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The Old Bookshop

65 North Street | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
+44 117 953 5222
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Ranked #43 of 1,417 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: British
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Awesome Sunday Roast! Stupidly good VFM weher you have the standalone Roast, or combine it with a Starter &/or Dessert. The standard menu is just as good. If you haven't been, what on earth are you waiting for!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

Not the first time I've enjoyed an afternoon at the 'Bookshop and definitely won't be the last. Service is always on point and the food is deliciously well-made.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

First visit since the extension..the place looks great. Friendly and helpful staff as ever. In my opinion the food and menu isn't as wonderful as it was year or so ago. Chunks of cucumber and Tomato with bagged lettuce leaves formed a non event side salad/garnish and tinned chicken in the chicken stew?! Lamb kebabs were delic and tortilla was... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Visited recently when staying with a friend, and have to say this really is a great little find! Really enjoy the decor and the homely feel. The staff are friendly, and the food looked great. Our friend has had the roast before now and says its very good. Outdoor seating area is def worth a look!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I reserved half of the venue to hold a surprise birthday party for my boyfriend. I've always enjoyed the food, music and decor but they really pulled out all the stops to ensure we had a great evening. The food in particular was briliant - the buffet was freshly prepared and everything was very tasty (everyone was raving about the... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visited The Old Bookshop for Sunday roast yesterday for my husband's birthday. The service was very slow despite the fact it wasn't particularly busy. We had to wait nearly 45 minutes for our food which was only a roast. The waiter and waitress were both drinking wine and in fact the service of our drinks was delayed while the... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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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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Address: 65 North Street | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
Phone Number: +44 117 953 5222
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
Cuisine: British

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