The Bottom Line
- Elegant food
- Picturesque and historic setting
- Fairly priced
- Plenty of choice on the set price menu
- Some may find below deck areas a bit claustrophobic
- A smart restaurant in a large, elegantly converted barge with a festive waterside ambience.
- Address: Welsh Back, Bristol BS1 4SB, England. Telephone: (011) 44 (0)117 929 0704.Email.
- More information at The Glassboat website
- The fixtures and fittings all have historic Bristol connections
- Prices are quite good value for money, given the high standards.
- The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Booking in advance is essential.
Guide Review - The Glassboat - A Bristol England Restaurant Afloat
It's hard to imagine this as a working barge. Today The Glassboat is all spit and polish, with big, plate glass windows revealing elegantly set tables inside. The fixtures and fittings come from other historic Bristol buildings, including solid Burma teak doors that once graced the Royal Hotel. In addition to the main dining deck, there is a comfortable lounge bar area and, below deck, a private dining room. We recently visited on a winter evening and can happily report that the boat was cozy and warm inside.
Topnotch foodWe tried the £22.50, 3-course set menu, available for lunch or dinner. There were four choices for each course.
A starter of Bloody Mary Soup was nicely spiced with tabasco and Worcestershire sauce - we didn't detect any vodka. For mains, we had a Navarin of Lamb that was hearty, tasty and full of vegetables, and for "afters" we chose the English cheese selection, which included a good variety of tastes.
If we had any complaint at all, it was that the extra vegetable selection we requested included a generous portion of baby new potatoes - and everyone in our party already had potatoes, noodles or rice on their plates.
All in all, this is festive and sociable place to dine out in Bristol.