Pegasus Road, Patchway, Bristol BS34 5UP. Tel: 0117 9590 202
Fax: 0117 9502 333. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10.00am to 8.00pm
Saturday 9.00am to 7.00pm. Sunday 11.00am to 5.00pm „
Prior to the triumphant opening of Cabot Circus, the Mall at Cribbs Causeway was the only place I would really consider going to shop in Bristol. Whilst Park Street is good for trainers or tee shirts or the like, when I desperately needed a bathing suit, we automatically got into the car and headed to Cribbs.
I don't know the facts of how Cabot Circus has impacted Cribbs' business, but I can't imagine it's been for the better - having gone back to Cribbs recently, and compared it in my mind to Cabot Circus, it can only look worse by comparison. Relatively dark and unpopulated, Cribbs' redeeming features, in my mind, were the H&M, the Patisserie Valerie, the John Lewis and the M&S - all of which, save for the John Lewis (I think - please correct me if I'm wrong) you can find at least at/in close proximity to Cabot Circus. The one thing it might have over Cabot Circus is that it's fully enclosed, so you don't have to worry about the weather outside - but Cabot Circus, undeniably, offers a chicer, more up-scale shopping experience. I'm afraid I won't be heading back up to Cribbs any time soon.
I tried adding this to offline shopping but I wasn't allowed so my review will have to be in restuarants although it has very little to do with food or drink as Cribbs is a shopping mall.
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Last week I was sat at home feeling a little bored and wondering what to do at the weekend. My partner suggested a visit to The Mall @ Cribbs Causeway. It was such a surprise as my other half hates shopping but he was suddenly keen to drive for three hours up to Bristol. I soon realised the next day that this could have had something to do with the fact Katie Price aka Jordan was visiting to sign her new fragrance.
Although the South West have been blessed in recent years with two major shopping centres we still feel a little deprived compared to London, Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle etc. The Princess Hay in Exeter and the Drake Circus in Plymouth are all lovely shopping centres but do not provide the same sort of experience as shopping at the Mall @ Cribbs Causeway.
We travelled up from Cornwall and the journey was about 3 hours long. For us the journey was quite pleasant as it was straight up the A38, then onto the M5 we left the motorway at junction 17. When we left the motorway however we spent a while in stationary traffic. I would guess that on a quiet day the centre is relatively easy to enter but on this particular day there seemed to be chaos all around.
When we arrived we went in search for a parking meter only to find that parking as free and that it was very easy to find a space. The parking bays are labelled by letter and number so finding the car after a tiring day of shopping is pleasant.
From the outside the building is awesome; I had to stop wide mouthed for a while to take it all in. At this time of the year they seem to have an ice rink, rides and Christmas lights, all of which look amazing against the superb backdrop. I will say that on the day we visited the weather was frosty and bitterly cold outside, and one would expect the heating to be on full and the place to be overheating but it was appropriately heated with air conditioning. The overall conditions and style of the building made the experience an amazing one.
The store is set out like a boomerang. There is a large John Lewis store on one side and an equally sized Marks and Spencer's on the other. These stores are set out over three levels and can be entered from each floor of the mall. I found this quite a good way to get customers into the store as many people used it to cut through to reach the next level.
The other stores are arranged along a wide corridor which makes it easy to move around. There are a few stalls, cafes and salespeople selling products within the corridors and due to this accessibility was a little difficult especially with a high volume of pushchairs and wheelchairs.
The overall shopping experience was amazing, I could visit shops I had never seen or heard of before. I will only refer to some of my favourites as this review is not about each individual store. For a full list of stores and outlets visit this site --- http://www.mallcribbs.com/storebycat.php
For those of you who have read my other reviews will already know that I am a bit of a gadget fan. I came across a fabulous shop with many gadgets and novelty items, unfortunately I cannot remember the name but the prices were great and a place I would be most happy to return to.
Whilst Virgin is a well known store I must mention this one as it went under the name of Savvie rather than Virgin despite all the shelf edge labels and merchandise saying Virgin. I wasn't too pleased with the paper bags they gave out as it made carrying several DVD's quite tricky.
I must mention John Lewis as I had never heard of them until my trip to Cribbs. I was most impressed with their stock and would love to go back and by most of the shop.
Although I am sure it's a chain store I couldn't help but love 'Past Times' I could think of many gift ideas for my nan, grandad, mum and dad involving a few nostalgic memories. In fact I was so tempted to get a space bouncer my partner had to drag me out before I made an 'impulse buy' that I would regret a few hours later.
My jaw dropped when I saw the Disney shop as it was huge and it was practically empty due to the more exciting subject of Jordan so for the first time ever I had the Disney shop to myself. I managed to spend my money without having pushchairs rammed into my leg or children having tantrums...ah bliss!
I found the clothes shops quite expensive but loved Kew, Mandolin and Coast all of which were new to me. I still prefer Primark for clothes shopping though...sorry Cribbs!
Overall my partner was amazed at the fantastic selection of shops especially the huge Game store and excellent electrical section in John Lewis...I think I may have just converted him from shopaphobic to shopaholic!
FOOD AND DRINK
I can't normally seem to go shopping without having a bit to eat and a cool drink to guzzle. ON this occasion however I was having such a great time I didn't feel at all hungry until my partner advised getting a quick snack. We were spoiled for choice and as it was so busy with no space to sit we decided to get a KFC. The prices were amazingly the same as those in the high street (I usually expect them to be higher in a pace like Cribbs) and the service was great. We managed to get a table and set in the centre of the 'food hall' and were rather disappointed to realise they had a mezzanine level with a pizza hut. I must admit I sulked for a few hours after noticing this. There was a food oulet for almost every taste with a 'Flaming Wok', 'Burger King' and 'Spud 'u' like'.
Despite the chaos of Jordan and huge crowds causing riots the place was kept clean, tidy with a little bit of order. I could see cleaners wandering around with brooms and a dustpan, showing that cleanliness is valued. The toilets were very clean and smelt pleasant.
There is a small creche at Cribbs Causeway which will obviously make Christmas shopping a lot better. I did notice buses arriving at the entrance so I would guess that the Mall is easy to reach by public transport from Bristol City Centre. I know that a few WI's, PTA's at local schools and other charity organisations organise excursions to the Mall. Some companies such as Western National organise special shopping days at Cribbs.
Overall I felt the whole day was great. I really enjoyed shopping at Cribbs. I would love to return after Christmas to get a look in during the January sales. I would recommend this Mall to anyone visiting the South West. Its in a prominent place off of junction 17 makes it a great place to stop on your way up or down the country.
Cribbs Causeway situated on the outskirts of Bristol is the largest out of town retail centre in the South-West and one of the largest in the country. It started life over 20 years ago when it was just an Asda (then the largest hypermarket in the land) and has steadily expanded until recent times when in 1998 'The Mall' was opened marking it as a spectacular shopping experience. Usually these huge shopping centres leave a sour taste in the mouth, Bluewater in Dartford, Meadowhall in Sheffield and Metro in Gateshead all have massive problems with regard to traffic and amount of people wanting to visit. Does Cribbs Causeway fall into the same bracket ? ~How to get there~ Cribbs Causeway is situated just off junction 16 of the M5 motorway. It is a couple of miles outside Bristol and is signposted for miles around so it's not hard to find. Many buses flow freely from the surrounding areas all day long and stop right outside the main entrance or alternatively you can travel by train and get off at the Parkway station and catch a shuttle service to 'The Mall'. In all there are 7000 free car park spaces serving Cribbs. In my experience this is adequate although peak times can produce restrictions in traffic-flow and hard to find parking spaces, in fact very busy times such as the lead up to Christmas can result in tailbacks right back to junction 15 of the M5! ~Opening times~ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (Monday to Friday). 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (Saturday). 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (Sunday). ~The Shopping Experience~ The Mall opened in 1998 is an indoor shopping centre housing 135 different names in the world of retail. All the big names are there including a massive John Lewis, a Marks and Spencers concept store, Boots, Virgin, W H Smith and the rest. As it is still new, the design is very modern including glass roofs, tall elegant Victorian style ceilings and fountains. At the centre of
The Mall is a 1200 seat food court encompassing 18 different fast food restaurants. Also dotted around The Mall are further restaurants so you shoudn't find it hard to find a bite to eat to go along with your shopping spree. Since it's opening The Mall has welcomed 35 million visitors and has taken over a billion in takings and has taken the prestigious title of 'Shopping centre of the year' on one occasion. Cribbs Causway isn't just The Mall, you will also find all the out of town shopping names you would expect to find in a business park such as M.F.I, PC World, B&Q, Comet, Argos, DFS, Toys R Us, TK Maxx and Allied Carpets to name but a few. On top of this are Asda Wallmart and Morrisons which have massive hypermarkets situated in Cribbs Causeway. Dotted between the retail outlets are various food chains such as TGI Fridays, Chiquitos, Mcdonalds, Burger King and Harry Ramsden's. Leisure time isn't excluded, a huge multi-screen Warner Bros cinema is here as well. And if that's not all you can buy a car at Cribbs Causeway, motor dealers for BMW, Mercedes and Peugeot are based here and there are plans for another to join them soon. ~Other Information~ The Mall has a whole host of cashpoint's situated at various locations catering for all the well known Banks and Building Societies. The creche is a very useful facility, you can leave your kids at the creche where they will be supervised while you can enjoy shopping, hassle free. There is also a free outdoor childs area where the kids can run amok to work off their energy. The Mall is disabled friendly offering convenient car parking places, lifts aplenty etc. The toilets which are situated in 5 different places are all clean and checked at hourly intervals, the toilet areas also have baby changing facilities. ~My overall impressions~ In the past I havn't been a
fan of out of town shopping centres which have caused untold stresses and are killing town/city centre shopping but I have to admit that they are incredibly useful as they offer the ultimate shopping experience all within a stones throw of each other. As far as they go Cribbs Causeway is the best example of an efficient shopping centre, it suffers at incredibly busy times which of course is frustrating but even then it runs smoother than any other Shopping centre I have visited. I would recommend Cribbs Causeway to anyone who enjoys shopping as it has something for everyone. Thanks for reading !! ========================= WormThatTurned2004
Well I did the unthinkable, I went to the sales on their opening day at The Mall in Cribbs Causewau in Bristol, worse still I took along my boyfriend and 10yr old. Now my boyfriend hates shopping at the best of times and this did absolutely nothing to improve his view of it!! For those who are unfamiliar with the Mall, it is a large out of city American style mall, it has 60+ shops, including a huge John Lewis, Marks and Spencers, and most of the usual like HMV, Virgin, New Look, Next , Wax Lyrical, Body Shop, etc, the Mall itsself is surrounded by massive stores such as Toys R Us, B&Q and the most massive ASDA ever seen. On the other side is Warner Village cinema, and a number of restaurants including TGI Fridays, Bella Pasta, etc. So I managed to encourage the others to come along as we had piles of vouchers and Virgin was holding their huge sales. Alan (the other half) was already having misgivings when we were about half a mile away and there were already queues, eventually it took us about 20mins to get to the Mall from the main road, then the parking!!!!!! We had to leave the main car park and go to the rear one, finally found one after going round about 10 times, there were cars parked everywhere, on the verges, in the trolley parks, everywhere, this of course would make problems worse later. Inside the Mall it wasnt too bad, the shops were obviously prepared with extra staff, of course there were queues when we were there (about 11.30) but it wasnt that bad, certainly not as bad as Christmas. The exception had to be Next, where security staff were operating on a 1 in, 1 out basis. But it was typically good-natured and we saved an absolute fortunes on cd's, videos and DVDs in HMV and Virgin. The Food Halls were packed with people sitting on the floor and against the windows, but again the Mall staff were prepared for this and the place was clean and tidy. So at approx 2.00pm my partner finally persuaded me to leave, when
we gt outside we were greeted by the sight of lines of static cars, we got into ours hoping it wouldnt be too long, little did we know, we needed a big space to reverse into due to the twat in the Peugeot parking on the verge. We sat there for 30mins with the traffice behind us not even moving, so we did the sensible thing, we got back out again and went shopping. We trotted across to Toys R Us, who's sales isnt even worth mentioning, or ASDA or B & Q's, still got me nicotine patches though. We wandered back through the Mall, popping into Next where most of the shelves were now empty, but I still managed to pick up a few bargains for the kiddies. It was now about 5, so we tried to leave again and it was much easier, only took us around 30 mins to get to the main road, usually 2-3mins, apparently though, it was taking 2hrs to get out of the Mall at the time we attempted to leave the first time! So we finally got home, pennies later, hours later, and my boyfriend insisting that he was never going shopping the day after Boxing Day ever, ever, again, until next year of course when hopefully he has forgotten the experience and takes me again!! Anyway must go, have to see if that hideous coloured, size too small, top fits, well it was half price!!
The mall at Cribbs Causway has to be the biggest and best shopping centre I have ever been to. When I first walked in I couldn't believe my eyes, it is any shopaholics dream to be surrounded by all these shops. There are over 400 stores spread out on two different levels. At each end of the mall there are two huge shops two storys high which cover both the levels ends. These two are marks and spencers and John Lewis. These aren't really my kind of shops but lots of other people like them. Anyway, the shops at Cribbs Causeway range from shoe shops to book shops, jewellers to gadget shops. There is everything you could think of. Also there are a lot of food places, these include pizza hut, which is always busy so if you decide to eat there, be prepared to que for a table. Cribbs causway is a great shopping centre, it is full of every shop you could want, it is worth a visit, but you'll need a lot of money to spend and a lot of time because there are a lot of shops. I love it and will definately go back when I have saved up some more money. It is a great place for shopping, I love it!
I've been to a few big out of town shopping areas, including the Trafford Center, but was very impressed with Cribb's Causeway. For a start, before you've even gone they have an excellent website at www.cribbs-causeway.co.uk. The mall itself is very nicely laid out, has most of the main shops you want, good choice of food, and masses of parking. But around the mall are loads of other stores - check them all out on the website. There is a giant Asda Walmart, with just about everything under one roof, at really good prices. Then there are loads of stores like B&Q etc. There is a hobbycraft store which if you like crafts like me you could spend hours in that alone! And it is so easy to find, literally just off the M5 at Junction 17. I intend to stop off there again when we are passing on the M4, even though we probably wont have a break in Bristol again for a while.
The Mall at Cribbs Causeway is nothing short of brilliant. (Although I do come from Conrwall, so Londons may be less impressed by the scale!) The Mall has easy access just off J17 off the M5, and a very large free car park. The Mall itself is all undercover with a wide range of shops from M&S and John Lewis, to Gap and River Island to Dr Herbs (a chinese doctor) and other smaller shops. Basically there is everything you could want under one roof. What is more it is spotlessly clean, well laid out, with a large indoor fountain which puts on displays regularly. There is also a range of takeaways, all around a central seating area. So if you want a jacket potato or a Burger King for lunch and your partner wants a chinese you can have both. The Mall is just part of the Cribbs Causeway retail area, which also has separate stores and warehouses including a cinema, ASDA, Currys, Toys r Us ... I also recommend Cribbs Causeway as an alternative to stopping at a motorway service station if you are travelling the M5. It is literatly 1/2 mile off the motorway. There is an ADSA petrol station serving 24 hour fuel at a much lower price than the closest motorway services. The ASDA store is also open late, and when a meal in their restaurant or a sandwich off the shelf is half the price of Welcome Break and Granada, it's a much better stop!