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The Old Bookshop

#59 of 1,460 Restaurants in Bristol
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65 North Street | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
+44 117 953 5222
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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Old Bookshop is a small, eclectic cafe/bar that serves good food at a...
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. The menu is written on a blackboard, and you order at the bar. Your meal will be served on vintage mismatched china. Don't expect a stuffy restaurant, we are just a quirky little bar that does great food! We recently added a cocktail bar with the most delicious cocktails imaginable.
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  • 37
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Great little Place

We popped in on Christmas Day back in 2014 for an hour or so for a quick drink such a lovely friendly place,and the smoking area is just great and interesting....Its just a shame we were just visitors to Bristol as I would come here more often to Relax...Great little Place a little Gem...

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We popped in on Christmas Day back in 2014 for an hour or so for a quick drink such a lovely friendly place,and the smoking area is just great and interesting....Its just a shame we were just visitors to Bristol as I would come here more often to Relax...Great little Place a little Gem...

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Bristol
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The young lady behind the bar, the waitress and the Chef were so helpful, informative and clearly loving their jobs. My first experience of Moorish food, and I unexpectedly really enjoyed it. Not bring a lover of nuts, seeds etc., avoided dish containing these, but my choice of warm flatbread, creamy hummous, with hake dish as main, truly delicious. Thank... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

One of a few new bars that are now starting to colonise the less trendy end of North Street, it’s divided in to a couple of different rooms, neither of which is particular big and it has quite a quirky ambience with all sorts of bits and pieces scattered around. Décor wise it has black tiling on the floor with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I'm putting another review on as recently been again for the mezze kitchen and it was delicious ! Soft floury flatbreads, corgette ribbons with almonds.... All lovely !

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

My girlfriend and I shared a lovely bottle of Spanish wine one evening. The venue is different and the wine was excellent - we have spent a lot of time in Spain and this stuff was the real deal. Overall, great atmosphere and a nice place for a romantic evening or a casual catch up with friends

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

So sweet, small.and curious, every room a delight. Genius conversion of a smallish space. Reminiscent of groovy bars and cafes in Berlin. The food was simple but honest, the service great. I'd love to have a place like this.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We came for a Sunday roast, myself chicken and my girlfriend a vegetable parcel, with all the trimmings. Everything was very well cooked and the chicken was so flavoursome!

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Bristol
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Been here for lunch a once before and it was lovely, been back twice since and tried to order the eggs benedict on crumpets but told they weren't doing them that day (although it said on the menu they were). Whilst we were there they decided to stop serving food past 2pm (even though menu says serving until 3) so... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Love the Old Bookshop - have been for just a coffee, a drink and finally got there for dinner a few weekends ago. Cuisine that night was Indonesian - and was very tasty and great value. Ambient tunes from the DJ - not to loud but made for a great atmosphere - and lovely staff and owner who are clearly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Went for lunch here today, I chose the cheese sourdough toastie which was really nice , served with a little bit of picalli and small salad. Will visit again for food, cheers.

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Additional Information about The Old Bookshop

Address: 65 North Street | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
Phone Number: +44 117 953 5222
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: British

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Description

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. The menu is written on a blackboard, and you order at the bar. Your meal will be served on vintage mismatched china. Don't expect a stuffy restaurant, we are just a quirky little bar that does great food! We recently added a cocktail bar with the most delicious cocktails imaginable.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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