Moored at the top of Welsh Back in the city’s picturesque historic quarter, Glassboat Brasserie is a dining destination like no other. Once a working barge, the iconic boat was carefully restored in the 1980s and transformed into a stunning eatery.
Stepping in from the city’s bustling cobbled streets, we embarked on to the light, spacious and serene vessel. The interior is effortlessly sophisticated and the staff impeccably attentive. As we took our seats overlooking the river, we at once felt well looked after. The river view itself is nothing less than magnificent. As the evening unfolded upon the city, ambling river traffic glided past us while the fading sunlight glistened across the water. The airy effect of the large glass windows immerses you in the heart of the city whilst keeping you comfortably cocooned in the elegant and tranquil space.
After much deliberation, I plumped for the house-cured charcuterie to start, comprising rich chicken liver parfait, pork rillettes, delicately flavoured ham and leek terrine and robust French saucisson, accompanied by crisp cornichons and chicory. My partner’s lobster Americaine en croute proved to be even more delicious than it sounds, the warming, perfectly seasoned lobster bisque encased in delicate, golden pastry. Next came succulent steak onglet, served rare at the recommendation of our knowledgable waiter. This widely underused cut has been savoured in France for years, and the mouth-wateringly flavoursome steak I was presented with left me in no doubt as to why. Fresh fish featured heavily on the menu, and so my partner couldn’t resist sampling the beautifully light, flaky sole roasted on the bone and served with shellfish butter sauce and samphire. To finish the meal, I opted for the decadent chocolate fondant with caramel ice cream, while my partner settled on the crème caramel, both of which provided a satisfyingly indulgent end to what was a truly exceptional meal.
The quality of ingredients shines through in Glassboat Brasserie’s classic French menu, and although thoroughly satisfied, we were planning our next visit before we’d even left, eager to return for another fix of incredible food in a uniquely beautiful setting. The quality of ingredients shines through in Glassboat Brasserie’s classic French menu, and although thoroughly satisfied, we were planning our next visit before we’d even left, eager to return for another fix of incredible food in a uniquely beautiful setting.