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The Old Bookshop

65 North St | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
+44 117 953 5222
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“tapas” (38 reviews)
“sunday roast” (18 reviews)
“chicken” (12 reviews)
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British, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
65 North St | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
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Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

On weekday nights the Old Bookshop do tapas dishes for £4 each. They aren't Spanish, just small dishes that you can share. My friend and I had five between us which was just the right amount. The dishes were unusual and very tasty. I particularly...More

Thank alicia148
Reviewed April 25, 2013

We read the Trip Advisor reviews this time and were not disappointed. Sunday lunch is a must - with large portions, excellent veg and the tenderest lamb and beef. Couldn't help oggling the other diners choices and vowed to return asap. The staff were friendly...More

Thank Annette543
Reviewed April 19, 2013

This is our new favorite place to eat in Bristol. We went after reading ther reviews on here and could not have been any more impressed. The atmosphere was warm and welcomming, the staff very friendly and the food really good. A great little place...More

Thank tonto_harry
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Been back twice in the last fortnight, one visit on a Monday for the American Diner night, great burgers and the pulled pork on fries with a blue cheese dressing was fantastic. Also went back this week for the Tapas menu, some great dishes including...More

Thank Pwca
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Went for lunch and was served undercooked chicken ... took it back and they replaced it with an even worse batch with blood in the meat! They said it was the way the chef cooked it ... I don't think so! They were nice about...More

Thank Kevin W
MammaBookshop, Owner at The Old Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2013

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to The Old Bookshop and am surprised you were not happy with your food. We cook our chicken on the bone because this keeps the meat tender and juicy - as any experienced chef or foodie will know....More

Reviewed March 29, 2013

We shoe-horned ourselves into this tiny restaurant bar once again, after 20 minutes wait. And this was Tuesday night at 7 pm! At the weekend you might as well forget it. But it was worth it. Superb and imaginative Tapas style food, finished off with...More

Thank Mike R
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We came here with the kids on Mothers Day and we had a lovely Sunday Roast. Food was great, homestyle cooking nothing posh but delicious.  We had a couple of the fantastic Bookshop Bloodies whilst we waited for our food to arrive, these are highly...More

Thank Roly_33
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Despite living down the road it's taken me over a year to get round to making a visit. I'd heard The Old Bookshop was good, but also heard it's very popular, so we turned up just after 6pm on a Friday evening to make sure...More

Thank Dani H
Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

We came here for Sunday lunch and had a delicious roast. Nothing fancy, but tasty veg and flavoursome, tender lamb. The service was friendly and efficient and the restaurant itself is quirky and interesting. We will definitely be back. The only downside is it's a...More

Thank alicia148
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Had a great Mothers Day Sunday lunch here. Excellent value. Luckily we'd booked. Did ask to be moved as we were on a table with stools which I found awkward and as soon as they could they did. Staff very friendly and helpful, we're around...More

Thank lindajN
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions
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
  • E-mail
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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