survey result

Summary

£52
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2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

In the unusual and attractive setting of a former river-police station, “this long-established dockside restaurant still continues to offer value and quality, despite the change in ownership a few years ago (to Youngs)”, although nowadays in a much less foodie vein than in its heyday over 20 years ago. As of a 2018 refit, diners can opt for the Pontoon Bar, a popular brunch/lunch haunt, while upstairs “pre-theatre meals are also popular”.

Summary

£52
   ££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

Summary

£52
   ££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

Summary

£54
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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).

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Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Menu,Portions
Yes
28
No dress code
120
Yes

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £25.00 £31.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£6.80 £21.00 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £20.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Saturday10 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Sunday10 am‑6 pm

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