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early dinner stopoff in Bristol

Dublin, Ireland
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early dinner stopoff in Bristol

Hi, we are taking the coach from London to Bristol, and then onwards to Bristol airport for a 9pm flight. Thought it would be nice to have a quick look around Bristol and have an early dinner there somewhere. Any suggestions please? Also, does anyone know if there is a leftluggage office at the coach station?

thanks in advance

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Montpelier, Bristol
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1. Re: early dinner stopoff in Bristol

Sadly, unlike say Liverpool and Manchester, now only Tourist Info Office has this facility (each baggage is charged), but closes by 5pm - and luggage must be collected least 10 mins before closing time. Some time ago someone suggested getting a gym day pass and just using lockers! Not sure if they'd be large enough. However, there are 3 or 4 gyms close to coach station.

All the best!

Bristol, United...
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2. Re: early dinner stopoff in Bristol

Unfortunately I can’t really add much to what Birbeck says regarding luggage storage.

Depending on what time you are arriving from London there may well still be the opportunity to have a look around the city. The Tourist Information centre is less than 10 minutes walk from the bus station so you could still drop your bags in there as long as you pick them up prior to the cut off time of around 16.45.

That would then mean finding somewhere after that to eat and taking your bags with you. If you are going to be in Bristol on a week day then most pubs and restaurants aren’t going to overly busy late afternoon/ early evening so it probably isn’t going to be a massive problem having bags with you.

The Tourist Information centre is on the Harbourside and either side of it you will find a number of pubs and restaurants such as the Stable, Mckenzies or BSB a little further down you will find Lloyds, the Pitcher & Piano and at the back of there facing out on to the Mellenium square you have Las Igunas. You will also find Za za bazaar located on the Harbourside which is an all you can eat buffet though I’m not sure you would really want that with a bus ride and flight ahead of you, space is also a little tight in there if you have luggage.

Alternatively if you come out of the Harbourside back onto the City Centre and go in the direction back to toward the Bus Station you have Aluna and Turtle Bay (though this seems to always be busy) on the right hand side or on your left you have the Drawbridge pub which serves food if you carry on down a bit further you have Bambalan or keep going and just before you get to the bus station you have the Brewers Fayre.

If as I assume you are then catching the airport flyer from the Bus Station to the airport, aim to catch the 7pm bus, the next one after that is 7.20 which should be ok but any later than that for a 9pm flight and you could be in trouble.

Montpelier, Bristol
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3. Re: early dinner stopoff in Bristol

As for food, there are more eateries per head than any other UK city; and not short of varied pubs/bars with good food - most offering veggie, vegan, gluten-free etc. Its difgicukt to hive names, it's really Forres you to give an idea of cuisine(s) pr÷ffered. Staying central and near the coach station is Cabot Circus shopping centre, and the upper levels have a large number of mostly chains. If you're here before 1.30pm, then St Nicholas Market (Old City) has great choice, quality and value. Great places along tge barrow Corn St/St Nicholas St/Clare St/Small St surrounding the Market. Otherwise, head to popular Wapping Wharf for dozens of high quality eateries (some on UK's Top 100) in shipping containers and Gaol Ferry Steps along historic Floating Harbour. Or take one of the a ferries to Millennium Promenade/Hannover Quay to waterfront modern eateries with fab views across to Brunel's historic, award-winning ss Great Britain ship museum. You didn't say how many hours or time you'd be in Bristol. Time permitting and maybe wanting to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge, then a trek up Park St (or bus) to Clifton Village or Whieladies Rd has dozens of places, including gastro pubs. Not to mentions streets off the latter with Michelin-starred and award-winning ones. Can be quite ovetwhelming!

Bristol, United...
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4. Re: early dinner stopoff in Bristol

Drop off bags at Tourist Information Centre, walk round the harbour (and go to ss Great Britain if time), explore Wapping Wharf area for food (or pick up bags and head to #1 Harbourside next to Tourist Office) and then walk to Redcliffe Way to pick up airport bus from outside Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. Around 10 min walk from harbourisde

Dublin, Ireland
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5. Re: early dinner stopoff in Bristol

Thanks everyone for your great suggestions

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