Pub so popular it has a 4 year waiting list for Sunday roasts and stops taking new bookings

The Bank Tavern in Bristol city center has had to stop taking new bookings to clear up the backlog caused by the Covid-19 pandemic – as owner Sam Gregory says it’s seated tables that have been booked in 2020

Owner Sam Gregory at Bank Tavern as he says they have a four-year waiting list for Sunday roast reservations

This pub has an impressive four-year waiting list for its Sunday roasts.

The Bank Tavern in Bristol city center has had to stop taking new bookings to clear the backlog caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It has gained popularity for its Sunday lunches, as owner Sam Gregory said “we created a massive upper for our back” due to its popularity, BristolLive reports.

Sam says he has had to turn off the pub’s online booking system for now to honor all tables booked since the start of Covid and throughout the various lockdowns and restrictions.

He says he is only now sitting at tables that were booked in January 2020, as the pub has always had a long waiting list.







The Bank Tavern has accumulated a backlog in part due to the various lockdowns and restrictions throughout the Covid-19 pandemic
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Sam says: “There had been a four-year waiting list until the pandemic, but because we had a huge backlog of reservations for people who couldn’t eat here due to Covid or the closures, we have made the decision to honor every reservation.

‘We’ve actually shut down the booking system so you can’t book online and if we get cancellations we just replace people on the diary from two years ago. We are til January 2020 now, so it’s going to take a while to get all the reservations through.







Sam says he’s had to turn off the pub’s online booking system for now to honor all reserved tables
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“A lot of the tables of two were easy to book, but it’s the larger tables of eight or ten that take a little more trouble to fit in.”

Sam says to speed up new bookings, the pub is now holding an additional fourth session on Sundays, from 5-7pm.

He says the pub still suffers from the occasional “no-show” even after sending reminder emails and phone calls.







Sam says it’s ‘consistency’ that has led to the continued success of the pub’s Sunday roasts
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Sam recommends people always visit the pub on a Sunday in case a table becomes available at the last minute.

He said: “We always tell people if you’re in town stick your head out the door because sometimes tables show up if we get no-shows. It’s always worth checking just in case.”

Sam says it’s the “consistency” that has led to the continued success of the pub’s Sunday roasts as well as the attention to detail.

He added: “We stick to the same meats all year round but add seasonal alternatives like lamb and venison, but our entrees and desserts change weekly.

“A lot of places that do Sunday roasts only release reservations for three month slots and if we knew we were going to be this popular we would have, but that’s a good problem to have!”

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