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The Old Bookshop

#160 of 1,212 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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British, Bar
As featured in Romantic Guide to Bristol
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65 North St | Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES, England
+44 117 953 5222
11:30 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon 18:00 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Came for Sunday roast on a packed afternoon and it was a perfect, relaxing pint and lunch. Nice cosy atmosphere with low lighting and relaxed staff. It was with out doubt the best roast i've had in Bristol. Luxurious beef(big pile of) with deep unctuous gravy and good veg but also quality and really special touches that put it well... More 

Thank matthew l
Bristol, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

New Menu , Higher price , extremely small starters, Roast Potatoes cold, Vegetables cold, Beef looked like it was carved with a razor as it was so thin, waited 30mins between 1st and second Course, we did complain and was told we now have a new chef we have had no complaints , not sure what happened to our Sunday... More 

Thank martyn b
MammaBookshop, Owner at The Old Bookshop, responded to this review

Hi Martyn. Since the beginning of October we’ve had a new permanent chef, and the feedback so far has been extremely positive. His Sunday roasts have received lots of compliments, so I’m really sorry you didn’t enjoy yours. Perhaps it was just a fluke on the day, but if you were willing to give us another go, we’d be happy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Great food from the new chef, had the Picanha steak for 2 people to share, absolutely fantastic flavour, only a limited number available that evening so fortunate to get one, would definitely have again, but so much on the menu sounds great so may try something different on the next visit. Love the feel of the place, staff friendly and... More 

Thank Pwca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Chilled and cozy atmosphere. Friendly and smiley service. Amazing, tasty and interesting food! Definitely be coming back for dinner.

Thank Micha F
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We went to the Old Bookshop based on the recent reviews on trip advisor and we are very glad that we did. First of all the environment is really quite strange in pleasant way (as quirky as it comes). We agreed that we wouldn't want to be left alone in the dark here :-) as the fittings and fixtures have... More 

Thank dmatty1982
Bristol, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This small bar/restaurant is very welcoming and has a great lively atmosphere. They now have a resident chef, who certainly knows what he is doing, and all of our food was excellent. There is also a good range of wines and interesting beers. A very pleasant spot to spend an evening!

Thank Andrew G
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Had an impromptu evening here... Great atmosphere and some awesome live music! There are some new chefs running the kitchen and the menu is exciting, different, delicious and great value. The brunch menu and an insanely delicious looking roast need to be tried. Had a few small plates, and they were all gorgeous. This place is one to watch...

Thank gordonmaytham
Bristol, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

My best-friend and our children introduced me to this place. They raved about how quirky this place was, how friendly the staff were and how good the food was. Well what can I say? This place is incredibly different! Idiosyncratic dining! Great food, great setting, great atmosphere, and great people! Love having my Sunday roast here, and feel immensely envious... More 

Thank Firksy
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We went to the old bookshop for dinner last night as we often do because they have a new pop up kitchen each month. Today when we went their pop up kitchen was "Izzy and Irie" which we haven't tried before. We had the sharing fish platter for £25 and it was delicious and just enough to fill the two... More 

Thank katrobertson2002
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

nice pub, not big so if you're planning on eating you should definitely phone ahead. Great Sunday roast and very reasonably priced (along with the wine list). Every month sees a new pop up kitchen serving the rest of the week so a great way to try different things.

Thank Rob L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
British, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
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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