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The Grain Barge

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The Grain Barge


Moored in a beautiful location in Hotwells, the Grain Barge is bursting with character. Within sight of Brunel’s SS Great Britain, it’s three decks offer great views over the harbour, making it the perfect place to relax and watch the world go by.

The historic converted barge has established itself as one of Bristol’s friendliest, eating and drinking experiences. The specials menu is updated daily using locally sourced, fresh produce which is organic and fair trade where possible, and a superb range of craft beers is on offer, from some of the most exciting breweries around - including from sister company Bristol Beer Factory located across the harbour in Ashton.

The Hold Bar hosts a variety of events including live music and comedy – and also makes a great venue for private parties. 



  • Bar
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Licensed
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue
  • Regular evening entertainment

Key Features

  • Dining afloat - The Grain Barge is moored on Bristol's Harbourside, opposite Brunel's SS Great Britain.
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Waterfront

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

    • Service
      4 of 5 stars
    • Value
      4 of 5 stars
    • Food
      4 of 5 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.5 of 5 stars
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    • Average
    • Poor
    • Terrible

    Recent Reviews:

    • bashwell13
      Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Popped in
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 21st September 2018
      We popped in after a walk up to Clifton Suspension bridge, a lovely bar, had a couple of drinks and a couple of bar cakes which were superb, the bar staff were friendly. Read full review
    • hewy85
      Gloucester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Not so full english
      1 of 5 stars
      Monday, 24th September 2018
      Firstly i would like to say i will never be hopping aboard the grain barge ever again ..... the full english breakfast consisted of 6 items and was very tasteless. For a £9 breakfast this is hardly... Read full review
    • norm272
      Cardiff, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      flying visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 25th September 2018
      We popped in here while waiting for a beer tour to start. they don't sell alcohol before 12pm,but the selection of tea and coffee is good and it is nice and cosy inside. Read full review
    Mardyke Wharf
    Hotwell Road
    BS8 4RU

    Tel: +44 (0)117 929 9347

    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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