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“Good food, good service, good atmosphere, rubbish quiz!”
Review of Banco Lounge

Banco Lounge
Ranked #559 of 1,623 Restaurants in Bristol
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Contemporary, British, Bar, Cafe
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: 'The Lounges' are informal, neighbourhood food led cafe/bars open all-day everyday where families, friends, and locals can come for a coffee, a drink, or something to eat in a relaxed comfortable environment.The Lounge menu is available all-day and offers a wide range of dishes including an extensive brunch menu, a selection of proper-job burgers, a great selection of tapas & more restaurant-in-style monthly specials. There is an extensive selection of coffee/tea, cakes and pastries, smoothies and fresh juice, and a small selection of wines, draught beers & cocktails.Banco opened in June 2006. The premises had most recently been used by the YMCA who had occupied the space when Lloyds Bank closed their branch there. Lloyds's sandstone frontage still remains. Banco has arguably has the most character of all 'the Lounges' with high ceilings, cornices, & an unusual trading space.Banco Lounge is situated in the very 'up-and-coming' suburb of Totterdown, which is famed for its tightly packed streets filled with colourful houses.
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good food, good service, good atmosphere, rubbish quiz!”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

I must start by pointing out we did not visit to participate in the quiz, nor did we do so. However, in our opinion it was utterly cringe-worthy. The quizmaster started to ask the questions before the answer papers were handed out: The questions were continually being corrected as he went along: There were long gaps between questions. Questions were read at an amazingly loud volume and mostly punctuated by ums. All the aspects relating to our meals, thank goodness, were up to the usual high standards we have experienced at this venue.

  • Visited August 2013
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Mike R, General Manager at Banco Lounge, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
David, you will be happy to know the quizmaster has been replaced by our very own Hannah who is far better! We are glad you enjoyed your food and service. Please come visit us again!

Mike Roscoe
General Manger
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English first
Yeovil, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Banco brekkie”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

A great place to have a social Sunday brekkie, especially the morning after. A great menu choice, an exciting place to mix and fantastic value. The coffee is also brilliant, allserved in an old Lloyds bank building which retains many of its original features. No evedence of spare cash lying around though.
The best bit is the great smiley service you get from the staff.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Mike L
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Mike R, Manager at Banco Lounge, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Hi Mike! Sorry there was no money still lying around... you forgot to check the old bank vault in the cellar! Pleased you love our breakfasts. Please stop by again soon!

Mike Roscoe
General Manger
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place that can always be relied on to deliver the goods.”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

We eat here really regularly as it's very close it home. The food is great quality and good value. We've sampled many of the regular options and lots of specials. All have been tasty. Today I had a lovely Indian Summer Fish Curry- it was fairly mild but nicely flavoured. Service was excellent- friendly and efficient.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Somerset1973
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Mike R, Manager at Banco Lounge, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Thanks so much for the glowing review! Please come and see us again soon!

Mike Roscoe
Gneral Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
558 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“Quirky cafe/lounge/bar”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

The guys that run this place are great fun
They had mushy peas with cod and fat chips on the menu, turns out fat chips were off so had little cubes of fried potato instead. Mushy peas were garden peas so they tried again but you can't make mushy peas from garden peas no matter how hard you try!
Full marks for trying though
Great coffee good selection of beers on tap plus very strong cider! Be warned!
Bit pricy but fun place to go for coffee and cake or lunch or dinner par,ing bit of a night mare though

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank DeniseLock
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Mike R, Manager at Banco Lounge, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Hi Denise!

Sorry the food wasn't 100% we do aim to please! If you are in Bristol again, please stop by and let us make it up to you!

Mike Roscoe
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great place to chill out!!”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

We live just round the corner from Banco and the staff are always very polite and ask you about your day and how you are. Once you establish a regular patronage with them they're all lovely people and you can treat them as you would your own friends. Also a nice atmosphere - there are often people using the free wi-fi on their laptops and there are games for families to play with their kids or if anyone wants to have a laugh.

We had breakfast there once - eggy bread stack with syrup and breakfast muffin, both very nice. If you're looking for run-of-the-mill greasy spoon food do not come here as the guys who do the meals put 100% effort into presentation and quality and with both those aspects you get what you pay for and vice versa.

We usually pop into Banco every Wednesday or one day during the weekend and have either a cool drink like a mocktail or iced coffee with flavoured syrup when the weather is nice and sunny. If it's autumnal/wintry weather we opt for hot chocolate with marshmallows and latte. The guys who work there are very good at remembering what you usually order especially when you become regulars and they light the candles on the tables when the nights draw in so it looks very romantic and cosy.

Keep up the good work guys!! x

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Jo C
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