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The Old Bookshop

#174 of 1,175 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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65 North St | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
+44 117 953 5222
Mon 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Popped in for a beer and ended up having a tapas. The food was awesome. 3 tapas dishes for £10. We had the prawns and potatoes, honey meatballs and cheese and veggie croquettes. We also had sweetcorn and what my girlfriend described as 'the best ever' plantain. This place is really cool. We will be back

Thank Fisherwick76
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

...and the joy of tapas is that once you have realise that it's so nice that you should have ordered more, it's totally acceptable to do exactly that!

Thank Blueff
Bristol, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A friend called me up out of the blue and suggested we go here. Great choice! The food (this month Caribbean) was superb. A sharing platter for 2 people for £13 was great value. There was pulled pork, jerk chicken, rice and beans, sweet potato chips and a great coleslaw. The venue is quirky - full of interesting things and... More 

Thank Kathy T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited The Old Bookshop last Friday for a couple of drinks. It's a very quirky bar with a light made out of various brass instruments and the drinks menu looks like an old penguin classics book. It was very busy but I think that shows that it's a locals favourite. Would like to return.

Thank Rosie M
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Happened on this spot by accident while visiting Bristol for food connections Having received knock back from another place in a rather snotty manner we were warmly welcomed to this establishment Very busy but staff very welcoming Superb Sunday lunch juicy chilli chicken wings to start Salt marsh lamb and roast pork with excellent veggies to follow Really wanted to... More 

Thank fifer27
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Impromptu dinner and not disappointed. I had the lamb, hubby had steak onglet. Both delicious albeit on the small side for a "main" dish. Love the pop ups the Old Bookshop does and keeping it fresh and different gives the edge over other establishments on North Street which keeps us coming back again and again. Well worth a visit

Thank Wattsgoldgirl
Bristol, England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

We ate ate OBS earlier this evening keen to try out the Feastie Boys food What a disappointment it was The flatbread with aubergine garlic and pomegranate was served cold and lacked flavour The beef and lamb main courses were very mediocre The beef chewy and a minuscule portion and the lamb fatty and bland The chocolate tart was rather... More 

Thank pragueophile
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

I’ve been here a couple of times and, whilst the venue initially screams hipster hangout, the beer garden/smoking area at the back is my favourite space to curl up with a pint and a book or mingle with all sorts of people as the regulars are very friendly and welcoming. Would definitely recommend as a go-to venue on North Street!... More 

Thank TravellingTitan
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

I have been coming here for two years and it is always nice and relaxing here for a quiet drink. Food start up kitchens happen monthly. So you get different menus on a monthly basis which is good. Bar staff are nice and relaxed about everything. Although, you kind of over hear their personal problems when they have a break.... More 

Thank Cafedelmar40
Bristol, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

Visited recently when the Chicken Shack had a Pop Up Kitchen here Food was fantastic that day Better than usual fare which is pretty average The Sunday roasts are pretty good though, but gravy very thin No desserts usually during the week. Muffins sometimes Tapas usually features on the menu - good variety. Some better than others. Nice ambience. Gets... More 

Thank pragueophile

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
British, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Seating, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 North St | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 117 953 5222
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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