Harden's survey result
“A privileged location” on the harbour is part of the draw at this “modern but mature” operation in a striking looking former river police station (nowadays owned by Youngs). As of a big 2018 refit, “its Pontoon Bar, with its lovely view of the docks, has become a brunch/lunch favourite” owing to its “good choice of food” (and somewhat atoning for the loss of Bordeaux Quay, RIP). Upstairs, in the airy restaurant (with balcony), the performance is “pleasant but unexciting”.
“A lovely harbourside location” with “good views across the old docks” is key to the appeal of this striking looking building: a former river police station. Following an extensive refit by newish owners Young’s in summer 2018, there’s now a huge outdoor terrace called the Pontoon. You can eat “reliable” pub classics there, with fancier fare upstairs in the restaurant (which has its own balcony).
“Often overlooked as it has been here a while, and so isn’t part of the über-trendy new Bristol foodie scene” – this striking-looking dockside feature (with downstairs bar and upstairs restaurant) was taken over by Young’s in late 2016. The food is generally well-rated – the worst criticism of it, is that it can be a bit “meh” – and some of the decor “is looking a bit shabby” but it’s a “buzzy” haunt, with a “delightful summer terrace”, and “you can’t go wrong here if you can get a table overlooking the floating harbour”.
This striking-looking dockside landmark – a former river-police station – achieved solid feedback this year. Its most ardent fans say that it has been “constantly over-performing for over 20 years”, but the general verdict is that it’s more of a “good standby” for “perfectly acceptable and good value” food. Top tip? – “a table on the terrace overlooking the river is a delight on a warm day”.
riverstation Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Stopped going after my last visit. Food very ordinary with a poor choice of dishes. The location is the only thing going for this place."
|Wine per bottle||£19.00|
The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB
|Monday||10 am‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||10 am‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||10 am‑11 pm|
|Thursday||10 am‑11 pm|
|Friday||10 am‑11 pm|
|Saturday||10 am‑11 pm|
|Sunday||10 am‑10 pm|