The Old Bookshop


SquareMeal Review of The Old Bookshop

Occupying a former bookshop in the heart of Bristol’s regenerated Southville district, this quirky café-cum-music venue has retained something of its ramshackle bibliophile atmosphere. It’s crammed with all kinds of charity-shop collectables: retro ghetto blasters, typewriters, old cameras, bunting and lampshades; look up at the bar and you’ll see an impressive light fitting made from brass instruments (a nod to the music on offer). During the week, the place is filled with mums and tots enjoying cakes and coffee on mismatched crockery, while evenings bring intimate folksy gigs accompanied by tapas along the lines of pork meatballs with smoky tomato sauce, Brixham sprats with gremolata oil or lentil, spinach and pepper stew. Weekends get pretty busy, so get there early for music events.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Fun, Lively, Quirky
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Food Hygiene Rating

About The Old Bookshop

The Old Bookshop is a café-cum-music venue in the Southville district of Bristol. Serving a number of different drinks alongside a menu full of tempting dishes, The Old Bookshop is quirky through and through from its decor to the outfits worn by the waiting staff. Managing to have an almost café-like feel during the day, before turning into more of a fun drinking spot in the evenings, and also occasionally playing host to the odd live music act, this is a spot which really can be enjoyed by everyone.

The inside is decorated with a random assortment of charity shop collectables, giving the place somewhat of a homely feel. A light fitting made from an old trumpet hangs above the bar and a number of old typewriters sit above the bar, while the large front window ensures that plenty of light is constantly flooding in.

The main food menu begins with a selection of burgers including a steak and brisket patty topped with cheddar fondue, and vegan burger made from pulled smoked jackfruit topped with a hash brown, crushed avocado and barbecue sauce. The menu also features a variety of small plates designed for sharing such as crab cakes served with a dill mayonnaise, mini mac n’cheese, and falafel served with beetroot hummus, pickled cauliflower and toasted sesame seeds.

On Saturdays a brunch menu, which includes dishes such as smoked salmon, smashed avocado and a poached egg on sourdough, is offered, with all dishes coming with a free hot drink. Then on Sundays, there are a number of different classic roasts on offer including beef, chicken and lamb, served with all the trimmings.

In terms of drinks, the brilliantly stocked bar covers everything from wine and craft beers, to soft drinks and a number of tempting cocktails. So regardless of your tipple, the bar staff will be able to create something for you.

Location for The Old Bookshop

65 North Street, Bristol, Bristol, Bristol, BS3 1ES

0117 373 8907


Opening Times

Tues-Sat 12N-3pm 6-9pm (Sat 10am-) Sun 12N-4pm

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