Nestled on Welsh Back in Bristol’s historic floating harbour, the Glassboat is somewhat of a Bristol institution. Renowned for its romantic setting, the Glassboat occupies a beautiful boat with floor-to-ceiling glass frontage offering stunning views across the harbour. The atmosphere was warm when we arrived, with friendly and attentive staff setting the tone for a memorable evening. This light and bright restaurant is the perfect backdrop in which to celebrate a special occasion. Once seated at our table, our friendly waiter listed the specials before fetching our drinks – a refreshing, local cider for me, and a crisp white wine from the carefully chosen list for my dining partner.
We admired the sunset before perusing the delightful menu. It’s the finer details that set the Glassboat apart. The seasonal menu changes regularly to make the most of the finest local produce available, and you can always find a selection of exciting dishes on the special’s board. To start, I plumped for heritage tomatoes, goat’s curd, romesco sauce and basil, while my dining partner went for chicken liver parfait with apricot and chamomile jelly. Both starters were a total triumph, and from here on, we knew were in for a culinary treat. After some deliberation choosing my main course, I settled for the Tamworth pork belly, confit fennel, caper and oregano, which was simply outstanding. The flavours harmonised exquisitely, and the dish was presented immaculately. My companion’s main was met with equal delight: a beautiful rump of Devon beef, which was incredibly succulent and perfectly seasoned. It was accompanied by glazed organic beetroot and horseradish, and we couldn’t resist sharing a portion of pommes frites to go with our mains.
Desserts are bound to impress even the most passionate dessert devotees. I opted for chocolate fondant served with almond praline and salted caramel ice cream, while my companion devoured her almond tart accompanied by poached apricot, and vanilla ice cream – the perfect end to a fabulous evening. The elegant yet warm surroundings, attention to detail and excellent service make any visit an unforgettable experience. It’s no surprise that this popular destination has been serving delighted diners for over 30 years.