Café & Bar

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The beating heart of Watershed

Watershed Café & Bar is the perfect social space overlooking Bristol’s vibrant Harbourside.

We are really pleased to be re-opening the Café & Bar on Tue 18 May. We will also be opening our new outside bar Undershed on Wed 19 May.

The Café & Bar and Undershed are open Tuesday - Sunday.

  • Tue, Wed and Sun: 12:00 - 22:00
  • Thu - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
  • Food served 12:00 - 20:00 every day

We are looking forward to welcoming you back.

We’ve reduced the capacity in the Café & Bar and installed social distance markers on the floor to make it easier for everyone to keep a safe distance.

Visiting and using the Café & Bar

Book in advance

We encourage you to book a table in advance online before heading out to visit us (you don’t need to be eating with us to book a table – you can still have a table if you’re just popping in for a cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake).

You can still drop in and see if there are tables available in the Café & Bar or buy cinema and event tickets at Box Office in person. But we recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Please remember that tables must only be booked for a maximum of six people or two households.

Book a table now

Maximum 6 people.

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When you arrive

You will be greeted by a friendly Café & Bar welcome host in PPE who will invite you to use the hand sanitiser provided.

In line with current governent guidance, all customers (up to six people or two households) must provide their names and contact details for NHS Test and Trace. You can either provide these at the time of booking, or via checking in via scanning the NHS QR code upon entry. You will not be able to visit Watershed Café & Bar or cinemas unless you supply your details.

The host will then direct you to your table.

Ordering Food & Drink

On your table you’ll find instructions for ordering and paying for food and drink via your phone, laptop or tablet. There is free wi-fi in our Café & Bar.

Don't worry if you don't have a phone, laptop or tablet – speak to one of our staff and they will help you with your food and drink order.

Your food and/or drinks will be delivered to your table.



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Undershed Bar

No booking necessary

Undershed is our brand new outside bar on the Harbourside walkway (just next door to our main entrance) which has its own menu of tasty vegetarian and vegan bar snacks as well as hot and cold drinks, beers and wines.

Find out more


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David Ellington signing Roald Dahl's Matilda in Watershed Café & Bar

At Watershed we want to be as welcoming, inclusive and accessible as we can for all our customers, audiences, staff and visitors. 

Our building is accessible, our staff are BSL trained, we have gender neutral toilets and we run an accessible programme of screenings and events.

Further access details

Here are some questions you may have about visiting the Café & Bar:

Do I need to download an app to order food and drink?

No, all orders will be processed via a website, we’ll provide the address to visit on your table. You just need a phone, laptop or tablet.

I don’t have a phone, laptop or tablet. Can I still order food and drink with you?

Yes, of course! Just speak to a member of staff and they will provide you with a paper menu/order form you can complete.

Are there any restrictions on tables?

Up to six people or two households can have a table. We’ll hold tables for 15 minutes, if you haven’t arrived after 15 minutes we will release it. We kindly ask to have the table back 90 minutes after your booked time (this varies according to the time of date you’ve booked – the time will be detailed on your email confirmation) – if you wish to extend your booking just ask a member of staff and they’ll check availability.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

Yes, unless you are seated to eat and drink you need to wear a face covering in the Café & Bar, whilst in the cinemas and moving around the building, in accordance with Government guidelines.

Are families welcome?

Yes, families are welcome in the Café & Bar. Please just make sure children remain seated at the table and that they are accompanied to the toilet by an adult.

What toilets can I use if I’m visiting the Café & Bar?

To enable safe social distancing we have changed the way we use some of Watershed’s toilets.

The toilets in the foyer and near the cinemas are gender neutral, and the toilets near the Café & Bar are gendered. Our accessible Inclusive Toilet (just in front of Cinema 1) is available for anyone to use at any time.

Every other toilet cubicle is locked to ensure safe social distancing. Please continue to wear a mask when using the facilities.

Are you doing Cinébites?

Yes, we are! Cinébites is now on Wednesdays. Every Wednesday (from 12:00 - 20:00) cinema ticket holders can get 30% off main dishes from our menu in the Café & Bar (not from Undershed's menu). More details here.

How do I exit the Café & Bar?

You can leave via the stairs or lift going down to Box Office, or via the rear cinema exit.

My question isn’t answered here. How can I find the answer?

Email the Watershed communications team at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

A heart made out of vegetables and fruit


Our Film + Meal deal on Wednesdays

Every Wednesday (from 12:00 - 20:00) cinema ticket holders can get 30% off any of the main dishes from our menu in the Café & Bar with our Cinébites deal.

Further information

Dietary requirements

If you'd like to know more about what ingredients are used in our food, please download our allergen list

Please note

We politely ask our customers not to consume their own food in our Café & Bar.


For any further enquiries:

For location, access info, general transport and parking options for Watershed:

Go to our visit page