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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. 

In 2018, The Grain Barge was included in The Guardian's round up of 'The 50 Best UK Pubs'. 



  • 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:

4 of 5 stars
    • 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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    • Very Good
    • Average
    • Poor
    • Terrible

    Recent Reviews:

    • KarenB7481
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      2 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 27th April 2019
      So the food was okay, more pub than gastro. The key issue was the staff and the lack of attention to detail, no plates nothing to serve food with and generally looking surly and s bit p*****d off at... Read full review
    • allaboutfood123
      Worcestershire, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Guardian Top 50 pubs ‘18..... really??!!
      2 of 5 stars
      Monday, 6th May 2019
      This was just the most hopeless example of barmanship, last Saturdays experience was terrible. Gin promotions not available, run out of this, run out of that. One ale on, very few people in btw, yet... Read full review
    • sandrag748
      Warminster, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Always come back
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 19th May 2019
      Nice for a drink and a chat. We have been lots and always go back. Never eaten here so cannot review but always has a nice atmosphere. Read full review
    Mardyke Wharf
    Hotwell Road
    BS8 4RU

    Tel: +44 (0)117 929 9347

    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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