Harden's survey result
“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”.
On a sunny lunchtime, the city has few more “delightful” places to eat than this striking-looking venue – a former river police station, in the historic dockside area. Sceptics say “the location overcomes the average food”, but on most accounts it’s a “safe” bet, in particular for a “perfect brunch”.
riverstation Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Modern but mature. Good choice of food, very well executed. Enjoyed my baked hake and trendy pudding. Privileged location!"
The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB
lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 6 pm - 10.30 pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm, Fri & Sat 11 pm