Mardyke Wharf, Hotwells Road, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4RU
In a stunning harbourside location with maritime views, the historic converted Grain Barge shines with character. Owned by the Bristol Beer Factory, it's the perfect spot for beginning a night out, or simply having lunch. Natural light from the immense windows evokes serenity, while beer barrels add interest. Being a non-reservation venue, dining is on a first come, first served basis; and with the SS Great Britain in sight, it's also a fantastic place to taste the champion ales on offer. Head chef Vivi is passionate about first-class ingredients, meaning there's a commitment to organic, locally sourced and fair-trade produce. The quality menu features mains such as organic corn-fed spiced chicken, gourmet sandwiches with homemade bread or goat's cheese and red pepper bruschetta. Comfort-food fans will rejoice in the homemade gourmet pies, while the daily changing specials board includes Mediterranean-inspired fare such as homemade tart with salmon, herbs and French Brie. The desserts showcase luscious treats such as bread and butter pudding with ginger and honey ice cream, and Vivi adds exquisite world classics such as Brazilian caramel milk pudding. While the beers are the star attraction, The Grain Barge excels in serving great quality food - plus every seat has waterfront views. There are weekly steak and tapas nights too, with live music downstairs every Friday. Dine here and let your foodie imagination sail.