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The Pump House

Merchants Road, Hotwells, BRISTOL, BS8 4PZ

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The one-time hydraulic pumping station on the dockside was ripe for conversion, and chef-proprietor Toby Gritten has judged it just right, creating a buzzy bar and restaurant with a gastro-pub vibe. The scale of the place means there's a place to go whatever mood you're in (or what the weather is like). You can eat downstairs in the pub part of the operation, or sit outside by the water's edge, or head upstairs if you fancy a little less hullabaloo. The kitchen deals in produce from the South West, and it's not just lip-service either, and everything from bread to chutneys are made in-house. Kick off with scallops caught in Lyme Bay and served with celeriac and apple, or maybe rillettes of woodland-reared pork with celeriac and toast. This is robust and hearty stuff, but not without refinement. Main-course beer-battered fish and chips is one way to go, but there's also the likes of tenderloin of pork with celeriac, cavolo nero and apple purée. End on a high with cherry and almond trifle with macaroons, or burnt Cambridge cream with mulled cider sorbet.

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Tel: 0117 927 2229
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Days closed: Mon-Wed
Dates closed: 25 Dec
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Thu
Days closed for dinner: Sun

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Toby Gritten
Number of seats: 50
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £15.00
Sunday lunch: £14.00-£18.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

The Pump House, Bristol
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A4 Clevedon to city centre, left before swing bridge
Nearest station: Bristol Temple Meads

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