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Rating: 7.2/10 (2 votes cast)

The Grain Barge

The Grain Barge is an old converted cargo boat which now sits in a permanent mooring opposite the SS Great Britain. With a pretty unique view over the docks through the panoramic glass windows, it is a perfect place to relax and watch the world go by. The sailing dinghy’s racing about in the docks are a great distraction and only slightly spoiled by the traffic whizzing by on Hotwells Road.

Originally built in 1936, the barge was bought and refurbished as a floating pub in 2007 by The Bristol Beer Factory. With two bars, a function rooms for private parties and significant outdoor seating areas, this boat is definitely a cool venue for a relaxing afternoon or a more lively evening with live music and dancing.

The Sunday lunch menu is extensive, offering roast lamb and turkey amongst a good variety of other meals. The quality of the food is good with all roasts having plates of fresh veg, cauliflower cheese and a Yorkshire pudding.

My last time at the Grain Barge was on a pretty busy afternoon and even though we’d booked a table for 10 and pre-ordered our food, we were kept waiting well over 40 minutes before it arrived. To give the staff credit they were profusely apologetic and we all got a free pint as compensation, which definitely alleviated the pain of waiting.

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The trouble was that I was so hungry by then, and having had a few pints on an empty stomach, I just wolfed down my food without really appreciating it. I will have to go back and critique them again soon.

In summary this is a great location for a roast. The food is nice and the staff are pleasant and helpful. The unique qualities of the venue definitely give it bonus points in my book.

 

Mardyke Wharf, Hotwell Rd, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4RU
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  1. daga says
    14/09/2014, 1:32 pm

    After 35 min.waiting for lunch we got frozen potatoes and very salty gravy for 10.50 we would expect real potatoes:( service poor- we came first, order the food and watch other people coming after as and getting their food before we did, nobody even approach as to ask how we doing. Won’t be back for Sunday roast! Disappointed

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  2. Tini says
    23/02/2014, 8:26 am
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    We ate here as a group of 4 last Sunday, I have to admit the Yorkshire with every roast made this an attractive option!!

    I love the venue and Bristol beer factory beers of which there is obviously a good selection. We had the roast chicken, roast beef plus one veggie option. Our veggie diner (who also eats fish!) was a little disappointed that the fish pie was finished but was very happy with the alternative. For the roasts the portion size was pretty good (£9.50), no need to order extra gravy, perfect slightly-crispy-but-a-bit-squidgy Yorkshires and mostly crispy potatoes. Vegetables largely unremarkable but some green and a bit of orange so a tick for this box. My chicken was delicious and reports of the beef good also (with a slightly odd whipped creamy horseradish!), so overall good value for money. They make a decent effort with pudding here too, perhaps a bit fancy for the boys but much appreciated looks wise for the girls, and tasty too.

    REMEMBER YOU NEED TO ORDER & PAY AT THE BAR! Don’t sit around waiting for someone to take you order as we waited around 35 minutes anyway, but a great opportunity to sample a half or two go the beers! Would also recommend booking a table.

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  3. Tom says
    09/12/2012, 6:49 pm
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    Nice boat, bit different, worth a visit.

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