on June 16, 2013
My son and I decided to visit Bill’s restaurant around 4 pm one Saturday afternoon, as wandering around exhibitions had left us with an appetite. I was surprised to see how busy the place was at that time of day but presumed that was a good sign. Fortunately we didn’t have to wait long to be shown to a table that was big enough for four. I took a comfortable upholstered seat while my son sat opposite on a wooden chair. Tables were also wooden but finished with a coat of paint, and there was a cruet set as well as a small bucket containing cutlery and napkins on each.A waiter brought menus, including a small card showing daily specials. We decided to bypass the starters and go straight for the mains. We had had a quick look at the menu in the window before deciding to come in, and I felt that there was a good variety to choose from including steak, burgers, chicken dishes, fish and three vegetarian options. I was intrigued by one of the daily specials which was smoked mackerel with BLT and mayonnaise (£9.95). I had never heard of that combination before but felt it was worth trying. My son decided on Bill’s hamburger in a sesame seed bun with red onion, tomato, lettuce and skinny fries (£9.95), but he asked them to leave off the horseradish mayonnaise. Some of the soft drinks sounded tempting but were a little pricy, so we ordered one large and one regular cloudy apple juice (£3.05 and £2.30). These were served without ice which is fine by me, but some people might prefer a cooler drink.It wasn’t long before our food was served; my son asked for some ordinary mayonnaise but I didn’t need anything extra. The bacon of my BLT was disappointingly streaky, but there was watercress instead of lettuce which isn’t something I would complain about. The mackerel fillet was very good and made up for the lack of lean bacon. My son was happy with his burger and fries so we both polished off our mains. Mine wasn’t overly filling, but it was enough for me.We didn’t have room for dessert so we asked for the bill, which came to £27.78. Luckily, I had noticed on the menu that a service charge of 10% is automatically added. It is optional, but service was friendly and efficient so we paid the 10%.Toilets are on the ground floor, and the ladies’ was clean and well appointed.Bill’s is busy and fairly noisy, but the food is good and I would be happy to go back. They open early to serve breakfast, and afternoon cream teas are served between 2.30 and 5.30pm with either tea or champagne. Bill’s also has a special children’s menu, and they sell food hampers, cook books and gift vouchers. They are open every day until 11 pm except Sundays, when they close at 10.30pm. If you are in the Queen’s Road area of Bristol, I would recommend a visit.
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