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Grain Barge

$$ - $$$, British,
Hotwell Road | Hotwells Rd, Bristol BS8 4RU, England
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good54%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“pie” (21 reviews)
“sunday roast” (12 reviews)
“burger” (12 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Hotwell Road | Hotwells Rd, Bristol BS8 4RU, England
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1 - 10 of 229 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is obviously very popular. However, we were underwhelmed with our meal, sadly. The roast beef was v chewy. Amazing Yorkshire pudds though! Welsh Rarebit had too much whole grain mustard to our taste.

Thank JAGUAR088
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

brought friends here for lunch today,they were amazed by the views/river traffic,and at last the sun shone. good local beers,lovely toasted sandwiches,a great place to be

Thank mandyCornwall
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I met some friends for lunch on the Grain Barge, and really enjoyed the super range of beers, great food, friendly staff and wonderful views of the goings-on in Bristol harbour. I've been going to the Grain Barge for several years and it has been...More

Thank Andrew G
David P, Guest Relations Manager at Grain Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great feedback - we really appreciate it.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great pub. Staff are so friendly and helpful. Good beer and bar snacks too. Highly recommend to all.

Thank Texas S
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Everything about this place is great! Location, food, staff. Superb! Will definitely go back here! 😉

Thank Laimonas989
David P, Customer Relations Manager at Grain Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the lovely review - we're really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 9 January 2018

when I booked the table the friendly person on the phone reassured me that vegetarians are catered for and for Sunday there is a nut roast. opening is 12.00 and I I booked a table for 12.30 and on the board was "nut roast". great,...More

Thank vegetarian2018
David P, Customer Relations Manager at Grain Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

We’re so sorry that you had a disappointing experience at Grain Barge. However, we’re pleased to hear that you enjoy the location and the atmosphere and that you will be coming back again. We are in the process of developing our vegan offering and we’re...More

Reviewed 4 January 2018

A very interesting place to have something to eat and drink. We went mid-day and had a good choice of table. Wonderful view of the Harbourside. The food was excellent and good choice of drinks. Would certainly visit again.

Thank Pauline B
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

A Place very recommend as for its atmosphere, views, decoration, music and kindness of the team working at it. Tried Sunday rosted, beef one and we got very happy with the quality of food and taste overall. A variety of beers also available from Bristol...More

Thank Miguel G
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We have just left the Grain Barge having visited on Steak night with 2 friends. I ordered a pie with a side of leeks and pancetta, Wife ordered Burger. Pie etc was good, however the fries which accompanied the burger were undercooked and there was...More

Thank Allychauffeur
David P, Customer Relations Manager at Grain Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

We’re so sorry to hear that you didn’t have a good experience at our Steak Night. Feedback is very important us and we have discussed your comments with the kitchen team to address this. We hope that we’ll see you again in the future.

Reviewed 23 November 2017

We dropped by here twice during our visit to Bristol and both experiences were good. On the first on a sunny Sunday lunchtime the place was heaving with people out for drinks and food, we luckily found a table up on deck as downstairs was...More

Thank Henry T
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Questions & Answers
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.
27 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
Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hotwell Road | Hotwells Rd, Bristol BS8 4RU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: 0117-929-9347
  • E-mail
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 programme 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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