date of visit: January 2018
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2  Thank Sydenham F
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