The Glass Boat started as a barge, built in 1924, which was used to carry timbers up and down the Severn Estuary. For its new life, it's been painstakingly fitted out - much of the interior coming from local trappings, such the marble worktops (from St. Nicolas Fish Market) and the teak doors (from the old Royal Hotel).
The dining room has crisp white napery and polished wood abounds.
The kitchen offers a menu plucked from various regions of Europe. Starters might include the likes of 'Andalucian Garlic Soup, with poached Duck Egg and Truffle Oil'; 'Rock Oysters with Rocket and Crème Fraiche' and 'Grand Assiette of Charcuterie with Pickles and Brioche Toast' (this for two people).
Mains might include 'Braised Lamb Shank with red-wine-braised Lentils and Salsa Verde'; 'Welsh Black Beef Fillet with Sardalaise Potato, Wild Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce' or 'Fillet of Cod, wrapped in Parma Ham, with Coucroute and Madeira Sauce.
At each stage there are vegetarian options.
Finish with 'Hot Chocolate Fondant' or 'Warm Treacle Tart with Clotted Cream.
The operation also opens for breakfast offering everything from Croissants to Full English (or Veggie) Breakfast and Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon.
When booking make sure you secure a riverside table - at main meal-times - but lighter dishes are offered all day.
- Food Style: Modern Indian
- Lunch: Mon-Fri; set L from £10 (2 courses), £12 (3 courses); set L Sun £12 (1 course), £16.50 (2 courses), £21 (3 courses); mains about £10 to £16.
- Dinner: Mon-Fri 17.30-22.00, Sat 17.30-18.45 £16.50 (2 courses), £21 (3 courses); mains about £10 to 22
- Seats: 120
- Wine: an interesting wine list has choice under £20, and about half a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Bristol Temple Meads Rail
- Directions: In the old centre of the city, near Bristol Bridge - See the map on this
- Parking: a nearby NCP
- Closed: Sat L; all Sun; 24th-26th Dec; Jan 1st