The Crafty Cow

4.2
99 Reviews
£25 and under
American
We are a fantastic family friendly Bristol pub situated on Gloucester Road at Horfield, and are offering great food including the infamous Giant Yorkshire Sunday Roast!

WE ARE NOW FULLY OPEN and are delighted to welcome you back to our new Covid safe environment.

We are a pub where the whole family is welcomed!

Serving delicious and exciting food and a wide range of drinks; 2 craft beers, 3 real ales, a lovely selection of wines, spirits, bottled drinks, draft lagers and ciders.

We’ve got plenty going on in the evenings too like our Pub Quiz – returning soon! Check out the ‘What’s On’ section here, or our Facebook page, for information on up coming events.

Stay with us at the Crafty Cow. Newly refurbished in 2017, you can now stay in one of our rooms above our popular family friendly pub.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 99 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
3.8
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Bristol87
Bristol
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing as always ☺️ Well managed in there as well whilst the football was on.

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PaulQ
Bristol
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The booking of the table was quite straight forward and the service was good. However the menu was very limited and disappointing , especially the children's menu. The menu consisted of mainly burgers and chips.
Would not recommend this for a meal out . Could have cooked this at home for a faction of the price !!!!!!!.

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Found the choice of food very limited and basic.

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AlisonE
Bristol
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice vibe, helpful, efficient staff, good food, band good

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AndyS
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good atmosphere and plenty of space and seating in the garden. Food/drink app works well

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DonnaP
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went on a sunday, would of liked more option of food not just a sunday lunch. Was put on a table that was about to collapse so we moved staff was fine about it had no problems.

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LouisaN
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Staff were friendly but drinks order was wrong and took a while to be rectified. Food was below par and very expensive for what it was. Burgers are £8.50 on their own and very small portion of chips are an extra £2.50 making a mediocre meal very expensive.
Pub was clean and staff were very nice. If menu and food was improved we would definitely spend more time there.

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clariew
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Patchy quality of food made this visit rather disappointing. My salad was fresh and tasty and the chicken burger and chilli were good but the nachos were a disaster. Top marks for home made ones but they had turned out wrong: too thick and hard. My grandson gave up on them. Service was friendly and don't worry, we will be back.

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RichardE
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great, ordering system was fiddly but functional, might just be my age! Nice staff, overall great!

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s a very nice place,especially for a family with children.

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Cloo
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Really loud whereas we couldn’t hear each other speak. Drinks took an hour to arrive

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joshw
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor area. Good live music. Nice beer selection. Good vibes. Recommend.

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NickyB
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious and live band were awesome - festival vibes loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening

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Rachel
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Jackfruit chilli (spicy!). Used the app to order and drinks/food arrived quickly. Great service even though the pub was busy.

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Tibby
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had a table outside, weather lucky on our side also. Originally under cover however no gas for heaters , was bit cold so moved out in sun and perfect,
Lunch menu was good , would have liked a bit more choice, and healthier options, sweet potatoe for jacket and for fries too.loved the super green salad which they use to have ,
Overall glad to be able to socialise in or outside pub again :)

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ClaudiaT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food has definitely gone down in quality. Not good value for money... Small portions and high price. Food was overcooked.
Quiz was overly complicated but now we have set it up it should be easier going forward.
The quiz will keep us coming at least

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JamesD
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The qr code system for ordering drinks works really well.

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NoemiN
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice staff&really good food! Definitely recommend coming here for a Sunday Roast!

The Crafty Cow
Responded on May 17, 2021

Thank you so much! Hope to see you back very soon. Steve General Manager

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ClareR
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat at an outside picnic table which is not the most comfortable for longer periods of time. However, food ( lovely Sunday lunch in a giant Yorkshire) and service were great! 👍

The Crafty Cow
Responded on May 17, 2021

Thank you Clare! We look forward to seeing you again. Steve General Manager

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JoanneM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere with a mixture of ages. Was good to be able to catch up with friends.

The Crafty Cow
Responded on May 17, 2021

Thank you Joanne! Hope to see you back soon :) Steve General Manager

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MikeP
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great service and lovely atmosphere!

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KeirM
London
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Very muddy outside! Would be better if paved/gravel

The Crafty Cow
Responded on May 17, 2021

Thank you for the feed back. We did our best to react to the weather and the high footfall as quickly as we could and after 5 months closed, its been difficult to finance everything we've done so far. You'll be happy to know the gravel actually arrived the morning after your visit. Sorry it didn't make it in time but hopefully we will see you again :) Regards Steve General Manager

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StevenD
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

So nice to be out and about again. Situation (social distance) well managed by The Crafty Cow.
Thank you

The Crafty Cow
Responded on May 17, 2021

THANK YOU STEVEN! We really appreciate it. Hope to see you back soon :) Regards, Steve General Manager

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SarahN
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We were the last to leave and could have stayed hours more! Such a festival feel and so Covid safe. We will definitely go back.

The Crafty Cow
Responded on May 17, 2021

<3 THANK YOU <3

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AndyS
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service. First time at the Crafty Cow and we’ll be back very soon.

The Crafty Cow
Responded on May 17, 2021

<3

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fab night

Very friendly staff

Lovely garden highly recommend

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Elli
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Menu was limited but very tasty.
Great atmosphere even in the rain. It's so cosy. Looking forward to coming back 😁

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AdamH
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff were really friendly and helpful. I would definitely go there again.

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kettie
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

the food was cold, full of garlic and had clearly been reheated. there was a hair in my food as well. hardly saw any colleagues and was just overall not a very good experience which was a let down as my friends and i were very excited

The Crafty Cow
Responded on May 17, 2021

Hi Kettie, Thanks for the feedback. I'd love to have a little more detail on your experience if you don't mind? I can promise you that everything is cooked from scratch and fresh here. I'm sorry if that wasn't apparent. As for the hair, we can only apologise. This shouldn't happen at all and we do take all measures to avoid this. Regards, Steve General Manager

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ChloeO
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was incredibly poor quality, not worth £12. Ordered roast dinner only had 2 potatoes, used beetroot instead of red cabbage, small Yorkshire puddings not what was advertised. The meat was fatty and not very nice. Service member even admitted they were running low on food.

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JofBristol
London
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We visited the crafty cow for Sunday lunch when you could only eat outside. On the positives, it was very easy to book and we had a half decent roast in a large pub garden, which has been set up well for all weathers. However it didn’t score as well as it might have for a few reasons mainly organisational. The checking in and taking prebooked groups to their tables was all left to a single member of staff, leading to what seemed an unnecessary queue. We ordered on the app - drinks came after our food and the kids ice creams not long after we’d started our food. The pork lamb and chicken were all well cooked (slow cooked), tasty and decent portions, however the plate was very light on veggies and the tops of most of the potatoes were burnt. Prices were on the higher side so expecting a better experience. As someone with a young family it also would have been nice if someone had cleaned the high chairs and offered to bring one to the table (it was a written request on my booking) and hidden from view the boxes of toys that understandably weren’t available to play with. Despite these points it was still a good meal served by friendly staff.

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Nigelh
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside of course because of the current restrictions! But the area service drinks and atmosphere was fantastic.. we will be back thanks

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Fagle
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Asked for mayonnaise salt and vinegar the waiter had no intention of getting it, as he went back in and started servingpeople instead, asked another what dirty fries was, she never came to tell me, other than that it was very good.

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MartinP
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good quality food, nice big tented beer garden and a good range of drinks

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LillyM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding customer service, the staff really go above and beyond, to ensure you have a good time. Food was very delicious, and very filling.

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Staranise
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely staff and incredibly effective service but a very limited menu and nothing really for gluten free/wheat free people espes which is veggie at the same time. Needed more variety on the menu, especially in the way of salads and rice dishes. Thanks

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Johnny
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

We were allocated a table outside of the tent which wasn’t ideal as it was quite windy, cold and dark but moved to a table inside the tent which was much better. Service was really good. Didn’t have food so put 1 star as couldn’t leave blank. The app was a little problematic but ok.

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emmy
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Great feels however had some issues with the wrong food being delievered when vegetarian had been ordered

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JoyS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great lunch, nice food and good service. Appreciated the awnings and patio heaters as the weather was potentially dodgy . Definitely would visit again!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Crafty Cow using the Order Online button. The Crafty Cow also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0117 239 8832.

The Crafty Cow is rated 4.2 stars by 99 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.