Review on The Pump House

Situated on the river at Hotwells (where the docks meet the Avon), this magnificent stone edifice was originally a pumping station used to generate power for emptying locks and turning swing bridges. These days, it has a very different function and has recently undergone a transformation from down-at-heel boozer to fashionable gastro pub.

Inside, there's a capacious bar and informal dining area, plus a stylish upstairs restaurant lit by large church candles; the waterside patio is a great fine-weather attraction. Chef/proprietor Toby Gritten was formerly at the Albion in Clifton before taking on this new challenge, and his food is suitably gutsy.

Traditional British meets trendy Europe on the menu, which might take in anything from hot and cold Bath Chaps with summer truffles and quails' eggs to 'tongue and cheek' (a daring combo of braised ox tongue with seared cod's cheek). The kitchen also sends out organic salmon terrine with baby leeks and watercress velouté, rump of Mendip lamb with cockles and potato gratin, or roast pollack with chanterelle gnocchi and baby fennel. To conclude, expect chocolate marquise with cherries or lemon and lime tart with lime parfait.

The Pump House is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA Guide

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Gastro pub


Toby Gritten

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at The Pump House

  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 80 covers


WiFi is available


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Pump House
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