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  • 5.0 star rating
    21/7/2010

    Yay for expansion. I'm a massive fan of everything tht this little local 'chain' of cafes/bars has to offer. The Lounge Bars are a wonderful invention, and I look forward to them spreading all over in a Starbucks-like rash.

    Deco Lounge serves a wide range of food, cakes, tapas, coffee, beer and cocktails. In short, there really is something here for everyone. At night time the whole place is lit up with candles in a cosy and personable air, which is romantic, comfortable, classy and relaxed. One of my favourite things about this chain of cafes is the interior design. It's completely to my taste; think old churchy interiors with cosy sofas, candles and chit chat-able tables.

    The food and drinks here are wonderful; slightly on the expensive side, perhaps, but I've always found that it's worth every penny. A choice selection. Go and enjoy.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/9/2009
    First to Review

    A long term feature on a stretch of shops that's a bit of graveyard of failed attempts, this is a gem of a café where you can easily spend too much time and money.

    Wood floors, smart wooden furniture, sharp service. Somebody has made the effort with this place, and it has paid off. You don't feel like you're being ripped off with the pricey food and drink, just that you're paying a premium for getting to sit around in a good café. This is all done without making it feel posh or exclusive.

    If money is tight there's wifi available, so you can just hide behind a coffee for an hour or so and distract yourself from the menu by checking your email. The menu's comprehensive and has been different every time I have visited though, so this might be a bit of a challenge. This is one of the ways that you might end up spending more here than you'd planned. If this isn't too much of a worry for you, then pay Deco Lounge a visit.

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/10/2009

    Of all the lounges in all the land, Deco beats them all.  I remember when this place had that smoky wine bar feel, but clearly the smoking ban has put paid to that.  It's the kind of adaptable place that's just as much at home to an elderly gent having a mid afternoon pint (no longer having a puff on a cigarette though) as it is to a bunch of students/young professionals coming for a few cocktails and catch ups - which by the way, are well worth trying at less than £6 a go.  

    The food is fairly priced too, with a good selection of tapas.  The best thing is the breakfasts: if you go before 12pm it's £5.50 for a coffee and lounge breakfast which will really set you up well for the day. If you miss that though, not to worry, they serve breakfast it all day, definitely earning it a few more plus points.  

    Should you want a quiet little hide out, away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Whiteladies road, the table at the top end to the right of the bar is nicely tucked away, it's always my seat of choice.  The free Wifi, excellently stocked bar, and good food makes it dangerously easy to waste away far too many hours in here.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/10/2009

    My wife, who is something of an authority on the various Lounges that are dotted around Bristol, regards this Cotham Hill based one as being the best. Why? The interior.

    It's the usual wooden affair with spaceman decor, though this one is set on two levels and has a nice, more secluded area at the back, which means it rarely gets as crowded as its counterparts. The menu is the same as elsewhere, though I'm not convinced it's that expensive as you can get a great panini and fries with salad for £6. As I've recommended this meal for other Lounges I've reviewed, though, I'll say that for breakfast you should opt for the Lounge eggs (poached) with bacon.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/5/2010

    Eat the breakfast here. I am probably one of the biggest fans of the 'slow sunday morning' in the world. By the 'slow sunday morning' i mean the type of morning where you have a full fry up, read all of the papers (and i mean all of them- even the property supplement), have three or maybe four coffees and let the morning run into the afternoon.

    Once you've finished the food, papers, and coffee, have a little bask in the interior of the place, appreciate the reasonable price and leave with a contented smile on your face.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/5/2010

    These lounges have had their style & formula copied all across the country; the wooden church furniture and black & white family photos on the wall. Imitation really is the greatest form of flattery and this Deco Lounge has got it spot on. Everywhere else just feels like a cheap imitation. The light wood furniture works well with the homely pictures on the wall and the large skylight that let's in loads of natural light. It feels like a family conservatory in the summer and really is lovely and relaxing.

    I am a huge fan of their cappuccinos, they are almost perfect (the milk was slightly too hot, but the coffee itself was delicious) and I love grabbing the newspaper I read (they usually have it lying around, just be careful you don't accidently pick up The Daily Mail, even if it is the only paper left, don't do it, once you've touched it you can never wash it off) and having a nice afternoon reading and working in this Deco Lounge.
     
    It is very busy here though, rightly so, it deserves the business. But the bar is tiny, so whether they are understaffed or not you would still have to wait a little while for your drink. But the staff were really friendly and helpful, even though they were on the manic Sunday afternoon shift.

    They have crammed furniture in to the top section (the best place to sit by a long way, it's too dark everywhere else). You are so squeezed in on some of the tables; some poor ladies almost had me sitting on their lap.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/5/2010

    Deco Lounge is just one of the branches of the Bristol born chain currently spreading like wildfire across the South West. Although the place as the feel of an independent coffee shop, there are actually several dotted across all parts of town.

    The reason for their success is fairly obvious on even the first trip. Deco Lounge is cosy, intimate and tastefully decorated with wooden furniture. The food is flavoursome and interesting, with prices on the higher end of the cafe scale but not ludicrously so.

    Perhaps the thing which sets Deco Lounge most apart is the fact that it's always a good time to pay a visit. It's a great place for breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner and evening drinks, which is not something many establishments can boast.

    • Qype User pubkin…
    • Bristol
    • 38 friends
    • 53 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    30/9/2008

    The deco lounge is essentially an upmarket cafe with a bar, but this is no bad thing.

    The food selection is good and i've always been impressed withthe quality, the breakfast being particularly yummy. The beers selection is small, Star being the beer of choice but as for non alcoholic beverages (I appreciate they have to stock something for people with hangovers) it's excellent.

    They have a fairly decent selection of board games which all seem to have pieces missing but they're still playable.

    Due to it's location it does get busy and studenty but as long as you get here before 12 noon you should get a seat for lunch.

    The service is slow and the staff aren't especialy polite which is dissapointing because the food and decor make this a pleasant place to be.

    If you like to nurse a hangover with a newspaper, fry up and a hair of the dog then this place is great. It can be a bit expensive though.

    • Qype User RobynR…
    • Bristol
    • 1 friend
    • 18 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/1/2010

    This is totally my kind of place. Perfect for meeting friends and having a chat over coffee. We had a light lunch, and I could have stayed all day!
    It has as many seats/tables as it can handle, but it's so popular it's quite often hard to find somewhere to sit. You can't order without a table though, so you don't have the problem of having ordered food and then not having anywhere to eat it as sometimes happens in other coffee shops.
    Happy to see Staropramen on tap!
    I had the delicious "Lounge Eggs" - perfectly poached eggs on English muffins with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce. My friend had the egg/bacon stack with syrup. Go on give it a go!

    • Qype User kparsn…
    • Bristol
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    29/2/2008

    Great sandwiches but avoid their far too greasy breakfasts. Always busy - largely due to where they are.
    Budget OJ - you're better off going to Blue Juice over the road.

  • 2.0 star rating
    29/4/2010

    A lot of people rave about this place and if my friends and i meet in the area, they always suggest Deco Lounge. However, i have never been impressed with the lounge. The food is way over-priced - for a soup and a sparkling water it cost me £9.95!! madness! The place is always busy which means that service is slow. After paying over £9 for a soup and a drink, i had to wait 40 minutes for it to come. The soup was celeriac but all i could taste was salt from the thick layer of salt that had formed on the surface. This disppointment isn't an isolated incident either. That said, the food is quite yummy and the staff are friendly.

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/5/2010

    My 31 year old brother took me for breakfast here one Sunday morning, but had I not been the lucky recipient of an invite here, it is not a place that I would take myself. Trimmings like a beautiful interior that is extremely well kept, a copy of each of the daily newspapers to read (although sadly the Daily Star was absent!) and very attentive staff attach a premium to the food prices. Speaking of which, the food is excellent. My eggs Benedict were perfectly married to a freshly baked muffin with generous lashings of Hollandaise sauce and ornately garnished with fresh herbs. However, as a student, I'd be almost as happy with HP sauce and a greasy fried egg for a fraction of the price. Go for a special treat if mum and dad are in town.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/5/2010

    This is my favourite of all the lounges dotted around Bristol. It has the same sort of chillaxing vibe (awful word I know) but never seems quite as busy. And the eggs are always sublime. It's a great place to meet friends the morning after the night before for a debrief on the evening's events over some crispy bacon and vats of coffee. The staff are pretty laid back and when I have been in here eking out a coffee and using wifi in the daytime, have never made me feel awkward. It's a great spot to take a load off if you have business to attend to on Whiteladies. The prices are higher than a greasy spoon but I think the quality and presentation justifies them.

    • Qype User KkMm…
    • Liverpool, Merseyside
    • 3 friends
    • 92 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/4/2008

    The Deco Lounge is actually part of a chain of bars/eateries but all with different names- the Porto Lounge in Fishponds and the Tinto Lounge on Gloucester Road. All of them have their own unique atmosphere but the thing they have in common is that they're busy at all times of the days. For good reason. The food in the Deco Lounge is very reasonably priced and is really tasty- I had a spicy beanburger and cheesy garlic bread as a starter and they were both scrumptious- generous servings and arrived in good time. The drink prices aren't too bad either. It is quite a studenty place- don't know if you think that's good or bad.

    • Qype User sarn…
    • Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
    • 3 friends
    • 50 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    This is a great place to go for coffee or a glass of wine, breakfast, cake, meal, anything infact!!
    I even went there when I was in labour to have breakfast before going on to the hospital, and I had a very healthy bowl of muesli with yogurt which kept me full of energy for the hours that lay ahead!
    Although this place looks quite small from the front its a bit of a tardis inside and I've always manged to get me and my 4 children (plus pushchair) in no problem. Food is great and they now do a childrens menu I think and baby changing facilities.
    I've also been there in the evening with friends when the atmosphere changes from being bright and breezy to cozy and atmospheric. Its great to meet up with a couple of friends and hide in one of the corners for some tapas and glasses of wine.
    Staff always seem to be accommodating and general buzz in their is friendly.
    The toilets are a bit of a walk down to the basement so you may need to keep your legs crossed!

    • Qype User hughth…
    • Bristol
    • 4 friends
    • 67 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    24/11/2011

    Lately I've taken to going here on a Thursday between 9 and 10am and it's become a pleasant fixture of my week (on my way to Senior Screen at the Odeon!). Lounge eggs on bacon is my recommendation for breakfast: a brace of poached eggs on bacon on two halves of a muffin, smothered in delicious Hollandaise sauce. Eggs Benedict in other words, and I like to wash it down with an Americano and warm milk, or what used to be called in the olden tymes a cup of coffee. The staff are nice enough, albeit prone to saying retarded young person things like Are you alright there? when they mean Good morning what would you like?. Service is quick enough, the place is always nice and empty, and there are free newspapers. The music they play over the Tannoy is the usual vile stuff, and the tables are the type that try and knock your kneecaps off when you sit down, but on the whole I like it here.

    • Qype User jamiec…
    • Bristol
    • 3 friends
    • 78 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    quite a nice, chilled out bar/cafe, with lots of tables and a few beers.

    Good for a quiet drink with some friends, and local to a few other good pubs too, so you can have a bit of a crawl.

    • Qype User Shae…
    • Cardiff
    • 3 friends
    • 49 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    This lounge is part of a chain which is growing quickly. This is an indication of how popular and successful they are. They are bars/eateries which seem to manage to be all things to all people. Depending on the time of day it will be frequented by specific groups of people.
    I can recommend the breakfast and if your lucky you will also be able to grab a quick read of a daily paper. The breakfast brigade is quickly followed by the coffee and cake army. Lunchtime there will be a mix of students and people during their lunchbreak. Students seem to make good use of the lounge throughout the day.
    Afternoons are particularly busy with young mums and pushchairs. Its just great how it can draw so many.
    The large menu is displayed on a board and food is freshly prepared and tasty. Prices are very reasonable and I can recommend the tapas. Seating is mainly on a varied collection of wooden chairs and tables with some church pews. They should be congratulated on recycling the furniture.

    • Qype User oddbas…
    • Bristol
    • 1 friend
    • 49 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    28/11/2008

    this little place is nicely decorated and a nice place to go for a coffee in the daytime. the food at lunchtimes is a bit pretentious - it's really just glorified sandwiches - but the coffee is well priced and there is a very nice atmosphere. The staff were very friendly indeed.

    • Qype User stilla…
    • Bristol
    • 4 friends
    • 67 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    4/12/2008

    I went to the Deco Lounge for breakfast a few weeks ago and the food was quite tasty. The place itself looked very cosy with its dark wood and natural lighting from skylights towards the back but it was so loud! I had poached eggs on english muffins with holandaise sauce and a green tea. The price was reasonable and the service was nice. However I spent the whole time being unable to talk to my friend because the acoustics were so bad that it was unbelievably loud. It didn't help that there was a group of students who gathered (around 12 of them) on three tables behind us and they were pretty unpleasant. This place is very studenty! If you like that kind of thing then you should enjoy it.

    • Qype User loum…
    • Bristol
    • 5 friends
    • 52 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    30/11/2008

    Another Lounge outpost, Deco Lounge has more homely and chilled out vibe than some of it's other incarnations. The familiar bar menu does the job well, and the place is packed at lunch times and Sunday brunch. Breakfasts are my favourite thing here, with big full English, veggie brekkies and eggs benedict all more than satisfactory. Board games and Sunday papers complete the cosy vibe, pop in for a coffee and you could end up staying all day!

    • Qype User sherid…
    • Bristol
    • 2 friends
    • 55 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    Good food and atmosphere like it's sister bar the lounge

    • Qype User mossop…
    • Bristol
    • 0 friends
    • 10 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    The Deco Lounge is a good place to go for a quick drink after work or in between lectures but I can't imagine 'settling in for the night' as most of the seating is so uncomfortable! Apart from one sofa hidden in an alcove, the seating consists of wooden chairs or benches with no cushions or any hint of padding for the bonier of bottoms. That said, the food is consistently good with the breakfast options being a highlight of the menu.

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