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“OK for a drink and a quick snack, not a restaurant”

Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar
Ranked #839 of 1,710 Restaurants in Bristol
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: More than just a Cafe Bar, Tobacco Factory is a community hub. With a Sunday Market, art exhibitions, regular events, live music and theatre upstairs, Tobacco Factory is at the heart of the Bedminster & Southville neighbourhood. It is a well known landmark and one of Bristol's most important venues.
Reviewed March 15, 2013

This is another place that overdoes its reliance on mezze/tapas style food and a perplexing menu. It is as though many of these eateries cannot decide what they want to be, and so call it "eclectic" - usually meaning they have no sense of identity or direction. If you like hummus, bread and olives, a good place to go. Could not understand the way the menu had been out together, it prescribes the elements of a mezzo-style meal, instead of letting the customer choose, so one finds oneself having to choose between EITHER the Patatas Bravas OR the Allioli. It would make more sense to have a mezze/tapas menu and let people put together their own platters. Poor choice on gluten-free food, as usual. A little foray into classic dishes, like Tortillas, paella, Tajine, Lentils à la Berbère, Rice-stuffed beef tomatoes and potatoes, Risotto alla Milanese etc. would go a long way towards making this an outstanding restaurant. British chefs need to explore and learn the rigour of tried and tested, before experimenting with flavours that they are not familiar with.

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

So the previous reviews seem to be missing the point, Tobacco factory is a great space catering to large audience, everyone feels welcome here!Its sociable and casual!
When we went early evening their were couples, families, individuals and mates. Some people just having a beer, some a coffee and others chatting and eating.
What I love about Tobacco factory which other places lack is that you can go there and treat it like a cafe, a pub or a restaurant. I often go to pubs and dont want alcohol, I would quite like a nice coffee but eithers pubs dont do hot drinks or they do them badly - well tobacco factory has great bristol beer factory brewskies and a decent coffee!
We had vegetarian tapas to share, with patatas bravas and it was delicious and they give you a huge basket of the most delicious artisan bread!Service was quick and friendly too.
It cost £15 for two of us to have drinks and dinner. bargain! Just wish there was somewhere like it in Frome.

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1  Thank sun_city_girl84
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

I went here with friends recently, but have been many times before when visiting the theatre. I love the atmosphere in the Tobacco Factory. It's a really lively place with comfortable sofa's to loung around on. I had the salmon salad and have no complaints.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I have been here many times over the past 7-8 years, most recently last week; it certainly is not as good as it used to be, but some of the reviews are a bit harsh in my opinion. I have never had food as bad as some have described, but the choice is rather limited and it is bar food - it does not claim to be a restaurant. The service was a little slow on my last visit (though it has been fine ion the past) and the main courses arrived before we had finished the starter (a perfectly acceptable mezze). It is true that most of it is a large, cavernous room that can become rather noisy (it is a cafe/bar and most people do not eat), but one can also see it as cosmopolitan. There is a smaller room which is quieter - worth asking for a table there if you book.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

I had a 'quick' lunch here after collecting some tickets for the theatre next door.

I had to wait over half an hour for a ciabatta roll, which was essentially cold tuna and egg mayonnaise on wilted lettuce ( I had expected something warm) that cost £6. It was HORRIBLE.

The venue is large , drafty and a bit grubby, charmless really.

The menus are only on a blackboard as far as I could see, so tough luck if your short sighted.

There is a middle Easter Cafe across the road that looked lovely , with a far more enticing and cheaper menu.

All I can say is very poor!

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2  Thank goafrica
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