“Fishes dishes on a vintage barge” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Formerly the Glassboat Restaurant, this converted 1920s barge has been moored in the heart of Bristol’s Harbourside area since 1986. It’s a handsome and appealing restaurant with walnut floors, a beautiful marble bar and lovely river views; the menu offers fish dishes (as per the new name!).
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 120
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- Wines under £30: 14
- Wines over £30: 27
- Wines by the glass: 10
- Cuisine style: Modern French
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About the area
The Anglo-Saxon settlement at Bristol grew up around the bridge and harbour on the River Avon. With access to the sea, it increased in importance. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose London—Bristol railway line terminated in his gothic-style station of Temple Meads, had long been involved with Bristol. He had remodelled the docks in 1830, and six years later designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the 250-foot (76m) deep Avon Gorge.
During the bombing raids of World War II many churches and historic houses were lost. Fortunately, the finest parish church in England, St Mary Redcliffe, with its 292-foot (89m) spire, survived, although traffic now swirls all around it. Bristol Cathedral was founded as an Augustinian abbey in the 1140s and became a cathedral in1542. The Norman chapter house is particularly fine. There is almost too much to see in Bristol: other gems include Wills Tower, John Wood’s Corn Exchange, the Coopers’ Hall by William Halfpenny, the Grotto at Goldney House in Clifton, the long south façade of Ashton Court, and the Christmas Steps (off the beginning of Park Road).
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