It’s a Bristol Beer Factory barge. They need to go to the Planck in Ghent for ideas. £5 for a too-cold bottle of Independence was a bit steep. Not reaching its dotty potential but a nice idea. Live music on the lower deck on Thursdays.
Set upon a river barge tied up in the Hotwells area of town, so very handy for Baltic Wharf Caravan site. It has recently had a make over and has become rather over trendy for me. It’s mostly foodie place that serves decent beer at an inflated cost. Packed to the gunnells on our visit, so it is succesful for them, just lacks an atmosphere for me.
Set right upon the water, this place offers a unique location to have a meal and/or some beer. The beer selection is adequate, if not terribly exciting. On my visit, I didn’t much in the way of ’special’ Bristol Beer Factory offerings. The food menu looked good, with lots of hearty, traditional items, but on our visit we weren’t eating. br />Not a top-tier location in Bristol, but if you’ve got a few days in town this would be a fun spot to check out.
2015-09-21. Stopped in mid afternoon on a Monday. Great views of the SS Britain across the river. Decent tap and cask selection, most prominently Bristol Beer Factory. I had a fantastic beef pie with mash and gravy, which was unfortunately more food than I needed but still delicious. I sat inside by the main bar area. It was a touch warm due to the sunny day by the windows so I was hiding in the shady parts. Nice seating area towards the front with big windows looking up river. Definitely worth a stop while in town but a bit out of the way from the other main beer places.
Visited on a Saturday afternoon in August 2015. This is a huge barge moored alongside the Quay. Bar serves a mix of Bristol Beer Factory plus guests. Both beers we had were good. Finding a table was a struggle as it was popular. There’s other floors to explore which we didn’t. I wouldn’t bother trekking out to it but if I was passing I’d pop in.
Mostly BBF core range on here so not really a tickers place but its nice to sit on the deck and watch the boats when the weather’s good. Host a very popular beeer festival during harbourside fest. Food also good, and Sunday lunches v popular so advanced booking essential (Also arrive early as the meats can sell out!)
The Grain Barge is Bristol Beer Factory’s boat in a slightly insalubrious area a short way out of the city centre. When we visited there were three BBF beers on cask, two guests and a handful of kegs. The barge has a slung deck which goes up at each end, with the bar in the middle. It’s quite nice and certainly different but somehow it lacked character although there are interesting views over the river and across to the funnel and masts of the SS Great Britain on the opposite bank.
(Visited 17 December 2014).