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“Beyond Vile”
Review of The Blue Bowl

The Blue Bowl
Ranked #9 of 12 Restaurants in Hanham
Price range: $3 - $25
Cuisines: Pub
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Description: The Blue Bowl is a family friendly business. We offer delicious meals at very competitive prices. Car park is situated at the rear of the building, we offer a spacious outdoor seating area with comfortable seating. Inside we have ample seating & a children's play area. Reservations of any size welcome, please contact us.
Bristol
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102 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Beyond Vile”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

OOOOh - where does one begin? A lot of money has been spent turning this lovely old pub into a cosy village eatery - after that the owners must have had a lot to do - cause they sure haven't been back to check on it!

First impressions, mega grubby, second impressions, cocky & arrogant bar staff - when ordering drinks & asking for ice - were advised in no uncertain terms - that no, they didn't have any ice & no they didn't know when the engineer was coming to fix it (they had been very busy - it had been christmas we were told - as if we didn't know), well ,we enquired would perhaps the Tonic Water to go with the Gin be cold - no was the answer to that. Well- we tentatively asked could one of our party have a sparkling water (surely that was going to be in the fridge?) no was the firm answer to that (could have been another member of staff at the end of the bar who suggested to the barman that there could have been some cold bottles in the cellar - the answer was no to both requests) "We have been very busy - it has just been christmas".

So foolishly - I can't believe we still carried on with the order, but it was wet outside , we were hungry & wanted a drink - we settled for rancid wine, with flat lemonade, a cranberry juice which tasted that it had been opened long before the new year - but the bottle of beer was alright.

There were about nine other people in the pub, the menus were grubby - we voted against eating there & the beer was drunk (from the bottle) the other drinks were left.

Truly the aggressive, apathy of the bar staff should really be addressed by Sizzler Pubs who own this place - why couldn't somebody have nipped down the Co-Op & bought a couple of bags of ice? Why were the shelves hardly stocked - it truly had the look of a place that was 'going to the wall', which must be so disheartening for the locals as well as the owners.

Think service akin to that of the TV Series "Shameless", but in more comfortable, but equally dirty surroundings & you won't be disappointed - in fact there are small mountains of dirty fag butts & littered car park to authenticate scene.

  • Visited January 2014
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English first
Bristol, UK
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26 reviews
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“Festive Cheer”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

I visited the restaurant with a party of 10 members of my family on a Monday night. I had a soup to start, which was presented in the smallest bowl i had ever seen and it was not as hot as I would have normally expected. The steak I had was cooked well, but contained a lot of grisle and put me off the meal. The afters was probably the best of the three courses I had.

  • Visited December 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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913 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 393 helpful votes
“Excellent value”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

We have eaten here a few times and the food has consistently been good value pub food. The pub is a lovely old building and the staff are always decent with minimal waiting times for our food. There are usually offers on to get free desserts or 2 for 1 main meals too which always helps!

  • Visited November 2013
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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“Disgusting.”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

Do not go here!! A "sizzling" plate consisted of sausages still frozen in the middle, dare to complain and you'll get short shrift. Hopelessly understaffed, dirty and somewhere I will never go again. I can honestly say I've never seen so many meals sent back to the kitchen. And all this after at least a 20 minute wait to even get served----atrocious.

  • Visited November 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Good food at a reasonable price”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

This restaurant is very good value for money. Its family friendly so gets very busy early evening and parking can be a bit of a problem. The staff are friendly and efficient but there can be a wait at peak times. They do special offers on meals, even at weekends.

Visited April 2013
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