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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
    • Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Average
    • Poor
    • Terrible

    Recent Reviews:

    • Luke E
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Nice spot, average and very expensive food
      3 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 29th December 2018
      Staff are friendly and helpful, beer options are good. Food is standard pub grub and very average, given the prices. My partner had the vegan pie, it came just with a small salad - green leaves and... Read full review
    • Thomas377479
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Great food and lovely atmosphere
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 8th January 2019
      Came here the other day for a catch up with a friend, had a lovely coffee with the view of the river and was delighted to find out they had a gluten free sticky toffee pudding available. Highly... Read full review
    • GJA1
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Good beer - and the food is alright, too
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 18th January 2019
      The setting is great and I like the general ambience on the boat. Love the local real ales and keg beers. The menu is Ok and the food is pretty reasonable 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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