Glassboat Brasserie

Glassboat Brasserie


0.5 miles
Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB

Walking along the attractive cobbled Welsh Back at dusk, your eye can’t help but be drawn by the lights of Glassboat Brasserie refl ected on the water. From our table at the front of the boat, the floor-to-ceiling glass frontage offered stunning views of Bristol’s iconic Floating Harbour. We admired the sunset over aperitifs: for me a Paris Spritz – a refreshing combination of sparkling wine and elderflower, and for my companion a Knightor – sweet red wine with a delightfully sharp undertone of vermouth.

To start I opted for the duck liver and foie gras parfait – light and velvety-smooth, it was perfectly complemented by gherkins, sweet and juicy pickled prunes, and toasted sourdough. My companion selected the crisp white asparagus with lashings of creamy Hollandaise, beautifully offset by salty Bayonne ham. For the main event I tucked into 42-day-aged rump of Devon beef, which was juicy, incredibly succulent and perfectly seasoned. The steak was served in a rich peppercorn sauce and accompanied by flavoursome chips cooked in duck fat – they were perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. My companion’s light whole lemon sole served in lemon butter. It was flaky and fell off the bone. It was accompanied by crisp, salty marsh samphire. As the light outside faded, candles were lit, creating a warm, intimate ambience. Coupled with the French chanson-style music in the background, it’s no wonder Glassboat is said to be the most romantic restaurant in Bristol. We finished our evening with two timeless puddings. For me it had to be the rich, gooey chocolate fondant, sprinkled with praline nut brittle and served with salted caramel ice cream. The chocolate oozed out, filling the plate and melding with the ice cream to form an indulgent sauce. My companion couldn’t resist the frangipane tart with Sauternes-stewed pear and vanilla ice cream. The pear was perfectly chilled – it was a sweet, refreshing combination with crispy pastry and flaked almonds sprinkled on top.

Overall, we were enchanted by the Glassboat Brasserie – with charismatic, personable staff, delectable food, and such a striking setting, it’s like a little piece of Paris in the heart of Bristol.

+3Glassboat Brasserie
Opening Hours:
Mon:noon-2.45pm, 5.30pm-9.45pm
Tues:noon-2.45pm, 5.30pm-9.45pm
Weds:noon-2.45pm, 5.30pm-9.45pm
Thurs:noon-2.45pm, 5.30pm-9.45pm
Fri:noon-2.45pm, 5.30pm-9.45pm
Sat:noon-2.45pm, 5.30pm-9.45pm

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