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Grain Barge

€€ - €€€, British,
Hotwell Road | Mardyke Wharf, Hotwells, Bristol BS8 4RU, England
+44 117 929 9347
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good49%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“pies” (21 reviews)
“sunday roast” (12 reviews)
“burger” (16 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:30 Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Hotwell Road | Mardyke Wharf, Hotwells, Bristol BS8 4RU, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

On Sunday 20th May wedecided to have a late breakfast/brunch. I checked on its website and, sure enough,breakfast was stated to be served between 10:00 and 12:00. On the strength of that we walked there and arrived ariund 11:30. Outside, on the dockside, there was...More

2  Thank graham196
David P, Customer Relations Manager at Grain Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We’d like to extend our sincere apologies for the inconvenience you experienced. It is only fairly recent that we introduced breakfasts at Grain Barge, and there is still a little bit of settling in going on. It has proved to be very popular, and on...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for the open mic night on Tuesday. What a brilliant night. Mostly musicians with a few comedians in amongst. The night is free and the performers get a free pint. It is surprisingly high standard of entertainment in a funky candle lit...More

Thank Emma H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very very slow service. Nice staff. Lovely views. Good good value. We decided not to have coffee after meal as felt the wait would not be worth it. Lovely atmosphere..

Thank 13Amanda13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a surprise! Having never been here it’s surprising that a fully running pub with meals can exist on an old grain barge. The beer selection (I cannot comment in the other drinks available...it was a stag weekend in my defence), was quite remarkable...More

Thank roobyboxer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my Saturday lunchtime visit to this quirky pub on a boat, it was lovely to sit up on the top deck in the sunshine looking out over the harbour enjoying a drink. . The downstairs, undercover area filled up quickly when it...More

Thank ali3240
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Superb! Had lunch with friends and family, the roast beef was very good, service quick and friendly. Portion size was just right, not too big that you’re left feeling full and enough that you’re left feeling satisfied. Great location, delicious food - everyone in my...More

Thank Nadia B
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Been on the Grain Barge a few times for a cider in the sunshine as it is a prime location over looking the harbour. Today we decided to go for a last minute bite to eat with some visiting friends for the north. We weren’t...More

Thank Oliver H
Reviewed 7 April 2018

The Grain Barge is in a great location on the Avon with excellent views. The food was typical pub fare, service was friendly but very slow.

Thank Julio-el-Ingles
Reviewed 2 April 2018

As always, it's nice to arrive in Bristol and have a sunny outlook over the water and some good ales/ciders and good food. It seems that the cooking has gone downhill since we last visited in November 2017. Chicken pie okay, mash a bit nondescript...More

Thank TenbyJohn
Reviewed 27 March 2018

Superb view of the SS Great Britain across the water. Good Real Ale and a pleasant lunch. Reasonable value and service but as it was relatively quiet I cannot comment on how it would be when busy. There were no daily specials available when we...More

Thank Peter D
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31 January 2018|
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Response from vegetarian2018 | Reviewed this property |
yes there is a car parking area next to the Grain Barge. It is used by walkers and is metered.... best to get there early or phone and check to see how busy it is.
26 June 2015|
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Response from Wayne T | Reviewed this property |
It's not out on the open sea! It hardly moves, get more motion sickness from having a bath! :-)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hotwell Road | Mardyke Wharf, Hotwells, Bristol BS8 4RU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 117 929 9347
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Grain Barge started life as an engineless transport barge that carried barley and wheat from Bristol to Cardiff, across the Severn Estuary. Built in 1936 by the Charles Hill shipyard, the barge is now moored in Hotwells, opposite its original berth and near to Brunel’s SS Great Britain. The boat was bought and refitted in 2007. The new interior uses reclaimed and recycled materials that reflect the boat’s industrial heritage. Today, Grain Barge is a relaxed and friendly bar/restaurant with spectacular views across Bristol Harbour and the iconic SS Great Britain. Serving fresh, locally-sourced dishes and a range of craft beers, ciders, wines and coffees, this unique venue also hosts a program of live music and comedy from its intimate Hold Bar. Relax below deck and enjoy panoramic views of the river from the light, bright restaurant/bar or sit up-top and watch river life glide past.
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