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The Old Bookshop

65 North Street | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
+44 117 953 5222
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Ranked #33 of 1,386 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Having tried many Sunday roasts in various bars/pubs over the years I'd come to the conclusion that a home cooked one is always the best. In a way it still is - minus the clearing up after of course. But, The Old Bookshop does a fine job on the roast front... All 6 of us were pretty impressed. The staff... More

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We visited the bookshop for my mothers birthday on 14th September. The staff were very friendly and attentive. Service was fab over all! Food was absolutely delicious and we all agreed it was one of the best roast dinners we have ever had. Just a shame we couldn't fit in a pudding! Highly recommended for drinks and food. You won't... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Okay so I'm not a regular but have eaten here 6 or 7 times. This time with 3 friends who were new to the dining experience! Fabulous food. All tasty and great portion sizes. We had 9 dishes for 4 of us and paid about £12 each. Excellent value. Will certainly be back.

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16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Leaving review at request of mum/sister as we came yesterday for breakfast and coffee. Mum had meat breakfast, sister had veggie breakfast, I had potatoes bravas (tapas dish). Feedback from mum and sister as follows - mums breakfast okay, nice sausage, loved the toast from marks bakery. Sister - awful breakfast, strange tasting mushrooms, she left majority of plate, I... More

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MammaBookshop, Owner at The Old Bookshop, responded to this review

Hi there littletipple! First of all, I wanted to say that I’m really sorry you weren’t happy with your visit last week. I can see from your previous reviews that you have visited us in the past and really enjoyed the food we’ve served you. If your mum wasn’t happy with her coffee, she should definitely have been given a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Popped by for Sunday lunch, was amazing best "yorkies" I have ever had! Amazing value,and service. Will be back again definatly.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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, they... More

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Came here on a Friday night and it was packed...however we only waited 15 minutes for a table and I cannot rate the service highly enough the staff here are so lovely and the food is great too if you don't come you are totally missing out!

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Bristol, UK
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Been wanting to go to this place for an age, and finally went there last weekend with some friends who were visiting. The decor is quirky and eclectic and kept us entertained for the duration: discovering nooks and crannies and the weird and wonderful. We ordered 2 full English breakfasts and 1 eggs royale and the service was friendly, efficient... More

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Been here dozens of times. We're so happy having it just round the corner from our house :-) It's a small quirky bar that does amazing food, and an ever expanding selection of drinks. The staff are awesome and the foods been consistently great since day one. Music choice is always good too (that's important!) If you're on north st,... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My husband and I have visited this cafe / bar several times. We even had a "wake" there which was handled very sensitively. The cakes are delicious and generous and the coffee is top quality. We love the atmosphere and quirky / fun decor. Staff always pleasant and friendly

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