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 ‘Provencale Fish Soup with Rouille, Gruyere & Croutons’; ‘Asparagus, Duck Egg & Hollandaise’; ‘Grilled half-shell Scallops’ and ‘Grand Assiette of Charcuterie with Pickles’.
Mains might include ‘Braised Pork Belly with Boudin Noir, Glazed Apple & Sage’; ‘Monkfish with Cockles & Saffron’ and ‘Moules Mariniere with Fries’ – or one of their selection of locally-reared Beef Steaks.
At each stage there are vegetarian options.
Finish with ‘Crème Brulée’ or ‘Lychee Mousse with Raspberries’.
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.
- Food Style: Modern European
- Lunch: all week 12.00-15.00i; set L from £12 (2 courses), £15 (3 courses); set L Sun £12 (1 course), £16.50 (2 courses), £21 (3 courses); mains about £14 to £40.
- Dinner: all week 17.30-22.00; aet D £12 (2 courses), £15 (3 courses); mains about £14 to £40
- Seats: 120
- Wine: an interesting wine list kicks off at around the £20 mark
- 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