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“Nice food and ambience” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Cowshed

The Cowshed
Ranked #140 of 1,552 Restaurants in Bristol
Price range: US$9 - US$44
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: At The Cowshed we bring the taste of the countryside to the city. For us the most important thing is knowing where and how food is produced. We focus on the quality of the farming or production methods and the ethics and integrity of the grocer, breeder or supplier.
Bristol, UK
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice food and ambience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

I thought this was a nice restaurant, good food and pleasant ambience. The staff could be a little better trained; I asked our waitress if the asparagus was English and she said yes (this in August, so probably correct) but not with any great conviction, and then muttered 'well, I think it is'. I didn't bother checking if the scallops were hand-dived because I wasn't confident that she would know. Ordered something else! The wine selection was not great, and though they have good dessert wines the desserts themselves don't really go well with them. So I would say it's great for an evening meal, but I wouldn't come here with my husband for something special. If you want that, check out Bell's Diner in Montpelier!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Some good, some not so good”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

The £10 lunch presents good value but perhaps not the largest of portions. Left the male members of the party still feeling hungry. With most of the choices, vegetables came at an extra cost. Described as "Jam Roly Poly", what came was a rather bland Swiss Roll with no cream in sight. On the good side, a lot of the food was well prepared and presented. I agree with the complaint about charging £1 for a bottle of tap water and not being warned of the cost.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Helen B
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Great steak, wonderful sides (try the garlic mushrooms). The location is awesome. Just go here already.

Visited July 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Charged for tap water out of a fancy bottle”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

thankfully we booked the earlybird menu so only had to pay £10 each plus £1 each for tap water from a fancy bottle not impressed as the waitress offered water but did not inform us we would have to pay for it !

I had the steak which well quite frankly i have had a better meal at the Harvesters. Yes the steak was nice but it was just plonked on the wooden board with a side order of 'chips' these were potato wedges and there were about 6. glad i did not have to pay the full price ! A nice side salad or onion rings to accompany the meal would have been nice.

My boyfriend had the burger and the same thing just a burger and few potato wedges. far too pricey and the amount of food served for the price was rubbish !
i will not be coming back.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Minehead, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Birthday meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

My husband and I paid a visit for his birthday on Saturday, restaurant was packed and people were being turned away so glad we booked. Menu was varied, pleased with both starter and main. Quite pricey but worth it for special occasion, only niggle was delay between courses but other than that GREAT!

Visited August 2014
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